Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Fort St. John, BC
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Hello from Northern BC
Well, I keep meaning to do the whole intro thing and I either procrastinate or don't feel it's the right time. I had myself all psyched up to do it one point and then the board was full of sad news and it just didn't seem like the right timing so I kept lurking. I've been lurking for a while now and just reading and reading and reading everything I can get my hands on. Now I'll ramble. I've been wanting a dog for years, but my apartment had a no pets policy. Then I noticed that more and more people were moving in with pets. At first I was all grumpy wondering why they were allowed when I had been told no before. So I decided to research the possibility that they had changed the rules. Sure enough they had! I was so excited and immediately started researching dogs.
I already knew about Bichon and Maltese because my parents have had one of each. Bailey, the Bichon, sadly passed on last year. I'm asthmatic and suffer from allergies so I knew I could tolerate those type of breeds very well. Plus I figure I have a good handle at what is required in the way of grooming too, so I shouldn't be shocked. At first I was thinking of a cute little mixed breed. Then I started researching (a lot because the price they want for a mixed breed wasn't all that much cheaper than getting a purebred). Of course the more I researched, the more I realized that buying from a reputable breeder seemed the better way to go for a lot of reasons. I ran across the Havanese, or rather, re-ran across the breed. When we'd been researching dogs before getting Bailey, the Havanese had been my number one choice (not that I got a vote), but breeders were really hard to find. One of the things I really liked about the Havanese (besides having great temperaments and being cute as anything), was not being limited to just white. The more I researched, the more I fell in love and knew this was the breed for me.
So, then I went about finding a breeder. Unfortunately I sort of live in the boonies (Northern British Columbia) so none were close to me, but there were two that lived within an hour of where my parents live (which is about 16 hours from me). Both have great credentials, do all the testing, show their dogs, etc. etc. Both were having puppy litters in the spring. I had decided I would rather wait until most of the winter was gone before bringing a new puppy into my home - my thinking was it would just make house training easier once most of the snow was gone and the bitter cold had passed. It didn't really seem fair to bring a little puppy home to frigid temperatures. One breeder's puppy timing was a bit better for me than the other's (puppies going to be ready mid-April or so for their forever homes) so that was the breeder I chose. I sent in my deposit and then the wait began. It's sort of a neat feeling to be waiting on puppies that haven't even been born yet.
The puppies were born February 7 (which also happens to be my best friend's birthday - is that a sign or what?). A litter of 5: 3 girls and 2 boys. I think they are all darling. I've given my first choice as a darling little black and white boy. I didn't have a preference for sex. Now hopefully his personality will turn out to be suited to me, which so far even though it's still earlier it looks like it will. I know whichever pup I get I'll be thrilled with. I think they are all darling and I feel bad for not being able to name them all my number one choice! I'd make a terrible breeder, I'd totally want to keep them all. I've gone through a billion names and am no closer to finding one than when I started. Hopefully the dog won't remain nameless forever.