Hello everyone! My name is Christina, and I’m glad to be a part of the community.
I have been looking for a Havanese to buy for a few years, ever since I got my Bichon Frise and wanted to get her a little friend. I adore my Bichon Frise and wanted another dog like her, but I really love colorful dogs and thought it would be boring to have two white dogs. I started searching for alternative breeds, and was ecstatic to find the Havanese—part of the Bichon family, yet in all the colors of the doggie rainbow! I was in heaven, lol.
So I kept an eye out for Havanese and was in touch with a few breeders for a couple of years, but I never really found anything that looked particularly promising. However, my other dog—a six year old Cockapoo named Bella—abruptly got incredibly sick and was diagnosed with an advanced case of Pancreatitis. My vet and I had no idea how she managed not to show symptoms for so long, but by the time we found out what was wrong, it was too late. I lost her last Thursday and was devastated--still am.
My Bichon, Evie, was very upset as well. She had been very close to Bella and suddenly found herself without a friend. She just would sit there looking into space and lost interest in playing unless I really coaxed her.
I sent a group of local breeders a mail on the day Bella died, asking if they had any litters of puppies planned for the Spring or Summer. I knew that I definitely wanted a second dog to fill the void as well as to give my Evie a friend again, but I wasn’t expecting to get one now
—I was hoping I could be waitlisted on an upcoming puppy.
So, imagine my surprise when I got a reply that a puppy of the gender and color I wanted was available *now*--as in, the litter had just turned 10 weeks old and become available on the day I sent my email! I was torn with indecision. Part of me didn’t want to get a new dog just days after the loss of my other, but the fact it was too good of an opportunity to pass up won out in the end—especially since the breed is so hard to find where I live. I figured the timing was too good, and it was just meant to be.
Yesterday my little Havanese came home, and I adore her already. She is the tiniest, spunkiest, and happiest little puppy I’ve ever met. She attacks toys twice her size and growls at them like a little monster, but then when she gets sleepy, all she wants to do is snuggle up and sleep on you. Aww.
She's very quality too--I think she has 10 champions in her first 4 generations.
I have decided to name her Pepper, and I can’t wait to watch her grow up and get more involved with the breed.
Now, for my questions…!
First: Getting an established dog to accept a new puppy. I am a bit flabbergasted, because my Bichon Frise is incredibly well socialized with other dogs and can go to a dog park and chill out with pooches she’s never met with no problems—but she hates this puppy! I’ve never even seen Evie snarl and show her teeth until now, and she keeps trying to chase Pepper away from me if she comes over while I’m petting her. Yet, sometimes she seems genuinely interested and follows the pup around wagging her tail, and they even played a little—til Evie got angry and ran off. My question is… am I doing the right thing by keeping them in the same room (while supervised—puppy goes in safety crate when I can’t watch) and waiting for Evie to come around, or should I be giving Evie her own space to pretend the new dog doesn’t exist?
Second: Pepper is a biter and picks up *everything* in her mouth and carries it around. Unfortunately… this apparently extends to her own poo. I cringe just writing it, lol. I do not think she is actually trying to *eat* it. It’s like she has no idea what it is, and just picks it up and runs around…
Is there anything I can do to stop this aside from picking it up the second she goes and moving her away? Will she more than likely outgrow it, or should I be concerned? I’ve never had a puppy touch its poo before, though I do know it’s common.
And now… the prerequisite pictures!
Now that that wall of text is over with…
I look forward to getting to know you all!