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Two Weeks Until Benjamin's Home!

I am counting the days like a little kid before Christmas. I have met my new puppy at the breeder's twice now, first when he was 3 days old, and again at 6 weeks. He is now 7 weeks, and will be coming home with me two weeks from today. When I was trying to decide what to name him, I thought that a little dog should have a dignified name. Benjamin was one of the names I had in mind, and then when I saw his picture I thought "he's cute as a button!", so I decided to name him Benjamin Button. I'm sure you will all agree, he is very cute! Of course all Havanese puppies are cute, but I hope you will forgive me if I think he is the CUTEST PUPPY EVAH!
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oh you're right there. He's adorable. Is this your first dog?

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I'm still trying to figure out some things about posting pictures on here, but I'll get it. Anway, just wanted to say, I am new to all this and I'm sure I'll have a lot of questions, but for now it's just a matter of trying not to break the budget at Petco! I have 2 crates for him, one for home and one for work. (He will be going to work with me every day - yay!) After searching endlessly for the perfect crate pads and returning several, I have decided on some soft fluffy blankets I found at Goodwill. Comfortable, washable, and didn't cost much -- I think I'm catching on.

One thing that is bothering me is that I know I am not supposed to let him play outside in public areas until he's had all his shots, which will be about a month and a half after I get him. I do not have a yard, but live right across the street from a little park. In fact, as I type this I am looking out the window at several people playing with their doggies. I can't wait until I can take him out for walks in some of our beautiful parks, but, I guess just like waiting these next two weeks, the time will pass and then we can go out and play as much as we want. In the meantime... I have plenty of toys, so we will make do with playing in the house.
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Oh so cute! You are in for the time of your life, so build up those energy reserves because you will need it. We want lots of pictures and we want to know all the fun you are having with your new little one.



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Yes, it is my first dog, except for when I was a kid, but those were family dogs. I have always only had cats, because I am out at work all day, but now that I am in a situation where I can have him at work, I am ready. Have been reading a lot, and it seems a bit overwhelming at times, but I'm sure we'll figure it out as we go. No offense to my cat... she is not much fun. The cat I used to have was snuggle and playful into old age, but my current kitty is pretty aloof and skittish. I am committed to caring for her, but watching people playing with their dogs has made me realize what I am missing! I work with a lot of elderly and disabled people, and I'm sure Benjamin will cheer them up immensely.

Thanks, Linda. I am planning to take a week's vacation the week after I get him, but I am a little worried about sleeplessness once I get back to work. I don't bounce back like I used to! My potty training plan is to have him sleep in a crate by my bed, and have him use wee wee pads in the bathroom, so hopefully we can both get right back to sleep. Whatever it takes, though. I am in love with him already!
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He is adorable and such a darling face too! It's no wonder that you're in love!
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What a sweet puppy!! The name you picked out suites him perfectly! Looking forward to seeing more pics when you get him home

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I like cats too. We had three for twenty years. This will be a little more work. LOL. I always like to give first timers some reading. And it's free. Before You Get Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar http://www.siriuspup.com/pdfs/before_puppy_sirius.pdf

After You Get Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar http://www.dogstardaily.com/files/AF...ur%20Puppy.pdf

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So excited for you. I too am waiting. I have til the end of June. Luckily my breeder sends me pics once a week to keep me going.
Your Benjamin looks adorable, about as adorable as my Ted Their colouring is somewhat similar actually. Lucky both of us!

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Thanks, Dave, I appreciate it. I need all the help I can get, plus obsessively reading is helping me pass the time until Benjamin comes home.

Lise, I think there is a lot of competition around here for most adorable puppy! Your Ted is very cute, too. :-) You are right, he is very similar in coloring to my little guy. One thing (of many) I love about Havanese is the great variety of colors they come in. I really didn't have any preference, but I do have a black and white tuxedo cat, so they will set each other off nicely. I know it is a big adventure we are embarking upon, and am appreciative of the wealth of experience and information on these forums. As well as all of the adorable puppy and dog pics, of course! :-)
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