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Hi Everyone, I wanted to post this here. I am not too familiar with this...maybe someone here can shed some light, but it was posted on another board from a credible source. The questionaire is simple and a health survey on our breed can only help. And I feel anything Dr. Dodds is involved with is a worthy cause.

Hello Everyone,

I apologize for the delay in getting this initial questionnaire out to everyone. It is ready to work on line, but I have had one heck of a crazy two weeks and haven't had a free moment to gather my thoughts and get this out to you. We are going to start gathering information from as many of the Havanese Community members as possible. This initial questionnaire is not the Health Survey. I want to repeat that: THIS INITIAL QUESTIONNAIRE IS NOT THE HEALTH SURVEY! What I am attaching as a link to Monkey Survey is a PRELIMINARY QUESTIONNAIRE. It may look like a Health Survey, but it is a survey meant to gather information in order to prepare the Havanese Health Survey for 2011. We would like as much input as possible from everyone. There are some questions that will have to be answered before the next question appears. Please answer the questions as honestly and as thoroughly as possible. Also, please cross post this to any site you think would reach a Havanese owner or breeder.

Please understand that any and all information is anonymous and no record is kept by the Health survey Committee or by Monkey Survey. Also, no data will be given to any member of the Havanese Community. All data will be kept between Drs. Jean Dodds and Elsa Sell. They and myself makeup the Health Survey Committee, but I don't even get to see the information given by you. Once the data is gathered, a thoughtful and deliberate questionnaire will be prepared and will be called The Havanese Health Survey of 2011.

In order to make this work well, we need your help. Questions cannot just come from the Health Survey Committee. Questions need to come from you, the Havanese owners and breeders. We will use information from the previous survey, along with new questions to help develop this survey.

This PRELIMINARY QUESTIONNAIRE will run for approximately 2 months. It will only be Internet based so please help those who are unable to access the Internet. The future HAVANESE HEALTH SURVEY of 2011 will also be Internet based with some mailing sent to those who cannot access the Internet. The reason for this is cost. We have limited funding for this project and the Internet is the best solution. For those who cannot access the Internet, have someone send me your mailing address and I will send out a hard copy of the future Health Survey when available.

I'd like to repeat that this initial questionnaire and the Final Health Survey will not work without your help. It will be based on your input so please participate and encourage others to participate. If possible, pass this on to others, including any pet owners you make have in your database.

Wish us luck with this project. It will be of great b enefit to our breed even if we can only help one dog. If anyone has connections to any organization who can help spread this questionnaire, feel free to correspond to them with this letter and have them "Spread The Word"!

Here is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/58TCNWY

Good Luck to us all.

Sincerely,

Stan Kovak
Chair
Havanese Health Survey Committee
 

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I did not understand the basis for the rankings page. There should be an explanation of what the authors are looking for.

Are we supposed to answer about our own dogs physical and social history, or is it our opinion of how research dollars should be spent for each of the issues?

Unfortunately, there isn't a comment section at the end, or I would have posed the question there instead of having to guess and possibly anwering the questions incorrectly.
 

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I assumed the survey to be answered on the basis of your dog and its health and wellness issues to determine what areas of concern to be addressed by the study. Anyway, that is how I answered the questions. Ruth Ann
 

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I answered in terms of what I felt were the most important issues for the breed as a whole.
 
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