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Hello,

I am Elllie

I am looking into the possibility of getting a Havanese pup.
Currently, I have an adorable Maltese Sherlock. Unfortunately, he has been pretty ill and the veterinarian has been getting more pessimistic about his outcome.
He has been treated for immune based encephalitis for a few years now and optic neuritis which left him unable to see.
But he developed a protein losing enteropathy and IBS. He now has more doctors than I do a general practitioner, a neurologist and an internal medicine specialist and on call a critical care specialist. His latest ultrasound showed nodules on the kidney and liver and the veterinarian was less positive than ever before.

My family knowing that I have not gone without a dog since childhood had encouraged me over a year ago to get on a waiting list for a puppy in case.
Sherlock's internist this week thought it may well be time to do just that.

So here I am.
Since I was a kid I have had 2 Westies, a Carin Terrier, an amazingly intelligent Border Collie (rescue), and I have had 2 maltese dogs.
As you can imagine I am no longer a kid. However, I am a forever dog lover.

Seeking any advice any of you have.
Thank you
 

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Hello,

I am Elllie

I am looking into the possibility of getting a Havanese pup.
Currently, I have an adorable Maltese Sherlock. Unfortunately, he has been pretty ill and the veterinarian has been getting more pessimistic about his outcome.
He has been treated for immune based encephalitis for a few years now and optic neuritis which left him unable to see.
But he developed a protein losing enteropathy and IBS. He now has more doctors than I do a general practitioner, a neurologist and an internal medicine specialist and on call a critical care specialist. His latest ultrasound showed nodules on the kidney and liver and the veterinarian was less positive than ever before.

My family knowing that I have not gone without a dog since childhood had encouraged me over a year ago to get on a waiting list for a puppy in case.
Sherlock's internist this week thought it may well be time to do just that.

So here I am.
Since I was a kid I have had 2 Westies, a Carin Terrier, an amazingly intelligent Border Collie (rescue), and I have had 2 maltese dogs.
As you can imagine I am no longer a kid. However, I am a forever dog lover.

Seeking any advice any of you have.
Thank you
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By the way this is my little Sherlock.
 

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Hi Ellie, your little Sherlock is a pretty boy. I'm sorry to hear that he is not doing well. I have Shadow who is 5 YO. He is quite the little character and keeps me on my toes. He came to be after my 15 YO Bichon Frise passed away. I had 2 months without a dog and it was really tough, I wish that I had started earlier. But he had been doing so well til the final month. It was just a week before Christmas so the holidays made it worse. I think you are best to start searching now.
 

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Awww, I am so sorry that you are reaching the end of the road with your adorable Sherlock. And a Havanese puppy will certainly fill your life with a new joy. I would certainly start looking around and touching base with good breeders. However, I would caution you not to bring a new puppy into your home until after your old guy passes, even though the time in between may be difficult for you. It just wouldn't be fair to an old, sick dog to have to deal with a young rambunctious puppy at this point in his life, nor would it be fair to the puppy to have to be shunted aside as you were dealing with the last stages of illness with your old guy.

Best of wishes to you and Sherlock during this difficult time! 💕
 

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Awww, I am so sorry that you are reaching the end of the road with your adorable Sherlock. And a Havanese puppy will certainly fill your life with a new joy. I would certainly start looking around and touching base with good breeders. However, I would caution you not to bring a new puppy into your home until after your old guy passes, even though the time in between may be difficult for you. It just wouldn't be fair to an old, sick dog to have to deal with a young rambunctious puppy at this point in his life, nor would it be fair to the puppy to have to be shunted aside as you were dealing with the last stages of illness with your old guy.

Best of wishes to you and Sherlock during this difficult time! 💕
That is exactly what I intend. I would not want to do anything that might upset Sherlock and I certainly would not want to cheat a new puppy from time and affection.

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Sherlock passed away. The veterinarians were so kind and even had one of their grief people call. When all had been over they left me with a stone already imprinted with his name.
With all the sadness a breeder whom I though would contact me about getting on a waiting list contacted me as she had one available pup. The parent dogs were genetic tested. She sent me the results. He is going to be on the big side but seems to be adorable, friendly and smart. He has been started on litter box training. I met his mother and she is beautiful. This was completely unexpected as I thought I would be waiting at least 6 months. I think this may be the one.
 

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Sherlock passed away. The veterinarians were so kind and even had one of their grief people call. When all had been over they left me with a stone already imprinted with his name.
With all the sadness a breeder whom I though would contact me about getting on a waiting list contacted me as she had one available pup. The parent dogs were genetic tested. She sent me the results. He is going to be on the big side but seems to be adorable, friendly and smart. He has been started on litter box training. I met his mother and she is beautiful. This was completely unexpected as I thought I would be waiting at least 6 months. I think this may be the one.
So sorry about Sherlock.
 

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Sherlock passed away. The veterinarians were so kind and even had one of their grief people call. When all had been over they left me with a stone already imprinted with his name.
With all the sadness a breeder whom I though would contact me about getting on a waiting list contacted me as she had one available pup. The parent dogs were genetic tested. She sent me the results. He is going to be on the big side but seems to be adorable, friendly and smart. He has been started on litter box training. I met his mother and she is beautiful. This was completely unexpected as I thought I would be waiting at least 6 months. I think this may be the one.
I am SO sorry about Sherlock. And it is so nice how your vets handled it.

Do make sure that the parents of your new puppy have all beed appropriate health testing, registered with OFA, NOT “just” genetic testing”. There are almost no “genetic tests for heritable diseases important to Havanese. The dogs should have been tested for hips, eyes, heart, patellas, and BAER (hearing) and have a CHIC number with OFA. Then you want to go look at the results of that testing for both parents and make sure that they PASSED all testing. (It can be recorded and a CHIC number given even with non-passing results). Best of all is if you go on OFA and find that the grandparents and lots of other relatives ALSO are properly tested with good results.

”Just” genetic testing is almost meaningless in this breed. That is a “cherry on top” and not even required by our breed organization.
 

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I'm so sorry about Sherlock.
I hope the puppy works out for you. How big is he expected to be? Looking forward to hearing all about him when you are ready.
 

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I'm so sorry about Sherlock.
I hope the puppy works out for you. How big is he expected to be? Looking forward to hearing all about him when you are ready.
Sounds like he is going to be on the big side. I checked about the testing of the parents and his litter number and all seemed good. I have a copy of a report explaining the test results.

He is a Chocolate Pied Havanese
 

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It was heartbreaking to read this thread all at once, assuming you’d have at least a little more time and then learning Sherlock passed away. I’m so sorry for your loss. You gave Sherlock such wonderful care! I’m so glad you wont have to wait long for a Havanese puppy to bring his own personality and light into your life.
 

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I am very sorry for the loss of your cute little boy Sherlock. I wish you all the best as you grieve his loss and begin another journey with this new puppy.
 

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Congratulations! Let the journey begin for both of you. I hope you keep updating on Watson. It's hard to tell from the picture that he'll be large but he sure is cute!
 

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He seems like a big pup. Even the breeder thinks he will be on the large side for the breed.
But he also seems very sweet, likes to play, likes everyone who approaches him. We went to a local pet shop to have him fitted for a collar and a harness so we would be prepared and the guys fitting him just fell in love in love with him.
Now, I have to work on getting him to stop untying my shoelaces.
 

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Maybe just wear sandals for 1 year?
I probably should.
LOL

One nice thing, the breeder had introduced him to a litter box. Instead of sleeping in a crate I let him sleep in a dog pen with his cuddler bed, the litter box and the litter the breeder recommended along with some water (weather is hot). I heard him moving around in the middle of the night last night and he was using that litter box. He will have an accident if given unsupervised freedom in the house but if placed in the pen he does use the litter box.
 
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