Nanna Jo· Registered
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Hi everyone. Don't quite know how I managed to find this forum, but I am elated that I did, and you accepted us as members. My name is Jo, and I live in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. I have had small dogs for the past 35+ years starting with a pekinese, who morphed into a beautiful Llasa Apso who I had for 16yrs, then supposed brothers llasa/shih tzu x but one was 11kg and the other 5kg ringing wet. The big boy passed at a young age, but my beautiful Sammy lived a wonderful 14yrs and was joined by a Maltese gifted to us when her owner was sick. Roxy absolutely adored and doted on Sammy who ofcourse lapped up the adoration by pretending to be bored by the whole idea. Roxy was a mouthy little girl, but Sammy had been bark busted as a puppy and would have none of this noise, so he smartly bark busted her with a growl here and there. In no time I had 2 very quiet besties. Roxy was totally distraught when Sam passed and turned back into a barking horror...so what to do? Get another friend. This time a rescue cav/shih tzu who I suspect had not originated from the story, but had been used as a breeder in a puppy farm. She had no social skills, knew nothing about how to play with other animals or toys and a leash walk was foreign to her. She was 7yrs and un desexed. She was super quiet, but would occassionally do the saddest howling. I wonder to this day what she was remembering on those occassions. She and Roxy became frequent flyers with me to Adelaide, South Australia. Roxy passed at 17 from a fast invading cancer, and Jemma passed last July at 2 weeks off her 16th birthday. I had over the years visited several local off leash parks, and on one occassion appx 4yrs ago I met a Havanese who I instantly fell in love with. When Jemma passed, that luttle Havanese came back to my mind. Had to research and find out if they were suited to my life style living in a highrise apartment. I found this hansome boy on google search with such a loving face (what I could see of it😅) he was 6mths old and had been a show keeper by the breeder but fortunately for me, he grew a little too tall and could no longer be shown. He is like no other canine I have ever known. Very smart, intuitive, loving and my very best friend. He turned 1yr last week. I had family come to visit recently and my grandy's are very boisterous and over active, but Teo tookmit all in his stride and when he'd had enough of their noise and playing, he would take himself off to a quiet place to rest. He very rarely barks, loves every canine and human he meets and as we live in an intimate little suburb, he has become the love of the neighbourhood. He has 2 favourite cafes who spoil him with healthy treats and puppachinos. And he comes to the hairdresser, the nail salon, lawyer, yesterday the lingerie shop (owner insisted he not stay tied up outside). And the proof he has every one's heart...I went to Woolies to grab a few essentials and left him tied up outside. When I came out, the store security guard was sitting with him, and told me he thought it prudent for him to stay and look after him while I shopped. His own personal body guard😂💙🐾🐾. Well, that's our story thus far....any questions? 🤣😅😃. Am so looking forward to reading and participating in future forums. Oh and last time we went to our local off leash park, he eyed off a great dane who he decided would be his bestie that day. He raced up to him, had to jump to kiss him on his nose, and then they played! He has no fear and I just pray that no dog ever hurts him because I would hate him to lose his carefree love of all creatures great and small.