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What a fun and interesting two weeks it's been as my new Havanese puppy Rory joined me. In that two weeks she has settled right in and become my little shadow. (In one photo below though you can see her sad face as she's leaving her breeder.)

All of the attributes that drew me to the breed are present in spades; she's a loving, affectionate, playful, and devoted companion. I especially appreciate her ability to match her energy level to mine. If it's play time she's 100% engaged and fetching happily. If I'm working at my desk she's content to lie across my lap or nap at my feet, even when there is a comfy donut bed three feet away.

If you've seen any of my housebreaking threads you know that I was highly anxious about the process and bought every gimmicky housebreaking aid out there. I finally just took a deep breath and decided to trust her and trust myself, and we'd work on it day by day. I'm pleased to report we've had no accidents in the last three days and we continue trying to figure out how to communicate better with each other. I've found Piddle Place to be the cleanest and most convenient housebreaking aid.

Rory went to my family's Christmas celebration at my brother's home and she was a perfect guest, joyously romping with the kids and charming all the adults. One of the breeder's pre-purchase interview questions had to do with what might become of the puppy were something to happen to me. If I were to die today my body would not be cold before my family members began to vie for her. She's in her elf suit with my niece in one of the pictures.

My adult son has been by and seeing all the supplies I've marshalled commented that she appears to be a high maintenance dog. It's true that the family German Shepherd that he grew up with did not require daily grooming as Rory does, but I don't mind the time at all, and find it somewhat relaxing. She happily stands or lays, as the case may be, for grooming will girl a girl and does not fidget when I clean her ears or the corners of her eyes. She stood for a bath in the tub without drama of any kind. The book "From Nose to Tail" is an excellent resource for daily care and grooming of the Havanese.

If there is an issue that concerns me it is separation anxiety; mostly because I work from home, and she is with me so constantly that infrequent separations can be jarring. Her breeder has counseled me to stage some 'fake' separations so Rory can gain confidence being alone, and we are making good progress with those.

I really appreciate that she is not overly reactive to noises in the building or people at the door. Between UPS, FedEx, Jimmy John's sandwich delivery, pizza delivery and family members coming by she just takes it all in stride happily.

At Heritage Park she romps merrily with the other dogs. At Marina Park she attempts to herd the ducks on the shoreline. She's not like other toy breed dogs I've met; she's not skittish, fragile, or yappy - and she loves a nice marrow bone from the butcher. She has an interesting personality - she is very bonded but will take her "me time" to cavort, or bury her toys under blankets and sofa cushions in what appears to be a very organized fashion.

She's doing really well on Darwin's raw food diet. Because you only feed 2-3% of body weight I don't think it's much more expensive than kibble, if it is at all.

I'm still working on a spay strategy for her; I would like to do a tubal ligation after her first heat cycle but can't be sure that I can find a surgeon to do it. Dr. Karen Becker's video on the subject of spay and neuter is very compelling.

She was not leash trained when she arrived but learned that, and a number of basic things like 'sit' and 'down'. I have a lot to learn about the breed, but am very glad I became acquainted with the Havanese and will start the New Year with this little one next to me. Thanks to everyone on the forum that helped me get to this point.

Gary
 

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Rory is such a beauty and clearly an integral part of your family already. What wonderful coloring!
 

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Rory is absolutely gorgeous. Glad it is working out so beautifully for the two of you. Sounds like you got a soul mate. I'd say enjoy, but you obviously are already. Love the pictures. She looks like a model.
 

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Rory is beautiful, and it certainly sounds like you have both found a match made in heaven! Enjoy!!! :)
 

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Rory is GORGEOUS- truly love her coloring. It does sounds like she's fitting in very nicely with you and your family.

Rory must be a sweetheart - I could only wish mine would "lay across" my lap. Ours are too independent they will only last but a few minutes (if were lucky) of one-on-one time.
 

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Hi Gary,

Rory is so pretty! Congratulations on finding such a wonderful companion.

I see you live on the Eastside; if you ever want to venture to Seattle on a Sunday afternoon, there's a great place to meet for an indoor playdate with dogs under 25 lbs. Check out the website for Yappy Hour at K9 Fun Zone in the Fremont/Queen Anne neighborhood. A few forum members take their Havs there and I also like to check out the Fremont Farmer's Market beforehand.

All the best,
Jeanne
 

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She is just the cutest thing ever! I love her coloring..it will be fun to see any color change she might go though down the line. Sounds like she is a wonderful little companion! Enjoy!
 

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She's a knock-out and I'm so glad the two of you found each other! Happy New Year!
 

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Rory is so beautiful and cute! She sounds like the perfect dog for you. :)
 

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Thanks for the invite Jeanne

Hi Gary,

Rory is so pretty! Congratulations on finding such a wonderful companion.

I see you live on the Eastside; if you ever want to venture to Seattle on a Sunday afternoon, there's a great place to meet for an indoor playdate with dogs under 25 lbs. Check out the website for Yappy Hour at K9 Fun Zone in the Fremont/Queen Anne neighborhood. A few forum members take their Havs there and I also like to check out the Fremont Farmer's Market beforehand.

All the best,
Jeanne
Sounds really great - it's been so wet I'd like to give her a chance to romp without getting totally soaked. I may try this Sunday!
 

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Sounds really great - it's been so wet I'd like to give her a chance to romp without getting totally soaked. I may try this Sunday!
I'm planning on going to K9 Fun Zone on Sun 1/5 so it'll be wonderful to meet you and for Emmie and Rory to run around and have fun together. :)

-Jeanne-
 
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