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HavToHavIt General Store
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Another way to support HRI is to enjoy some shopping at our very own store. All profits support our rescue dogs because the store is entirely staffed by our wonderful volunteers.
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HavToHavIt General Store

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HRI's HavToHavIt General Store is open with an exciting and eclectic mix of gifts for pets and people.

What's in store for shoppers?

- Doggie gear & clothing
- Jewelry and sweet remembrances for you & your pets
- Doggie treats & toys
- Unique pet stationery, paperweights & bookmarks
- T-shirts
- Frames & soaps
- Exclusive Havanese & HRI items
Everything for you, your friends and family, your pet and much, much more. Very unique gift items, reasonably priced and beautifullly made. Shop early and often, pay via Paypal. New gift ideas are always being added, many pieces one-of-a-kind. The holidays are rapidly approaching.


Changing Havanese at a a time.


News, Current Events and Items of Special Interest

2014 Financial Report

Total 2014 Income - $133,018.81
HavToHavIt Store                 $35,743.00
Adoption Donations            $23,306.00
General Donations             $55,473.00
Auction                                     $6,044.00
Calendar                                       $42.00
Reception                                $8,571.00
Quilt Project                             $3,748.00
Interest                                           $91.79

Total 2014 Expenses - $114,428.31
Foster Dog Expenses          $89,556.00 (Vet, Grooming, Transportation, Supplies)
Store Purchases &               $16,921.00
Operating Expenses              $8,933.00

Easy and fun ways to support our dogs!

When using Amazon please go through so your purchases will garner painless donations for HRI. This is free money to support the many pups that need us.

For other on-line shopping, you can use Goodshop as many stores are listed there and again free money for HRI when you use that site to shop at many of your favorite stores.

When searching the web, the use of Goodsearch also provides donations.

Another easy and fun way to gather donations for HRI is via ResQwalk. For those walkers out there, all you have to do is download the free app to your smartphone and follow directions to indicate HRI as your charity. As you enjoy the benefits of walking HRI's pups will enjoy receiving a donation!

To earn donations from ResQwalk, use the following links for iTunes and Android:
Android app
iPhone app

PupSaver Promo: 10% off for YOU and 10% donation for HRI on our crash tested safety seats !!!!

Please use this link and then scroll down to view and select your color (Leopard or Black & White Houndstooth).

Click "Add to Cart" to proceed to checkout. With your discount, both color options are $116.95, with FREE shipping.

Additionally, Pupsaver will donate 10% ($11.70) of each Pupsaver purchased to Havanese Rescue, Inc.

More fun shopping! Whenever this link is clicked, your rescue will be automatically chosen as the donation beneficiary during checkout on

Use this Barkbox link to earn a $5 discount on any BarkBox subscription. (The URL will automagically apply the code to anyone coming in through that link.)   

Each time this code (BBX1SQ4Q) is used on, a $15 donation is generated for your organization! Even on one month subscriptions that are $29 – 50% is donated to HRI!

Thank you for all you do for our pups.
Happy shopping, searching and walking!

Calming Canine Music

ThroughADogsEarThunderThe creators of the Through A Dog’s Ear series have collaborated with Victoria Stilwell, star of Animal Planet’s It’s Me or the Dog, and developed the new Canine Noise Phobia Series

Does your dog suffer from a fear of thunderstorms? Does his anxiety level increase when the storm clouds roll in? Thunderstorm phobia is a very common condition among dogs all over the world. The terror that results can be an incredibly distressing, debilitating problem not only for dogs, but also for their owners who feel powerless to help. This groundbreaking desensitization tool will teach your dog to associate positive feelings with thunderstorms rather than feeling fearful, and will help to gradually reduce your dog’s fear when exposed to these sounds. When used properly and implemented in conjunction with the behavioral modification protocols included in the CD liner notes, you have an excellent chance of rehabilitating your thunder-phobic dog and preventing thunder-phobia from ever developing in younger dogs.

Other Versions:

Through A Dogs Ear - The Driving Edition

Through A Dogs Ear - Music For The Canine Houshold

Through A Dogs Ear - Noise Phobia-Fireworks

Through A Dogs Ear - Music to Calm Your Canine Vol 1

Through A Dogs Ear - Music to Calm Your Canine Vol 2

Through A Dogs Ear - Music to Calm Your Canine, Vol 3


Changing Havanese at a a time.


Featured Educational Article

Wishlist from a Former Puppymill Dog

What does a former puppy mill dog need from a foster or adoptive home?

First of all, the dog needs someone who has time.That DOESN'T necessarily mean a foster or adoptive parent can't work. What it does mean is that the person has a commitment to putting in time with a foster or adoptive dog every single day. You can do that even if you work, but if you're working overtime and live alone, are volunteering outside the home and taking a class or two after work, acting as a scout leader, have a lot of family or medical demands, it makes it tough. I figure a foster dog adds at least 45 minutes to my daily routine of hands-on, direct contact though it's broken up over the course of the day with short spells of handling, grooming, training (just looking when you say their name, then coming when called, waiting, taking treats, etc) and lots of non-threatening time. Weekends involve more time and hopefully include some short rides in the car and eventually "field trips" into the vet for just a treat and then heading out or going into a pet store and almost immediately going out, etc. You want to build in as much positive as you can find for your former puppymill dog who’s counting on you to show him the world is a safe place.


A former puppy mill dog needs a person who's a little bit paranoid about escape because if these dogs DO get out of your house or yard, they'll probably panic even more than your typical dog does (and we all know that any dog can become extremely fearful and very difficult to find when they're lost.) Someone who puts on both a harness and a collar, hooks up two leashes, one on the harness and one on the collar (or uses a coupler so both are hooked up) when they take the dog out for a walk, has baby gates in front of all the outside doors, signs on the doors telling people NOT to open because they're training a fearful foster or newly adopted dog, keeps their gates padlocked, etc is important. Safety and preventing escape is HUGE with these guys.


I like having a fenced yard and doing leash work inside that yard when the dog is ready for it, but I know there are very effective foster and adoptive homes that don't have fenced yards. They do need to be vigilant and on the paranoid side about escape though, and the effective homes without fences that I know of are very watchful of their own dogs as well as their foster dogs.

Patience is a big help. Your dog may make very slow progress and a willingness to give a dog time to learn to take a risk and trust you is helpful. It's quite unlikely a former puppy mill dog is going to make a quick turnaround so willingness to be in there for the long haul is helpful. A positive attitude though, recognizing those baby steps, is important. You need to remind yourself of the changes your foster or adoptive dog is making. Slow though it might be, it’s progress and recognizing it will help keep you both motivated and patient.

Another friendly, well-socialized dog or two is typically really important in helping a former puppy mill dog learn what to do in what may be a completely new environment. You can see your former puppy mill dog watching your own crew to see what to think about the noises that come from the TV set or your phone, or how to react when someone comes to visit.


Not all dogs coming out of mills have lived there all their lives. We find a lot of dogs that really don't know how to play with toys, but there is the occasional dog that knows how to walk on a leash or adjusts very quickly and may even know how to sit or beg! Those dogs may have ended up in a mill after having lived with a family for a time. They can move along more quickly than our “typical” former puppy mill dog and seem especially grateful to be back with a family again. (Dogs can find themselves in a puppy mill situation after they’ve been advertised on Craigslist or in the paper and are sold without being altered by their first family. Rehoming a dog requires a great deal of care, which isn’t always observed by the people who are advertising their pet, hoping for a quick turnaround.))


It's hard to know what personality you'll see when you foster or adopt a dog from a puppy mill, but for most of us who've fostered and/or adopted these dogs, they end up being some of our favorites. If you're interested in dog behavior, if you're someone who enjoys watching canine interactions, you can't help but fall in love when you see these dogs, who've had such a crummy lot in life, take a chance on us, even though they may not have had reason in the past to trust people. The tentative wags when the dog sees you come home, the first lick of your hand or the first treat you can get taken from your hand, or the joy you see in the leaps and play with other dogs when he's not aware you're watching, are all more gratifying than anyone can possibly explain.


©lw 2012

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