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Adoptable Havanese
Adoptable Havanese
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Foster Care Area
The dogs listed in this section are in, or waiting for, foster care and are not yet available. If you're willing to wait, or to foster, you may still complete an adoption application to be considered as a candidate.
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Surrender or Request Help for a Havanese in Need
If you need to surrender a Havanese to rescue, or you know of a Havanese that needs rescue assistance, please complete this form. Submissions are monitored seven days a week.
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Applications - Adoption & Volunteer
Applications - Adoption & Volunteer
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Helping a Dog Become Comfortable Being Handled - Part I

Most of us who live with dogs are accustomed to dogs that love attention and being petted. It can be disconcerting and confusing if your new foster dog from a puppy mill doesn't like to be handled. There are a number of things you can do to help your foster dog become more comfortable with being picked up, petted and even having his teeth or ears examined.

Slow and Steady Wins the Race
First, take it slow, quite literally. Fast movements trigger alarm for most dogs. Even my couch potatoes bark if I get up from my chair and run across the room. They're on alert. Moving slowly, using a calm voice and pausing so your foster dog has time to prepare himself for your approach is important.

Leashes and Harnesses = Safety & Comfort
All new foster dogs in your home, whether from a puppy mill, a shelter or an owner surrender, should wear a harness and a leash when they first arrive. The leash comes off whenever you are not there to monitor the dog. (You never want to leave a leash on a dog that is placed in a crate or x-pen. It could wrap around their neck and choke them. You can leave the harness on but unhook the leash when you're not there to supervise the dog.)
The leash means it's possible to stop a dog that is running and about to escape without having to grab hold of the dog directly. It keeps both you and the dog safe.

Cue Me In and Pick Up Lines
Begin immediately using cue words to let the dog know when you're going to pick him up or touch him. Find something that makes sense to you that can be used by everyone. For example, before picking a dog up, you can cue by saying, "Up..." Pause long enough to give the dog time to prepare to be handled and then pick him up. Very quickly the dog learns what "up" means.
You can cue going into the crate by labeling it each time. Soon the dog can learn to go to their crate when you tell them it's time to do so. (If you feed in their crate, they may well learn this particularly quickly. You can also leave a treat in the crate for the dog to find, thus teaching the dog to associate the crate with the treat.) By giving the dog cues, their environment becomes less scary and more predictable.
Not Everything Should Be Approached "Head-On"
As humans, we typically greet each other face to face. Eye contact varies according to culture. For dogs though, face to face contact is confrontational. Watch a well socialized dog greet another dog and you'll see they don't travel in direct lines and we ALL know the famous greetings our dogs give each other.
Keeping dog manners in mind, it's much better to approach your dog from the side and also give a cue that you're coming so as not to startle the dog.
A pet under the chin or the neck is less threatening than reaching out over a dog and patting him on the head. An ear rub can be less threatening when the dog is in your arms. More on the "pick up" later.
Practice Makes Perfect
Practicing a skill is helpful for dogs just as it is for humans. You and your foster dog from a mill will likely need to practice the pick up line and the pick up itself many times for your foster dog to be comfortable.
First, cue your dog as mentioned earlier. After you say, "Up!" you may see that your dog stands still or postures in a way for you to take hold of them. Another may go to an area where they feel comfortable and safe. It might be under a table or a kitchen chair or some place rather "den like". Maybe the dog will run into his crate. Watch to see the pattern. It may not mean a dog is trying to escape when they leave the immediate area. It can be a way they're signaling they're ready now to be picked up. Learn to read your dog's signals. Communication goes both ways!
Catch and Release
It's a tough call for a foster parent - picking up your foster dog stresses her out. Should you pick her up often or hold off and hope that it will be less stressful when she's more accustomed to you?
Ask yourself a different question: What do you want her to practice? If you pick your foster dog up often but briefly, using the cue words, and mark her release with a cue word such as, "all done" you give your foster dog many opportunities for something that's new to her. She learns that even though you pick her up, you always let her go.
What's more, most of the time that she's picked up, it's for a very brief period of time and it's not too demanding. You're not trying to pill her, work on a mat, or give her eye drops or ear meds. This is simply an opportunity to be held for a minute, spoken to softly and then released. Being picked up becomes less stressful in a shorter period of time because of the opportunity to practice this new skill.
You Looking at Me?
It's not uncommon for people to report that dogs from puppy mills are very uncomfortable with eye contact. Keep in mind that in the past,  their interactions with humans may have been frightening and even painful. Being seen meant being hurt or being scared. It takes time to change that mind set.
Speak softly and calmly and avoid trying to look in the eyes of your foster dog from a mill. Try using a sideways glance, when necessary, or attempt to look a bit past or over the dog. Nonverbal cues such as yawning  or looking briefly and then looking away and looking at the ground in between glances at the dog can help as well. Those are the same signals your well mannered dog uses in interacting with other dogs. Watch and you'll see!
The Puppy Mill Committee
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Havanese Rescue, Inc.


NewsLetter Oct 07

Havanese Rescue, Inc. Newsletter Changing Lives...One Havanese At A Time
October 2007

Words From The President

The leaves are beginning to fall and the wondrous colors of autumn are everywhere. I would guess that most of us are finally enjoying the cooler temperatures; my Havies seem to be revitalized by them.

Soon it will be Halloween and the Hav-O-Lanterns may want to be part of the fun and festivities, but please remember to keep them safe. Candy tastes yummy and can be irresistible, but chocolate can be toxic to dogs and foil wrappers indigestible. If your pet feels comfortable wearing a costume that can be fun, but please make certain that his vision isn't obstructed (something especially important in our long-haired breed). Since the front door will be opened more often than usual, take care that your dog doesn't dart out when the opportunity presents itself. On Halloween night make sure that your dog's ID tag is on in case the unthinkable happens. With its scary sounds and presence of strangers, Halloween can be stressful for some dogs. Sometimes putting your Havie in another room with the door closed, surrounded by familiar sounds and smells can be comforting.

When the ghosts and goblins are gone for another year, take a moment to relax and enjoy the outdoor beauty and wonderful smells that abound. Soon you will need to grab your rake and begin the clean-up of leaves. And, we know about the indoor clean-up - removing all the leaves that our Havanese carry in with them on their coats. However, being able to steal some kisses and hugs during the process makes it worth the effort!

Happy Fall, everyone! What a glorious time of year!

Stacy DeJoseph

In this issue
  • Adoption Corner
  • Letters Home: Emma
  • Auction Time Again!
  • October is Rescue Month!
  • Changing Lives: Michelle Burke
  • Have you seen the Havanese faces in Havanese Rescue Inc?

  • Letters Home: Emma

    I arrived on a jet plane that was delayed 11 hours, very scary way to arrive and meet my new family. I greeted them hissing and snarling, and never really warmed up to them. Their vet advised them to "put me down" because I was so vicious at such a young age and would only get worse. The family wanted to give me a chance and kept me locked up a lot in a room, so I wouldn't be over stimulated(?).That didn't work.They contacted a local Animal Shelter for help, who in turn, called Mommy Karen.

    She came over right away, with yummy treats and sat right down on the kitchen floor to visit. I hissed at her, too, in that house, and she stayed for two hours and saw that I didn't let anyone touch me! Guess I wasn't ferocious enough for Mommy Karen, because she took me home to her house.

    She had her own trainers, RubyBleu and Dimey, a lot bigger than my 3.7 lbs, but VERY gentle Havanese, with some manners. Mommy Karen's house was wide open to me, her family made me feel like I could be part of someone's family.

    I let them know how happy I was to visit with them that first day, jumping around them, doing the Havanese Ballet, taking treats, and playing with their doggies. I slept next to Mom's bed and if she said "Up" to me, it meant she was going to pick me up. It was ok! And the only way I'd get off the big deck to go potty.

    I was just supposed to stay until my behavior was better, but once I started cuddling on the couch with Mommy Karen, snuggling up and under Jesse's chin, and Dad brought home a ramp so I could fly down off the deck, I knew I was a keeper!!! Christa had to fly home from college to give her approval, and Dimey and Ruby have grown VERY attached to me.

    PS If you have any unwanted computer charging cords, send them asap, I've already chewed thru 3 here!

    Auction Time Again!

    It's that time again! The 7th annual online auction will run Saturday 11/3 through Saturday 11/10, with proceeds to benefit Havanese Rescue Inc. The fall auction has raised nearly $39,000.00 to support Havanese health and Havanese rescue efforts.

    The majority of items at the auction are new. However, gently used items are welcomed. To make your donation go twice as far, you might consider one of the following: Order something from Havanese Rescue Inc's store at Cafe Press and HRI will benefit twice, once from your purchase at Cafe Press and again with the money your item raises at the auction: http://www.cafe press.com/hrinc . Or if you are not in a position to donate or bid on items this year, we can still use your help in spreading the word to family and friends and other lists you may be on.

    For more detailed information on how to donate an item to the auction, to get ideas of items to donate, or how to place a bid on the fabulous items donated please visit http://auction2007.homestead.com/index.html.

    Please add the auction to your favorites http://auction2007.homestead.com/Items1.html and check back daily as auction items are frequently being added!!!

    October is Rescue Month!

    The Havanese Club of America supports rescue month by encouraging our strong and compassionate community to work together for Havanese in need. The Havanese Club of America Placement & Rescue Services Group (HCA PRS) is currently being restructured. In the interim, Havanese Rescue Inc (HRI) is assisting with ongoing rescue activities. Please support rescue by visiting www.havaneserescue.com don't forget the upcoming auction: http://auction2007.homestead.com/Items1.html

    Changing Lives: Michelle Burke

    If you have ever gone to our website, read this newsletter in its archived format, admired an HRI ad in one of the Havanese magazines or applied to adopt or volunteer, you have sampled just some of the talents Michelle Burke shares with HRI.

    Michelle designed the logo for HRI, the Havanese Rescue Quilt project and the rescue banner announcing October as rescue month for the HCA. She has also designed many of our ads for various newsletters and catalogs and has created our HRI tee shirts at our CafePress store.

    Though she finds her passion in graphic arts, Michelle spends countless hours working on the programming that allows our online forms to work. She has designed and improved our website and is there to answer our questions for those of us who rely on her computer skills.

    In addition to all of the above, each of the Havanese rescue quilts has at least one block made by Michelle. She has also fostered dogs and shares the updates she still gets from the adoptive families. Truly Michelle's commitment to the Havanese breed and rescue have benefited more dogs than can easily be counted. Thank you, Michelle, for all you have given.

    Have you seen the Havanese faces in Havanese Rescue Inc?

    Watch our video at youtube, http://youtube.com/watch?v=EVzLpDd0ncc

    Adoption Corner

    Curl Covered Charm - Desi

    Charming, engaging and just delightful. That's Desi from head to toe.

    Desi came into HRI at 8 months of age. Full of energy and mischief, he's developed fans with everyone he's met. That includes quite a few people, too, as Desi's had numerous visits with everyone from medical staff at veterinary clinics to the veterinary medical hospital of Wisconsin. Within minutes, everyone in the waiting room and behind the reception desk has given this boy an ear scratch and smiled at his antics.

    Though he's healthy, Desi has a congenital deformity of his left foot. Because of the degree of the deformity, he hasn't used his left leg very much which caused it to atrophy. HRI is working with specialists to strengthen the rest of Desi's body so he can move more easily. We're also learning about options to support Desi in using his left leg more.

    Desi LOVES playing with toys, especially "noisy" ones like pipsqueakers and talking toys. He loves his foster sisters, the Wyland girls, and chases and plays with them inside the house and out. (See the youtube videos to see him in action!) He thinks ear scratches are so delightful he has to fall down in pleasure. His coat is soft and petting him could probably be patented as a stress reliever. He wags, dances and entertains daily. Anybody who adopts Desi should be ready to surrender their heart.

    The right adoptive family for Desi will have ready access to the appropriate veterinary support. A search at this website http://www.holisticvetlist.com/ will tell you the location of holistic veterinary care in your state. Chiropractics has been most effective for Desi.

    Before Desi goes home, he will have more work to determine the best plan for physical therapy. He's come a long way in just a few months in foster care. You can see his progress by visiting the Desi videos on youtube.

    and http://youtube.com/watch?=egmJs5QUz_E and http://youtube.com/watch?v=g15lqGGYGa4 and http://youtube.com/watch? v=1Caw_c8EBH4


    Adoption News

    Dulce who was featured in June's newsletter has found her forever home!!!


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    Go to goodsearch.com

    Look at the second box on the page that follows the words: "I'm supporting" and type in Havanese Rescue- HRI. Then click the button that says "Verify."

    That's it! Each search generates a penny for HRI. If 100 people do two searches a day, that's $2.00 a day for HRI or $60 a month and it costs you nothing.

    Searching through goodsearch.com does not sign you up for any spam or put you on a mailing list. It's just another search engine, this one sponsored by yahoo.

    Thanks to everyone who uses this option and raises money for our Havanese!




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