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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: . 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

    Please add the auction to your favorites 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 don't forget the upcoming auction:

    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,

    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 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.
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    Adoption News

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


    Well, not quite, but there's a way YOU can help HRI raise money without spending even a penny! Here's how it works!

    Go to

    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 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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    News, Current Events and Items of Special Interest

    The 2015 Quilts are Finished!

    They've done it again! The Forum Quilters and the HRI Quilt Group have once again outdone themselves. Two gorgeous quilts will be available and you may win one! You can view these works of art here, and enter the drawing here.


    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

    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

    Surrendering a Dog to Rescue

    Surrendering a Dog to Rescue

    Ideally, all dogs live in one loving home from puppyhood until death. Realistically, however, this isn’t always possible. People become ill, die, divorce, move overseas, develop allergies, lose their jobs, lose their homes, etc. Any of these situations, among others, can be a reason for a dog coming into rescue.

    If you feel you are in a situation where you need to surrender your Havanese, here is a summary of how the situation works.

    Contact our intake group for assistance. We have experience and knowledge with this breed and will work with you in an effort to help you with solvable issues/problems. If this isn’t possible, we will place your dog in a carefully screened foster home for whatever length of time is necessary to assess his/her medical, behavioral and social needs.  We will then re-home him/her with a family who is educated about the special needs of your dog. 

    You should be aware that older dogs, dogs with medical problems, or pairs of dogs may take longer to place. These dogs are given the best care possible to make them feel comfortable while they await their new homes.

    We spend time assessing the dog prior to their arrival through our intake process. This is where we learn about the dog’s likes and dislikes, and personality. By being as honest as possible with us, you can help us place the dog successfully. It is vitally important that we have a complete medical history on the dog.

    Contact your vet and get a copy of your dog’s medical records, including rabies tag and microchip registration, if applicable. This will save him/her from being unnecessarily re-vaccinated. If your dog is unaltered, needs vaccines, heartworm testing, or a dental cleaning, please do your dog one last favor and take care of these veterinary needs. Rescue needs considerable funding to care for Havanese who are strays or are left in shelters or veterinary offices, some needing extensive medical treatment. Taking responsibility for these veterinary necessities for your own dog will allow us to place your dog sooner and allow rescue to channel funds to the truly neglected dogs. If you are unable to get your dog up-to-date on vaccinations and spayed/neutered, please consider a monetary donation upon surrendering your dog to help cover part of these costs. We sincerely appreciate receiving a monetary donation from the dog’s owner whenever it’s financially possible.

    A surrender form will be sent to you to complete. Please be thorough and accurate.  This form lets us know about your dog’s likes and dislikes, fears, favorite activities, toys or treats, etc.

    When possible, you’ll be asked to bring your dog to a designated intake place, or to transport at least part of the way if you are a long distance from the rescue representative or foster home. Make sure your dog is wearing a collar and ID tags for the trip.

    Determine which of your dog’s belongings you can send with him/her. Having his/her own crate, bed, toys, jacket, etc., not only keeps the dog more comfortable by being around familiar objects, but relieves rescue of having to purchase so many of these items for your dog. Please send food that your dog is used to, and pack up medications or supplements your dog needs, along with instructions for administration of them.

    You’ll be asked to sign relinquishment papers giving up ownership of your dog when you meet with the transporter or foster parent. If you’d like, we will send you a letter or email when your Havanese is placed to let you know a little about the home, but it will not include names or addresses of the new adopters. This is a confidential adoption process.

    All of our dogs are placed first in pre-approved foster homes. Except in the case of strays or dogs coming from shelters where contagious illnesses might threaten the pets of our foster families, we do not board our dogs at kennels, veterinarian’s offices, groomers, etc. Our prescreened and well educated foster families are provided with support from other volunteers and foster families as well as trainers and veterinarians when appropriate.

    Your dog will have a safe, comfortable, loving home with one of our foster families until we find a match with one of our approved adopters. Adopters sign a contract stating that the Havanese they adopt MUST be returned to our rescue if they cannot keep the dog for any reason. The dog will never be sold, given away or taken to a shelter. To ensure compliance, microchips on all HRI dogs are registered to HRI.

    Remember, surrendering your Havanese to Havanese Rescue Inc, ensures that your pet will be placed in a loving, educated, “forever” home with people who understand the special needs of this breed. A humane society, shelter or all-breed rescue may not be able to provide the same level of screening and understanding of the breed.

    Although surrendering your dog may be extremely difficult for you, remember what a loving choice you’re making. You are providing your dog with a “second chance” for a wonderful future.  We understand, and we thank you for making a decision that is in the best interest of your Havanese.

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