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Havanese Rescue, Inc.

NewsLetter Oct 07

  • Published: Wednesday, 19 December 2007 07:23
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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

    2015 HRI Online Auction


    The 15th annual online auction to benefit Havanese Rescue Inc will begin at 9:00am (eastern time) on Saturday, Nov 7, 2015 and will end at 3:00pm (eastern) on Saturday, Nov 14th.

    What was meant to be an experiment in 2001 became an annual tradition which was the first of its kind for our breed. Over the years, Havanese lovers everywhere have come together to raise over $125,000 for the darling pups of HRI; it's a labor of love and every penny raised goes to HRI.  If you've never participated, we hope you'll join us because the HRI volunteers can't do their fabulous work without our support.    

    For those new to the event, please take a few moments to read our FAQs and if you have any other questions, feel free to drop me a line.

    Auction FAQs

    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

    The Long Road

     The Passage from Hell to Heaven copy


    Lanis Story2 Three Weeks in Foster Care 18 Months

    Lani's story ... Nine years in a puppymill

    Lani at three weeks in foster care.

    After 18 months living life as a

    loved and cared for family member.


    The passage from hell to heaven could take many months and may even take a year or two for some mill dogs. As long as puppy mills exist there is an urgent need for foster families and forever homes. Opening your heart and home to a puppy mill rescue is one of life’s most treasured and rewarding experiences. Keys to this successful passage are understanding, patience, time, love and when possible a “buddy system” with a mild mannered dog in the family.

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    To understand the puppy mill dog it helps to become familiar with the conditions the dog has endured all its life. Many mill dogs are born at the mill and removed from their littermates before socialization has formed. These puppies miss crucial socialization periods with humans and they never learn to trust, to love, or to play. Nutritional needs are minimal and veterinarian services are frequently non-existent. The mature dog is breed over and over again for six, seven, eight, or nine years. When the productivity of the dog decreases the dog is then discarded. The lucky ones are given to rescue groups or sent to auctions. The unlucky ones are disposed of inhumanely.

    The transition from the puppy mill to foster care may be unsettling for the mill dog. The dog may have had to be shaved down to its skin in order to remove all the filth and matted hair. Several or all of its teeth may have had to be extracted due to disease and infection. Many mill survivors suffer from swollen, splayed and sore feet from so much time walking on the wire kennel flooring. Eye and ear diseases may also be present. And of course, the dog will have been neutered. Unfortunately there remains psychological damage the mill dog will bring with it to its foster and forever home. Undoing the psychological damage will take the most patience, time, and love. But in the end you will be rewarded with the most loving, devoted dog you will ever own.

    Patience copy

    Fostering or adopting a puppy mill dog requires patience. Patience is a very important part of helping the mill dog navigate the passage from mill to forever home. The dog will not know what is expected of it, and will need time to adjust to the new environment and expectations. You need to accept the mill dog with the understanding that the dog has had minimum physical contact with people and that the physical contact the dog received at the mill was probably not pleasant. More than likely the mill dog was handled by the scruff of its neck and may be sensitive at the back of its neck. When you pick up your dog it’s best to approach him from the front, talk softly and reassuringly, then gently lift the dog with both hands underneath. Approaching the dog from behind and quickly lifting it may surprise and alarm the dog. It may be many weeks before the mill dog begins to relax in your arms while being picked up or held. The foster or forever home environment is new to the mill dog and it will take time for it to feel “at home” in its new environment.

    Time copy

    The adoptive family must be willing to spend time with the mill dog; time to adjust, to adapt, to explore, and to learn. Routines, smells, sounds and everything in the house are new to the mill dog. To ease the transition, place the dog’s opened crate in a central location. This will allow the dog a place to go and to feel safe in while observing and becoming accustomed to everyday activity. While being in what the dog regards as a safe place (his crate) the dog becomes accustomed to hearing the phone ring, the blare from the TV, people talking, vacuum cleaners running, smells from the kitchen, etc. Eliminating extraneous “noise pollution” until the mill dog has adapted somewhat to its new environment is helpful.

    Love copy

    In time there will be a bond – unconditional love – between the mill dog and you. Due to the many psychological scars the mill dog comes with, this may be a slow process. You need to gain the dog’s trust. At the mill the dog probably didn’t have a name – just a number. Food and water may have been distributed mechanically. A suggestion to help mend one of the psychological scars is to use food. Feed the dog on a schedule, stay close by, and talk softly to the dog while it eats. The dog will soon learn that the food came from you. Another suggestion is to offer treats on a regular basis especially as a reward for doing a task you asked for. Once the mill dog trusts you a bond of unconditional love is formed. You will look back over all the months – perhaps year – it took to bring the mill dog into it’s rightful place as a “born to be free” dog who is enjoying life to it’s fullest and you’ll be ecstatically happy.

    The mill dog needs to get used to you. Find an area where the dog is most comfortable and just sit quietly petting or brushing the dog while at the same time calling it by name and talking in a soft, reassuring manner. Most dogs love to be brushed and in a very short time your mill dog will enjoy sitting with you and being brushed.

    Buddy copy

    Dogs are social animals. While at the mill the only friend your mill dog may have had was another dog whose kennel may have been next to his. Rescue groups and foster moms have found that mill dogs adapt to the new family environment faster if there is another friendly dog in the family. The mill dog bonds quickly with the other dog and will follow and copy its behaviors thus learning the new expectations and routines much faster. Although size or age of the other dog does not seem to matter friendly temperament does.

    Dental copy

    As mentioned previously mill dogs often arrive in rescue with dental problems. Several or all of the teeth may have been extracted because they were rotten. Good dental hygiene is a vital component in the care of mill dogs in order to preserve the few remaining teeth they may have. You may want to begin with a daily brushing using a dental clens pad. When the dog is comfortable with this you can begin to use a child’s toothbrush or doggie finger brush along with dog (not human) toothpaste. In time your dog will see the daily tooth brushing routine as an added treat.

    Leash copy

    Your mill dog was probably constrained to a small metal cage with a wire floor. The dog will not be used to a leash, walking on flat surfaces, or stairs. Putting a harness and leash on your dog and letting it drag the leash around the house will aid in familiarizing the puppy with the house while at the same time letting the dog get used to a leash. Blocking off stair entrances with a baby gate will keep the dog safe from a possible tumble.


    Puppy mill dogs spend their entire lives soiling their living quarters – the mess merely drops down the open metal grating. Therefore, housebreaking a puppy mill dog is to “un-teach” it a previously acceptable learned behavior. A regular schedule, constant reinforcement, praise, and commitment from you are essential in helping the mill dog eradicate this behavior. Taking the dog out when it first gets up in the morning, after naps, eating, playing, and before bed is a schedule that will help the dog learn to go to the bathroom outside rather than in the house. Another aid is putting the dog on a low residue food, which usually produces one or two bowel movements a day.

    Conclusion copy

    Dogs coming from puppy mills are all different. They are individuals and as such display different traits and have different needs. Some may be shy, some may take longer to house break, some may be frightened of noise or small children, some smaller dogs may be frightened by large aggressive dogs, and some may not trust people. Others however may adapt to, and fit in with the new family in a brief period of time. Some may like to play with toys; some may never learn to play with toys. What is important is that the family accepts the dog as it is, is sensitive to its needs, praises and nurtures it, provides a non-threatening environment, is persistent in the dog’s training, and most of all offers the dog security and unending love and devotion. Bringing the puppy mill dog down the passage from mill to forever home is one of life’s most rewarding experiences. Hearing the first bark, seeing the eagerness in which your dog bounds out the door for its walk, watching the dog respond to your commands, and being greeted by your dog first thing in the morning and last thing at night makes this journey ever so rewarding.

    ©ml 2012

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