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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


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    Featured Educational Article


    Some Questions and Answers About Quarantine

    Quarantining a rescue dog in foster care is a way to help safeguard your own pets from possible illness or parasites. Most dogs in HRI and other rescue groups are NOT quarantined in a veterinary clinic, but rather are quarantined at home. This has a number of benefits.

    By quarantining in your home, the foster dog is able to interact with household members several times on a daily basis. This is important for a dog that has spent time living in a kennel at a shelter or in a puppy mill. Your regular contact is already helping to forge a bond with your foster dog.


    By using methods to quarantine your foster dog until there's an "all clear" given by the vet, you can protect your own pets while helping your foster dog adjust to your home. Additionally, quarantining within your home is far less expensive than putting a dog into a veterinary boarding situation. This is important because we have many dogs who need our care and attention and we need to spend our funds wisely.

    How can I create a safe place for quarantine inside my own home?

    One of the easiest and most effective ways to quarantine a dog within your home involves using an x-pen inside a room with a baby gate to keep your own dogs out of the room. If you want to make a bit of a visual barrier in addition to the space created by the x-pen and the baby gate, you can throw a towel or small blanket over the baby gate.

    To protect your floor, many people place a tarp, shower curtain, or even a flannel backed plastic tablecloth underneath the x-pen. This will be your "first layer" of protection.

    You can place washable piddle pads on top of the tarp. This will give the dog a place to toilet within the the x-pen. If you plan on using piddle pads later, it's a way to begin training your foster dog to use the piddle pads for toileting.


    A crate with an open door can be placed inside for the dog to rest. This, combined with the piddle pads, is actually one of your first steps in HOUSE TRAINING. (We'll discuss this more in some other posts.) You are creating, possibly for the first time in your foster dog's life, a place that is set for toileting and a place for sleeping. Additionally, you can create a place for eating by putting down a small placemat along with his or her water bowl and food bowl.

    If your foster dog is a climber, it's possible he or she will jump to the top of the crate and then jump over the x-pen. In that event, you may need to take apart the plastic crate so only the bottom of the crate is there with a blanket or washable cushion or dog bed inside for them to sleep.


    Is a baby gate enough for quarantining? How can I keep my pets from touching noses with a foster dog through a baby gate?

    Use a baby gate at the door to keep your dogs away from your foster dog(s) in the x-pen. If you don't have an x-pen, a very very large crate that can be set up to have a "sleeping" side and a "piddle pad" or toileting side, can be used. An x-pen is one of the ideal ways to quarantine, however.

    How long do I have to quarantine?

    This is something to discuss with your vet. Some rescue groups and individual rescuers suggest 2 week quarantines. Others will find that a vet will say with no signs of illness (sneezing, coughing, mattered eyes, or any parasites, for example) it's possible to let dogs have initial limited contact after a week to 10 days.

    How can I keep my own dogs away from the area my foster dog is using for toileting outside?


    It's important to quarantine both inside your home and outside. Simply taking the dogs out at separate times is not sufficient if you are allowing them on the same lawn. You want to separate your dogs and foster dogs toileting areas until you have a report of a clear fecal exam from your vet. It is important to pick up quickly after your foster dog both to prevent any spread of parasites, if present, and also to prevent bad habits developing.

    You can use a rust proof (i.e. plastic) x-pen outside if you have one. It's also possible to build a temporary fence with step in fence posts and a roll of wire.

    If I build a temporary fence with fence posts and roll out wire, can I leave my foster dog in that area alone?  

    Absolutely not! Your temporary fence or outdoor x-pen is NOT meant to be used as containment devices. Think of it instead as a way of keeping YOUR dogs off from this portion of your yard until after you get an "all clear" from the vet.

    ALWAYS remain outside and supervise your foster dog when he or she is in their quarantined area of the yard. Do this for 1) security and 2) to reinforce outdoor pottying. When you see outdoor toileting happen, you can begin labeling the behavior. i.e. as soon as you see your dog move into position to toilet, use whatever phrase works at your house such as , "go potty". You want to wait until you see it about to happen so the dog begins to make a connection between his behavior and your "directive" (because it will eventually become a directive). You also can follow up immediately with a "yessssss! Good potty!" Some dogs like treats but it can take a little time before your foster dog from a puppy mill accepts them from you. Verbal praise is a good start and demands nothing from your foster dog.

    We'll talk more about approaches to house training and other socialization skills in future emails.

    How do I spend time with a dog that is in quarantine?


    There are a number of ways to spend time with a dog that's in quarantine. If your dog is ready for physical contact, you can sit and watch TV with your foster dog on your lap. For a dog that is still fearful, simply spending some time in the same room without placing any demands on the dog is a good way to help desensitize your foster dog to your presence. For example, you might sit near the x-pen and read a book. If you read aloud, your dog is hearing your voice.

    Some of us begin getting our foster dogs used to our voices by talking and singing to them during transport. If you're giving your foster dog their first name, or helping them learn their name, putting their name in a song is another way to help your dog make this association.

    Even when you're not in the room, it's important to give your dog some stimulation such as quiet music playing in the background, or perhaps a television that is on during the day or waking hours of the evening. (It may sound counterintuitive, but Animal Planet and The Discovery Channel are NOT necessarily good choices for our dogs. It can be over stimulating for them to hear barking, whining etc on the television. We lean towards various home improvement channels at our house. There's little screaming since it's not a drama and rarely are animals or barking involved  in the shows.

    Remember to wash your hands after handling your foster dog in quarantine.

    How should I transport a dog that is or will be in quarantine?


    Please use a crate for safety for any Havanese your are transporting. (Be sure to clean the crate thoroughly with disinfectant before you use it again.)

    Most of us place a sheet or towel on the car seat or on the floor of the SUV or van before we place the crate on top. Be sure to secure the crate so it doesn't slide around with your foster dog inside. The sheet or towel will help protect your vehicle if your foster dog should become car sick. The sheet should be washed, even if you don't think it's dirty, just in case your foster dog has a respiratory infection and hasn't yet shown any symptoms.

    Where can I get x-pens and washable piddle pads?

    Craigslist, Freecycle and rummage sales can be great places to find equipment for rescue. If you don't see any listed, place an ad yourself, indicating you’re looking for an x-pen or crate because you do dog rescue. It's possible someone will have something they're willing to donate.

    HRI has some washable piddle pads that have been donated to us. The puppy mill committee recently requested a donation from an organization that provides them to us for the cost of shipping. If you are fostering a dog from a puppy mill, please request some washable piddle pads from us to help with your quarantining and house training process.

    It's also possible to get donations of washable piddle pads yourself by contacting nursing homes and even hospitals in your area and indicating you are from rescue. Many of these facilities have piddle pads they donate either to groups in their community or to larger organizations such as the one that makes these available to HRI and other animal rescue groups.

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