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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

    2015 Financial

    Foster Dog Expenses: $63,026
    Education  is $1078
    Hav to Hav It Store  $15024
    Contractor and web site fees: are $2478
    Benefits: from $0
    Salaries: $0
    Printing AND POSTAGE: $3471
    Total Expenses: $86,334
    Contributions: are not $36,805
    Program Revenue $36,508
    Fundraising $25,666 ( Fall Auction, Quilt, Fundraising Reception)
    Total Revenue: and $99,140
    Quilt 2016 $4859
    Store at Nationals: $3563
    Reception at Nationals: $14500
    Breakdown:  $4600 auction
    $3500 raffle
    $3000 donations
    $1400 Gator Fund
    $2000 HCA Donation
    Fall Auction:  $12,838 (Gross $13,338-~ $500 in postage)


    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!

    Featured Educational Article

    Senior Fostering Rewards

    We are fostering Oso Grande right now and others are correct, fostering a senior is a rewarding experience...especially with the wonderful support of HRI!  My husband and I picked up Oso, who will be 11 years old next month.  He was surrendered when his elderly owner could no longer care for him properly.  Oso likely has CD and was a whopping 38 pounds when we got him, with a very deformed front leg, hip dysplasia in one hip, and had hip repair surgery in the other after a prior attack by a pit bull.  The day we picked him up from his owner he could only barely, with a substantial amount of effort, lift his back-end up off the ground (sometimes we had to help him to his feet).  Then once he was up, he would frequently fall.  We live in a two story house and we had to carry him up and down the stairs.  He also had several sores on his skin and places where he had licked the fur off because of skin allergies.  And his teeth desperately needed a cleaning.  I was very doubtful that first couple days that he wasn't going to need to be put down.  It was heartbreaking for awhile mostly because there was no joy in Oso's life.
    Fast forward two weeks.  Oso is now on daily pain meds, thyroid medicine, allergy medicine, and for a while antibiotics for his skin.  I will admit, for awhile having a senior dog with health issues and medications was frustrating.  It took some trial and error to find the treat the he liked and that covered the terrible taste of the pain meds and I think some time to build trust to take them from us.  It was not a lot of fun to carry him up and down the stairs.  There were several emails to Karen Grant and Andria for support and advice (they are wonderful!!!).  However, through it all, he just wanted love.  He longed to be near us, to have us pet him (though you had to be careful because sometime petting caused him pain), and to just lay at our feet.  However, looking at his sad and pain ridden eyes and knowing that his heart was breaking for the owner and doggy sibling he had spent most of his life with and had now lost, the frustration would melt away.
    Fast forward 3 months. The transformation has been amazing to watch and experience.  With his daily meds, especially the pain meds and the loss of a few pounds, that poor dog who couldn't lift his back-end 3 months ago, now: goes up and down the stairs on his own, runs..yes I did say runs...with our three other dogs, stands on his back legs to put his front paws on the couch, jumps and bounces up and down when he gets excited, and last weekend actually jumped up on the couch and back down by himself!!!!!  He willingly takes his daily meds and actually looks forward to the treat that comes with them.  He barks with joy when he sees us and follows us everywhere. 
    Having Oso has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life when I realize that with HRI's medical treatment and a little effort from me to give him his medicine twice a day, a whole new world has opened up to this old dog.  I would be very willing to guess that he had not bounced with excitement in probably a couple of years. He lived a very sedate and low-key life before.  Now, joy and happiness have replaced the sadness and pain in his eyes and he seems to thoroughly enjoy life.  I don't know what will happen with his adoption, but I can tell you that he is a joy in my house and until the absolutely perfect home comes for him, he will be welcome to live out the rest of his years with us.  It has been a wonderful experience and I encourage you to take the chance with an old boy or girl :-)
    Barbara Taylor
    Northern California


    Changing Havanese at a a time.


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