Words From The President
In the spirit of thanksgiving, HRI would like to wish all
of our readers the best of times with their family and
friends. The holidays bring opportunities and
challenges for everyone. It can take skill and
perseverance to find the balance between the
demands placed upon us and the time for reflection
that rejuvenates our souls.
May you find what it is you need so that you can go
on making a difference in the world in a way that
holds true for your spirit. And for those of us
fortunate enough to find the comfort of a fur covered
miracle called a Havanese curled alongside us, we are
truly blessed and ever thankful.
|Letters Home: Kato/Kai
Kai with his new
What a trip
this little man
has had. After knowing me
for 20 minutes, he
was placed in my arms and we boarded a flight
across the county so he could
come and live with his new family in Seattle. When
we finally arrived home
after the 5 hour flight and 40 minute drive home (we
had a potty break) his
new sisters were curious about him, but he was
aggressive and stressed. This
did not last long however. Once we moved to the
back yard it was 2 hours of
running Havanese style and playing in the dark. No
one wanted to come
inside. We went to bed with him cuddling up next to
me and his new sisters
wondering if they liked him so they went and slept
with their human
Now after 2 weeks Kaikua (Kai for short and meaning
brother in Hawaiian) is
doing fantastic. He is fully potty trained and has
completely. He provides everyone kisses including
his human brothers and
his canine sisters. He cuddles with everyone and
constantly looks for
one of them to play with.
He loves the Seattle rain, always walking through
the deepest puddle he can find. We think he might
be a Havanese swimmer.
We will find out in the spring when it is warm. We still
have not found what
makes his "Happy Meter" (tail) wag. Though he
seems very happy all the time,
his tail only moves very slightly when offering him a
human food treat. This
is a goal for our family, to try and make the Happy
Meter wag as often as
His socializing with other dogs is going well. It still
work, but with daily walks and trips to the park, he
will get there. He is
very smart and in the last 2 weeks besides the potty
training he has learned
to "Come, Wait, and Stay" (not consistently but
pretty close). There is
nothing like a lot of love and attention!
Needless to say we absolutely adore this little fellow
and are so glad that
he has come to live with our family. He generates a
million smiles a day,
both human and canine!
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|Changing Lives: Laura Lovell
Havanese Rescue Inc., is fortunate to have
volunteers, willing to give up their time and a bit of
their lives to Havanese that need help.
volunteer has worked with Havanese rescue for
about 5 years, even though she didn’t have a
Havanese at the start and does not have one now.
Laura Lovell, a volunteer in GA, came with experience
in Pyrenees rescue. Answering requests to go to
shelters in the Atlanta area when Havanese are
reported there, Laura brought one senior Havanese
home with her many years ago. Angel wasn’t doing well in the shelter and had
too many health problems to ever be adopted, but
have no doubt, she found her family. Sadly she went
to the Bridge several months ago and is very much
In addition to being a foster parent to numerous
Havanese over the years, Laura also serves on the
intake committee, answering requests for help one
day a week in addition to serving as treasurer for HRI
since July 2006. Patience, humor, compassion,
devotion and a willingness to find room for the
unwanted and an eye for the treasures they bring
are some of the skills Laura brings to HRI along with
her understanding of finances and computers as she
enters our financial information into the QuickBooks
program. Thank you, Laura, for being part of HRI.
|Annual Appeal Letter
World renowned liver specialist Dr.
Jack, at Cornell for Jack's first liver shunt surgery
checkup. Photo by
Profound thanks to the clubs whose
match your gifts:
We are thankful at HRI for the opportunity of another
year to help Havanese dogs find forever homes
where they can enrich the lives of families and live
the rest of their days healthy and happy.
In little more than 2 years, more than 75 Havanese
have come to HRI. Some came due to family illness,
death, or change in financial circumstances. Others
arrived due to the legal system seizing the dogs from
inhumane conditions. And finally, some came to HRI
due to the ill health of the dogs themselves, and
behavior problems with which the family was unable
to deal. With help from HRI volunteers, life has
around for these Havanese. Wounds heal, confidence
is raised, and the dogs who once belonged to no one
or were without an advocate for their needs, now
are family members. You have seen some of the
stories in this newsletter.
Those who work with HRI feel blessed to see the
changes and hear the stories of the dogs whose lives
were changed forever. Like a ripple effect, these
dogs go on to change others. HRI truly does change
lives one Havanese at a time.
Havanese Rescue Inc is grateful to have the support
of people across the country to help weave a safety
net for the Havanese most vulnerable - those in need
of rescue. We would like to invite you to be part of
the success story that is HRI. The opportunity to
change lives is a blessing. Please join us with your
donation today. . Through the generosity of some
local Havanese clubs the first $4,200 of donations
will be matched.
Capital Havanese Club -$500.00
Delaware Valley Havanese Club -$1,000.00
Gateway Havanese Club -$500.00
Greater New York Havanese Club -$1,000.00
Havanese Club of Southern California -$1,000.00
North Star Havanese Club -$200.00
We also hope you will be part of the gatherings
and Havanese Rescue parties that take place across
the country. Together we can make a
President, Havanese Rescue Inc.
Molly is a delightful little chocolate parti
who came to us after a seizure of animals from an
unlicensed kennel. She is reliant upon other dogs to
help her with her social skills. They also help her feel
more confident and comfortable. As a result, she will
ONLY be placed in a home with another
Molly is approximately 5-6 years old, spayed, up to
date on her vaccines, house-trained (though I would
expect her to lapse some when she is placed), and
generally in good health. She had been shaved to
the skin just before she came to me and it appears
she is going
to have a beautiful coat when it grows out.
Molly's perfect person/family would be very loving
and gentle. Molly is shy in new surroundings and
with new people. Her new family will have to be
very patient until she learns to trust you. Molly
loves to snuggle and she loves to be petted, and if
your dog will play with her she would be thrilled.
You will need to work on obedience skills, teaching
her to play with toys, and encouraging her so she
feels confident about herself. She does have a bit of
a naughty streak, and I think it is because in her
mind any attention (positive or negative) is a good
Molly would do best in a home
children, though a household with all of the children
over 13 will be considered. She is still very scared of
sudden movements and loud noises. Molly is being
fostered in North Carolina.
To Inquire about Molly...
Once again, we are thrilled to announce that the
Havanese featured for adoption in our last issue,
darling little Kato, has found his forever home.
his heart. :)
This & That
HRI Board Changes
Our congratulations are extended to Ursula Bassolino,
Volunteer Coordinator for HRI, who has accepted a
seat on the
Board of Directors.
New to the Board, in Advisory positions are Lynn
Nieto and Kathi Robertson. We wish them all the best
for their term in office.
And finally, we would like to thank the exiting
Advisory Board of Mary Cane, Kathy Patrick, Charlene
Cain, and Robin Gillespie, for giving their time and
knowledge to help HRI grow and develop into the
prominent organization it has become.
Havanese Auction 2006
Our first year of participation in the Online Havanese
Auction was a huge success.
In just one
month, thanks to the help of so many of HRI's
wonderful supporters and friends, we were able to
acquire enough donations to fill three pages of items
as well as the fabulous Bali stay donated by Tom &
The total raised from these donations over the
course of one wild and crazy week, amounted to
Thank you to everyone who
placed bids, and supported both HRI and the other
charities participating in this auction. This was an
amazing opportunity for HRI, and was so very much
fun for everyone involved!!
Once again we would like to thank Laura Cascino for
allowing us the opportunity to participate. We hope
we will be invited again next year, and make it even
bigger and better!!
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