Words From The President
Glorious spring is in the air bringing forth
a sense of renewal and growth, and Havanese
Rescue Inc. is surely in keeping with that
spirit. Our rescue numbers are increasing by
the week, presenting us with challenges we
are working hard to meet.
While our dogs come to us for various
reasons, they all share one commonality - need.
Our volunteers come to us for one reason - a
desire to help with those needs. We are
continually humbled and amazed by the
selfless attitudes, giving spirits, and
loving hearts of these people. While each
volunteer is valued, our foster angels are
our greatest gift. Without them we
could not exist.
With our unprecedented growth we are in great
need of additional foster homes. So, it is
with a hopeful heart that I am asking for
your help in meeting this challenge.
Please consider opening your heart and home
to a Havie rescue. You will be rewarded with
a heart filled with joy in being able to give
the blessing of renewal to a little lost dog.
|Postcard from Boca!
Postcard from Boca
Hi to all my Hav Rescuer friends! Life here
Florida couldn't be better! Len and Bev take
everywhere with them, but when I know that
to have to spend a bit of time alone, I'm
under the bed
for sure. (I prefer the top of the bed for
I have lots and lots of neighborhood dog and
pals, a girlfriend and more play dates than
shake a bully stick at! There is even a
waiting list of
people who want to take care of me when Len and
Bev are headed out for an extended time. What
could a Hav boy ask for? They've changed the
expression from the "Life of Riley" to the
Cooper." I've got it made.
I am in love with both my new owners, but Len
share some great guy times. We walk to meet
exercise class, You probably already heard
own private chair in the driveway, car rides
you ready for this...Len doesn't even want
to go on
vacation anymore....I'm all that, aren't I?
I miss you all, but when my mom tells
I'm a "people person" that about sums it up,
Love and Hav Hugs to All,
|HRI Education-Milwaukee Pet Expo
A great time was had by everyone attending
Lakes Pet Expo in Milwaukee on February 2. HRI was
represented with numerous volunteers, both human
Charlie, a recent Havanese foster dog now
adopted, made his debut at the HRI booth. He
delighted visitors with his puppy charm. You
him pictured here with Beans and Frank, both
veterans to HRI booths, and Angie, another
HRI provides information about the breed as
positive pet care and education about puppy
ever growing problem in Wisconsin and other
the country. Many people stopped by our booth
day. In fact, one family is now a foster
the arrival of a young Havanese mix left in a
after his owner died! We thank our volunteers
giving of their time and talents to make the
Lakes Pet Expo a success.
One of the most important volunteer jobs
of Havanese Rescue is that of our Foster
Angels. Currently, HRI has an overwhelming
number of newly-rescued dogs and is in need of
additional Foster Angels. If you have room in
your heart and home, please visit Havanese
Rescue for more information on
volunteering and fostering.
HRI covers all expenses, medical, grooming
and behavioral supports, but we cannot help
the dogs that need us without families to
bring them into their home for that important
first step for the rest of their lives.
Here are some quick notes from a few of HRI's
There are so many different ways to help
Rescue! Each job is so important. I'm not a
computer person, nor a speaker (or much of a
writer either LOL). I do love fostering, and
I told myself from the beginning that I
couldn't keep any of the rescues coming
through my house, because I had to leave room
for the next one that needed me. And we have
so many good applications coming in to adopt,
that finding that perfect person, that
perfect home makes handing that little
fluff ball over, easier.
Getting those weekly reports from Sasha's
mom, pictures of Hershey & Snickers with the
grandchildren at Christmas, notes from others
that I've helped place or others in HRI have
placed makes it all worthwhile.
Participating in Laura's Auction, donating
toward Annie's medical bills, doing the
"behind the scenes" work, spreading the
word...every bit is important to each and
every Hav that passes through the doors of
Rescue. And that is what it is all about in
my heart, the Desi's the Bennys, the Annies,
all of them that need our help to find their
perfect, loving forever home!
|Anne & Biscuit: First Time Fostering Perspective
I guess it is only fitting that I agreed to
volunteer with HRI since it was a rescue that
led me to my Mirabel. It was inadvertent. I
met a wonderful rescue dog when I was in a
Petco. (He wasn't a Havanese, but he sure was
cute!) I even applied to adopt him, but
someone else was chosen. That started my
search for a new family member. While
researching breeds, Havanese kept cropping
up. I thought about fostering a dog since I
knew there was a need. Then I met Mirabel, my
Havanese, and fell in love with her and the
I knew about HRI before the national
specialty in Denver, but after meeting so
many wonderful volunteers there, I knew
volunteering was something I wanted to do. I
sent in my application and was welcomed into
the warmest and most caring group of people
you could ever want to meet.
I am lucky to have had the most wonderful
first time fostering experience. I was so
excited to be called. It was my chance to
help a dog, give him lots of love and take
care of him until the perfect "furever" home
It was hard to wait for the foster homecoming
of Biscuit, our first foster dog. We were
excited to meet him! He was immediately
greeted by my fur family which can be a
little overwhelming for any dog. Poor Biscuit
didn't know what to make of it. He
immediately took to my son though and sat
curled up with him.
For the first day and a half he mainly stayed
in his bed or on the sofa. He ate and went
out when asked but not much more.
Subsequently he became more adventurous and
decided he liked the little girl dog that was
a lot like him. They got along really well
and enjoyed playing with each other. He still
wasn't sure what to make of the bigger dogs.
Everyday he became more outgoing and showed
his delightful personality. We have had many
a laugh over his antics.
For a dog that once had a fractured rear leg
he has the highest vertical leap I think I
have ever seen. I joke that he needs to be
adopted by the circus because he is so
acrobatic. He sits up, jumps very high, walks
on his hind legs, and is one of the most
charming dogs you could want to meet. With
his big brown eyes looking at you adoringly,
Biscuit loves to be loved on.
I can't imagine a better first time
experience for fostering. It has been
wonderful to see Biscuit adapt to the new
routine and his new family members. There
have been a few trying days but all in all it
has been a very positive experience. He has
added to the number of kisses and cuddles I
get everyday. I know he won't be with me long
because he is such a great puppy. He should
find a home quickly.
Would I foster again? In a heart beat. The
love and laughs Biscuit has brought into my
home far outweigh a few accidents on the
I am sure the hardest part of fostering is
yet to come, the day we say goodbye and send
Biscuit on to a new family. The house will
seem too quiet and we'll be sad for awhile
but we will know that he is moving on to
bigger and better things. I hope he knows how
much he touched us and how much he will be
missed. I am one lucky person to have had
this amazing dog come through my home and hope
that his new family appreciates how amazing
he is too. We love you Biscuit!
For those thinking about fostering, I hope
you decide to give it a try. You will make a
big difference in the life of a dog and make
a big difference in the lives they go on to
Make sure to check out Biscuit's
information in the adoption corner!
Biscuit is very much a lovable, 18 month old
neutered male Havanese. He likes lots of
attention and belly rubs. He would do well
with dogs about his same size and strength
but we don't know if he's ever experienced
cats. He is very smart and has caught on to
things around here very quickly. Like most
Havs he loves his naps and also has his high
He has some dominance issues with one of my
other dogs but this hasn't been too big of an
issue. Just a little barking here and there.
He learned right away which door we go
outside through and lets me know if he wants
to go outside. One of the funny things he
does is use his paws a lot to get a person's
attention. He eats well and hasn't shown to
be picky at all. He will make a great pet for
someone. He seemed to really take to my
teenage son the first day - I think because
he reminded Biscuit of his previous family. I
gave him a bath in my sink and he did
wonderfully. He follows me around and shreds
whatever paper he can find, definitely a
Havanese through and through! He is cream
colored with a lot of apricot in his ears,
tail and certain areas of his body.
He did fracture his back right leg before
coming to rescue so I would make sure they
monitor it for any issues. Here he is
running on it no problem.
If you are interested in Biscuit please
complete an adoption application and submit
with his name in the subject line so we will
be able to process it to the correct State
Biscuit is currently being fostered in Missouri.
To Inquire about
This 14 month old little boy will charm his
way into your heart! Mickey is generous with
his kisses once he gets to know you and loves
to play with squeaky toys. Mickey is a very
cute 15 pound silver and black Havanese
looking for an adult home without young
children. He would enjoy a smaller dog pal to
hang out with, but will be happy with human
attention even if he doesn't have another
small dog with whom to play.
A dog experienced family who will take Mickey
to obedience training will help this little
guy gain some much needed confidence. Mickey
is still in the house training process and
will need a very patient home to continue to
work with him. He would do best with someone
who is home during the day. He loves to ride
in the car and is very treat motivated!
Mickey is current with shots, current on heart
worm prevention and is comfortable with the
crate. Mickey is currently being fostered in
To Inquire about
Upcoming HRI Events
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spins, these Havanese. Yes, they really do
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Rescue Quilt project.
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