Meet Little Willow!

Willow is looking for a forever home. She is just over 1 year old and has been a show girl for a few months but, honestly, she’d rather be a pet. She is just too darn happy!

One judge, a few months back commented that she did get all four feet on the ground at one point! But most of the time it looks like she’s flying! And she never, ever stops wagging her tail! Problem with that is, the judge can’t see how pretty she is because her tail is in constant motion!

As you can see from the photos, she is mostly black with pretty white markings around her face. She also has white paws and white on the tip of her tail. She has a bubbly personality, loves children and other dogs.

Willow as a puppy with my daughter.

Willow is on the smaller side. She is just over 8 1/2″ at the shoulders and weighs about 10#.

If you would like to learn more about Willow, please send me an email at Or to her co-owner, Kathy Ambler at

Meet Rosie!

Breeders note: Rosie has gone to live with a Chicago family that already has two of our Havanese. I am so happy for them all!

This is Rosie! She is 10 weeks old and full of spunk and vinegar. I brought Rosie into my kennel with the hopes of showing this beautiful girl and then, after her health testing was completed and passed, breeding her. Rosie is actually out of a girl I bred, Lucy, who is my Luna’s littermate. Lucy lives with a breeder friend of mine. So I was very excited to meet her.

But Rosie has other ideas!!

She is going to be too small to be a great show girl. While I like my girls to be between 10 and 12 pounds, Rosie will likely mature at about 8-9 pounds. Beyond that she is healthy, loves to play with her room mates and do all the things 10 week old puppies do.

If you would like to learn more about Rosie, drop me a note at

Adding to Your Dog Family

Because I have several families who have more than one dog (often more than one of MY dogs!), I thought I would put some thought into advice for the families who are considering doing the same. My thinking was inspired by a family who is actually taking a second one of my adult dogs that I have retired from breeding to “live the good life.”

There are a lot of articles on the Internet about this situation. (I will post links at the end of my column here.) They all agree that you, first of all, need to consider a second dog for the right reasons.

Not because:

  1. Your current dog is aggressive and needs to learn its manners.
  2. Your current dog is nervous around other dogs and needs reassurance/
  3. Your kids want another dog.

Happy and healthy Havanese…that’s our goal

But because:

  1. You have the time and resources to train, care for and enjoy another dog.
  2. You want a companion for your current dog.
  3. Your present dog is getting older and a second dog will often “add years” to its life.
  4. You and your family love dogs and isn’t two better than one?
  5. You recently lost one of your dogs and your current one misses him.

So you have made the decision, now what? First of all, consider timing. I don’t recommend getting a second dog until your first one has completely bonded with you and is on its way to being socialized, trained and has adjusted to its new home.

Then, put some thought into what kind of dog to get. If you are delighted with the one you already have, maybe stick with the same breed, size or temperament. On the other hand, if you have reservations about your experience with your current dog, consider alternatives.

Is your current dog a rescue with health issues? Consider a pure breed where health history is a known quantity.

If you, yourself, are getting older and your present dog is a large one, maybe think about downsizing to a smaller breed to make travel, condo living, etc. easier.

Are your children part of the equation? Consider their ages and what breed might be good for them.

Finally, how do you introduce the second dog to your first one?


First, be sensitive to the fact that your house is Dog #1’s house. Initially, it will see Dog #2 as an intruder and competitor for food, attention and living space. Make sure Dog #1 still has its own toys, food and water bowls, bedding and crate.

Second be sensitive to both dogs’ temperaments. If Dog #1 is low key and at all submissive, you might make the introduction in your own home so that the second dog realizes this house is #1’s house….for now.  But if Dog #1 is outgoing and confident, maybe introduce them in a neutral place where #1 won’t overwhelm #2.

Then, my best advice is to go slow and always supervise their interactions during the first few days. Let each dog have its own space, own bowls, own toys and own bedding. Begin with one in its crate and the other outside of theirs. Then reverse the process.

Play with them together so that one doesn’t think the other is getting more attention. Walk with them together for the same reason. Watch for any signs of stress…stiff postures, ears down, tail down, lips lifting and staring. If you see an issue, calmly separate them and try again in a few hours.

And, remember, you are on your way to a wonderful life with your fur babies. Just give them time to adjust.

Here are some links for further reading:

From AKC

Getting a second dog.

Here is one more.