Words From The President
The New Year has had a very busy start for
rescue and shows no sign of slowing. We
continue to help ever more of these little
homeless dogs. Through the efforts of many
selfless volunteers, they get placed within
our organization, are kept safe, loved,
and well cared for, and then are ultimately
guided to their forever homes. The
commitment of these remarkable people is
second to none and many a Havanese can count
themselves blessed because of them.
I am and will be forever grateful for the
gifts of love and joy that are shared with
our dogs every day. Our HRI volunteers
"unpack" on a daily basis, in different
roles, and in various ways. Each is valued
and appreciated. Thank you, thank you, thank
Now that I'm home, bathed, settled, and fed,
All nicely tucked into my warm new bed.
I would like to open my baggage Lest I forget,
There is so much to carry - So much to regret.
Hmm... Yes there it is, right on the top -
Let's unpack Loneliness, Heartache and Loss,
And there by my leash hides Fear and Shame.
As I look on these things I tried so hard to
I still have to unpack my baggage called Pain.
I loved them, the others, the ones who left me,
But I wasn't good enough - for they didn't
Will you add to my baggage? Will you help me
Or will you just look at my things and take
me right back?
Do you have the time to help me unpack?
To put away my baggage, To never re-pack?
I pray that you do - I'm so tired you see,
But I do come with baggage - Will you still
By Evelyn Colbath
|Dulce has a place to call home!
Dulce was the little girl who was turned in
by her previous owner because of "aggression
issues" with a canine sibling. She joined
our two-dog family with nary a growl to
either of my girls or any of the many dogs
she came in contact with while she was with
us. She is a very sweet little dog with a
prototype Havanese personality -- bright,
energetic, loving -- and has never met a
stranger either human or animal
Dulce now lives with Sophia in a beautiful,
very exclusive gated community in Naples.
Sophia's twin brother lives two houses down
and between the two of them, Dulce is the
queen of the roost and wants for nothing. (I
tried to get them to adopt me, too!) She is
another one of our rescues that spends much
of her time riding around in a golf cart
being admired by everyone with whom she comes
Sophia was a fairly recent retiree who wanted
a little canine companion to keep her
company. She also was a cancer survivor and
decided to adopt a rescued pup so she could
provide it with the same chance for a new
life that she had received. She and Dulce
fell in love with each other the minute they
laid eyes on each other.
It was a busy highway and the little gold sable
Havanese didn't have a chance against the car that hit
her. It just kept going but a Good Samaritan that saw
the accident didn't. He stopped his car to check on the
fate of the little dog he saw get struck seconds earlier.
His heart was in his throat as he watched her try to
drag herself off the road, both rear legs damaged from
the impact. He stopped traffic and called to her,
amazed as she turned herself around and began
dragging herself to him.
That defining moment changed the life of Annie and
her Good Samaritan and now HRI foster dad, Ken.
Annie has received the surgeries needed to help both
rear legs recover from the damage of that day. To read
more of her story and help support her in her fight to
regain her mobility and happy life, please go to Annie's webpage on the HRI website.
Cute Havanese faces of our rescue dogs,
stories of our special needs dogs, behavior
and training tips and the wonderful Havanese
Quiz plus more all await you at the newly
designed HRI website. If you haven't checked
it out, please do! It's a wonderful place to
see dogs available for adoption, follow the
quilt project and even find the archived
editions of the newsletter. Please take a
look. We're sure you'll find interesting
reading when you stop in at the website.
|Changing Lives: In Loving Memory of Sue Nelson
Ask many of the caring, ethical people in our
breed, and they will have a story to tell
about Sue Nelson and how she helped them in
their quest to improve our lovely breed.
Those of us at HRI are proud to say Sue was a
rescuer and oh so much more.
Sue was at one time the Western Regional
Director and Health Chair of the Havanese
Club of America in addition other committee
chores. She stirred interest in Freestyle
Dancing, Agility and Rally. But her biggest
impact was as a mentor for new people in the
Sue shared her love and knowledge of Havanese
at the Meet the Breed booth at America's
Family Pet Expo (yearly attendance now over
80,000), and at dog shows including the
Eukanuba, and by word of mouth. She was
always available to anyone who was interested
in the good of the breed, both at informal
classes held at her home, and by telephone
Sixteen short years in the Havanese breed,
but Sue made an impact that will last
forever, which is how long she will be missed.
Five year old Rocky is a green eyed beauty looking for
a home that will love his sweet personality and cute
chocolate parti looks.
Rocky was left behind after his owner died. He came
into rescue somewhat timid about things. He
scrunches to the ground if you approach him quickly,
for example, before he understands what you want of
him. He loves attention though, and warms up to pets
and belly rubs. He is quite the snuggler, loving time
being close to you. Need a companion while you
watch TV, read a book or spend time on a computer?
Rocky will be right there to keep your lap and heart
Rocky wasn't neutered before coming to rescue. He
has been since and has made quite a bit of progress
on his marking issues. He wears a belly band while
working on this. Rocky wants to please his people. He
does well with training and reinforcement. While we
cannot guarantee that he will ever be perfect with this
issue, his response so far indicates that he will do
Rocky is being fostered in Minnesota. If you are
interested please complete an application! You will
wonder how you ever lived without this loving dog!
To Inquire about
Upcoming HRI Events
Milwaukee Pet Expo
Pet lovers in the Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI area
are in luck. The Great Lakes Pet Expo, (aka a GREAT
way to spend a Saturday) takes place on February
2nd. Everyone is invited to one of the most enjoyable
and educational events of the year! You can meet
some of the people and Havanese of Havanese
Rescue Inc at booths 106 & 108.
There are many demos and events on two stages
happening throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Additionally there are vendors with an abundance of
things for your pets at home and the people who love
them! Please join us this Saturday. We know you'll
have a wonderful time! To see more information go
wi.com/petexpo_new.htm and to this link for
information to find the Wisconsin State Fair Exposition
Center - http://w
FREE MONEY for HRI!
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 goodsearch.com
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 goodsearch.com
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!