Havanese Rescue, Inc. Newsletter Changing Lives...One Havanese At A Time
February 2007

Words From The President

Welcome to another edition of our online newsletter. Though we're only a couple months into the year, HRI has been busy. We've happily seen a number of our dogs in foster care go home to their adoptive families. In addition, we've received support and offers of help from several local Havanese clubs and individuals. This is very much appreciated and will help the Havanese that have continued to need HRI's support in foster care.

Please know that in addition to this newsletter, you can read about what is happening in HRI in all three print publications about Havanese - the Havanese Hotline, Havanese Lifeline and Our Havanese.

...Lu Wyland


In this issue
  • Adoption Corner
  • Letters Home: Otie's Story
  • LSHC share holiday cheer with HRI
  • Changing Lives: Marilyn Pozas
  • HRI Education: Milwaukee Pet Expo
  • HRI's First Annual Appeal

  • Letters Home: Otie's Story

    My new family had been looking at websites and rescue organizations for a couple weeks. A friend invited them to a Havanese Funday. Just for fun they went and had no idea I would be there!

    My name was Avy at the time and I was featured in the adoption corner of the HRI newsletter in August. I was being fostered in Ohio and my foster Mom brought me to the Funday to play with some other dogs. I was just about a year old and I heard my foster mom tell some of the people that I had been put up for adoption because my owners were long distance truck drivers and I was misbehaving in the truck.

    I had never played with so many other dogs. Boy, that was fun! I sure loved running and jumping in the grass and playing with the other dogs. There were even a couple kids that liked playing chase with me. I didn't have much hair compared to the other dogs there. My coat had always been clipped close. At the end of the day, the family that hadn't brought a dog to play spent some extra time with me and were asking my foster Mom a lot of questions about me.

    A few days later I went to a park with my foster Mom. I saw that family again only this time they brought another dog with them. Oreo was a big black and white dog that was lots of fun to play with. About a week later, my foster Mom took me to a house where I had never been before. Guess who was there-that family and Oreo! Boy, was I glad to see her! We zoomed all over the house together playing chase and she even shared some of her toys with me.

    After awhile, my foster Mom left me there with the family, and they started to call me Otie! I liked that new name because they played with me, gave me treats, and lots and lots of love!

    I haven't had any "accidents" in the house and I'm not afraid of too many things anymore. I had to learn to walk on a leash. It was tough at first, but now I think it's a lot of fun. I go on many walks with Oreo and my family. There are many things to sniff and see. Now it's 2007. I never knew I was missing a best friend, and neither did Oreo, but we found each other. We sure do love hanging out together and sometimes being ornery as well. I guess I'm that perfect dog! Oh yeah, my coat has grown quite a bit since August. My new mom says I'm going somewhere called a "groomer" tomorrow. I guess that'll be fun. She hasn't steered me wrong yet!

    Love, Otie

    LSHC share holiday cheer with HRI

    When planning the Holiday party, we knew that we wanted to not only have a great time together with our friends and Havanese but that we also wanted to share some Holiday joy with others. The LSHC board of directors discussed many philanthropic options and came up with several ideas. One of the suggestions was to bring presents to donate to the Havanese coming into rescue with HRI. We hoped to make their transition into rescue and eventually their new homes a little bit smoother by providing them some things they might need. We set up an online poll for all LSHC members to vote on several different options and the HRI Gift Donation Project led the voting by a landslide.

    At that point, I contacted Lu to get her input on the idea and she was able to provide us with some suggestions of items that might be most helpful. Rotating teeth combs, facial combs, washable puppy pads and belly bands were a few of the ideas.

    Our party was held December 2nd at Chris Disser's lovely lakeside home just north of Houston, TX. As guests entered the party, everyone dropped their presents into a donated dog bed and started the celebration with a smile on their faces and in their hearts. It was great fun to check the bed periodically as it filled with donated items for those Havanese in rescue.

    After the party, Chris packaged up the donations for us and mailed it all to HRI. While Holiday parties are always festive, I can't tell you how much the HRI gift project added to the true spirit of the Holidays for our group of Havanese lovers. We look forward to this becoming an annual tradition within the LSHC and think it is a wonderful way for local clubs to support rescue any time of the year. The members of LSHC were very happy to be able to share a little Holiday joy with the Havs of HRI who deserve it! Thanks for allowing us to assist.

    Cherie Belcher President - Lone Star Havanese Club

    Changing Lives: Marilyn Pozas

    The right foster home can make a world of difference for a dog. It takes a special heart to be able to live with and love a Havanese while knowing that you're preparing that dog to take a step into the world without you. HRI has some wonderful foster homes.

    Having previous experience in Golden Retriever rescue, HRI was happy to welcome Marilyn Pozas (and her daughter who helps with socialization) to HRI. Marilyn is quick to say she and her daughter will help when a Havanese needs a foster home in California. When we've had several come in at once and we're trying to determine what to do, she has said, "Send them both! It will be fine."

    Marilyn throws her heart into her volunteer work. She looks for resources in the community and her circle of friends to learn about issues important to a dog coming into rescue. She's taken one of her own animals to a new vet so she can learn about their practice and can decide whether or not they would be a vet to work with a new Havanese in foster care. Marilyn has even been known to travel hours with one of her foster dogs to meet the adoptive family so the dog didn't have to adjust to another person on her journey home. Thank you, Marilyn, for changing lives with your work in HRI.

    HRI Education: Milwaukee Pet Expo

    HRI Volunteers: Lu Wyland with Nora (top) and Tony Van Slyke with Leena (bottom). Photos by Lynne Van Slyke.

    The temperature was cold but anyone stopping by the HRI booth on February 10 at the Milwaukee Pet Expo got a warm and enthusiastic greeting. Five Havanese worked the crowds that day, introducing the public to our breed as our volunteers reminded people about responsible pet ownership and provided education on puppy mills.

    Our Havanese themselves often work as volunteers at education booths such as these. Nora, adopted this summer, celebrated "Freedom Day," as it was her one year anniversary of being removed from a puppy mill in PA. She marched in the pet parade and received a lot of ear rubs and gentle pets from people stopping by to learn more about Havanese, HRI and puppy mills. She did a great job her first day "on the job" for Havanese rescue.

    HRI provided pamphlets, posters and a puppy mill model for people interested in learning more about puppy mills, pet ownership, and choosing a responsible breeder if someone is interested in purchasing a dog instead of going through a rescue. Two photo albums with pictures of Havanese that have been adopted through HRI were presented as well, and a DVD featuring our dogs played on a laptop computer. Donations were accepted, information on adoption and volunteering was provided and many children played a Lollipop game to help support our rescue. HRI also had some great magnets for cars available and scarves that fit over dog collars.

    At the end of the day there were a lot of doggie snores from the backseat after we volunteers packed up our materials and headed home.

    - Lu Wyland

    HRI's First Annual Appeal

    In 2005 a Development professional was commissioned to make a report to the HRI Board. We wanted our fledgling Development efforts organized in a thoughtful and professional way. We were given guidelines for growth including programs generally followed by non-profit organizations as well as those specifically tailored to HRI.

    An Annual Appeal was a priority. November/December was given as the traditional time for these appeals (as you know from your mailboxes!). Last November, a wonderful letter written by Lu Wyland was sent to 750 volunteers, breeders who participated by sending them to their puppy owners, and to some club secretaries who sent them to their members and 'party' list.Our Online Newsletter also announced the campaign and printed the letter.

    Six local clubs offered to match some of the donations. They are: Greater New York Havanese Club $1000, Delaware Valley Havanese Club $1000, Havanese Club of Southern California, $1000, Capital Havanese Club $500, Gateway Havanese Club $500, North Star Havanese Club $200. The total matched will be $4200.

    Thank you; it makes all the difference. The campaign results have been very exciting. By the end of the year the donations totaled $16,041.00. This includes $500 of the matching grants. The local clubs have a year to complete their pledges. The final total will be over $20,000. It was the optimistic goal for this first attempt. You will never know how wonderful it was to have so much support from nearly everyone. Thanks to all of you.

    Special thanks also to the very generous contributions from members of the Board, to the breeders who sent many letters out, to Jane Hohne who thanked each and every donor on behalf of HRI, to Michelle Burke whose web-site was a polished professional asset, and of course to Lu who wrote the beautiful letter and cheered on the effort.

    We all know the need. We all know it is growing every year, with every article about Havanese, with every appearance on TV, with every inclusion on a chic list. We all know there are impulse buyers, people who cannot cope with a dog, and others who have life changes and must surrender a beloved pet.We must be ready to help them.

    It has been a privilege to organize our first Annual Appeal. As with everything I have ever done for HRI, it was a joy.

    Joan Ambrose

    Adoption Corner


    Perry is approximately 3 years old, housebroken and current on his vaccinations. He was found by the side of the road in Michigan and turned over to Havanese Rescue. We're not sure if he is a Havanese, though he seems to be a hypo-allergenic dog since the foster family isn't having any allergic reactions to Perry.

    Perry is about 25lbs, and has the sweetest disposition. He is very much a lap dog and he craves affection, both giving and receiving. He seems to be a very quick learner since he was housebroken within 4 days with no "accidents" since. His obedience training is progressing nicely. He stands quietly for baths and grooming (truly amazing).

    Perry gets along very well with other dogs and strangers. He only barks when someone is at the door and occasionally in play with our dog. He is high energy and loves to go on walks, or just be outside. Because he is a high energy dog, he shouldn't be adopted by a family with children under 8 years old.

    Perry is being fostered in Michigan.

    To Inquire about Perry...


    Adoption News

    We are thrilled to announce that the Havanese featured for adoption in our last issue, Texie and Pebbles, had their Christmas wish and found their forever home.
    Bless their hearts.

    And the adorable Molly is also on her way to finding her
    forever home!

    This & That

    Upcoming HRI Events

    * Pet Wellness Expo
    Burlington, WI
    on Saturday, April 14, 2007

    *Muskego Annual Pet Fair S80W 18700 Apollo Drive,
    Muskego, WI 53150
    on May 19, 2007
    from 10:00 - 4:00

    * Dog Fest in Madison, WI
    June 10, 2007

    If you have an upcoming HRI Event that you want featured in the newsletter, please send an email to
    Newsletter Info

    Lost Pet ?

    Recently many of you saw the emails that a beloved Havanese escaped form his home. After much help, he was found and happily is home once more. There are many steps you should take to make sure you are prepared if your dog does became lost. Make sure to visit the all the resources HRI has compiled on its website. and have your own Havanese Handbook filled out before an emergency should arise.

    Be sure to have recent photos of your loved one on hand just in case anything should ever happen. HRI will add your Havanese's photo to the Amos Alert page should he ever become lost. Be sure to visit the site periodically in case a Havanese in your neighborhood needs help.


    You can use your curiosity to help HRI. How? Simply 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.

    Curiosity really can pay off!

    I'd rather be shopping!

    Looking to get a head start on some Spring Shopping? HRI has many rescue gifts and goodies that also help out incoming Havanese.

    In the Arms of Rescue Pendants

    Magnetic Bumper Stickers

    & Apparel for your and your best friend!


    Changing lives ... one Havanese at a time.