Last year, when hubby and I brought Toby home, we fully intended to "someday" get him a playmate. We used to have multiple dogs in our household until our last Bichon Frise, Emmy, who hated other dogs and would attempt to climb on our heads when any got close. Now, with the nice weather coming and Toby being completely housebroken and close to a year old, we decided to start our quest for another Havanese. I got on the web, and began with the National Havanese Club and our local kennel clubs looking for breeders in our area. I know better than to use "nextdaypets" and "petfinder". Often, those can be outlets for puppymills and we all have heard those horror stories!!!!
Surprisingly enough, I found a breeder only 20 minutes away with a litter of 5 that were 6 weeks old. One boy and possibly one girl were still available, so hubby and I jumped in the car and took a look.
Here is the boy, so tiny at......1# 12oz at 6 weeks old:
And, here is the adorable girl.....approx 2# 8oz:
Everytime I picked up the boy, he would tremble like crazy. (Problem is that we really want another boy.) Then too, I wasn't crazy about his all black face. (Probably because I've had white dogs all my life.) Too bad!
Then, upon further searching, I found a darling puppy about 2 hours away and he is the only boy out of a litter of 4. Here he is at 3 weeks old:
Doesn't he just melt your heart? I have yet to see him. I can't blame the breeder by waiting until the puppies have their first shot at 6 weeks before accepting strangers in their home to see the litter in person.
BUT, now with the return of our cold, windy, winter weather, we are wondering if we are crazy? Do we really want to do this? I mean, we're over the dreaded puppy stage, Toby is all housebroken and has gotten used to our schedule and lifestyle, so should we "rock the boat"? We're not spring chickens, and these dogs could outlive us. AND, if one of us goes, it sure would be easier to find an apartment or somewhere to live with only one dog rather than 2. Oh my, what to do?
Until we decide, Toby will continue to spend his days doing his favorite things.......looking outside:
and relaxing, awaiting his favorite treat....................C H E E S E!!!