Picnic Photos & Details

The picnic date took place on August 19, 2017 from 12pm to 5pm at Yvonne's place in Brighton. Check out the details here. Photos from the 2017 picnic can be found here. 

Grooming 101

Want to see how I get a smooth coat and what equipment I use? I am continually learning and perfecting but I created this video Windows version) and for you Mac apple folks - here's a conversion. - not a professional one, to help you get a head start and perfect your own skill. Got questions? Ask away.

Want to know how to create a bathing machine that will save you time, product and wash your dog better than ever before? Check out Dick and Irma's instructions on how to create your own machine for a fraction of the cost.

Certified Pet First Aid

Walks 'N' Wags Pet First Aid is a recognized National Pet First Aid Certificate course for dog and cat professionals and pet owners. Talemaker Havanese now has that certificate having taken and passed the course.

Woofstock 2018

Meet us at Woofstock. Dogs are welcomed. We meet at the restaurant across the street from Woodbine park. Here is the location. Meet up happens on May 28, 2016 at 9:30 to 945am. Rain date is the next day. Look forward to seeing your havanese there and the humans too! Don't have your havanese yet? Well join us anyway!

Our Magazine


Havanese Breed Magazine's 37th issue is available in an electronic version. After numerous requests, a new printed version is also now available. Click here

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Yep! They All Sleep With UsHow to Make Your House Dawg Crazy (Friendly)

You may say that the Havanese canines in the Talemaker house rule the roost but really they do not. We just like to make their lives more interesting. By doing so, we get more laughs, more warmth and tales that can be remembered forever.

First of all, our couches are covered by blankets designed for such (bought at Cosctco) and they only come off when we have non dog people show up that don't quite get it. Okay, as we are real dawg people, how often does that happen? 

We buy our furniture and set up our rooms to make sure we have secret hiding places - little nooks under which we can place a dog mat, or a blanket to give the charm of a hidden place where they can lay quietly and watch the lay of the land.

 Even under my desk – at which I work, I have a couple of beds, a crate all nice and cozy with toys and soft blankies. Nathan has the same. For a dawg that isn't used to a crate, a cozy crate in a special place near you that looks inviting, comfie with a door open, is an open inviattion to 'slow conditioning' that helps them see it as a positive thing vs. a negative. We do not use crates in our house except to lend them comfort in case they are ever in need of going to the vet (spaying/neutering) and need to be in it. A dog not feeling up to par should not have the extra stress of dealing with uncomfortable surroundings and dealing with the confinement of a crate. You do your dawg no favors by not getting them familiar with one.

We also bought a cheap leather bench that the little ones can hide under, it can go up flush against the couch so the dawgs can lay on it while we lay on the couch on those days where you need some space and extra room or if you are really crazy and simply have too many to lay all over you, this gives you extra space. If you decide to sit up, then your legs can lay on it - win/win.

Even our tables next to the couch have pillows on the floor under them for comfie spots for the dawgs. We often find our Wasabi under one of these just lovin the idea that it is open but also lends an air of being hidden.

Then we made the really big leap of moving a twin bed into our bedroom next to the king size bed so all the Havanese dawgs could sleep comfie with us. We need to create a bed that folds so it fits out doors but is wide enough with special sheets - heh - or do we? Maybe just make a headboard that holds it all together but keeps its seperate? The verdict is still out on THAT!

I started doing this when our dawg numbers increased and I found how much humans enjoyed our garden as I had a hidden treasure of an elf, or a dragon in a spot not expected. I figured if the humans find this 'fun' then the dawgs also would appreciate this type of arrangement. 

If we ever won the lottery, we would have fun designing a true human/dawg house created for cohabitation but until then, we will be satisfied with making it interesting for our crew and therefore for us.

What many humans do not realize is that your life with your canines is what you put into it. When you invest time, training and create an ambience that is dawg friendly plus look for ways to incorporate them into your life in ways that make it fun for you and them, you have a bond like no other.

Then your real Tale Maker has begun!

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