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

Award Photos
Friends & Associates

Ellie Says Hi

Couldn't help but share this photo today that arrived in my email. Kisses to you!


Done - Now We Wait

Stay tuned....


No Tie Day

We tried. I decided this is fun but not today! We will try later. If not, perhaps 1 time is the charm. It was for Raven and Stormy. LOL


Tie Plus Calendar

Ella and Truffie November 14, 2018 
Due Jan 29th if early (go home date April 9)
Tie 8:50am to 9:00am 19 minutes Nov 27

No tie Nov 28


As you know Ella was bred last time to Truffie by artificial insemination. No matter what we did she wouldn't connect. We started out having the same. Realize she has never done this but today Truffie made a connection. We had planned on breeding her to one of Paula's dogs but we were afraid she was too late in her cycle. Who knew. With dad dying and all Nathan was not up to travelling and I would worry that driving was not the best and hes been away a great deal already. Paula offered us to send her up with her handler and she would bring her back a week later. That would have worked except we had this issue with her not wanting to connect. Things happen for a reason. I simply realize we are not recovered yet but we are making great strides - or trying to. Besides Sky is a beauty - no?

Canine Pregnancy Calendar

Pregnancy Calendar for Dogs
Date: Mon 27 Nov 2018
Sire: Truffie
Dam: Ella
Breeder: Talemaker Havanese
Tue 27 Nov 2018 Day 1
  • First day of mating.
  • Sperm travel searching for a mature
    ripened eggs.
Wed 28 Nov 2018 -
Tue 4 Dec 2018
Week 1
  • Fertilization occurs.
  • 2 cell embryos are in the oviduct.
Wed 5 Dec 2018 -
Tue 11 Dec 2018
Week 2
  • Embryo will be 4 cell at start of
    week and 64 cell by end of week.
  • Embryo enters the uterus.
  • Feeding small amounts of high
    protein supplements is good practice.
Wed 12 Nov 2018 -
Tue 18 Nov 2018
Week 3
  • Embryos implants along uterus wall.
  • During the next two weeks the
    important organs will develop.
  • Her nipples begin to turn pink and enlarge.
  • May loose appetite during this week.
  • Morning sickness may occur.
Wed 19 Dec 2018 -
Mon 24 Dec 2018
Week 4
  • Morning sickness should go away
    and appetite return.
  • One of the early signs of pregnancy
    is for the dam to 'adopt' a toy.
  • Development of eyes and spinal
    cord and faces take shape.
  • The fur on the belly and around
    the nipples thins.
Tue 25 Dec 2018 -
Mon 31 Dec 2018
Week 5
  • The dNovor may be able to detect
    pregnancy (85% accuracy) by feeling
    the abdomen. Diagnosis by x-rays is
    usually possible after 45 days
    (95% accuracy for determining the
    number of puppies).
  • You may be able to feel the little
    puppies -they would be the small
    bumps in the abdomen.
  • Development of toes, whisker buds,
    and claws.
  • Eyes now close and gender can
    be determined.
  • The puppies are now considered
    fully developed miniature dogs.
  • She may be showing. She may also
    gain a little weight particularly if she
    is going to birth more than 1-2 puppies.
Tue 1 Jan 2019 -
Mon 7 Jan 2019
Week 6
  • During the last several weeks, your
    dog's nutritional needs nearly double.
    Feed small meals several times a day.
  • Increase water.
  • Enlargement of mammary glands as
    nipples darken and enlarge.
Tue 8 Jan 2019 -
Mon 14 Jan 2019
Week 7
  • She may shred papers, blankets or
    bedding in an attempt at "nest building"
    in the last weeks.
  • During the last 2 weeks, your pet may
    become irritable or extra sucky.
  • Moderate exercise is the proper approach.
    Neither forced rest nor strenuous exercise
    is a good idea. Short periods of gentle
    play and short walks are good.
  • You may feel the puppies now but
    counting them may be a bit more difficult.
  • Definite abdominal enlargement.
  • Abdomen hair will start shedding.
Tue 15 Jan 2019 -
Mon 21 Jan 2019
Week 8
  • Dam begins to spend a lot more time
    grooming herself.
  • Her breasts become swollen as her
    milk forms.
  • Nesting begins as she looks for a
    place to have her puppies. Make
    sure you have her box or spot ready.
  • The dam may not have as big of an
    appetite during this period. Her
    abdomen can be crowded with puppies.
  • You can feel the puppies move now.
  • See if you can get her used to her
    whelping box
Tue 22 Jan 2018 -
Tue 29 Jan 2018
Week 9
  • Nipples and vulva should be gently
    cleaned with warm water, you might
    want to trim the hairs surrounding
    the nipples, to allow easier access
    for the puppies to suck.
  • She may express milk from her nipples.
  • Watch for her temperature to drop.
    You may take it rectally if you want
    but she's just plain old cool to the
    touch compared to what she has
    been the last 8 weeks.
  • She may also become restless,
    seek seclusion and in the last few
    days, soil the house.
  • She will be 'nesting' 12-24 hours
    before the birth
Wed 30 Jan 2018 Expected Date of Whelp.
  • Expected date of whelp. Average is
    62 days but may take place from
    the 58th to the 68th day.
  • Keep watching for that cool to
    the touch. If you're actually
    taking the temp, it does drop
    from 101 to 98 degrees.
  • Appetite will disappear as
    whelping approaches.
  • May see a clear discharge
    from the vulva.
  • At onset of labor may pace,
    dig, shiver, pant and/or vomit.
  • First fetus will be delivered within
    4 hours of the onset of labor.



Desi Update

DesiHe looks so much like Sky - doesn't he?



Ellie: Halloween

Ellie, having some fun posing with some Halloween Snapchat filters πŸ‘»


Ellie Update

Hi Darlah and Nathan,

Ellie had her final day of Puppy pre school today, she’s usually not one to brag, but she was the fastest at most of the final competitions 😊

She also has her 16 week vet visit today.

Everyone who meets Ellie loves her, she loves meeting new people and has made a few puppy friends. She’s a cuddly sweet dog, but also feisty and full of spunk.

She says hi to you and all of her puppy brothers and sisters 

Xo 🐾

Ellie and family 


Happy Birthday to Canine Mom

Happy 4th Birthday to my amazing mom, Ella! 

Life is mostly great here in Grimsby.  I still do not love my grooming sessions but I put up with it for the treats.  I fell in the fish pond but my mom quickly scooped me out!  I'll never try that again, though it wasn't very deep.  School starts in a week; I think I am already pretty perfect though my parents are not crazy about my habit of nipping pant legs, it's just my idea of play!  Despite this, my parents are over the moon in love with me! 

Hope Darlah and Nathan give you extra hugs and treats today.




From Mommy Ella: Willow tries that pant nipping thing with the human mom here. When you are in class, have them show you how to stop the behavior. Wear boots till then. LOL Those teeth ouch hurt and this human knows. 


Ellie 12 Week Vet Visit


Just checking in. Ellie had her 12 week appointment today and it went very well. She was so good, wagged her tail and didn’t mind the check up or shots. 

Had her shots, and everything looked great. She has gained about a pound in a month and is about 3.9 pounds 

We celebrated with a bully stick :)

She’s a happy sweet puppy 😊Her new favourite spot to sleep at night is behind her mom’s pillow.

Take care

Tara, Ellie and family 


From Talemaker: Sky is now 4lb 10ounces and Ali is 6lb 14 oz. I think they eat so much as they attempt to steal everyone else's and succeed at times.


Emmy Update

Credit goes to Ulrich - her human Daddy for clicking this photo. To see more stunning photos, follow them on Instagram.

Dear Darlah and Nathan

Just a quick update on Emmy - We absolutely love her and she is settling in extremely nicely.  She's learning a lot - consistent with sit, stay, come here.  We are doing some leash training indoors and she's doing very well.  Potty training is very good.  2nd round of vaccines done on Saturday.  She's been out grocery shopping with us (in the Sherpa bag) and walking by the lake (in a carrier in front), and had no complaints at all, just sniffing and looking. She just has the loveliest little personality!  Affectionate and attentive, and playful. She loves running in the garden and rolling on the grass!  We will need to find some replacement active activities when winter arrives!  

Thanks, Rosalie and Ulrich


Ellie Update


Just another little update. Ellie has slept through the night every night:) she’s really playful and super cuddly. She loves her xpen and snoozing on the couch 😊


Ali and Sky

I should have called them Trouble and the Thinker. LOL Both have wonderful hearts. 

These two are already completely becoming bonded. It will be interesting to see how it all unfolds. We kept up the xpen but they are out a great deal with everyone else. We have not taken them to bed with us as one visitor is not a fan of the pups. After he departs we will take them to bed with us. 

Here is the gallery.

We play the chase game quite a bit. They love playing with the adults. 

I decided I will do updates as things happen. Tomorrow I will start posting some photos the families have sent.

I just finished grooming so short blog. Things quiet down in September. 

These 2 will be in class together. How fun will that be? 


Getting Freedom

Now that there is just the 2, they are busy saying hello to every one. When they get tired they are going back to their xpen. 

Here is a few photos of the 2.

We think they are going to sleep in the xpen at night for a few nights as we have an adult visiting that is not keen on the pups. We are thinking it through.

Ali is a wild child. Sky is more reserved but friendly. They will get very close. 

I think it will take a bit of time before the moms realize they are staying. 

They have had so many changes this past week. 

Be sure to check out the videos.


To Blog or Not

When Cinnamon's Wally departs do we keep one or the other blog going with updates? You tell me.

Here is the gallery.

Come tomorrow afternoon, it will be just the 2. they will be out with the older dogs more and more till their xpen comes down. We are playing it by need.

While I am bathing, I will get some of the videos up so be sure to check out their swimming fun too. 


Just the 3

It's different with 3. They are running around everywhere with all the adults. They are having a blast. 

As you know, Sky is remaining so we are trying to get her accustomed to all the activity and the adults. It's coming together quite fine. 

After Wally departs, I haven't figured out what I am going to do to update you on Sky and Ali. 

Be sure to check out the videos.


Emmy's New Family

Here is the gallery of Emmy's new family.

Now we are down to 3. 

This gal is a doll. She is personality plus and cute as a button. I am so happy for all these pups and their new families. I have to say I feel like I am stuck in a funk and trying to get past it and it will come. I so enjoyed the 10. Special pups - special families...

Here is the gallery before she departed.

Last night we had them running all around the yard. They had a blast. We will do it again tonight. 


Emmy's Last Bath

She is a little doll. She was amazing in the bath. She let me do everything without issue.

Here is her bath gallery.

I have to say these 2 litters have mighty pretty faces - including the boys. I truly hate to see them go, Oh, I say well now Leti will have more room but really I am already missing the crazy play. When Joey goes today, it will be extra quiet as he is a mischievous soul. The crew will miss him.

Then we will have Emmy, Wally, Sky and Ali till tomorrow then down to 3 till Friday. After Friday I will start posting updates.

Did it feel to you that this went by too fast? I guess not for the new families but for me. 

Emmy will be the last Ella puppy to depart. Sky will be sticking around.


Desi's New Family

Desi is now on his new journey. Moms seem to be adjusting and I believe they will when they know they are both getting to keep one.

Here is the family photos.

Now how did you know Nathan likes jam? Thank you, truly. What a special boy who made the way for his siblings at delivery time. We look forward to hearing how you are doing.

Here is the gallery before Desi departed.

What a day this has been. 4 pups are now in their new homes - 1 more tomorrow. 


Desi's Last Bath: 2 Updates Tonight

Desi, says who you clicking? Are we done yet? He was amazing in the bath. There is something about this dog from the moment he was born. He was the one who paved the way for the rest. He remains a character. 

Here is his bath gallery.

He played in the water, laid in it and had a grand old time. Tomorrow afternoon he departs.


Ellie's New Family: 2 Updates Tonight

Ellie from what we hear is fitting in nicely.

Here is the Family photos.

The crew played their hearts out.

Here are the photos from the timeframe when Ellie was getting ready to depart.

We miss her but look forward to hearing about her journey!

Be sure to check out the videos from the visit.