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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Outside Exposures

We had rain exposure today. It went well. We are going to be persistent about this rain but had knows why. It only means more cleaning for me. 

I had to wash Lexi and Marcie and I will have to wash them again tomorrow as they got to be mudpiles and they don't depart till tomorrow. 

But teh wee pups didn't get muddy. Now that was joyous. Silver linings and all.

Here is the gallery.


Baths: Way Overdue

The duo was way overdue for a bath. Here is a gallery of their play, before and after bath.

No outside today as its been really raining all day. It's supposed to do the same tomorrow. 

Nathan has been doing something silly. He's been putting their food on the floor and they are eating it that way. Oh boy.... He knows better.

Check out the videos.


Last Day Ajax

Ajax (Stormy pup) is heading home today. Misty and Corey has truly enjoyed having him here. He is truly a sensational puppy.

Misty and Corey head outside several times a day now. 

Here is the gallery of play upstairs.

Misty has not been herself today. Too many leaves and sticks she is chewing outside. Got to control that. Interesting enough, Corey rarely picks up anything outside. 


2 Updates Today: Meadow Gal

Living the life!


More Exposures

As the weather warms up, the pups are getting exposures outdoors. As I type, they are outside for the 3rd time today and had a play session upstairs. We are acquainting them to the riverstones, the paths and all the dogs, of course.

See the gallery.

Corey knows his name well. Misty, she may know her name but sometimes listens, sometimes not. She is too busy with things to see and things to do. 

See the videos.

The pups had chicken necks today and thought they died and went to heaven! This is the 1st time they had them.

Saffron is so delighted that she has 2 babies here. It is a riot how excited she is!

The pups are coming along. This is an important time frame to expose, expose at least once a day to something new. It can be as simple as the stairs, the paths, walking around the block with them in your arms. 

Eating - sometimes Misty eats, sometimes Corey eats. The are not eating 1/4 cup each meal. If lucky they may be eating 1/3 a day but they are gaining. They are fine. As they grow, their intake will increase.


Today, Corey, Misty, Ajax and Ollie Play

Here is the gallery. Watch for the videos later.

Ollie, and Ajax are Stormy pups. She loves having them here. As all 4 are playing together, it is hard to separate it into 2 blogs. So, as this is the blog I am updating these days, the 4 are found here. 

As I type Saffron and 2 pups are running like hey upstairs and Ollie and Ajax, the 2 brothers are having a complete blast chasing each other. You will also find Ajax and Ollie in the main blog gallery as well.

As Ollie won't be picked up till 530, we need to keep him out of the kitchen or mom will see him as a wet rag. He sure loves the water. A swimmer, I bet!

I can't wait till we can test the pups in the pool. 

The pups have had a really full day.

Corey has become more confident, stealing a toy from mom. He runs like crazy and hides with it. He's done it numerous times and Saffron really loves that he is. She's been after him to play like this. He is also no longer crying for attention. I continually pick him up when he is quiet for a snuggle here and there. 

As we have the Easter/Passover visitors here, we are waiting till they depart to take the duo into bed. They seems to have settled in together upstairs or downstairs well. 

By the way, Ajax runs up and downstairs without hesitation often leading the pack. He loves the fun we have upstairs!


Beni's Update: 3 Updates Today!

Beni sure has some amazing colour coming.  She has silver boots... 

Just thought we would share.  She is doing great and settled in well.  Shes had soft poops the last couple days but has her vet appt tomorrow so will have it checked out.  Yesterday she was a little quieter so I think she wasnt feeling 100% but she seems to be back to her playful sassy self this morning.



The Meadow

Meadow is doing great!  Hitting the pad like a semi-pro!  Already knows “look at me” and “sit”, is eating regularly now and has this very curious habit of pawing at her water before she drinks it....then patters across the floor!  She’s adorable!


Ella's Charlie, Stormy's Ajax, Safi's Corey and Misty: 1 More Gallery Added

Charlie's had her bath, her pads cleaned, belly done, rounded feet and clipped output area. She is a happy, happy pup and beyond excited.

I wasn't sure what blog to put it up on but I am just updating the saffron and main blog these days unless I get updates. They are having a total blast. I am putting up videos but here is the gallery.

What a fun puppy this Charlie is!

Here's a gallery of them outdoors when the sun came out.


Outside Adventures

We took Corey and Misty outside today and it was raining off and on. Corey is not a fan of rain but Misty says bring it on. Misty was also doing stairs. Corey is not. Corey didn't shake and he did look around but it is obvious he is more comfortable with known surroundings. But interesting enough, we had both with the adults hanging out and Corey was very comfortable with all the dogs. 

Here is a gallery.

We need to take him out every day in all sorts of weather and get him used to getting wet. Each dog has their own personality. Corey is a snuggler. Misty is too busy and has no time. 

Both are HIGHLY treat motivated and I mean highly to the point I must close my hand in a fist, wait till they calm down then open to allow them to eat. 

It's going to be a fun adventure.


Meadow Update: 2 Updates Today

Settling in well! She loves this new travel bed!


We Survived

We survived the night. We are a little quiet now as we do not know what is going on. It is almost easier for the ones that depart, the ones left wonder what will happen to them. But soon they will adjust and they will have an incredible amount of conditioning. 

We have a full day with Dennis and then Sunday we will be out with the big guys a little at a time. Maybe Dennis will have them out today with the bigger guys. We shall see.


Just Us 2

Well it is just me and Corey. How did that happen. They will sleep with each other in the xpen upstairs till after the holiday rush departs. Then they will come to bed. 

We are going to have an incredible adventure with classes, swimming and many adventures. I hope your little ones will have the same. The more you expose them, the better their coping skills get. 


Misty Gal and Corey

Yes, we have decided to call him Corey. It just stuck. After tomorrow night, it will just be the duo and I will update you from time to time on this blog. 

Both are doing well though it does appear that Misty wins most of the time but not all of the time. That's good. They will remain in the xpen at night together till after the wedding and then they will come to bed with us. 

Corey got it in his mind to bark, bark for attention or to get out. He would do it for hours. He's been doing it for the last few days. He's the only one who has tried it out for size. So, I took a spray bottle and each time he barked I sprayed his way - not in his face to interrupt the behavior. Each time he didn't bark with a gap of time after his barking, I picked him up. He has not barked since. Smart dog. They will all try to use their voice to get what they want, if you allow. Best to nip it in the bud. 

Now he just looks at me longfully to get my attention. He's getting a ton of attention but you do not want to give them attention for bad behavior otherwise they will use it always.

You can also use other methods such as clapping your hands - anything to interrupt the behavior fast. Distraction is the key and rewarding the behavior you want works.

Never use anything that scolds the dog. Use positive training. Interrupt, get them to focus on you and the fun begins. Training creates a bond like no other!

On another note, we had puppies outside one year when gardeners next door used hedge clippers next to us. They were loud and even irritating to us humans. The dogs went scurrying to hide as it scared them. First response is to go pick them up and say its okay but its the wrong thing to do. By picking them up, you just validated that being fearful of a loud noise is okay. So, instead you distract them. You act as if this is normal and they are being silly. I even used a keyword when I was training Kat that said 'Silly boy' each time something unsettled him. That keyword told him its okay. It has worked throughout his life when he was presented with something he did not know how to deal with. 

When we start getting thunderstorms, I will go outside holding a puppy or two and ooh and ahh over the storm. I am upbeat and act as this is wonderful. My dogs are not afraid of thunderstorms. I never coddle when they are afraid. You interupt and you stay upbeat and mean it. Of course this does not work if you are afraid as they will feed off of your fear. 

I went on too much but having two with distinct different personalities willl be fun. 


Meadow's New Family

Here is the family gallery.

I had to excuse myself halfway through. After blogs, I need to sleep, I am truly hardly functioning. I felt so rude but I got videos and photos.

Here is the gallery before Medow departed. Ajax is also playing with the pups.

Tomorrow a Cinnamon and Ella pup departs. Last one to depart on Friday. 

I will try to get videos up tonight. Sorry no gallery on the main blog. I need to get better for Saturday.

Nathan just showed me. You must have thought I was remiss. Thank you for the shortbread and candy. It's already gone. LOL


Meadow's Last Bath

What a character she was in the bath. I think we have a water dog!

Here are her bath photos. She made me laugh and laugh.

As sick as I feel, this was not a chore bathing her. 

There are several entries today so scroll down.


Beni's New Family

Beni is already at home. She wimpered at first and settled into her human's neck. 

Here are the family photos. Great photos, you 3. 

Saffron is upstairs playing with her pups. She knows they are going home. 

Here are the photos from the play before Beni's departure.


Read Cinnamon's Blog

News about the Cinnamon girl and Saffron boy is found on the Cinnamon blog.


Beni's Last Bath

Her full name will be Talemaker’s Benita Mae

Her call name will be Beni

Look at all that colour bleeding through.

Here is her bath gallery.

How was she? No issue in bath, under dryers, cleaning up her pads, nails and clipping around her bum. She was a star. 

We had our moments today!


Meadow Zzzzzs

Remember your puppy will play then sleep then play then sleep. Today, when Tanner departed, they all started to drop, including Tanner. When they need to sleep, they do.

Be sure to check out the videos.

You can also find the gallery on Cinnamon's blog.