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

Done - Now We Wait

Nothing today. we are more than done. LOL


Cinnamon and Stone Ties Plus Calendar

Cinnamon and Stone in heat November 12 
Due January 25th if early (go home date April 5)
Sperm on floor Nov 22, 2018
Tie 9:26am to 9:40am 14 minutes Nov 23
Tie 5:59pm to 6:19pm 20 minutes Nov 24
Tie 9:52am to 10:12am 20 minutes Nov 25
Tie 5:18pm to 5:40pm 22 minutes Nov 26
Tie 9:33am to 9:51am 18 minutes Nov 27
Tie 9:46am to 10:01am 15 minutes Nov 28


Canine Pregnancy Calendar

Pregnancy Calendar for Dogs
Date: Mon 27 Nov 2018
Sire: Stone
Dam: Cinnamon
Breeder: Talemaker Havanese
Fri 23 Nov 2018 Day 1
  • First day of mating.
  • Sperm travel searching for a mature
    ripened eggs.
Sat 24 Nov 2018 -
Fri 30 Nov 2018
Week 1
  • Fertilization occurs.
  • 2 cell embryos are in the oviduct.
Sat 1 Dec 2018 -
Fri 7 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.
Sat 8 Nov 2018 -
Fri 14 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.
Sat 15 Dec 2018 -
Thu 20 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.
Fri 21 Dec 2018 -
Thu 27 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.
Fri 28 Dec 2018 -
Thu 3 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.
Fri 4 Jan 2019 -
Thu 10 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.
Fri 11 Jan 2019 -
Thu 17 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
Fri 18 Jan 2018 -
Fri 25 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
Sat 26 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.



Cinnamon and Stone Ties

Cinnamon in heat November 12 - Breeding to Stone
Tie 9:26am to 9:40am 14 minutes Nov 23
Tie 5:59pm to 6:19pm 20 minutes Nov 24
Tie 9:52am to 10:12am 20 minutes Nov 25
Tie 5:18pm to 5:40pm 22 minutes Nov 26



Wally Update

Hi Nathan and Darlah,

One week with Walter in our home, and he is doing great! We love him so much. He's such a sweet pup, and loves to play and cuddle. He is sleeping through the night, and potty training has been going very well! Attached is a picture of Wally!

Many thanks,

Neale and Chris


Lexi Update

Lexi is a very confident lovable gal. She is very clever. She is catching on very quickly to the sit, stay and come. She gives a paw. She is very curious and bold. She loves to play with her toys and loves to eat. She is now 5.2lbs.


Joey Update

King of his castle!

So where is he sleeping now?

Nathan asks

Haha definitely in our bed. No big surprise! He’s doing great, such a fun pup!



Wally's New Family

This is Wally's new family.

I can't believe the last one departed today - well the last to go to a new home.

This is a gallery of them playing before departure.

Due to rain, we haven't had any mad play outside. The 2 remaining pups are quiet.

I truly miss this crew... seriously do!


Last Swim for Wally

As you know Wally had a bath earlier in the week. He also had one after the pool but I didn't do photos this time. He had fun playing and so did Sky and Ali.

Here is the gallery of the swim part of the day.

I can't believe by early afternoon we will be down to 2 pups from this crew. they are missed but I am sure they are also enjoying their journey.

The pups have a full play session several times a day.

I suspect it will take the moms time to know the remaining 2 are staying. perhaps when they come to bed with us. We shall see how it all unfolds. 


Fun Play For the Pups

This is Wally playing with the older pups. Wally departs on Friday. Let's say he is having a blast. Yes, they still use the xpen area but Dennis has them running everywhere as it is easy to watch 3 around the pool. 

Here is the gallery.

It's a riot to watch them. They are still sleeping with each other at night and for naps. 

Moms are on watch always!


Remaining Pups

It's a quiet house with only 3 pups from this crew remaining. Come Friday it will just be the 2.

They run up and down the stairs with ease. They love playing in the back yard. 

We are going to try them with this irritating laughing moving toy to see how they will react. I will get a video of it tonight when the sun goes down.

They are definitely confused but best news the moms are playing in a big way with them. It is ever so nice to see!


Joey's New Family

Oh it's ever so quiet around here. Joey was one of those that got the rest engaged. Not that they won't do it without him but he was such a fun puppy. 

Here is the gallery of his new family.

This is such a great crew truly!

Here is the gallery of the remaining crew before Joey departed.

We are now down to 4. Tomorrow 3.


Chloe's New Family: 3 Updates Tonight

This is Chloe's new family. The kids werte amazing with the dogs.

Here is the family gallery.

The pups are now down to 5. The moms and pups are starting to notice now. Tomorrow we will be down to 4. Then Tuesday 3 till Friday. 

Here is the gallery before Chloe went home.

I have to say I miss them already but I am also happy for them and their new families. 

Be sure to check the videos as well.


Meet Joey: Last Bath: 3 Updates Today

This is roll over on your back Joey. He was the best for the bath. Perhaps he thought I was tired and he was being kind. But he was amazing!

I think this lack of sleep is getting to me.

Here is his bath gallery.

What did I do? I washed Wally. Now I got to wash Joey. We are all good. Joey is departing tomorrow. Wally is not going home till Friday. :-) Paperwork was correct - dog was correct. I just washed the wrong dog. LOL

Joey sure cleaned up well. He's a beauty!


3 Updates Today: Wally's Bath

Meet Wally - Here is my oops I washed the wrong dog. Wally is not going home till Friday. Oh my gad. I have a pup to wash. 

Here is the gallery of his bath.

He will get another bath Thursday. LOL But maybe we will skip the photos. 


Lexi's New Family: 2 Updates Today

Lexi is on to her new adventure. She will be truly missed! The pups played and played. The last one standing (not tuckered out) was roll on your back boy and Lexi. 

Here is the family gallery.

It was a bit of a crazy process. We had 2 people come late - 1 pick up, 1 drop off so I was otherwise engaged at first. I try so hard not to have that happen but we managed to still get photos and video. The camera was almost dead. The ipad to take video was almost dead - both charging for the 3 pm departure. 

Here is the gallery before departure.


2 Updates Today: Chloe's Last Bath

Chloe had a bath and was wonderful for the entire experience. 

Here is her bath photos.

She is the only puppy departing tomorrow. Dennis has been sleeping very little as we can do the departures. He kept falling asleep last night and the pups gained nicely. heh

Was there a difference in activity between 10 and 8? No. Will there be when it drops to 5 or 6? We shall see.

Chloe is a lovee and as weeks go on, she loves to snuggle more and more. Going to miss her snuggles!


2 Updates Today: Lexie's Last Bath

Lexie had her bath but she wasn't the first. I washed the wrong puppy first. I am on a roll. That's okay. We got Lexi done and she was a trooper. 

I put up a wet photo of Lexie so you could see those eyes. 

Here is the bath gallery.

She was truly great for the bath. Great for shaving her pads but had no patience for that 2 dryer combo hitting her in the face. We were hurrying as Nathan had things to do. LOL

Lexi is the first to depart tomorrow. Tomorrow night we will have only 6 pups.


2 Updates Today: Javier's New Family

Javier is now home with his dad. We look forward to hearing about his adventure.

Here are the family photos.

What a beauty he is. He is such a low keyed happy boy. 

Here is the gallery taken during the visit.

He plays, he eats, he sleeps. He knows how to have fun!

Be sure to check out the videos of the visit when he was going home. David's sister came to help him bring Javier home. You will see how wonderful she was with the pups. David was beaming with Javier. It was ever so nice!


2 Updates Today: Javie's Last Bath

As you will see in his bath and dry photos, he was quite calm and didn't mind this bath stuff. 

As we take photos, I always play with them. Nathan caught me with him in a moment. It relaxes them as who likes to be held in the air for an extended period of time to take photos? 

He is such a character and a nice looking boy. Enjoy your journey. Happy times for the new parents to be. Sad for us but happy too that they are going to be loved immensely!


2 Updates Today

Just wanted to update you on all 10. After dinner I will be adding a bath photo of each puppy 1 Cinnamon - 1 Ella on the respective blogs that is going home on Friday. 

Ash and Grey (schnauzers) arrived today and the pups were fascinated. No one was afraid. They are used to pups from visiting here and truly love them. I am glad we got to give the pups this positive exposure before the pups depart.

Here is the gallery.

Pups have been playing their hearts out. They are about to go back out again. Be sure to check out the videos.