January 9, 2009

Hyacinth Bucket's Saga - Part V - The other Havanese

I am saddened to say that my Hyacinth Bucket’s death wasn’t the first in Norm’s care; but I didn’t know. I regret I didn’t ask around about Norm. I am sure if I would have known, I wouldn’t have left Hyacinth in Norm’s care. C, another Havanese breeder, encouraged me to use Norm to have him show Hyacinth in the US so she could earn her American title. I trusted C, and she trusted him, so by association I entrusted my Hyacinth in Norm’s care. Ultimately, I feel betrayed.

The other dog that died over a year prior to Hyacinth’s death was also a Havanese, a male. He was six month old. I have no idea if he was at his first show or not. I understand the dog was being groomed on the grooming table and he was tied to the attached grooming arm. Possibly, due to miscommunication, who knows, no one was watching the six-month-old Havanese. Apparently, the dog jumped and strangled himself.

You hear these sorts of stories and think that yes, this could happen, but no one leaves dogs on tables unattended. It is like saying ‘be careful with that, you could poke your eye out’. No one accidently actually pokes their eye out while playing with whatever.

When I first heard this story, my heart dropped.

For the longest time I thought I was the only one who is going through or went through something so outrages with their dog. In one way, it is good that I am having so much trouble finding others who have gone through something similar to what I have gone through and am still going through; but in another way it sucks, as I can’t really talk to someone else who has been in my shoes to share feelings or share pain. I guess its true, misery does like company.

If the owner of the other Havanese ever reads this, you are more than welcome to share. Other people with stories are welcomed too.

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