How I Chose my Havanese from the Litter: Mateo and Me, the Beginning

There is this dog and my memories of him; which when taken all together, would fill no more than a bell jar. That they take up so little space doesn't matter, as long as the glass is clear enough for me to watch the pouring in of our memories yet to come.


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One of Mateo's first puppy photos

Mateo is a Havanese, a rare breed from the Bichon family. I first met him when he was 3 weeks old, still with his biological mom and 3 siblings. I am not sure if I was the one who chose my puppy or my puppy was the one who chose me.

I wanted a male. He was the first puppy handed to me by the vet. I held him belly up on my hand and he just stared at me. No struggling at all. I made the decision which puppy to choose on my second visit. The vet handed me 2 puppies, Mateo and his brother. I held each of them belly up on one hand. Mateo kicked a little then stopped. His brother struggled to free himself the whole time I was holding him. Next, I placed the 2 puppies on the table and called them while gently and slowly extending my fingers towards them. Guess who came when I called? Mateo. That very moment I was so happy I found my puppy. The vet then microchipped him and since then, I paid him a visit once a week until he's 2 months old and I could take him home.

Mateo at 2 months old

Mateo is 9 months old now. I can still remember his sweet puppy eyes when we first met. That stare which sparked a friendship for a few seconds and made it last forever.

23 comments:

  1. What a cute dog Lea, good luck with him.
    A very nice Sunday.

    I'm taking a blog break, so if you miss me, you know that I take a break.

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  2. It's so nice to have a friend, Mateo is so sweet!

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  3. I love Mateo and I can tell why you chose him ... Ooops sorry, why he chose you. Isn't it wonderful to have a faithful doggy friend. Dogs give us their all, don't they?

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  4. He is very cute, I woud like a dog like Mateo :-)

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  5. He is very cute, I would like a dog like Mateo :-)

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  6. Thank you for sharing Mateo and your feelings and thoughts with us. No wonder you fell in love with him. He does not judge you, just as Spunky does not judge us. I would love to have a lap dog just like Mateo but at our age we will just hope Spunky goes before us because he would never make it in a strange family. He is funny with out knowing it, he is demanding and he knows it. We love him regardless.

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  7. Mateo looks so sweet! :3
    I love Dogs & I have one myself... so I totally get what you're saying here.
    Dogs are for life!!!

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  8. Great shots of a friend for life, Lea ! Sounds like you were made for each other.

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  9. Precious. Gotta love that longing look in his eyes. He's adorable.
    Liz

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  10. oh my gosh...how did you even wait the 2 months?! he is so cute. I would spoil him rotten.

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  11. You are fortunate to have found this furry little ball of joy! We're going to be looking soon again. Lost our Golden 1 and 1/2 years ago. Hope you're doing well!

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  12. He is so cute - no wonder you picked him. :)

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  13. I would love to snuggle that little cutie!

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  14. Mateo jest śliczny, wygląda jak maskotka. Ja też miałam kiedyś psa rasy jamnik, gdy miał 14 lat, zdechł - niestety.
    Pozdrawiam serdecznie.

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  15. Hi Lea, I forgot to tell you I got the tube of Noxicare and another t-shirt. Have not felt well for a couple of days. I think the flu but better now, I hope.

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  16. Mateo parece um anjinho que fugiu do céu para ficar em tua companhia .È lindinho demais.Beijus.....

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  17. Thank you so much, everyone! Mateo says thank you, too... woof, woof! :)

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  18. What a perfectly darling face!! :)

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  19. Hi Lea,
    thank you so much for the comment on my poem. I am following your blog.
    Cristine
    Oh by the way, your dog is sooo cute!!!

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