Los Arriba Havanese BreederMy husband, Dennis, and I got started in Havanese the same way many others did…we wanted a “pet” Havanese. We received a picture of the cutest Havanese puppy and instantly fell in love with “Max”. However, the breeder was selling him as a show prospect, and even though we knew nothing about showing dogs, we agreed to have him shown. Shortly after bringing Max home, we were introduced to Pete and Charlotte Ventura, who took over Max’s show career and finished him in four shows. Max traveled with us in our motorhome to all the shows and by the time he got his Championship, we were hooked!
After Max finished, we quickly discovered that we missed going to the shows and asked Charlotte to begin a search for a show quality female. During this time, Charlotte and I agreed to go into partnership and begin our own Havanese breeding program. In 2004, we started Los Arriba Havanese with two foundation bitches; littermate sisters, Mariel’s Tickled Pink (Bayly) and Mariel’s Tickle My Fancy (Taylor), and our program has grown from there. It is always exciting seeing our pups in the show ring, and getting pictures and updates from owners.
We gave up full-time motorhoming several years ago and now live in Palm Desert, California, with our beautiful and happily retired girls. Sadly, Max has moved on but waits for us at the “Rainbow Bridge!”