This all started with the dream of two women, mother and daughter, who turned what is now Huggy Bear Havanese into a reality.
When I was a child, I was obsessed with dogs. I begged my parents for a dog, wrote many essays, and after several years, they finally got me Coco.
Coco was a beautiful, energetic, lovely dog, but just one dog wasn't the dream. I asked my mom for a boy dog the next Christmas, and soon we had Momo.
A serendipitous litter allowed the full dream to finally be realized; I truly wanted to be able to care for litters of my own careful breeding.
When my mom discovered dog showing, our whole world changed. We wanted to breed in a way that not only produced quality pets but promoted the breed standard through AKC dog shows. And that's when we got Link.
The very first show that Link was in was a puppy show where he won best of toy group and consequently obtained a Puppy of Achievement Award from AKC.
Link and I continued to attend shows almost every weekend, traveling across the state to shows big and small, helping us to both gain valuable experience and bond to one another.
Sometimes the going got tough, but in spite of this our determination and sheer grit never faltered. The obstacles we faced only made our dream ever more clear.
The first 5-point major Link obtained was a triumph like no other - despite the fact that neither of us were ready for this picture.
Link's second major was also worth 5 points, a large accomplishment for a dog being handled by a first-time amateur.
Just under one year old, Link obtained his final 5-point major and his championship, summing up to three 5-point majors in just under six months.
Once Link had earned his championship, we decided it was time to let a dog or two more into our home to continue our show dream. This led us to adopt two more show prospects, Peach and Diva, with the hopes of broadening our horizons.
Our plan was all set to work out, except for one more large obstacle. With the onset of a worldwide pandemic, all shows were cancelled and Peach and Diva were only able to enter the ring a couple of times.
Our journey has been a rewarding in the most real sense of the word. The hard work and time that we have put into what has become our passion has multiplied to a greater degree than either of us could have imagined when we started. As our business continues to grow, we strive to make sure that the small business, home-loved feeling that the puppies from our kennel are raised in is never diminished.