Stan and Pat Parkhouse
Stan and I have been owned by Havanese since 1996 when we
welcomed our first Havanese, Misty, into our lives. We had
first read about this breed in a dog book in 1985 and it
sounded like the ideal dog for us. But unfortunately at that
time we could not find any breeders in Canada so we started
looking at other small breeds. Somehow,( a long story) we
ended up with Newfoundland dogs and it wasn’t until 1995
when we again started looking into the Havanese breed. Stan
was thinking of retiring in a few years and wanted a small
dog he could take with him in his truck. Since he also
suffers from allergies the Havanese again came to mind. When
the Dogs In Canada Annual came out that year we were able to
find a few breeders listed so I phoned Anne Todd of Sineades
Kennels in Ontario. We talked for quite awhile and at the
end of the conversation Anne was willing to trust us with
one of her puppies. Misty arrived the next year with Peppe
and Little Bit to follow soon after and like they say, “the
rest is history.” One think Anne didn’t mention was that
owning Havanese is addictive and it is difficult to own just
owned his own high rise window cleaning business in
Vancouver until he retired in 1997. His favorite pastime,
after the dogs, is fishing. He caught his biggest fish ever
last year (2007), a 124 pound halibut. During fishing season
he usually spends at least one day a week fishing on the
Fraser and Harrison Rivers. He also enjoys gardening and
watching Westerns on TV. Stan is fully involved with all
aspects of our Havanese. He is the one who does the daily
grooming, shows the dogs and even whelps the litters.
Friends call him “Dr. Stan”. Stan has brought into the world
the first puppy from each litter and sometimes the whole
litter. He is the calm, cool and collected one and our girls
respond positively to this. Stan’s complete involvement in
our Havanese dogs is what has made our kennel a success.
Up until last year I worked as a Teaching Assistant at
Deroche Elementary School. I am still frying to adjust to
retirement and find I still miss the students and staff. I
too enjoy gardening but while Stan does the veggies I
concentrate on my hanging baskets and flowers. I enjoy
reading and watching hockey and Canadian football on TV. I
also enjoy travelling when I get the opportunity. Now that I
am retired I am looking forward to getting some of the dogs
involved in therapy work something we used to do with our
Newfs. Plus it is great to be able to spend so much time
with our 4-legged family. I have shown in the past but do
not enjoy it and will only go in the ring if absolutely
necessary. I am the family member who keeps everything
clean, stays awake worrying for days before a whelping, does
all the paperwork, interviews prospective puppy owners and I
am the main socializer. Oh yes, I also help with the
whelping when Stan lets me.
Our philosophy on breeding is very simple.
- We do everything possible to breed healthy, happy
and well socialized dogs with great temperaments.
- Our Havanese are such a vital part of our lives and
I can’t imagine a life without this wonderful breed.
- To paraphrase; Our Havanese are not our whole lives,
but they make our lives whole.