Two years after Rissie crossed over I began researching breeds. I knew I had done so much 'down sizing' myself, the breed of dog I chose had to be down sized as well. I actually wasn't sure how I felt about small dogs. Not enough to hug? I wanted a lap dog who was not yappy, was laid back, loved to cuddle, did not shed and was hypo allergenic. I looked seriously at poodles and almost fell for a standard ---- that was a close call - they are huge! It was tempting because they prance and I do adore prancers. Moving on, I looked at Bichons, Havernese, and a string of other small hypo allergenic types. I happened upon Cotons and fell in love.
Cotons are still a fairly rare bread in Canada and even in the US. I searched all over the place and found them very expensive in Canada. Then I happened upon two women in Idaho who raise them. After much e-mailing and phone talking, my girlfriend and I made a fabulous road trip through the beautiful fall country side to pick up Habibi.
I chose Habibi because of the sparkle in his eye. His brother had that glazed over, relaxed look and is in all probability swinging in a hammock somewhere snoozing. Habibi, on the other hand is AWAKE! He is sassy and charming and loving. He is intelligent and wishes more than anything in the world he could talk. He can outstare me! The very first time I picked him up he began 'kissing' me - and hasn't stopped since. It's not part of the breed, however, this seems to be part of the way Habibi expresses himself. I don't mind. He is a cuddler and loves to snuggle into my neck. He is now my co-pilot. He's a good traveler and loves life. He's teaching me not to miss anything - it may be important. If you want to see some wonderful photos of Cotons, please go to http://www.mydarlingdogs.com/. This is where I found Habibi. Glenda and Cindy are amazing women.
Oh by the way, did I tell you I'm spending three months in Mexico after Christmas? San Miguel de Allende. .... more later. : )
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." Anatole France