How could anyone resist this face?? There I was, in the Spring of 1992, a die-hard ‘big dog’ person, and my friend Marsha makes me an offer I can’t refuse. “Last chance”, she said, “if you want a Havanese, this is my last litter!”So I went to see them and it was love at first sight. I’d already been smitten by Marsha’s Chablis, who was the great grandmother of this litter and now a little black pup stole my heart.Her name was bigger than she was…Elfin Elite Poppy Seed, aka ‘Poppy’ didn’t weigh 3lbs when she came home but it didn’t take her a week to take over the house.
Poppy AOM at 10 years of age
Brood Bitch National 2002
Poppy, over the years, has made significant contributions and, being a Certified Havana Silk Dog™ as a foundation bitch of the Havana Silk Dog, she will live on through generations. In 1999, Poppy was bred to the great Hungarian import, Ch Salemi Charly ROMX. From this breeding, she produced BISS Ch Bydand Elfin Magic CGC ROM, 'Keebler', who was #1 All Breed in 2003-2004, winner of the National Specialty in 2003 and BOB at Westminster in 2004. This pairing also produced Ch Elfin Pocketful of Posy CGC, 'Posy',Ch Elfin Batteries Not Included, 'Rewind', Ch Elfin's Jasy Caliente, Ch Elfin Hello Mr Chips, "Chip" and Ch Elfin Barkley Vegas LaSuSu's, 'Vegas'.
On September 30th at 15 1/2 years, held in Richi's loving arms, after a delicious turkey dinner, Poppy left for the Rainbow Bridge where she will romp and play with past companions until we meet again. We buried her in what will become our little memorial garden in the front yard. Mickey's ashes were placed at her feet along with X-tra large Milkbones...one of her favorite youthful games was to tease Mickey by guarding a giant bone...she never ate one but thoroughly enjoyed the game of dog in the manger and Mickey, ever the good natured Bull Terrier, always let her win.
I don't really think of her as gone. There is enough of Poppy in this house that she will never really be gone. Her children and grandchildren are here with me and, in them, she lives on. We've heard from so many people whose lives she enriched...through her descendents, her spirit, her charm and personality...she has touched many and is remembered fondly by all...sleep well, dear Poppy.