It would be difficult to find an individual more loyal, more dedicated, and more passionate about the Havanese breed than Joan Ambrose.

As a member of the Havanese Club of America, Joan held officer positions:  Vice-President from 2008-2010 and President from 2010-2014. One of her heart-projects was to ensure the Havanese breed was well-represented in the AKC Museum of the Dog.

Joan was one of the initial founders of Havanese Rescue Inc (HRI) in 2004 and remained an avid supporter throughout her life.  She worked tirelessly to help them become well-funded and a stable rescue, able to meet the rehoming and medical/surgical needs of countless rescue Havanese.

Whether she was breeding or showing dogs, taking a new person under her wing, or planning one of the many parties and fundraisers for family, friends, and dogs, Joan worked tirelessly to promote the Havanese breed.  One of her gifts was the ability to unite Havanese and their people together; she knew just how and where to put people to work.

Joan was delighted with her life – dogs, family, friends, travels, flowers, and faith.  She loved to highlight other’s contributions to both HRI and HCA but shied away from personal recognition.

She was kind, gracious, and generous and did all for the benefit of this breed that she loved.  We all, and our dogs are all better for having known her.

May she rest in peace, 1942–2024