About the Club and the Authors


The Havanese Fanciers of Canada is Canada’s CKC accredited National breed club. We are a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection, preservation and responsible promotion of the Havanese breed in Canada.

Some of the ways in which the HFC achieves this are:

  • Educating the public about the Havanese breed
  • Encouraging responsible ownership
  • Serving as a resource to Havanese breeders and owners

From Nose to Tail encompasses all three. The book was created as an educational tool to help owners everywhere learn to maintain their Havanese. Noel Hynds and Suzanne McKay combined their creative talents and graciously shared the writing and editing responsibilities to make this project a reality.

Noel Hynds has written dog-related articles for The Temiskaming Kennel Club, The Havanese Fanciers Of Canada newsletter and Our Havanese. Through the years, she shared her passion for dogs with her three children and has continued active involvement in the junior handling competitions for her local kennel club. A patient husband who volunteered to serve as "kennel help" completes the picture. Her two Havanese are a balm to a work-weary soul at the end of a long day. She is a passionate advocate of clicker training and taught classes for a number of years. She gives occasional seminars at the Veterinarian Technician program at the college on a variety of subjects. Noel considers it an honour to have been involved in the writing and editing of the official grooming book for The Havanese Fanciers Of Canada.

Suzanne McKay has been involved with the Havanese breed since 1994 and has been writing for much longer. Her canine related writings have appeared in assorted national and international publications for many years; Literary works include poetry, short stories, columns, articles, features and educational studies plus two collaborative chapters in a breed book “Joyous Havanese”, and more. Fuzzy Tales and Faux-Paws, Prairie Pawprints, Woofs Wiggles and Wags, Tail Teasers and Teacher’s Pet are some favourite by-lines. She has also been writing regular columns for “breedlines” in the Dogs In Canada publication since 1998. Sharing her life in the Canadian Prairies are one very supportive husband and three entertaining Havanese, all participating in a myriad of canine activities. Suzanne is honoured to be one of the collaborative authors of “From Nose to Tail” for the Havanese Fanciers of Canada.