'Bichon Havanese' owners struggle amid shortages

STORY: A shortage of essentials in Cuba is making

it harder to care for the island's national dog

The 'Bichon Havanese' breed

requires a lot of work

Products like shampoo and conditioner

are required to keep their hair wavy and silky

Both are in short supply on the island

(Maylin Amador, Breeder and dog groomer)

“I bathe this animal every four days. If I am late by one day, his hair will tangle. He cannot have any fleas or ticks, nothing can fall in his fur. I have to give it anti-flea medication every month. To keep a Havanese is a great sacrifice, not only in Cuba but in the world.”