From as early as I can remember, I had a strong love for dogs. Never being allowed to have my own dog as a child, I walked and babysat all my neighbors' dogs. My friends and I tried every trick to get my parents to allow me to have my own dog, but the answer was always, "NO!". I was allowed a cat and tricked my mother into a raccoon, but to me they were just not the same as a dog. I was obsessed by dogs. At the opening of a new drugstore in town, I won a polariod camera and immediately set about the task of photographing every dog in Douglas, Alaska. I don't know if I managed to catch them all, but I still have that album of photos. While growing up, my mom always said that when I was on my own,I could have all the dogs I wanted.|
For some years, my traveling lifestyle didn't allow me to have any dogs. But once I moved to Madagascar, I met my first Coton de Tulear. The rest is history!
The following information is reprinted from THE OFFICIAL COTON DE TULEAR BOOK , published in 1996 by Jay Russell, PhD and Laurie Spalding:
Originally from Alaska, Coreen is an elementary teacher in southern California. She first learned about the Coton de Tulear breed when she arrived in Madagascar in 1987. She remained in Madagascar for four years, where she acquired her first Cotons in 1987 and began to breed them in 1988. She is thoroughly captivated by the Cotonsā playful personalities and has never bred another dog breed. Coreen returned to the United States with her Cotons in 1991. Coreenās breeding program, now with Cotons from both Malagasy and European bloodlines, is conducted from her home in Lancaster, California (which Cotons share with Coreenās two Missouri Fox Trotter horses).
Savikko Cotons are now the third most numerous in the CTCA Registry. Coreen worries that, in the future, through careless breeding, the Coton de Tulear could lose its traditional healthy, loving, companion traits.
|Andrambelo||Madagascar||1||Sunset Cove Cotons||USA||2|
|Andriantavy||Madagascar||1||Elevage de Duray||Canada||1|
|Angels of Madagascar||USA||6||Enchanted Cottage||USA||1|
|Bar-Ken Cotons||USA||1||Herrman Rene||France||1|
|Chantilly||USA||2||L'Ecume des Mers Tropicales||USA||6|
|Christine de Dutto||France||1||L'Oasis des Cotonniers||France||1|
|Clos D'Elphigny||France||3||La Draille des Cailloux||France||1|
|Cottonkist||USA||1||La Ferme de Bannay||France||1|
|Darcy's Pleasant Valley||USA||1||La Fosse aux Renards||France||1|
|Domaine de la Cotonnerie||Canada||1||Nicolessi||Madagascar||1|
|Dry Creek Cotons||USA||11||Oakshade Kennel||USA||235|
|Petit Bois Landry||France||1||Tara||USA||6|
|Rasoamihanta||Madagascar||2||The Valaury's Cottage||France||5|
|Alika Cotons||USA||17||Woodland Cottage||Belgium||6|
|* This information from 'The Official Coton de Tulear Book', current to 4/7/96.|