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Note from Lilli Collins.. Hi Mama Carol, It's me, Lilli Collins.No news is good news they say, so I apologize for not writing sooner, but I've been very busy lately. What with my surgery, my hair falling out and all that grooming, I've been exhausted. In addition, I have learned to ride on the motorcycle with the folks, (I'm a Biker Bitch !) and have been traveling everywhere. My car seat fits between them on the front console when we go in the truck, and and I rarely am in my travel crate in the back seat when we are traveling. I have two different carriers that I use when we ride the motorcycle, and I'm a lot better about barking at everything, although I am definitely the truck watchdog, as well as keeping up with guarding our RV. I love everything about my life, and Mom says that I am a total joy! I have that same "different" little face as my "other mother with the same brothers"--Nikki. Tell her and my pop Gates that I appreciate my good genes, and glorious good health. I always have my fruit, vegetable, cottage cheese or yogurt with my dog food. We all eat organic food, and of course, I enjoy my Pupcorn, and cheese for training....otherwise no cheap treats. Because of this, I don't have the "red eye" anymore !! Anyway, I'm in Colorado now (I look forward to a little lake swimming next week !) and we're spending the rest of the summer in Spokane, WA. then back to Kerrville Texas for the winter so that Dad can work and Mom can get back to making pottery and keeping the galleries supplied-I love going to the studio with her, and have great human friends there..... I wish you and all my Coton family all the best...love, Lilli (Miss Lillian of Tara), Melinda & Ron Collins
Miss Lucy of Tara, RA AX OJ OF is EXCELLENT in agility! (right)
Hello from Annie! (left)
Greetings to all my Friends and Fans, and especially to you, because I hope you will be my new best friend. I hope you enjoy my interview for the Tara Star News. I just loved doing it. Just call me “Annie.” ( Remember the opening line from Moby Dick?) My registered name is CH Annie’s Song of Tara, because I was born June 19, 2006, at Cotons of Tara in Burleson, TX to Jespersen’s Petals N Pearls and CH Sweet Talking Man of Tara. I probably take after my coton dad, because I talk all of the time. I decided to do this interview by myself, because I am now 2 years old – old enough to contribute something to the world besides cuteness and kisses. Plus, I do love to talk about myself, but thank goodness, not as much as my mom likes to talk about her Annie!
Mom and Dad waited for a long time to get me, because they wanted a show quality female from Tara, although I was never going to be shown. If you know me, you are probably laughing your head off, because I am quite the Show Girl now. I have been competing in dog shows for just 9 months, and have about a hundred ribbons, plus medals and sacks of prizes that you receive at my favorite shows for winning Group. Mom calls me Little Miss North Carolina as I have a perfect record for Best in Breed at all my shows in the Tar Heel State. I won my UKC Championship my first weekend there.
Like most coton puppies, I was a pretty baby, but I just kept getting prettier and prettier, and I think I still am. When I was a puppy, I got into everything except trouble as I have a talent for melting hearts. Mom and Dad had to have a new floor laid in their bathroom-twice, mortar replaced in the fireplace, and Dad had to replace a practically new chair. I can’t remember why, but I wanted to eat my own house! Puppies….you gotta love them, but what goes on in their baby brains is anybody’s guess.
In October 2007, my Aunt Ruth called and wanted Mommy and me to meet her in TN for a dog show. I was supposed to go to Paula, my vet, the following Tues. to be spayed because it would be good for my health. Anyway, we went to the dog show, a first for both of us. I won my class, won best female, and then got best coton. I was in Group with dogs that were not cotons. The judge asked Mommy to move, and she thought she had done something wrong, A nice man figured out what was happening and told us that we had won Group and that the judge wanted me to go to the front of the line! The next thing I knew was that there were 6 big brown dogs and me in the ring competing for Best in Show! The judge told Mom that I was really special, but that Mom needed lessons and practice. (She tries hard, but still messes up in the ring every time. She gets too nervous.) After I won a ton of ribbons that first weekend, we decided to keep going to shows. My vet recommended postponing surgery, because all those ribbons are good for your health ,too!
My next show was in Hickory, NC. I won Best of Breed all 6 times, and Group 1 five times. At the last show I was very tired and decided to sniff a poodle’s butt. That was great fun, so I turned around behind me and kissed the peke. I decided it would be a good thing to get real friendly as I had been getting all the ribbons for 3 days and sometimes girls just want to have fun. Mom wasn’t holding the lead, so I took off and greeted each of the dogs in the ring. Anyway, I got a red ribbon that time, and thought it was nice to get another color other than blue or purple.
I love going to shows. Staying in a motel is fun. Most of the time there are interesting smells where we stay. But in April, on the way to the National Specialty in TX ( I won a very nice ribbon there, and silly Mommy had Suzanne’s comments about me framed) , we stayed in a big hotel in Atlanta before an early flight. The only room they had left was a suite. I swear it was like heaven had come down. I had had one of those 6 or 7 step baths that take all day and was wearing one of my sparkly hair bows. The people at the Westin must have thought I was the Princess of Someplace and let me go any place in the hotel I wanted. They even fixed me special food that I like if I couldn’t find it on the menu! I returned the favor by faithfully using my potty pad in the suite, and walking all the way to the hotel next door if I had to go outside.
At my last show, I won my National and International IABCA titles. And recently I became an American Coton Club Champion.
I have told you about how I got to the GA mountains, about having fun at dog shows, and my silly Mom and Dad (He makes up songs about my brother and me and sings them to us every morning.). Before he goes to work, we play soccer. I make up the rules as we go along and change them depending on where the ball goes. The last thing I have to tell you is about my special talent that drives my parents nuts. Believe it or not, I can throw my head all the way back and howl just like a wolf! Next time I see you, I will be glad to show you how to do it, and then we can do it together!
The following is a letter that was written to the TARA STAR Newspaper
CRYS’L CLEAR OF TARA (BLANCA)
Agility Star on the Rise
Seven Lakes, North Carolina --
October, 1999. Burleson, TX. TARA proudly presents its third generation of males. Pictured right is Multi Champion Sugar of Woodland Cottage, his son, Multi Champion, and World Champion Jr. Male 1999, Preferred Stock of TARA, and his young grandson, N Vest in Sugar of TARA. We are expecting big things, from this little boy.
Mexico City, MX. The prestigious 1999 "World Dog Show," was held June 3-6, 1999 in Mexico City with over 5000 entries, each entry hopeful of attaining the coveted "World Champion" title. "Diabolo Swing One o'clock Tara," (Foxy) an 8-month-old was entered in the puppy "B"divisions. Foxy won Best of Breed puppy for the World Show and took a Group 4 placement in another show. She was the only Coton to have placed in group. Foxy a little French girl, who lives at TARA, thought the whole show was great fun, and cannot wait till the next one.
Mexico City, MX. The prestigious 1999 "World Dog Show," was held June 3-6, 1999 in Mexico City with over 5000 entries, each entry hopeful of attaining the coveted "World Champion" title. A young Coton de Tulear male, "Preferred Stock of TARA" (Gates) won the title of "World Junior Champion." Gates also became a Mexican Champion and an American Junior Champion. He is the first American bred Coton to have won a World Champion title. Back home at TARA, proud dad, "Sugar" said, "that's my son, following in my paw prints!" Gates said "congratulations to all the other "World Champions," and hopes to see them next year at the 2000 World Dog Show."
Hollywood, FL - At the ARBA Spring Classic National Show Mar. 21, 1999 Bearon von Opps of Tara took a Best In Show !!! Bearon is an ARBA champion as well as a USACTC champion. Bearon's show career had a terrific beginning with an ARBA Best In Show Jr. Puppy in Jan. '98. He is in the fast lane now having won four Group First, four Best of Breed and five Best of Winners. At only 1 1/2 years old, Bearon is very pleased with his accomplishments. His proud mom, Sweet N Low of Tara, said she had shared her winning ways, and was pleased that he had payed attention! When Bearon was asked about his future plans, he replied that he is looking forward to continued success in the show ring and thrilled about being called a stud.................whatever that means. Bearon lives in Florida with the Goldberg family.
Columbus, TX. The United States of America Coton de Tulear Club held its National Speciality on August 22, 1998. Tara's Sugar took Best of Breed and Best of the Speciality, as well as six more Best of Breeds. During the week of August 20th the States Kennel Club held eight shows. Sugar took Best of Breed at six of these shows. Tara's Cricket or Nikita were Best of Opposite Sex. The other two shows, the honor of Best of Breed went to Cricket and to Nikita, with Sugar being Best of Opposite Sex. Nikita achieved her USACTC Champion during this same week. When asked about this grand sweep of wins, they replied that it was great fun and they love to share!........................with each other.
Bay St. Louis, MS. On Oct 5th, 1997 at The Casino Magic there was a lot of "winning" going on, but right across the street there was a big win taking place. Tara's Sugar just took a Best in Show! Judge Dr. Maurice Waller selected this beautiful Coton over one hundered and eighteen entries. "Sugar" is a Mexican, International (FCI), ARBA, USACTC, IABAC and SKC National and International Champion. After all the congratulations were over, we asked Sugar what he would do now. He replied, that he believed he would go to the casino and "shoot some craps." Thats a man for you!
Heightstown, New Jersey. June 17, 1997 at the ARBA Garden State Classic, Cricket of Tara won Best of Breed over sixteen Coton de Tulear entries. She advanced to Best in Show, by taking a Group One. There were eight entries in the Best in Show, where she was awarded "BEST IN SHOW," by judge Larry Stein. "Cricket" is a Mexican, International (FCI), IABCA/Int'l, States Kennel Club/National, ARBA and USACTC Champion. When asked what her future plans were, she replied, "if I can find the right man, I might just settle down and have some babies." It looks as if there are future champions on the horizon.
Tijuana, MX. July 14, 1996, TARA's Sugar of Woodland Cottage, has completed his International (FCI) and Mexican (FCM) Championships. "Sugar" is the second import to the United States to earn these titles. The first having been TARA's "Igloo." "Sugar" is also an ARBA and USACTC Champion and is the proud father of Sweet N Low of Tara.
Tijuana, MX. Tara's Hindie du Clos D'Elphany completed her International (FCI) and Mexican (FCM) Championships on July 14, 1996. "Hindie" is the first imported bitch to the United States to receive these titles. "Hindie" is the mother of the first born United States International and Mexican Champion, Cricket of TARA.
Burleson, TX, TARA's "Hindie" makes history again! November 21, 1996, "Hindie" took over the rearing of two orphaned Great Pyrenees babies. Babies and stepmom all did well. We at TARA know that this is a FIRST and we thank this little mom.
Mexicali, Mex. On January 18-21, 1996, Cricket of Tara (pictured below, left) was awarded her International (FCI) and Mexican (FCM) Championship at the International Dog Shows, in Mexicali, Mex. Cricket is the first Coton born in the USA to become an International and Mexican Champion. She has also achieved ARBA and USACTC Championships. Her proud father is Tara's Igloo.
"Cricket" and "Equal"
San Diego, Ca. On March 15, 1996, at the "ARBA 1996 Invitational Tournament of Champions," Sweet n' Low of Tara (pictured above, right) won "Champion Jr. Puppy of the year." She is the first Coton to ever hold this title. March 16-17, 1996, she returned to the show ring and took THREE "BIS Jr. Puppy." "Equal" is the first Coton to win three BIS at the same Circuit. Congratulations are in order for this four-month-old Coton.
"Equal" (pictured left) and "Snickers" (pictured right)
Burleson, Tx. - Sweet N low of Tara (pictured left) continues her winning ways. At the young age of ten months, "EQUAL" has to her credit six "Best in Show Jr. Puppy," and six "Best Of Breed." "EQUAL" took "Best of Winners" at age six months. She is an ARBA and IABAC National and International Champion and is the first Coton Puppy to have earned this many Best in Show awards at SKC and ARBA shows -- all with limited showing.
Mexicali, Mex. Igloo of the Valauary's Cottage (pictured above), received his International (FCI) and Mexican (FCM) Championships at the International Dogs Shows, in Mexicali, Mex. on January 18-21, 1996. Igloo is an American (ARBA) Champion. He is the first Coton import in the USA to achieve these three combined Championships. Igloo resides at Coton de Tulear of Tara.