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Coton de Tulear Party!!!

 

MARK THIS DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR!!!!!

March 24, 2012


2010 Hosting Crew

Invitation to the 11th Annual Coton de Tulear Party!!!

Date: Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Time: 11:00 a.m. – until the last person leaves. (not beyond a week)

Place: Hoof ‘n’ Paw Haven (Bruce and Coreen’s place)


It’s almost here!  Don’t miss out!


Description: This party is an opportunity for people and Cotons to meet new and old friends.  Many Coton family reunions take place at the party. All people who love Cotons are welcomed.  Invite anyone you know who are Coton owners and friends.  Food and drinks are provided by the hosts.   Guests are more than welcome to bring a favorite snack or beverage, but it is not necessary.

Coreen and Bruce

 

This Coton Party is a must for all Coton lovers!!  To read more about the Coton party as well as past parties please check out the Coton Party page at the American Coton Club. http://www.americancotonclub.com/cotonparties.htm

 

American Coton Club

Home of the Rare Breed Coton de Tulear

www.AmericanCotonClub.com

info@AmericanCotonClub.com

 

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American Coton Club – Coton de Tulear Introduction

American Coton Club – Coton de Tulear Introduction

Coton de Tulear photo

Coton de Tulear dogs from Code of Ethics Breeder Dennis Presley

Has the Rare Breed Coton De Tulear caught your fancy?  Has the tale of their ancient pirate and shipwreck beginnings completely intrigued you?  Do you think they are the cutest thing you ever laid your eyes on?  This delightful “Royal Dog of Madagascar” and companion to the Malagasy Kings & Nobles has absolutely taken over our hearts forever.

 

The Coton de Tulear, or “Coton” for short, is a wonderful companion. They make an excellent choice for families with children and are the perfect addition to the family. They are quickly devoted and affectionate making an excellent loving companion. The Coton de Tulear can be quite intuitive and is often used in therapy programs helping those with special needs. They are sturdy and fast making them great in agility which is fun for the Coton and its owner.

 

Cotons were bred and developed for the sole purpose of being a loyal loving companion dog.  They are well suited for this purpose because of their happy personalities, adaptable character, loving attitude, intelligence, entertaining mannerisms and overall cuteness. Cotons tend to adapt to their family’s lifestyle which make them a wonderful pet for a broad spectrum of people.  They are happy couch potatoes or thrilled to take a long hike in the mountains with you. Just let them know and they’ll happily follow.

Cotons have been referred to as the “anti-depressant” breed because of their general happiness and abilities to cheer the down and out with their smile, funny play or general empathetic personality. The Coton is a happy dog which doesn’t get too upset with anything that comes their way. Cotons are a relatively healthy breed and look forward to living a life of 15+ years.

Cotons are very smart and aim to please their owners. When given praise and a yummy treat they catch on quickly to training and new commands. They are always up for a new challenge. They do very well in the show ring with their lovely long white coat flowing as they walk around the ring and Cotons love the attention from people and judges.

 

Cotons derived their name from their beautiful long cotton coats and from their original Bay of  Tulear location on the island of Madagascar. The beautiful Coton coat actually has a purpose by being an excellent insulation from heat and cold. The cotton coat is airy and fluffy allowing for air to circulate creating a cooling effect. A Coton in full coat requires daily care but it’s also possible to keep them in a shorter “puppy cut” for easier maintenance.

 

The Coton coat color is predominantly white as the FCI standard states but Cotons do have color in their genetic heritage.  They also possess a strong color dilution gene which means the coat color fades to white or champagne as a Coton matures. Coton markings can be black, fawn, champagne or a tri-color combination. It’s not uncommon to see a white adult Coton which was very dark in color as a small puppy.

 

The Coton de Tulear coat does not shed, thus they are regarded as being “hypo-allergenic” making them an excellent choice for those who may suffer from dog allergies.

 

Once you are loved by a Coton, there is no turning back from this charming creature which brings great joy and happiness to your life and will warm your heart for many years to come.

 

Have fun visiting the ACC web site and getting to know the Rare Breed Coton de Tulear. If you have any questions please feel free to contactACC or one of our ACC Code of Ethics breeders.

 

Coton de Tulear in field of cotton

 

American Coton Club

Home  of the Rare Breed Coton de Tulear

www.AmericanCotonClub.com

info@AmericanCotonClub.com

 

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Presidents Day SALE- Coton de Tulear calendar

Coton de Tulear calendar 2012

The cover of the 2012 Coton de Tulear calendar.

Presidents Day Sale!  $5.00 discount on the 2012 Coton de Tulear calendar.

A beautiful new full color 11″ x 17″ wall calendar has been created by the American Coton Club and is now available for purchase. Featuring twelve months of stunning photographs showcasing Cotons from around the world depicting both the beauty and charm of the rare breed Coton de Tulear, this is a must-have item for the new year! You will see the Coton de Tulear breed as a versatile, wonderful and unique dog capable of everything from being a great family companion, to competing in agility, swimming with the family and conformation show dog.

 

The rare breed Coton de Tulear does it all!

 

The ACC is a 501(c) 3 non profit organization and proceeds from calendar sales will support health testing and educational programs for the Coton de Tulear. The 2012 Coton de Tulear Calendar is the perfect gift for Coton lovers!!

 

In addition to lovely Coton photos shown on the main calendar pages there are also many more Coton photos throughout each month!

Preview of February Coton de Tulear calendar

Free shipping offer extended!!

Click here to order TODAY for your Presidents Day sale!!

$20. and FREE Shipping.

 

American Coton Club

Home  of the Rare Breed Coton de Tulear

www.AmericanCotonClub.com

info@AmericanCotonClub.com

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day Coton de Tulear fanciers

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day from the American Coton Club.

The beautiful Coton de Tulear is “Flora” and is owned by Jacob and Diane Benaroch, Code of Ethics Breeders with the American Coton Club.  Flora, as well  as several other beautiful Cotons are featured in the February 2012 Coton de Tulear calendar.

Order yours today!!  http://americancotonclub.com/CotonCalendar.htm

 



Wishing you and your Cotons a safe and romantic Valentine’s Day.

**Remember to keep your chocolate candy away from your Coton de Tulear as chocolate is toxic to dogs.

 

 

American Coton Club

Home of he Rare Breed Coton de Tulear

www.AmericanCotonClub.com

info@AmericanCotonClub.com

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2012 Coton de Tulear calendar- Collectors item

Beautiful new Coton de Tulear calendar!!!

Order your 2012 Coton de Tulear calendar today!!

A beautiful new full color 11″ x 17″ wall calendar has been created by the American Coton Club and is now available for purchase. Featuring twelve months of stunning photographs showcasing Cotons from around the world depicting both the beauty and charm of the rare breed Coton de Tulear, this is a must-have item for the new year!

You will see the Coton de Tulear breed as a versatile, wonderful and unique dog capable of everything from being a great family companion, to competing in agility, swimming with the family and conformation show dog.

The rare breed Coton de Tulear does it all!

The ACC is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization and proceeds from calendar sales will support health testing and educational programs for the Coton de Tulear. The 2012 Coton de Tulear Calendar is the perfect gift for Coton lovers!!

In addition to lovely Coton photos shown on the main calendar pages there are also many more Coton photos throughout each month!

 

 

Click here to order your 2012 Coton de Tulear Calendar today!
**Free shipping!!**

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American Coton Club
Home of the Rare Breed Coton de Tulear
www.AmericanCotonClub.com
info@AmericanCotonClub.com

 

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NEW- 2012 Coton de Tulear calendar

Beautiful new Coton de Tulear calendar!!!

 

Ready for 2012?  Order the 2012 Coton de Tulear calendar today!!

A beautiful new full color 11″ x 17″ wall calendar has been created by the American Coton Club and is now available for purchase. Featuring twelve months of stunning photographs showcasing Cotons from around the world depicting both the beauty and charm of the rare breed Coton de Tulear, this is a must-have item for the new year!

 

You will see the Coton de Tulear breed as a versatile, wonderful and unique dog capable of everything from being a great family companion, to competing in agility, swimming with the family and conformation show dog.

 

The rare breed Coton de Tulear does it all!

 

The ACC is a 501(c)3 non profit organization and proceeds from calendar sales will support health testing and educational programs for the Coton de Tulear.  The 2012 Coton de Tulear Calendar is the perfect gift for Coton lovers!!

 

In addition to lovely Coton photos shown on the main calendar pages there are also many more Coton photos throughout each month!

 

Click here to order your 2012 Coton de Tulear Calendar today!
**Free shipping on orders placed by December 31, 2011.**

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American Coton Club
Home of the Rare Breed Coton de Tulear
www.AmericanCotonClub.com
info@AmericanCotonClub.com

 

UCARE Supports “ACT”

 

UCARE Supports ACT, Advocates for the Coton de Tulear

 

Announcement from Jeri McClees and Jane Arrington, founders of UCARE:

 

When UCARE was formed in 2002 as the only nonprofit corporation committed to the Rescue of this wonderful breed, our articles of incorporation specified that the corporation was organized for the purpose of preventing and abating animal cruelty by rescuing, treating, altering, fostering and rehoming abused, neglected, ill, stray and unwanted Cotons.  Furthermore, UCARE was developed to educate current and prospective pet owners as to the proper care and breeding of dogs to prevent cruelty and allow them to make informed choices of where to obtain a Coton.

 

Never did we think that to fulfill this charter we would have to take an opposing stance to one of the Coton breed clubs and its goal to have the Coton recognized as an AKC “breed”. History has shown that AKC recognition exponentially increases the number of dogs in puppy mills (or “high volume breeder” facilities using the AKC nomenclature) and subjects those dogs to cruel and inhumane treatment. We feel that we have no choice but to assist in preserving the Coton breed as we know it and join in the battle against AKC recognition.

 

It is with sadness (but pride that others join us in our concerns and our basic goals) that we are making a contribution to the Advocates for the Coton de Tulear (ACT) in the amount of $5,000 in the hopes that it will prod others to join the battle and hopefully assist in winning the war against AKC recognition for the Coton de Tulear. The future of this wonderful breed is at risk if we don’t win that war!

 

Jeri & Jane, UCARE

 

P.S. If you wish to donate or get more information about ACT’s efforts, go to: http://advocatesforthecotondetulear.blogspot.com/

 

Until there are none, please rescue one.
UCARE: a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

The American Coton Club applauds UCARE’s decision!

American Coton Club

http://www.AmericanCotonClub.com

info@AmericanCotonClub.com

 

A Closer Look At Animal Welfare Issues : THE COTON de TULEAR VS. THE AKC

A Closer Look At Animal Welfare Issues :

THE COTON de TULEAR VS. THE AKC

Advocates for the Coton de Tulear

 

By:  Tina Evangelista-Eppenstein

 

On my show tonight, the topic to be discussed will be the rare breed, Coton de Tulear, being recognized by the AKC. There are several National Coton clubs in the nation with one pursuing this recognition from the AKC.

Why would this recognition be a horrendous mistake for this rare breed? What will it mean for the future of this lovable dog? Do you, the animal lover, understand what the AKC stands for? Do they really care about the welfare of the dogs?

Tune in tonight when my guest, Robyn Rosenthal, representative of The Advocates for the Coton de Tulear (ACT), and “Mom” to two Cotons, will discuss this important and timely topic.

You can view this program at 6:30 PM locally on Channe 13 (Comcast), Channel 19 (Service Electric) or you can streamline it and watch it live at BCTV. Please feel free to call in with questions or comments or email  me directly at tevangelistaepp@yahoo.com. You can also catch this show in replays on Friday at 9:30 PM, Saturday at 5:30 PM and Sunday at 8:30 AM. You can also view this show in the archives section as well.

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About the host and author:  Tina is a  long-time animal advocate, Tina Evangelista-Eppenstein will take on local, national and worldwide issues affecting animals today. Tina will explore puppymills, animal cruelty, the dog fur industry, animal shelter issues, experimental research on animals and so much more. Tina is a local tv talk show host and has been a guest on other tv and radio programs throughout Berks County and beyond. Tina welcomes your comments and questions.

 

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AKC Finds New Source to Produce Puppy “Papers” Revenue

By: Jenny Stephens, North Penn Puppy Mill Watch


Gullible: adjective: naive and easily deceived or tricked

 

Would you buy a Rolex watch from a sidewalk vendor for $25.00 and actually believe that you’re purchasing the identical watch that sells for thousands of dollars at “reputable” fine jewelry stores?

When it comes to dogs, gullible consumers actually believe that “papers” lend credence to the health and quality of the dog. Sadly, most buyers are purchasing a false sense of security.

In reality, the source of a puppy largely determines whether or not the “papers” accompanying the canine are suitable for framing or better used for housebreaking and the AKC’s own website inasmuch says so.

There is a widely held belief that “AKC” or “AKC papers” guarantee the quality of a dog. This is not the case.

AKC is a registry body.

A registration certificate identifies the dog as the offspring of a known sire and dam, born on a known date.

It in no way indicates the quality or state of health of the dog.

Quality in the sense of “show quality” is determined by many factors including the dog’s health, physical condition, ability to move and appearance. Breeders breeding show stock are trying to produce animals that closely resemble the description of perfection described in the breed standard.

“Many people breed their dogs with no concern for the qualitative demands of the breed standard. When this occurs repeatedly over several generations, the animals, while still purebred, can be of extremely low quality.”

The American Kennel Club derives millions of dollars each year from the sale of “papers” and so, too, do several other quasi-registries including the ACA and APRI. Unless the dog being purchased comes from a long line of champions and the buyer has a desire to show or breed, the majority of puppy “paper” purchases are largely a waste of money on a meaningless piece of processed tree pulp.

For years advocates have maintained that if “reputable” breeders REALLY cared about the health and welfare of their respective breeds they would stand up to the AKC’s attempt to push “papers” and say: ENOUGH. Essentially, they would publicly acknowledge that the sale of “papers” is a racket used for one purpose and one purpose only: to produce revenue.

Were this to happen, “reputable” breeders could corner the market on purebreds and essentially help put large scale commercial breeding kennels, along with pet shops, out of business. Too bad they don’t.

So intent is the AKC to make money from commercial breeding that they have, historically and to this day, opposed, refuted and/or contested practically every measure created that would bolster state and federal regulations intended to improve the health and welfare conditions for breeder dogs in large scale kennels… aka: puppy mills.

As we all know, it’s impossible to “unring” a bell. Such is the case with the Coton de Tulear. Currently classified as a rare breed, this small fluffy white dog stands to be exploited by the AKC if, at the behest of certain breeders, the behemoth registry “recognizes” the Coton.

The primary Coton de Tulear club in the United States, the ACC, is nauseated by the thought of AKC recognition. Why? Because they know that once this happens the floodgates will open and commercial breeding kennels across the country will be producing the Coton in staggering numbers. Pet shops will carry Cotons. Mini-Cotons will appear as will Coton-Poos, Shih-Cotons and just about any other conceivable variety of mixed mating. The Coton will appear on Craig’s List. The only thing worse than the AKC recognizing the Coton would be Disney films producing a flick featuring the breed!

As an advocate for dogs trapped in puppy mills and for canines sitting in shelters and rescues awaiting future homes, I struggled with this issue.

Doing nothing will neither protect the Coton de Tulear or prevent future breeding of these dogs.

That said, I’d rather help expose the AKC for its endeavors to exploit a small little white dog for the purpose of producing revenue and to possibly help shelters and rescues from being inundated with the breed once those who have purchased a readily available Coton decide “this isn’t the dog for me” and dumps them… a tragic scene played over and over again with too many of the “recognized” breeds.

The ACC has been in contact with the AKC. According to club president, Hailey Parker, the AKC has dodged their questions, ignored their concerns, removed their contact information from the AKC website and intends to move toward selecting an AKC Parent Club in mid April – the first step toward acquiring “recognition.”

Seems like strange behavior for a registry who purports to have the best interest of dogs at heart but would appear to be typical for a club known to produce revenue at the expense of the health and welfare of dogs trapped in mills.

To help voice your opinion that AKC should NOT recognize the Coton and possibly prevent the exploitation of yet ANOTHER breed, please sign the ACC petition: click HERE

At a minimum, you will send the AKC a strong message: advocates are sick and tired of cleaning up the mess that occurs when the club “recognizes” a breed. Let them know that you’re on to their scam of selling meaningless papers to uninformed consumers and that to exploit yet ANOTHER breed for the purpose of lining their pockets is simply despicable.

To read the full history of what has happened to the Coton de Tulear, visit the ACC homepage: Click HERE

Please Cross Post!

 

Thank you to Jenny Stephens for her great article supporting the Rare Breed Coton de Tulear!

 

American Coton Club

Home of the Rare Breed Coton de Tulear

http://www.AmericanCotonClub.com/SayNOtoAKC.htm

 

 

2011 Coton de Tulear Party

2010 Coton de Tulear Hosting crew

2011 Coton de Tulear Party in Southern California.

 

 

 

 

Invitation to the 10th Annual Coton de Tulear Party!!!


Date: Saturday, March 26th, 2011.

Time: 11:00 a.m. – until the last person leaves. (not beyond a week)

Place: Hoof ‘n’ Paw Haven (Bruce and Coreen’s place)

It’s almost here!  Don’t miss out!

Description: This party is an opportunity for people and Cotons to meet new and old friends.  Many Coton family reunions take place at the party. All people who love Cotons are welcomed.  Invite anyone you know who are Coton owners and friends.  Food and drinks are provided by the hosts.   Guests are more than welcome to bring a favorite snack or beverage, but it is not necessary.

Coreen and Bruce

 

 

Party hosted by Bruce and Coreen Savikko, Code of Ethics Breeders with the American Coton Club.

 

 

 

American Coton Club

Home of the Rare Breed Coton de Tulear

http://www.AmericanCotonClub.com

info@AmericanCotonClub.com

 

 

 

The American Kennel Club can not survive in its present form. Judges and show breeders are deserting as AKC puts dollars, deals and puppy mills first.

Barbara J. Andrews, Editor-In-Chief of TheDogPress published the following information about the AKC in their newsletter today.

The AKC FAQ facts page states:
Internationally, there are approximately 400 breeds that are listed with registry organizations in other countries. The AKC, however, does not register all of these breeds, either because there are too few dogs (of that breed) in this country or there is too little interest among owners of these breeds to obtain AKC registered status. Because the AKC is a “club of clubs,” owners of a particular breed, wishing to have that breed registered, must establish an organized National Breed Club.                                
http://www.akc.org/press_center/facts_stats.cfm?page=8

Please let the AKC know that the owners of purebred Coton de Tuléar have no interest in AKC. Sign the petition to Save the Coton de Tuléar dog breed from the AKC and puppymills!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/95/Protect-the-rare-breed-Coton-de-Tulear/

Cotons say NO to AKC!

Save the Coton de Tulear from AKC and puppy mills!

Take action- Sign the petition to help save the rare breed Coton de Tulear

A petition is being sponsored by the American Coton Club, the Coton de Tulear Club of America and all Coton lovers who are concerned about the welfare of the rare breed Coton de Tulear.  Please sign the petition and ask your Coton families to sign the petition.   Coton lovers can unite and send a powerful statement to the AKC in support of keeping the Coton a rare breed dog.

The Coton de Tuléar is a rare breed with amazing qualities and a healthy gene pool not yet spoiled by poor breeding practices and over breeding. Thousands of companion owners cherish this breed and want it to remain a rare breed and not in the hands of AKC.

Help save the Rare Breed Coton de Tuléar!!!

Please join the American Coton Club, the Coton de Tulear Club of America, Coton breeders, exhibitors, companion owners and the Coton community at large, who all wish to protect the Rare Breed Coton de Tuléar.

Help preserve the health, well-being, and genetic integrity of this wonderful breed. Please take action and sign this petition.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/95/Protect-the-rare-breed-Coton-de-Tulear/

Tell the AKC that the Coton de Tuléar is healthy and safe as a Rare Breed.

The future of this wonderful breed is in your hands.

Let your voice be heard.   Say No To AKC!!

The results of this petition will be forwarded to AKC.


Please also consider calling, sending an e-mail or writing a letter to the AKC to express your objection to AKC recognition of the Coton de Tuléar.

Please Contact:
Mari Beth O’Neil and Christine Weisse
fss@akc.org
AKC Customer Care
8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27617-3390
Phone AKC 919-233-9767

There are 4 National Coton de Tuléar breed clubs. Only three (3) of those clubs require mandatory health testing of breeding Cotons. Ethical Breeders and impassioned companion owners are dedicated to preserving the health, well-being, and genetic integrity of the Coton de Tuléar and want to see this breed remain healthy.

Last year one of the clubs (USACTC) announced its intention to pursue AKC recognition of the rare breed Coton de Tuléar. That club received less than 100 votes from members of their club to move forward with AKC recognition. Over 700 Coton owners signed a petition against AKC recognition. In fact, the majority of the Coton community responded extremely negatively to the prospect of full AKC recognition for the Coton de Tuléar breed. There has been worldwide support to save the Coton de Tuléar from AKC, puppy mills, and puppy brokers. Despite this support, AKC continues to pursue the Coton de Tuléar dog breed. Now a new club (formerly defunct) has stated their intention to take the Coton to AKC.

The AKC (American Kennel Club) is simply a for profit dog registry. AKC does not require health testing nor does the AKC verify the validity of registrations that are submitted to their registry service. As of October 14, 2010 there were 1590 Coton de Tuléar registered in the AKC Foundation Stock Service (FSS). 1383 of the 1590 have three (3) generation pedigrees.
AKC has a long history of allowing puppy mills, high volume breeders, commercial breeders, and pet shop breeders to register their “Cotons” through the AKC-FSS program, which began accepting Cotons in 1996. The Coton de Tulear has many more than three generations and has ancestry with traceable lineage back to its roots in Madagascar.  AKC registration numbers seem to indicate that the majority of the AKC-FSS pedigrees issued to “Coton de Tulear” have only 3 generation pedigrees.  Why is that important?  On the date that AKC recognizes the Coton de Tuléar each of those 1383 3-generation pedigrees of likely questionable origin will be accepted into the Coton de Tuléar Stud Book.  All of those “Cotons” will get the AKC seal of approval and will dilute and weaken an otherwise healthy gene pool.  It matters not if they came from a puppy mill, pet shop, puppy mill auction or puppy broker.  They will not be required to have DNA testing to verify parentage, nor must they conform to the breed standard or be health tested.

This is simply unacceptable to those of us who love this charming rare breed and wish it to remain healthy and protect the gene pool of the rare breed Coton de Tuléar from Madagascar.

Petition sponsored by the American Coton Club and the Coton de Tulear Club of America

American Coton Club
Home of the Rare Breed Coton de Tulear
http://www.AmericanCotonClub.com
info@AmericanCotonClub.com

UPDATE: Lost Coton de Tulear FOUND!!

FOUND Coton de Tulear in Colorado

UPDATE:  Sierra, the lost Coton de Tulear dog in Snowmass, Colorado has been reunited with her owner Kris Forke.

Sierra is back safe and sound! She is full of stick tights/cockle burrs and her back nails have been worn down to the quick. She was found quite a ways away from home running down a county road, running in the tire tracks during the snow storm. A rancher recognized she didn’t belong out there and took her to the Aspen shelter. Thank God!

Miracles do happen! I want to thank each and every one of you who prayed and sent me a message. I will respond to each of you when I can.

Prayers and thoughts do work and I appreciate each and every one of them. Many people were very helpful by spreading the word, and I’m humbled by your efforts. I know the Coton community can be very divided at times but when a Coton’s life is in danger I know we all rally for the cause. And I love you all for that!

Now I have a grooming job to do on Sierra and hope I don’t need to shave her to the skin.

Thank you so much,

Kris

Old Snowmass Cotons

This is wonderful news and we are all so happy for Kris and Sierra!!!



American Coton Club
Home of the Rare Breed Coton de Tulear
http://www.AmericanCotonClub.com
info@AmericanCotonClub.com

Coton de Tulear Photo Contest Winners

1st Place Winner in Coton de Tulear photo contest

 
The American Coton Club, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and information about the Coton de Tuléar to the public in order to contribute to the health and preservation of this rare breed, announced today, the winners of their Coton de Tuléar photo contest.

 
Many wonderful photos of Cotons de Tuléar were entered into the photo contest and members of the American Coton Club (ACC) voted on the winners.  First place was won by Laura Esau of Glenn Meadow Cottage Cotons de Tulear in Delta, Colorado.  Laura Esau won a $50.00 prize as well as two skeins of alpaca yarn which were donated by Hailey Parker, President of the American Coton Club.

 
Second place winner went to Marilyn Postelle-Kolenski of Sandcastle Coton de Tulear.  Marilyn and her husband Ed Kolenski reside in Ninole, Hawaii and will receive a $25.00 check from the American Coton Club for their winning photograph.

 
The winners faced stiff competition against a gallery of great Coton photos from members of the ACC who are adored by their Coton companions as well as photos from ACC Code of Ethics Breeders.  To view all of the photographs entered into the American Coton Club photo contest visit the Photo Contest web page on the ACC site.  The full URL is http://www.AmericanCotonClub.com/PhotoContest.htm

2nd Place Winner in Coton photo contest

 
ACC hopes to hold more photo contests in the near future and is considering opening up voting to the general public on its social media pages such as Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo Groups.

 
Visit the American Coton Club on their ACC Facebook profile, as well as the ACC Facebook page and Facebook Coton Tales group.

 

 
Thank you to all who entered the ACC Photo Contest!  Many could argue that all are winning photographs!

 

 
American Coton Club

Home of the Rare Breed Coton de Tulear

http://www.AmericanCotonClub.com

info@AmericanCotonClub.com

 
ACC

 

Coton de Tulear Photo Contest

Coton photo contest

Coton de Tulear photo contestant

The American Coton Club photo Contest is underway!

There are two categories:

  • “Funniest Photo”
  • “I didn’t do it and you can’t prove it!”

There will be a 1st and 2nd prize awarded .

  • 1st prize – The owner of the photo getting the most number of votes will receive a cash prize of $50.00 and two skeins of alpaca yarn.
  • 2nd prize –  The owner of the photo getting the most votes after first place will receive a $25.00 cash prize.

Photo contest is available only to members of the American Coton Club.

ACC Members may submit a maximum of 2 photos.  Please do not submit photos with embedded text or writing.  All photos will be presented to ACC  members without names or owner information and ACC members will vote on the winners.

*Board members and family are not eligible to participate.

Photos should be submitted by September 19, 2010 and ACC Members will vote on September 20-21, 2010.  The winners will be announced on September 22, 2010.

Please submit all photos to Photos@AmericanCotonClub.com.

Make sure to include the owner name with the photo and the category you wish to enter your photo in.  Please do not submit photos with borders or special effects.


~~ Voting to begin soon!!! Hurry to submit your winning photograph. ~~

http://www.americancotonclub.com/PhotoContest.htm


For Code of Ethics Breeders & Coton Availability

visit the

American Coton Club web site

Home of the Rare Breed Coton de Tulear

AmericanCotonClub.com

info@AmericanCotonClub.com



Veterinarians report mysterious link between dog food and hypercalcemia

Veterinary Information Network (VIN) reports:

Veterinarians are trying to discern whether roughly a dozen dogs testing positive for hypercalcemia and consuming the same high-end diet is merely coincidence or a problem with the pet food in question.

 

The reports have cropped up on the Veterinary Information Network (VIN), an online community for the profession and parent of the VIN News Service. In message board discussions, veterinarians have revealed cases of hypercalcemia secondary to vitamin D toxicosis occurring in dogs that eat a single brand of dry pet food: Blue Buffalo Wilderness Diet, chicken flavor. In each of the cases, veterinarians report that dogs’ conditions have improved after switching brands.

 

So far, nothing concrete has identified a causal relationship between the food and illnesses in dogs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), while reportedly alerted to adverse events tied to the food, has not prompted a recall, though the VIN News Service has been unable to reach officials with the regulatory agency directly.

 

Officials with Wilton, Conn.-based Blue Buffalo report that “tens of thousands of dollars” and hundreds of hours have been spent analyzing various batches of dog food, including samples from bags directly linked to specific cases of dogs testing positive for hypercalcemia and vitamin D toxicity.

 

Richard MacLean, vice president of business affairs, says one thing is certain: Test results thus far have shown nothing unusual about the product’s formulation; amounts of calcium and vitamin D, in particular, are within the company’s specifications and well below levels that might be considered toxic.

 

The company’s focus has been on Blue Buffalo Wilderness Chicken Recipe, manufactured in April 2010 with a best-used-by date of July 2011.

 

Vitamin D toxicity, or hypervitaminosis D, induces bone loss and abnormally high serum calcium levels, which could result in kidney stones and the calcification of organs like the heart and kidneys if left untreated.

 

“We really do take very seriously our commitment to providing health nutrition to pets,” MacLean says. “From the moment this issue came up, we are looking to find out if this is something we can do something about.”

 

Dr. Joy Mueller, a veterinarian in Santa Rosa, Calif., says the condition isn’t one that an owner will likely miss.

 

Recently, her two-year-old Australian shepherd became lethargic, releasing copious amounts of extremely dilute urine throughout her house and drinking large amounts of water. Heeding the red flags, she tested the dog’s blood and noted elevated calcium levels and a low platelet count. Hypercalcemia is often associated with kidney cancer and lymphoma.

 

Yet after ruling out possible problems with kidney function, Mueller turned to the Blue Buffalo Wilderness chicken and turkey flavored dry food that the dog had been eating for two weeks and changed brands.

 

The result was dramatic; the dog’s condition improved within 24 hours.

 

Mueller came to the association between the food and her dog’s condition independently of the VIN discussions on the topic, though she did not test her dog for elevated levels of vitamin D and cannot be certain that toxic levels of it prompted the animal’s illness. Still, she e-mailed the VIN News Service last Friday to spread the word about her findings to other veterinarians.

 

Reflecting on the turn of events, she says: “Vitamin D toxicosis was not my first thought. Various types of cancer including kidney cancer were the big rule outs. I wasn’t thinking food until I switched him.”

 

While Mueller believes that the food is tied to her dog’s condition, she suspects the reaction was idiosyncratic.

 

“It’s such a dramatic response that if a large number of dogs that ate this food had it, you would hear about more cases,” she says. “You can’t miss it peeing all the time and going through gallons of water.

 

“I suspect this has more to do with the dogs than the food,” Mueller adds. “I’m thinking beyond vitamin D. There may be dogs that have a genetic predisposition to the developing this condition after eating this food. It’s quite a mystery.”

 

Dr. Kathryn Cochran, a practitioner in Michigan, agrees. She reports that dogs of two different clients were examined in the practices where she works on June 30 and July 16. Both presented with hypercalcemia and test results showed high levels of vitamin D.

 

Another common thread: Both ate Blue Buffalo Wilderness Diet, chicken flavor, purchased at a PetSmart in Traverse City, Mich.

 

Cochran’s employer, Dr. Charles Morrison, posted the cases on VIN, and called the company. As a result, Blue Buffulo’s MacLean reports that seven bags were pulled from the Traverse City PetSmart, and tests were conducted on two. He reiterates that nothing unusual has come back on any of the samples analyzed by the company’s labs.

 

Cochran reports that the dogs have since recovered after being switched to a different brand of pet food. She notes that Blue Buffalo has been proactive about paying for tests, sending out claim forms and preparing to make restitution to owners if the product is found to have caused illness.

 

She’s concerned that other cases might not be identified.

 

“I’ve been tearing my hair out trying to get people to talk to me on this,” she says. “Maybe there are more cases out there like this.”

 

Experts in the field of diagnostics think so, too. Dr. Kent Refsal, an endocrinologist with the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health at Michigan State University, works at one of the only labs in America running tests for vitamin D toxicity.

 

“So if a veterinarian has an animal with an abnormality of calcium, they go through lists of differential diagnoses,” Refsal explains. “Our tests can sort through that. In terms of the kind of test outcomes we get, we do not see many instances that raise concern about vitamin D toxicosis.”

 

Considering the rarity of such events, Refsal took notice when the sample from Cochran tested positive for elevated levels of vitamin D.

 

Three weeks later, when Refsal received two samples in the same assay run from dogs in Texas showing evidence of vitamin D excess, he contacted the clinics in question and determined that the dogs were eating food from Blue Buffalo.

 

Since then, Refsal reports that similar tests results from two dogs in Colorado have Blue Buffalo-produced food as the common factor. The lab, he says, has contacted the Michigan Department of Agriculture with the findings, though the VIN News Service could not immediately reach agency officials concerning the cases.

 

“If someone is presented with a question of vitamin D toxicosis, you wonder whether the animal has been put on some kind of unusual dietary supplement. Our assay is just an indicator of vitamin D intake. It does not identify the source of it,” Refsal says.

 

Apart from diet, there are other possible explanations for hypervitaminosis D in animals, including exposure to vitamin D analogs like calcipotriene-based psoriasis creams or pest control products made of cholecalciferol.

 

Veterinarians like Mueller say those explanations are highly unlikely, and even MacLean, of Blue Buffalo, believes that it’s possible that there is a relationship between the food and the handful of sick dogs eating the product.

 

Yet, he cautions, no one has scientifically proven the link. He also notes that reports of at least three other dogs exhibiting signs of hypercalcemia and elevated vitamin D levels without a connection to Blue Buffalo products have surfaced on VIN.

 

MacLean reiterates that the company’s tests of its dog food have come back as low to mid-level for vitamin D content.

 

“Everything that we have suggests that it’s not our food,” he says. “We have 30,000 bags of this stuff out there and literally a dozen animals that have a common symptom. On an incident rate, that doesn’t invite the conclusion that there’s something defective about the product.”

 

 

August 31, 2010
By: Jennifer Fiala
For The VIN News Service

 

 

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K9 College Cruise

K9 College is fun!

Katie Markley is happy to announce that Sue Vroom will be back on board with us in 2011 to conduct her new dog handling seminar. During her seminar, “Tips and Techniques for Traumaless Dog Showing”, Sue will draw from her lifetime of experience as a professional handler to help Owner/Handlers improve their chances in the conformation ring.

Many other seminars will be conducted during the 7th annual K9 College Cruise.  You’re sure to find many that will interest you!  Call today to reserve your kennel!  You’ll find detailed information at the K9 College website:  www.k9collegecruise.com

Other seminars to be presented during the 2011 K9 College Cruise include:

  • Managing Puppy Development to Maximize Potential, Dr. Carmen Battaglia
  • Pedigree Analysis for a Better Breeding Program, Dr. Carmen Battaglia
  • Immunology and Nutrition, Dr. Jill Cline
  • Probiotics, Dr. Jill Cline
  • Law for Dogs: A Primer for Breeders and Owners, Lisa Curry, Esq.
  • K9 Structure in Action, Pat Hastngs
  • Tricks of the Trade, Pat Hastings
  • K9 Reproduction, Dr. Robert Van Hutchison
  • K9 Pediatrics – Dr. Robert Van Hutchison
  • Genetics for the 21st Century, Dr. Anita Oberbauer
  • Genetic Tests, Dr. Anita Oberbauer
  • Ask Mary! ~ Agility, Rally, Obedience, Flyuball, Freestyle, Mary Ray
  • Preparing the Dog for a Mentally & Physically Healthy Life, Turid Rugaas
  • The Emotional Lives of Dogs, Turid Rugaas

Hope to meet you on-board!


If any Coton de Tulear owners or breeders attend please let us know and we’ll post an update about your trip here on the Coton de Tulear News page.


cruise ship itinerary

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CASE REPORT: Suspected acute meperidine toxicity in a Coton de Tulear dog

Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia

Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia

Observations

A 22-month-old male neutered Coton De Tulear dog was presented for upper gastrointestinal endoscopy under general anesthesia. The anesthetic plan included premedication with intramuscular meperidine (4 mg kg−1) but meperidine was inadvertently administered at ten-fold this dose. Within 5 minutes, the dog was unresponsive to external stimulation, and by 10 minutes post-injection developed generalized signs of central nervous system (CNS) excitement.  Initial therapy included inspired oxygen supplementation, and single intravenous (IV) doses of diazepam (0.68 mg kg−1) and naloxone (0.03 mg kg−1) to no effect.   A second dose of diazepam (0.46 mg kg−1, IV) abolished most of the signs of CNS excitement. General anesthesia was induced and the endoscopy performed.  Time to extubation was initially prolonged, but administering naloxone (final dose 0.1 mg kg−1, IV) to effect enabled extubation. After naloxone, the dog became agitated, noise sensitive, and had leg and trunk muscle twitches. Diazepam (0.30 mg kg−1, IV) abolished these signs and the dog became heavily sedated and laterally recumbent. Naloxone administration was continued as a constant rate infusion (0.02 mg kg−1 hour−1, IV) until approximately 280 minutes post-meperidine injection, at which time the dog suddenly sat up. Occasional twitches of the leg and trunk muscles were observed during the night.   The dog was discharged the next day appearing clinically normal.

Conclusions

Given that the CNS excitatory effects of normeperidine are not a μ opioid receptor effect, the use of naloxone should be considered carefully when normeperidine excitotoxicity is suspected.   Benzodiazepines may be beneficial in ameliorating clinical signs of normeperidine excitotoxicity.

Full published study is available in

Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia

Volume 37, Issue 5, pages 471–477, September 2010

  1. Francis J Golder1,
  2. Jeffrey Wilson1,
  3. M Paula Larenza1,
  4. Owen T Fink2

 

Article first published online: 16 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-2995.2010.00553.x

 

 

 

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Advanced Canine Reproduction and Puppy Care by Myra Savant Harris, R.N.

Author: Myra Savant Harris

Famed author and breeder Myra Savant Harris has a new book available for pre-orders from the American Coton Club aStore through Amazon.

Visit the American Coton Club and place your order now.  A must-read for every breeder!

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Steer Clear of Puppy Mills

HOUSTON – At least once every three months the SPCA raids a puppy mill in the Houston area.

There’s a big difference between what reputable dog breeders do and those who operate puppy mills.

“Puppy mills will put in all sorts of conditions and they will try to maximize their profit by minimizing the quality of care they give an animal,” said Charles Jentzen, with Houston’s SPCA.

And consumers can find themselves spending hundreds of dollars on sick or dying dogs.

“It’s very heartbreaking to know that you have to put down your pet,” Bethany Fulton said.

In a 2006 lawsuit Fulton, a reputable dog breeder accused a Houston area puppy mill owner of selling her Coton and Wheaten puppies infected with a highly contagious and deadly disease.

Fulton won her civil suit but no criminal action could be taken against the puppy mill owner.

“Currently there’s no laws that directly attribute to any kind of commercial or non commercial breeding operation,” Jentzen said.

“The state of Texas has an animal cruelty statute which covers the basic staple of life and that’s about it.”

Other states have recently toughened laws aimed at puppy mills.

That’s why there’s concern puppy mill owners will head for Texas to avoid all the rules now required by surrounding states.

“The law that we utilize addresses the minimums,” Jentzen said.

At least one local lawmaker wants to stiffen regulations for commercial breeding operations.

Stiffer laws, some say would benefit reputable dog breeders, consumers and above all our four legged friends.

Special thanks to RANDY WALLACE
Investigative Reporter with My Fox Houston

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