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This page's purpose is to show some pictures of happy Carolina Coton puppies and their owners and a few letters of recommendation that we have received. To protect our buyer's privacy, I did not include their contact information but I would be happy to send you their e-mail addresses upon request. I also chose to wait until the pups are older before getting feedback, so their new owners would have time to evaluate temperament, etc. I have not been very good at updating this page. But, I can honestly say that we have never had a single unhappy buyer, and most of our buyers go on to buy multiple Cotons from us. If you would like a local reference, please just ask as we have buyers all over the US and I would be happy to put you in contact with someone local to you.


January, 28, 2009

We cannot thank you enough for our puppy. My eleven-year-old son, Adam, likes to say that not only is Ringo the best thing that happened to our family in 2008 but the best thing that happened to our family EVER! (And even though Adam's not particularly fond of his younger siblings right now, that remains an impressive compliment!)

I must admit that last year when Bob and I started looking into becoming first-time dog owners, we felt as though we were

primarily making a concession to our kids; it did not take long, however, for us to adore and appreciate our puppy as much as our kids do. He is sturdy and playful enough to endure and entertain our children, yet gentle and affectionate enough to hang out quietly and cuddle with us for hours. He is very sweet-tempered, loving all dogs and people he meets (and thus earning him the nickname "Mr. Jolly" at the kennel we use when going out of town). Although, for this reason, he could never be taken seriously as a guard dog, he does indeed watch over us, most nights planting himself in the hallway where he can see all bedrooms. And when I was sick last week, Ringo positioned himself next to me in bed (actually against my hurting belly!--coincidence or intuition?) and wouldn't leave my side even though Evan was playing with some toys Ringo seemed quite taken with. How could you not love a loyal little guy like that with a face like this? Wendy Alfieri

December 26, 2008

Dear Cory: When I learned that Lola’s first litter was whelped on the same day as my husband’s date of birth (December 26th), I was convinced that it was sheer fate for a pup from Lola’s first brood to become a member of our family! Of course, my interpretation of this message came on the heels of my thorough investigation of a greatly narrowed list of Coton de Tulear breeders that advanced through the rigors of my scrutiny, which is admittedly not a pleasant experience for a breeder to undergo. Having spent many years working with rescue shelters and actively participating towards decreasing the population of homeless animals resulting from both accidental mating and intentioned, yet reckless, breeding practices, it was my personal commitment that I would only “buy” a puppy if I was able to locate a breeder that would pass my meticulous examination. I spent nearly two months seeking

out and investigating breeders and at the end of that process you were the only person still standing. From the first time I spoke with you I knew that you were different. Right from the get go you displayed total transparency with your breeding practices, your lifestyle, and your personality. After countless discussions, questions, and visits I could see that you had nothing to “hide”. Click here to read more.
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January 11, 2009

Well, it is a little more than a year ago that Carmelo came into our lives. We thought our family was complete until we met him. The children asked about getting a puppy and so I began researching different breeds on-line. I wanted to find the perfect pet for my children. Also, my husband is allergic to most dogs that shed, so I had a little extra work to do. I came across the Coton De Tulear breed and read that they were dogs with great personalities and temperaments. They were also described as an athletic and healthy breed. The Coton sounded like it might be a good fit for us.

Then the research for a breeder began. I knew I wanted someone I could trust and someone that I could easily talk to with my concerns. I was very impressed with the warmth of your web site when I came upon it. I liked what I read about you, I loved seeing the photos of your lovely daughters and grand-daughter interacting with the puppies and thought I’d give you a call to talk. Well, the call convinced me that I was heading in the right direction. You were extremely knowledgeable and didn't’t rush me with my many questions. As you know, we decided to take a family trip down to NC from LI to visit you and your wonderful pets. They were all so very beautiful and well behaved. The trip sealed the deal and made us realize we wanted a Coton De Tulear and it HAD to be from you, Cory! It is obvious that you truly enjoy what you do.

I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart, Cory. The experience of getting our family pet from you was a real blessing. Thank you for your patience with all of my questions and concerns. We loved seeing the photos and videos that you posted regularly on-line for us because we were able to bond with Carmelo while he spent those precious weeks with you and his Mom, Katie. Thank you for bringing such a very special puppy into our lives. He is so healthy and so very happy. He brings a smile to the face of anyone who sees him. Carmelo is the answer to our prayers and we cannot imagine our family without him. He makes our hearts dance! Margaret DeMaio

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January 2009

Our road was long and rough waiting for Teddi's litter to appear! Through the ups and downs, Cory supported me and encouraged me to be patient which is not my strong suit! But the day finally came. I am now the proud owner of Teddi. What I really like about Cory is the time she takes getting to know you, what you want in a puppy, then keeping you in touch with pictures and emails until your puppy comes home. After you get your puppy, Cory is always available to answer questions, or give advice if you have a problem. She's there for the life of your puppy, no matter what happens. Donna East

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Sassy and Parents

Larry and Peggy McCallum
Sassy, age six months
Seven Lakes, North Carolina

September 17, 2005

Dear Cory:

I just wanted to take this opportunity to tell you how much we are enjoying our Sassy alias "Frankly My Dear."

From the moment we made the decision to become the proud owners of a Coton de Tulear you kept us informed on how Bébé was progressing through her pregnancy. Once the pups were born we thoroughly enjoyed your weekly updates on the progress of the pups and current photos. We felt lucky that we found you because you made the process of becoming a dog owner fun. We were so excited when you said we could visit the pups when they were four weeks old. I had always heard it was a good idea to visit the breeder to see where the pups were living and couldn't get over how clean their whelping box/room was kept. When we took her to the Vet for the first checkup, the Vet told us we had a very healthy pup.

When we brought Sassy home she changed our lives. I can't tell you how much joy and happiness Sassy gives us every day. Please don't hesitate to refer any future Coton owners to us if they have any doubts about buying one of your pups. I can assure them they won't be sorry.


Peggy and Larry McCallum

Scarlet age six months

Scarlet of Carolina Cotons
Age 4.5 month
Waldorf, Maryland

September 4, 2005

Dear Cory,

Just wanted to thank you for going out of your way to provide me so much information, guidance and direction about the coton breed. Your willingness to answer all my questions expeditiously has proven to be very helpful. Your caring attitude and integrity are also very much appreciated.( I have not always found this to be the case with some of the other coton breeders). It is very apparent that you put a lot of effort into caring for and loving your coton pups.

Please allow me to tell you how pleased myself and my family are with Scarlet (born March 29, 2005), who we purchased from you earlier this year. Scarlet is everything we hoped for and then some. She is a gorgeous girl, with a very sweet and loving personality. Wherever I go she follows, with a smile on her face. She is healthy, and has a great temperament. She enjoys giving and receiving affection. She also loves to play and have fun. My daughter and wife are very fond of her. She is now an integral part of our family.
Feel free to use us as a reference ( via e mail ) to answer questions and/or give positive feedback to any of your new prospective customers.


Tom Rimmer

Terry Coy and Cotons

Terry Coy and
Carolina Coton's Asher, age six months (in lap). Along with her other Coton, Lilly.
Orange Park, Florida

September 9, 2005

I highly recommend Cory Williams, Carolina Cotons, as a place to get your own coton. Not only is the breed great and fully lives up to all of its characteristics, but my relationship with the seller, Cory, still continues. Her care and concern before and after the sale assured me that I "passed the test" for qualifying to own one of her offspring. I feel lucky to have met her. As a total stranger, she has remained a friend, full of advice as well as having a future personal link. As a breeder of Shih-Tzu's, the coton has fit in real well with the "herd", but they (I have 2) still remain distinctly separate in their personalities. I find they are no more care and grooming than a Shih-Tzu, in fact, in some ways their coat is easier to care for, and I have less trouble with their face and eyes. In comparing them to the Shih-Tzu, I find them to be more alert to their surroundings, more of a guard dog. They love the outdoors more and love to get wet in the rain and the pool. It is well worth the wait to get exactly what you want in a coton, by waiting until Cory has a litter. Each coton needs to fit the environment to which it is going to assure stability and longevity with its new family. It's not just a pet...it's a member of the family and is eager to communicate all of its wants, needs, and desires just like you and I, and you must interpret them when they ask for attention, just like a small child. It must be a perfect fit, like a square peg in a square hole, therefore, all of the questions Cory asks must be answered 100% so that the picture you paint for her, is the new home for her puppy. You need look no further. Terry Coy

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