Here is how I feel about Zoey and Cuddly Cotons:
How do you spell L-O-V-E? Zoey, my Coton de Tulear. She has a 100 pound personality in a very petite frame (right now, almost tipping the scales at 6 pounds). Every day with her is a challenge and a joy. She is smart, inquisitive, and learns quickly. She loves making new friends -- both people and puppies and warmly greets everyone. Everywhere we go, she is the star of the show. I had people move to sit next to me as I visited a writers workshop. They simply could not get enough of her!
The surprises for me? I have had her one month and I have never had a dog before. We learn together how to accommodate each other. What I have discovered is, she will kiss you on command, lick you dry when you climb out of the tub, and rid you of any illnesses that stem from stress. Before I picked her up, I had raging eczema and mild rosacea -- post Zoey, both gone!
She has made my social life an ever expanding circle of people begging to come over to meet her. I have had dinner parties 3 weeks running.
This was not an impulse purchase. I have allergies and my allergist insisted I could not get a dog. (In the end, I won). I did lots of research to narrow down which breeds might work for me and then went and visited each type before deciding. Once it was obvious Cotons were the most calming, friendly and loving puppy, that made it easier. Then I contacted 24 breeders. I probably got ahold of Linda about a third of the way through the list and decided immediately because we “clicked”. She gave me great advice and helped me looked at it objectively (when to pick her up, etc). I forced myself to get through the entire list before I sent her a deposit.
The correspondence and friendship that came with that decision is a testament to due diligence. Linda makes herself available regularly and sent me constant updates once the litter was born. I walked around with a picture of Zoey on my phone when she was first born. I already loved her and I hadn’t even brought her home.
If you are lucky enough to get one of her pups, you will then know the meaning of unconditional love and pure bliss!
Right around Christmas, my husband, 6-year old daughter and I decided it was time to bring a puppy into our family. I had
NEVER had a house pet in my life (I'm 39 years old), and we all had ideas about what type of dog would work best with
our existing dynamic and smaller home.
We ended up learning about "Cuddly Cotons" from the website, and my husband sent an e-mail to inquire about adoption.
Linda immediately responded, answering all of his questions. He decided to call her shortly after the reply to set up a
meeting. Low and behold - a litter of 5 puppies were being born as they spoke! He ended up setting up a meeting for four
weeks later, when it was safe to handle the newborn doggies. Four of them were accounted for already, so we were very
happy he called when he did!
To our surprise, Linda sent us adorable pictures of our soon-to-be-pup, and kept us updated on how he was doing during
these first, few weeks. We could hardly wait to meet him! We made the 3 hour trip to Grand Rapids to meet Linda at her
home, where she breeds and cares for her puppies. We immediately fell in love…. not just with Juneau (we had named
him already), but with the home, the beautiful, clean space the puppies were living in, and most importantly, the obvious
passion, concern and respect Linda has for her dogs and puppies, and her role as a breeder. My husband and I felt
comfortable with her right away. She took the time to answer our questions and discuss all of our concerns. We held and
cuddled Juneau the entire time, and were able to meet his parents and siblings. Our daughters was elated. By the time we
left (as hard as it was to leave), we KNEW we were making the right decision!
It got even better once we brought our little guy home. Linda was there for all the questions we had - panicked moments -
everything. It was as if she had nothing else to do except help us! She sent me helpful articles and even initiated emails,
asking for updates about Juneau.
I could have never imagined a breeder would be this conscientious, patient and thorough. It is a blessing that we were
able to work with Linda to adopt our beautiful, little Coton De Tulear.
We really enjoyed the whole experience of purchasing a puppy from Linda Gogocha. Linda has a real love for her dogs and is very knowledgable and experienced. She took the time to answer our many questions, and we could not be happier with our Honeybear puppy. Our dog Brinley is great with my children, ages 5 and 8. He has a sweet personality and tends to win over everyone he meets, including those that are not dog lovers! Thank you Linda!
Sandy Overman Family
THE CLEMENCE FAMILY Received their beautiful little male Coton puppy Nikos on July 3, 2009
JULY 14, 2009
I wanted to write a letter of appreciation to thank you for our very special Coton de tulear puppy, Niko. After all the research on breeds and breeders, you and your Cotons was the perfect choice for our family. Your knowledge and compassion for the Cotons is significant. From answering all our questions prior to Niko being born to all of the follow-ups after he came home shows you are truly are a dedicated breeder and now our friend. Niko captured our hearts from the day he was born. Each day begins with his little smile and him covering his eyes playing peek-a-boo. He puts on quite a performance. Diana summed him up pefectly when when she said "Nikos you're my angel." You have an open invitation to come visit us anytime. Nikos truly gave us Christmas in July.
This is Nikos and Tigg. They added Tigg to their family in May 2010.
In December 2011, we lost our beloved Chow Chow to cancer and my
family was devastated. My 3 year old little girl asked me everyday if
our Dog was in doggie heaven. It was a tough time. We decided very
quickly to get a new puppy to help our daughter get through her grief.
I searched all over the web for a dog that could fit in with our
family. I just happened to stumble upon a Coton and I was interested
because I had never heard of the breed. I contacted Linda at Cuddly
Cotons and she was so helpful. Linda really has a passion for this
breed and loves and respects her dogs. I truly believe she lives the
Breeder's Code of Ethics. Linda asked me just as many questions as I
asked her and this means she really CARES about her puppies and their
quality of life in their forever homes.
I cannot express how much my family has grown to love this dog. He
has added so much to our life and we take him everywhere with us. He
is so loving and patient with my 3 year old daughter and he has become
her best friend. This is exactly what we were looking for. Linda is
such a caring and ethical person and she really does want the best for
her puppies. My family is so pleased and we CONSTANTLY refer people
to Linda is they are looking for the perfect pet.
Words cannot express how much we love him. Thank You!
November 17, 2010
Just a brief notation on the dogs, Halley and Harley have been the love of our lives.hey have filled a void with continued companionship and friendship. I have never had a dog that were so loving as these two are. And smart, they have our time schedules down pat. They know when it is time to be fed, time to be walked, they know when it is time for snack -and last but not least they know when it is bed time. In fact, they have our schedule down to a tee to where they have us trained. Little Halley (our little princess) loves to had her tummy rubbed. She will lie next to us on the couch and when she wants her tummy
rubbed she will do this dainty little growl and lay on her back and if we don't pay an attention to her she will take her front paw and tap us on the hand until we respond to he wants. Harley is the whiner. Time to be fed, whine, time to snack, whine, time to take walk, whine and when all of those are done there is the want to go to the bathroom whine, thank God for that. And speaking of the bathroom, we have placed a set of jingle bells around the door knob and most of the time Harley will use the bell system, but our little princess, uses the bell system on a regular basis when outside is needed. When Harley wants to be close to me he will lie down against my leg and expect to be rubbed and if I ignore him he will stair at me until I rub him. Like I said they have us trained.
On closing, we hope all is going well with you and your business.