We’re titling this blog post Little White Dog, Take One, because we will be blogging about this pup for the next six weeks as part of our Thursday Throwback series. We have been photographing Carlye Rose for her birthday for the past six years! And, even though we are now in Austin, Texas, and Carlye lives in Pennsylvania, we are still going to be her photographer. We can’t be more excited! 🙂
Carlye is a Coton de Tulear. We had never photographed this breed before as they are somewhat rare. Cotons are described as playful and happy go-lucky. Carlye Rose definitely is! She greeted us at her door with the usual barking, but then proceeded to race about the house with excitement.
Since she was still young and liked to explore, we decided to hold her first photo session in and around her home. She stopped to smell the roses, or rather the petunias, and played some hide and seek around the weeping cedar. Too cute!
Carlye Rose was born in the summer and it’s always been hot for her birthday, so we decided to finish her session inside. We played chase in the living room and captured some fun, playful images. Her parents wanted some photographs of them snuggling with her as well. You can tell Princess Carlye is very much loved and adored.
Cotons were brought to America in the seventies from Madagascar, where they are considered the national dog. Their name is French — coton indicating the cotton-like hair of this breed and de Tulear indicating the city in Madagascar where many royal families lived with this breed.
Interestingly, the Coton was not recognized by the AKC until 2014. There are some groups who do not wish to be affiliated with the AKC and have formed their own clubs. Feel free to explore more of that through the links below. We’re just going to continue to love this little dog. Carlye Rose agrees and gives two paws up! She’ll be back next Thursday!