Chapter One, I am Born

This was my first formal photo session, before I went to live with Mama, so I was less than 8 weeks old.

This was my first formal photo session, before I went to live with Mama, so I was less than 8 weeks old.

Lady Lily of Alika Cotons and Apollo of Tar Heel Cotons, my parents.

Lady Lily of Alika Cotons and Apollo of Tar Heel Cotons, my parents.

I was born in Raleigh, North Carolina at Cuddliest Cotons. Two nice doctors and their adult daughter helped my doggy Mother give birth to me and my litter mates. We were all given Italian names and mine was Nocciola. There were six of us. My mother is Lady Lily of Alika Cotons. Alika Cotons is a major big deal in the world of Coton de Tuléars, because it is run by Dr. Robert Jay Russell and Laurie Spalding. He is a famous scientist who went to Madagascar in the 1970's to study Lemurs and found the Coton de Tuléar and fell in love with the breed and brought it back to the USA. No one had done that before. Mama says they have worked hard to educate people about the proper way to preserve the breed and to ensure the line stays healthy and strong. So it kind of makes me like royalty, on top of being the Royal Dog of Madagascar. But I have great humility about this.

My father is Apollo of Tar Heel Cotons. I have not been to Tar Heel Cotons, nor do I know anything about them, but I am sure they are very nice. My father was very handsome back then. I haven't seen either of them since I went to live with Mama. That was a very long time ago back in 2009.

My litter mates and I were the first and only litter to come out of Cuddliest Cotons. I think it's because they loved us so much and hated to give us to our forever families. I know the day Mama picked me up, they were quite choked up.

I am the cute one in the middle, doing that sideways glance thing, sort of like that lead singer from The Bangles

I am the cute one in the middle, doing that sideways glance thing, sort of like that lead singer from The Bangles

Mama and I clicked right away. She was pretty choked up too, when she came to get me. I knew right away she was going to love me and take care of me and I was going to love her and take care of her. We were in sync about that. She named me Josephina of Cuddliest Cotons, but everyone has always called me Fifine. That's weird, I know, but it's sort of like Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Kate. Yes, it's exactly like that.

Anyway, next time I'll start to tell you about the adventures of Mama and me! 

See you then!