Welcome to "Hopecrest Cotons". We are not a kennel. We are a Morgantown, WV family of 5 with our dogs. Our name comes from our lovely neighborhood, "Hopecrest", which is perched at the top of a hill in Morgantown's historic South Park. Our dogs are pets in our home and the only time they see a cage, crate or x-pen is at night at bedtime or when we are running errands. The rest of the time they are running around the house playing with our children, outside on our gated, covered back porch, curled up in the sunroom with a ray of sunshine warming them through the french doors, or running in our walled back yard.
My husband, Alex, is a former Fortune 500 executive, and is retired after divesting primary ownership of a contracting company in Atlanta, GA. I have been home with our children since their birth but recently founded my own business, so we have slowed down with the number of dogs we actively show at this time.
We have three beautiful children: 18 year old Andrew, 13 year old Adeline, and 12 year old Alexander. Our children play with our dogs and our puppies and we feel that this enhances their lives as they learn care, responsibility and empathy. It also enhances the lives of our puppies as they are played with and cuddled. Andrew earns spending money in the summers traveling with me to dog shows as my assistant. We have had Cotons since our youngest children were still in diapers! The Dering children have actively shown our dogs and are always excited to travel with mom to a new place! Part of the fun of summer is packing up and seeing what town we will show in next! We have even added our niece to the mix on occasion.
Also added to our dog show "family" has been professional handler Harry Bennett. We know that when our dogs are on the road with Harry they are treated like family and they receive the same level of care and affection that they do here at home! Harry, with his vast experience and accomplishments in AKC has also been a wonderful educator and voice for the Coton as we entered the Non-Sporting group in 2014!
We have traveled all over the US and Europe to chase the big entries and compete with the best of the best! We had the top AKC Coton in 2013, 2014 and 2015... We started 2016 with Elvis in Number 1 until August when unforeseen circumstances cut his 2016 special career short. His daughter Mimi was #1 in 2017 And is currently #1 in breed for 2018!
We we have two Crufts Best of Breed Winners and two Westminster Kennel Club Best of Opposite Winners! A National Dog Show Best of Breed Winner, an AKC National Championship Best of Breed Winner and 2 Best of Breed National Owner Handled Series winners!
I am blessed to have a full life and I am SO HAPPY that I have the opportunity to share Cotons with you and your family! I hope that your Hopecrest Coton adds as much joy and love to your lives as they have ours!