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Meet John & Allison

About John

John Cotten grew up the son of a veterinarian in Iowa. His first job, at the age of 11, was cleaning canine and feline kennels. He spent years working for his father’s vet practice doing a wide array of jobs; everything from helping with surgeries to the daily operation of caring for client animals. John attended Texas A&M University, and, upon graduation was commissioned in the US Army. He served for over 20 years, including two combat tours, and retired as a lieutenant colonel.

John never gave up his love for animals and begin competing with bird dogs in 2006, where he attained national status with one of his dogs. He still competes today in the National Shoot to Retrieve Dog Trials.

This was our first time ever leaving our dog (Copper) at a boarding kennel, so I was beyond nervous to drop him off. The second I saw John interact with Copper, all of my worry went away. It was such a relief knowing he was in good hands, and made our time away more relaxing.

I strongly recommend using Cotten's Sunset Kennels to board your dog! We will be using them again in the future!

About Allison

Allison Cotten also grew up in Iowa. While she may not have had a father as a veterinarian she did grow up with dogs and cats as pets. She has extensive business experience including managing a marketing department of approximately ten employees while John was deployed to Iraq. On top of this she took over running the household and taking care of seven horses and seven dogs while John was deployed 13 months at a time. Eventually she had to resign from her marketing role to focus on taking care of the animals and acreage so that John could focus on his career, which required him to deploy to Afghanistan for six or more months at a time. 

Allison is the author of our weekly blog called #wednesdaywisdom, which offers tips, tricks and general insight about the care of your furry loved ones.

It was a GREAT article so pass my Kudos to Allison ❤️❤️ #wednesdaywisdom