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Cara, Joe, and their five kids live on a farm in Middle Tennessee.  Cara also has two adult children, Kyle and Chelsea, who live in Texas, and two beautiful grandchildren Landon and Evalynn who also live in Texas.  In addition to sharing her life with Terlingua Chihuahuas, Cara enjoys travel - especially cruises, doing things with the kids, reading, weather and gaming.  Cara is an endowment member of the NRA and support Friends of NRA on a statewide level, especially the Eddie Eagle program that focuses on children's safety with firearms.  Cara is a storm spotter.  The Terlingua Chihuahuas enjoy conformation in AKC and IABCA (international) shows, obedience, fastCAT, lure coursing, barn hunt, and whatever else we can dream up.  Cara previously won a Maxwell Award with her writing from the Dog Writers' Association of America and was nominated for two others.  She has written a 378-page book called Your Ultimate Chihuahua in 2021.

Me and Ch. San Antonio Rose of CLC in the late early 1980's.  "Sandy" was my first champion.

Found on Facebook:  Original Author Unknown but I love it!


I am a dog breeder. I spend a lifetime learning pedigrees, genetics, breed standards and learning from those in my breed and those outside it. I raise each litter as if I gave birth to them and spend an equal amount of time finding them loving forever homes. I only put animals on this planet that I think will be the healthiest (mentally and physically) and nicest examples of their breed. I support each family who chose one of my babies and let them know they are now a part of our extended family. I celebrate their wins in shows with my stock. I shed a tear when one dies. I am there if one needs to come back. I hold them when they arrive and when they leave this world. I share my knowledge and socialize my dogs so that they will be the advertisement for my dedication. I don't keep track of the money and time I put in to my love of them, it would not be a true measure of how I feel. The price I charge for my babies is never profit, but investment in the next generation. I am not ashamed of who I am... I work hard at being a good dog person and encouraging others to be the same. I am a breeder and I am proud of it. If we don't support each other - we are doomed as a fancy.

Cara & Joe

Terlingua is a Texas legend.  From its ghost town to the chili cookoffs to having a beer drinking goat becoming mayor of Lajitas, the area is rich in culture.  Famous auto legend Carroll Shelby loved the Terlingua area, and spent much time at Terlingua Ranch with friends.  As an adult, I went back out to Terlingua with my ex-husband to a Shelby American event there - and we had the privilege of introducing our baby daughter Shelby to her namesake.  I went to college in Alpine at Sul Ross, had my share of nights sitting out watching the Marfa Lights, and I enjoy the beauty of the desert scenery and the great people who call that area 'home.'


Although Shelby American did not have any further events in Terlingua, a group of Shelby owners continued the tradition - and fell in love with the area and its people.  The Shelby folks found out that the area is 70% below poverty level, and the wonderful people they had met out there needed their help.  The Terlingua Preservation Society was born.  Each year, Shelby owners get together in Terlingua for a wonderful cause - the money they raise goes back into the community through scholarships, benefits the EMS, and brings income to the community.


The desert has a beauty that you just can't find anywhere else.  It is right on the border of Mexico, where the Chihuahua originated.  The beauty of the area, the strength and caring of the people who live there, and the personality of the culture gave me the perfect name of Terlingua Chihuahuas.  My goal is to have a beautiful, smart, personable Chihuahua who is healthy and hardy and a great all around 'total package' dog.  A lap dog, yes, but a can-do companion!


Here is a great video from YouTube that shows the Terlingua Ghost Town.



Why Terlingua?

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