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GCH CH TullyBloom's Marcus First

BISS CH Woodlands Nike Windrunner, NA, CGC X CH Ashscot's Day O'Justice, CGC
(click on the photo for Marcus' pedigree with links)

Marcus was born on December 29, 2002, and entered the ring for the first time during the 2003 WHWTCA Roving Specialty weekend in July (see photograph below), where he secured first place in the WHWTCSET 6 - 9 month puppy Sweepstakes class under renowned Breeder/Judge Jaimi Glodek. Marcus made quite an impression with that first show performance and, as a result, moved to Ohio with his new owner, Judith A. White (Jubilhill Westies). With Judy at the lead, Marcus won Best in Sweepstakes at the 2003 WHWTC of Southeastern Michigan show from the 6 - 9 month puppy class.  In late 2004, following concentration in large Specialty shows (with first and reserve placement wins), Marcus returned to Texas to make his mark in the Texas show ring, which he quickly did by earning several points toward his championship title as well as four Best of Breed wins. Marcus and Paula finished the year with an award of Group First in the Terrier Bred-by Exhibitor Group on December 5, 2004 (see photo below), and Marcus completed his championship in early 2005 by going Best Opposite Sex with a five-point major (defeating several specials dogs) at the Fort Worth KC show, and gaining his second major with a Best of Breed win at the Baytown KC show. 

After earning his CH title, Marcus was shown on a limited basis in the special's ring with handler Christopher Keith. Marcus quickly became a Terrier Group winner and ended 2005 as a Top Twenty Westie All Systems (per Canine Chronicle Online stats, for events through December 31, 2005).  Marcus retained his top status throughout 2006 and, as a result of his accomplishments in the show ring, received back-to-back invitations to the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship invitational shows scheduled for January 2006 and December 2006 (see photos below from the December 2006 show).  Marcus finished 2006 as #14 Westie All Systems, and had his final run in the ring at the Westminster Kennel Club show on February 12, 2007.  Thanks to Marcus' winning show record, we were honored with the prestigious 2006 Annual Award for Best of Breed Owner-Bred Dog from the West Highland White Terrier Club of America on October 5, 2007.

In May 2010, the American Kennel Club began offering a new AKC title, the Grand Champion title.  Marcus had been kept in coat since his retirement in 2007, so we decided to take him out again to pursue the Grand Champion title.  Marcus returned to the ring in June with handler Klayton Harris and earned half of his Grand Champion points with wins in Lake Charles, Louisiana and Dallas, Texas, including a large Best of Breed win under Breeder/Judge John "Tom" Ward.  We gave Marcus a three-month break and then Paula took him back out in October 2010, where he immediately captured another Best of Breed win at the Travis County Kennel Club show in Austin, Texas, under Judge Patti A. Long Smith.  With our appreciation to Judges Robert J. Shreve and William F. Potter II, Marcus earned the final points for his Grand Champion (GCH) title at the Conroe Kennel Club shows December 4 and 5, 2010, making Marcus the first veteran Westie to earn the AKC Grand Champion title. Paula showed Marcus one last time in the Veteran Class at the North Texas Terrier Club show on December 9, 2010, where he was Best Veteran and Best Opposite Sex to Pallas, defeating top male specials.  It was a highly honorable end to Marcus' show ring career and--as much as he loved to do anything to please Paula--he seemed happy to finally retire (again).

GCH CH TullyBloom's Marcus First left us on March 30, 2020. Marcus was the first born of our first litter, the first to finish from Bred-by, and maintained first place in our hearts. We have no doubt he is achieving many new firsts at the Rainbow Bridge. We miss you, Marcus. Rest in Peace.

Marcus' Vital Statistics
Date of Birth
December 29, 2002 (passed away March 30, 2020 at 17 years, 3 mos., and 1 day)
AKC Registration Number
RM 372186/02
Paula Christie Cohen, Charles S. Cohen, Kay L. McGuire, DVM, and Shane A. Allbee
Owner(s) / Co-owner(s)
Judith A. White* / Paula Christie Cohen and Charles S. Cohen
Height at Withers
11.50 inches (not measured with an official AKC wicket)


20 - 21 pounds

CHIC Registry

CHIC No. 44207


Good (29 mos.), OFA # WH-83G29M-PI

Legg-Calve-Perthes Test

Normal (29 mos.), OFA # WH-LP13/29M-PI


Normal (52 mos.), OFA # WH-PA63/52M/P-PI


Clear by Parentage (both parents tested Genotypically Clear of Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency)
Normal/Unaffected, CERF # WH-203**

*In January 2013, Judy White signed off as owner of Marcus, leaving Charles and Paula as sole owners.

**For annual CERF exam on 09/17/07, Dr. Glaze's handwritten comments were: "Punctate posterior y suture feathering.  Finding of no consequence".  At a subsequent annual exam, on 11/20/10, he was certified as normal.


Below is Marcus at his first show (at seven months of age).


Marcus winning the Terrier Bred-by Group on December 5, 2004 (Conroe Kennel Club show).


Below are photos of Marcus taken during the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Invitational (December 2006).


Below are photos of Marcus taken during the
Westminster Kennel Club show on February 12, 2007.
This was Marcus' final show appearance.


Marcus, brought back out in the second half of 2010 to earn his
Grand Champion title, is shown with a Best of Breed win under
Judge Patti A. Long Smith in October 2010.


Marcus is pictured below in December 2010
at 8 years old after earning his Grand Champion title,
insistent that he is now permanently retired from the ring.


Below is Marcus (in 2004) showing us that he looks good in any color!


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