Our "in home" cattery is a family affair, where everyone helps with socialization skills and daily chores. Kittens are lovingly raised underfoot, on the couches & in our beds! LOL
We are a family where we each have our own cats and goals. We agree on many basics, such as the cornerstones: health, temperament and conformation.
we do have our own opinions on favorite colors and patterns, we can
respectfully agree to disagree. I prefer the big "honking" pancake or
doughnut rosettes and also favor the ALC pattern on glittering golden
coats or stunning silvers. Whereas, others prefer the ALC pattern,
arrowhead rosettes and the "snows".
Hence, between us, we have a menagerie of colors & patterns. Everyone is protective of our babies and we carefully screen potential new "parents". We have been "owned" by Bengals since 2000, when they stole our hearts and "took over" our homes.
We reside in rustic McNairy county Tennessee with our wonderful companions and retired Champions. Our lives are enriched by them and they are spoiled in return.
I have been a girl scout leader, cookie mom, Sunday school teacher, K-12 educator, college tutor and consultant. Our family is also very involved in our community. We are members of both fire departments and the rescue squad.
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dedicated to firefighters & our military.
I have been showing and championing animals basically
all my life and it has passed on to my daughter. Species have ranged
from waterfowl, rabbits, cats, dogs, goats, sheep and
horses. We live out in the rustic country, where our
pampered pets can enjoy the great outdoors, with supervision. Our
Bengals lead enriched lives with exposure to backyard wildlife and farm
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Granddaddy taught me early that QUALITY does not cost - It PAYS!! It does not cost anymore to feed/care for the best. Hence we strive to perfect our animals and participate in breed rescue, as any responsible breeder should. As we say in rescue, " If you are not part of the solution-you are part of the problem ." Please purchase only from reputable breeders or adopt from a rescue.
We are proud members of:
- The International Cat Association
- The International Bengal Breeders Assocaition
- The International Bengal Cat Society
- The Iinternational Bengal Cat Connection
The "perfect" Bengal is a myth, as there is not one in existence. The goals a breeder strives to create/perfect are the boundaries of the breed. We are "greedy" breeders as we want our beautiful Bengals to "have it all".
Our cornerstones are: health, temperament, conformation and coat-in that order.
Every Bengal is a beloved pet first and foremost, therefore they need to be healthy and have a sound temperament If they are also grand champion show stoppers, all the better, but they will be adored just the same by their "human pets".
Here are our ideals on the "purrfect" Bengal:
- refined convex head:
- large expressive eyes
- small rounded ears
- full whisker pads
- well defined chin
- long, low set muscular body
- short thick tail with low carriage
- tight sleek pelt
- highly contrasted and well defined
- glittered coat a definite plus
- horizontal flowing coat pattern
- spotted legs
- absence of rib bars
- whited tummy
- glides like it's jungle ancestors
- fluid in motion
- awesome purr box when handled
- loves at be shown/handled
Now one can see why we are so "greedy" and dedicated to perfect our beloved Bengals. We strive to create the best Bengals for the breed, from the average pet owner to the avid show goer.
Breeding is hard work. It is expensive financially, physically and emotionally. One needs a good career to support the purchasing of the best bloodlines, health testing, campaigning/competing, quality food, litter, cat furniture, toys and etc. In our opinion, responsible breeding is a hobby and not a business. A business is defined as a money making venture. In our experience, if breeding, socialization and all is done properly...one does not make a profit, but rather "goes in the hole". Only way we have ever seen people make money with animals was by "cutting corners" at the animals' and new owners' expenses. So buyer beware...Always purchase from responsible and ethical breeders.
I love my little kitty; she makes my house a home.
She is my very best friend; I never feel alone.
She makes me smile;
She makes me laugh;
She fills my heart with love . . .
Did some breeder breed her, or did she fall down from above?
I've never been a breeder, never seen life through their eyes;
I hold my little kitty and just sit and criticize.
I've never known their anguish; I've never felt their pain, the caring of their charges,
through snow or wind or rain.
I've never sat the whole night through, waiting for babies to be born,
the stress and trepidation when they're still not there by dawn.
I've never felt the heartache of a little life in my hands,
this darling little baby, who weighs but 60 grams.
Should you do that instead of this . . . or this instead of that?
Alone you fight and hope one day, he'll grow to be a cat.
You pray he'll live to bring joy to another family, and make a house a home.
You know it's all just up to you; you'll fight this fight alone.
Formula, bottles, heating pads, you've got to get this right,
two-hour feedings for this tiny guy, throughout the day and night.
In your heart you know you're almost sure to lose this epic fight, to save this little baby,
but God willing . . . you just MIGHT.
Day one he's in there fighting; you say a silent prayer.
Day two & three, he's doing well, with lots of love and care.
Day four & five . . . he's still alive; your hopes soar to the heavens.
Day six he slips away again, dies in your hands day seven.
You take this little angel, and bury him alone.
With aching heart and burning tears, and an exhausted groan, you ask yourself,
"Why do this? . . . Why suffer all this pain?"
But see the joy your kittens bring . . . it really self-explains.
So, when you think of breeders and label them with "Greed,"
Think about what they endure to fill another's need.
When you buy a kitten, and with your precious dollars part,
You only pay with money . . . we pay with a piece of our heart.
.... Author Unknown....