Pascali and Menemsha will be looking for their new permanent homes in January

As we continue our move to retirement from breeding, two more girls were spayed before Christmas.  These will be ready for new homes in January onwards.  Im looking for homes where they will be the only cat.

Pascali is a cream smoke with white.  She is an affectionate girl, but on her own terms.  She can be quite dominant and likes to hang on to hands a bit longer than maybe you would like, so it is best to play with “distance” toys, such as fishing rod type or wand type toys.  She is intelligent, and friendly but would suit a home without children who I doubt she would tolerate.

Aged 3 years, she is vaccinated to date, neutered, healthy, and clear of all known genetic illnesses.  Unfortunately, she made it quite clear from kittenhood that she would not tolerate the stress of a show hall, so although a wonderful example of her colour and type, she cannot be shown.

Menemsha is a solid tortie and white.  She is aged five.  A hugely friendly and happy girl, she needs a loving home that could possibly include older children.  She will tolerate any amount of handling and is a very easy girl to groom.  When in full coat she needs daily combing, otherwise she can easily matt, but there is no problem with this – she adores being groomed!  Healthy, with none of the genetic illnesses affecting maine coons.  She can be rather bossy with other cats, and also quite greedy, so needs to be monitored with her food intake.  Menemsha showed very well, and is one certificate short of being an Imperial Grand Champion.  So could possibly be shown as a neuter, but I would warn that she isnt a good traveller.

If you are interested in homing either of these girls, then do get in touch.  I would far rather that they were in loving homes than in a cattery for the rest of their lives.  There is a fee for each of £250.  Unfortunately, they cannot go together as they really dont get on!

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Pascali
Pascali
Pascali is now available for rehoming

As part of our move towards retiring from breeding, we have now had Pascali spayed.  It will be Menemsha’s turn next week.

Pascali is a simply beautiful cream smoke with white girl.  She is aged three years old, and is vaccinated to date.  She is friendly, but does sometimes play a little rough, so would not be suitable for homes with children.  She can be very dominant with other cats, so ideally would be better in a home without other pets.  She needs a confident owner, who is willing to spend time with her, as she loves being on your lap and fussed or combed, but who recognises when she is becoming over excited and to use distraction play at such times.

There will be a charge for Pascali, but we are more interested to find her the right home for her.  She is recovering well from her spay, and I am looking to home her after Christmas, if possible, to avoid her joining a new home at a busy time.  If you think you might be the right person then please do get in touch.

 

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show updates

We have now done our final shows for the year.  After her success at the Supreme, Jazz went out to try in Olympians at the Yorkshire double show, and was placed as Reserve, with a wonderful write up from her judge.  She also gained BOB in one show.  Our new baby, Eclipse, was out for the first time, and gained 1st and BOB in one show, and 2nd in the other, but was placed high in all her side classes.  She is showing great promise, and we are pleased with her, she dealt with the travel and handling really well, considering she is only just 15 weeks old.

At the National double show in December, Jazz was awarded her first Olympian certificate, and both Best of Breeds.  She also did really well in side classes.  Satchmo didnt achieve a certificate, only gaining a third place in the Oly class, but did get both Best of Breeds, and also had some excellent side class results.  He still hates travelling, and has shed quite a bit of his ruff so we are not entering him for a while, to give him a break.  Eclipse again did us proud, with both 1st and BOBs and excellent side classes too.  I have high hopes for this little girl.

Photo is of Jazz at the National.

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I know that lots of you have been waiting for an update on Pascali’s kittens.  Im sorry to say it is bad news.  She had a prolonged labour, and gave birth to 8 live and one stillborn.  Unfortunately, she has decided she wants nothing to do with them, and although we are doing our best to hand rear, I suspect that they suffered from the long labour, as we have lost three, and the remaining five look unlikely to make it through tonight.  I am sure you can understand that this is a very upsetting experience. This is one of the awful downsides of breeding sadly, that occasionally (and thankfully it IS rare) the best of breeders do lose litters like this.  This is only my second time in 30 years, so Im pretty devastated, Pascali was the best of mothers with her last litter last year.  UPDATE – sadly, we also lost the remaining kittens.

I am unlikely now to have kittens until next year, so for those of you looking, I can recommend Ali Blades in Nottingham (Alisika Maine coons) who currently has kittens almost ready to leave; and Jackie Huddleston (Jakatta maine coons) in Cambridgeshire, who has new babies.

 

Supreme show results

A bit late, but we had a wonderful day at the Supreme show this year.  We took brother and sister, Satchmo and Jazz.  Satch was up for the UK Grand Premier certificate (his first – only awarded at the Supreme show annually, and two needed for the title).  He was awarded the UK and kept back for the other cats in his colour group to be judged for Imperial, Grand, and PC before Best of Breed could be awarded.  As each class was done, the winner was compared with him, then sent back to their own pens…. this was nail biting, but in the end, he was given the BOB, making him the best Silver Tabby series neuter present.

Then it was Jazz’s turn.  Having had time out at the beginning of the year to have kittens, then recover, she was going for the Imperial Certificate.  Again, she was awarded the certificate, then kept back and judged against the winners of the other classes.  Didnt take so long in her case, as there werent so many cats in these classes, but she was up against some stunning boys, so it was very tense, and in the end, the judge awarded the Best of Breed certificate to her!  To say I was pleased would be an understatement!

Later in the day, both were up against the Bests of all Semi-Longhair breeds for the Best of Variety award.  In the case of the neuters, none of the Maine Coons were considered, and the award went to another breed.  But in the entire cats, three maine coons, one male, another stunning female, and Jazz were up against the Siberian boy as the judge’s finalists.  Back and forwards it went, with the judge admitting she was having trouble making up her mind.  Back went the MC boy, leaving just the two MC girls and the Sibby.  Then the other girl was put back, and it was down to the final two…… Jazz and the Siberian.  I had everything crossed, but in the end, the judge went for the Siberian.  (sigh)… though I have to admit, she said it was so hard, and he was stunning, so never mind being beaten by such a wonderful cat, but would have loved to have made it up on to the top stage with Jazz.  Ah well, maybe next year!

Some photos of both being judged and in their pens….

Jazz in her pen
Jazz in her pen

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Satch in his pen
Satch in his pen
Satchmo being judged by Shar Crichton
Satchmo being judged by Shar Crichton
Jazz being judged by Val Anderson-Drew
Jazz being judged by Val Anderson-Drew

We are eagerly awaiting our “all red” litter from Pascali and George.  Once they are born and we can make a stab at what we have, we will put a note on here.  If interested in any of the kittens, remember that you need to let me know.  Applications are made in the order – 1. People who have previously had kittens from me 2. People on my waiting list 3. New enquiries.

Likely colours (both sexes) are Red solid, Red Tabby, Red-silver tabby, Red Smoke, Red Shaded.  Bearing in mind that ALL Reds exhibit some tabby markings, my assessment of colours may well change as they grow older!

Menemsha's kittens are now 12 weeks old, and will be leaving us soon.

Total Eclipse (black female) is staying with us for a while to assess for showing.
Total Eclipse (black female) is staying with us for a while to assess for showing.
Over the Rainbow will be going to live with Julie and Paul, together with her sister.
Over the Rainbow will be going to live with Julie and Paul, together with her sister.
Touched by the sun will be going to live with Julie and Paul.
Touched by the sun will be going to live with Julie and Paul.
Red Baron will be going to live with his brother Biggles with David and Gabriella.
Red Baron will be going to live with his brother Biggles with David and Gabriella.
Biggles and his brother will be going to live with David and Gabriella.
Biggles and his brother will be going to live with David and Gabriella.
Starlight Express will be going to live locally with Alison.
Starlight Express will be going to live locally with Alison.
Our son was staying last week, and spent most of his time in the kitten room, where this lot decided to smother him with love!
Our son was staying last week, and spent most of his time in the kitten room, where this lot decided to smother him with love!
One of Pascali's babies from last year....

Last year we mated Pascali to George’s son, Walter.  These are two of the litter – red classic tabby and white, and red shaded and white.  The red tabby is looking very like Grandad George.  These two boys are just one year old, and showing how differently MC coats can develop, but wow, what muzzles and ear set.  We look forward to seeing what the current mating to George will bring!

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Apologies for no recent kitten updates.  It is our club show next weekend and Ive been getting everything ready for it.  It is at Garth Hill College, Bracknell, RG42 2AD for those who would like to visit on saturday 5th.  Public entry from 1pm. After which, photo updates will continue.

Lalique in full coat.  She has the most beautiful green eyes.
Lalique in full coat. She has the most beautiful green eyes.

However, Lalique is now more than ready to find her new home.  She is a lovely affectionate girl, slightly shy until she gets to know you, but once she does you will have her with you everywhere!  She is a beautiful green-eyed, very red tortie tabby, and her birthday is next month so she will be 3.  The photo shows her in full coat.  (She loves being groomed, so you wont have any problems with that massive coat), but at present she is in a shorter summer coat.

If you would be interested, please do get in touch.  It would be far better for her to be in a loving pet home (ideally as the only pet), where she can have the attention she craves.

She is neutered, will be boostered prior to leaving, and is a very healthy lass.  There will be a charge for homing of £250.

Finally – kitten news!  We have recently mated Pascali to George, and although too early to confirm yet, we hope for kittens mid-november.  This will be a totally red litter – could be tabbies, red silver tabby, red smoke, and red solid and shaded – that will be fun, sorting out that lot!!

Updates will be posted once we have more news on her progress.  As always, people on my kitten list who get in touch after the birth announcement will be given priority for optioning kittens.

 

Wonderful day at MCCC show.

We attended the Maine Coon Cat Club show yesterday (7th) and took three of our own cats with us.  There were lots of cats we had bred in competition too, and it was lovely to see them all.

We had a simply amazing day!

Kittens owned by Jacky Huddleston and Michelle Huddleston (Phoenix, Alleria and Shandris) all were placed 1st and also BOB and had red card days (all first places).  Alleria went on to be Best Female kitten in the whole show which for one so young was amazing!

Izzy was awarded the Olympian certificate (her third) and also BOB and red card day.  It wasnt Satchmo’s day as he was 3rd in the Olympian, but his sister had a rather better day – Awarded her third Imperial certificate, BOB, red card day, she was made Best in Show female adult, and then beat the boy to be Best Adult!  This was her first show after having kittens on New Years Day so we were really happy with her success.

Huge thank you to Carole Morrison Jackson who kindly took the photos.

Alleria at best in show judging
Alleria at best in show judging
Alleria being judged for Best in Show
Alleria being judged for Best in Show
Shandris in her pen
Shandris in her pen
This was her first show and she totally loved it!
This was her first show and she totally loved it!
Jazz in the BIS judging
Jazz in the BIS judging
Jazz.
Jazz.
Jazz being judged for Best in Show
Jazz being judged for Best in Show