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

 

Kittens at seven weeks.

Coming along in leaps and bounds now…..

All kittens are optioned at present.

Red tabby and white male.
Red tabby and white male.
Silver tortie tabby female.
Silver tortie tabby female.
Brown tabby and white male.
Brown tabby and white male.
Black girl.
Black girl.
Black and white girl
Black and white girl
silver tortie tabby and white girl.
silver tortie tabby and white girl.
Menemsha and Gus kittens at 5 weeks

These guys are finally out of the nest, playing, eating solids and using the litter trays.

All kittens currently optioned.  Any subsequent availability will be noted here.

Black or black smoke female.  Under observation to stay with us as.
Black or black smoke female. Under observation to stay with us.
Silver tortie tabby girl.  Optioned for Julie.
Silver tortie tabby girl. Optioned for Julie.
Red silver tabby and white boy.  Optioned to Gabriella.
Red silver tabby and white boy. Optioned to Gabriella.
Black smoke and white girl.  Optioned to Alison.
Black smoke and white girl. Optioned to Alison.

 

Silver tortie tabby and white.  Optioned to Sue.
Silver tortie tabby and white girl. Optioned to Sue.
Brown tabby and white boy.  Optioned to Gabriella.
Brown tabby and white boy. Optioned to Gabriella.
Countdown begins....

We have this week started to reduce our numbers in order to retire early next year from breeding.  This week, Poppy and Lalique have been spayed.  We will give them both time to recover and they will be ready for rehoming towards the end of September.  Poppy is a large black smoke and white girl, aged 7 and Lalique is a tortie tabby aged 2 and a half.  Both are gentle, affectionate girls who would benefit from being the only cat in quiet homes.  Lalique is slightly nervous until she knows you, but would soon settle down, Poppy is a real in-your-face lap cat, but does have minor health issues, which Im happy to discuss with anyone interested in offering her a home.  Both cats are sporting short coats after having kittens earlier this year, but these will grow back in during the next few months.  There will be a charge for Lalique, but we would like a donation to the MCBS rescue and rehoming fund for Poppy.  These are much loved cats and we will be wanting just the right home for each of them.  Please email initially if interested.

Lalique in full coat.  She has the most beautiful green eyes.
Lalique in full coat. She has the most beautiful green eyes.
Poppy aged 4
Poppy aged 4
Poppy showing her laid back nature in a show.
Poppy showing her laid back nature in a show.