"Alexis Lee" was our very first Norwegian Forest Cat.
Named after the infamous "Alexis Lee" on Falcon Crest, she lived
up to her namesake with Attitude, High Expectations and even
more Attitude! When she twitched her tail and
purred...watch out...she was about to strike out at whomever was
closest, and proved, many times over, that she was happiest when
she was mad... She brought new meaning to the line "you
know, you are beautiful when you are angry". She could be
very sweet and very bad, but she was never one to mince her
words and always let you know how she felt about something.
Her memory rivaled that of an Elephant and if she didn't like
you the first time she met you, no amount of time, treats or
gifts would undo her feelings - though she would accept the
treats, she would remind you that they were insufficient.
Her life was a kaleidoscope of experiences and
adventures. She caught chipmunks in our basement in MA,
chased Maryland Blue Crabs on the deck of our boat on the
Chesapeake Bay and caught moles in IL. She set the tone
for our life and never once wavered from her core belief -
She was beautiful and she was in charge! When she got
back to IL, later in life, she made it clear to all concerned
(and you had better be concerned!) that she liked it here and
was going to stay, no question about it! She made all our
lives a whole lot better.
We miss you Alexis and think of
Lydia & Alexis on the boat
Alexis on the boat
Winston was our first NFC that we brought into the
house with the intention of showing and eventually
breeding. During his first show (which was also
our first show), we had no idea what we were doing, much
less, what all the ribbons and rosettes meant.
Looking back, other than remembering that he kept
pulling down his cage number, or reaching out
through his cage to steel the waiting rosettes, we can
recall that he enjoyed his time at shows, but also, did
fairly well. One day, out of the blue, we received
a letter that stated he was the "second best NFC kitten"
in our region. No idea how he got there, but...:-)
His skills as a "boy" and matings to Olivia, has spoiled
us for all other matings. When first introduced,
he was the "perfect gentleman"... Cooing and
chirping at her, he spent a bit of time talking to her,
asking her about herself, etc. Numerous times we
would find the two of them, snuggled up together.
They just seem to like each other, even if they only get
to be together only once a year. Though
predominantly mated to Olivia, he has had a session with
Masha, a girl from a friend of ours, who gave us Lars, Lothar and Lisa (amongst others).
Grand Premier, Regional Winner
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Champion Theodore Rhett Butler (MC)
Theodore was our first MC we ever
showed and our first breeding male. As a kitten, he was
outgoing, cute and loved to snuggle with his mother (Terry).
Though a gorgeous boy, he just did not take to shows very well
and so we did not push him beyond the Champion title in CFA.
He would have preferred to stay in
our bedroom, but being a "boy", we had a few problems with that
and he and Winston were the first to move to the "Bachelor Pad"
This was our first experience with dealing with whole males and
we did (as we continue to do) all we could to make their lives
as interesting and full as possible.
It is with a very sad heart that we
have had to say goodbye to Theodore. It was much too soon
to have to do so and we can only hope that he is looking back at
his life and remembers that he was loved.
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Brown Mackerel Tabby with White
2005 - 2010
It is with great
sadness that we have to say, Sonja Moon passed over the Rainbow
Bridge today, September 14, 2010. She was an absolutely
phenomenal girl, who loved kittens, always wanted to have
babies, but never could, but who would care for any that needed
it. She was a very special girl to us, nuzzling herself
under the covers most nights, pushing off her sisters in the
process, so she could have her fifteen minutes of "snuggle time"
each evening. She would purr at the drop of a hat and
would fiercely protect any kitten in her charge against all
threats, real, or otherwise. One of the sweetest girls you
could ever hope to meet, yet one of the most gorgeous too -
becoming a Double Grand Champion in TICA in two shows!!!
Had we kept her out for a few more, she would have, without
question, become a Supreme!!
Whether by title,
or not, she was a wonderful girl, who we will miss terribly!!
- Double Grand Champion
CFA - Champion
Sonja is our "Country" Norwegian
Forest Cat girl... She has "big" hair and a lot of
it!. :-) There are times during the year when she
looks like a cross between a cat and a dust mop with
long flowing hair falling off her sides.
When Sonja first came into our home,
she spent a lot of time with Olivia. During one of
Olivia's pregnancies, after her kittens were about four
weeks old, Sonja started to play "mom" to two of them.
Olivia would feed them and then allow Sonja to take them
off to a bed and snuggle with them. She'd do all
the things a mom would normally do, cleaning, playing
and snuggling, eventually, even the socialization that
mom starts, everything but the feeding. Sonja has
wanted to be a mom, to have kittens of her own, ever
since. Thus far, sadly, she has been unable to,
but we continue to try, if for no other reason than
simply to see the look of utter happiness in her eyes
when she is around babies.
Update - 12/09
Sadly, after several
attempts and multiple partners, we made the decision to
stop trying to mate Sonja and had her spayed. She
is a terrific girl, does very well with kittens, in
general and will be a well loved member of our household
and a baby-sitter to other mom's kittens. It was a
tough decision to make, but one we felt was best for
her. Possibly, if any TICA shows ever occur where
we can reach them, we may finish her progression to
Supreme, but otherwise, she will be here enjoying life.
Brown Classic Tabby with White
Tobias crossed over the
Rainbow Bridge at 4:05 this morning, September 21, 2010,
one week after we lost Sonja. He suffered a
seizure, earlier the day before and never recovered.
He was in my arms, as he passed over and I can only hope
he understood just how much he was loved and how much he
will be missed. He was a wonderful boy who loved
everyone, people and cats alike. He had an
infectious personality and while he was pushy for
attention, the look in his eyes, his kneading paws and
his purr would win over even the hardest, most standoff-ish
people and the other cats in the house, had no choice
but to embrace him.
Tobias is from our 10/26/06 litter of Olivia and
Winston. As the son of "Winston", he is laid back,
purrs at the drop of a hat and is an all around cute,
adorable boy! From Olivia, he has received his
share of "spunk". There is nothing funnier than to
see him, nose to nose with William, only to have him
rear back and do his "big" hiss at him... Poor
William, he knows he can't do anything to this little
"snit" of a kitten, so all he can do is ignore him, but
it is hard. Of course, Tobias's "head butting" Maxwell
is a sight to see... right up against the bottom of his
stomach!! All Maxwell can do is to look back, over
his shoulder and wonder what "fly" just tickled him. :-)
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To call Julius a "long drink
of water" would be an extreme understatement. If
you start at the tip of his nose and work your way back
to the tip of his tail, you will find your hand going
down this cat, for a long, long, long time. As you
move your hand along him, you will also find that there
is not an oz of extra anything, anywhere, along his
body... He is as skinny as a rail, but strong as
is as sweet as can be and really just wants to be held
so he can wrap his arms around your neck and push his
snout up under your chin. Something he must have
learned from Red Adair. Once you give in to him
though, you had better be ready for a long stay...
He will not want to let go and makes it quite clear that
he considers this "position" his due. As this is
an arrangement we happen to like, we enjoy the time we
get to spend with him and let him snuggle all he wants.
Now... we just have to
find him a girl that will compliment his particular
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