Welcome to Mishikoonz!
New Webdesign will never end!
After several years of cobbled-together pages, and a brief foray into outsourcing (Thanks, Susan!), last year I finally took the plunge and invested in Dreamweaver to update the website. Who knew it would take so long? (SPRING UPDATE: Will it ever end?? Dreamweaver is an amazing program, no complaints there...our lack of completion is entirely due to the weak link: the human involved!)
Updated: May 12, 2012
Iawatha is a dad!
Time passes and baby kittens grow! With the help of the lovely Miss Doodle, my sweet Iawatha has sired his first litter! Hard to believe-- I mean, wasn't it just yesterday that I brought him home? All I can say is that he and Doodlebug did a wonderful job-- Stay tuned for more pictures of the happy family.
Updated: May , 2012
Glacier, Iawatha, Gypsy and Doodlebug passed their HCM scans at Oregon State last Tuesday with flying colors! In Maine coons, while there is a genetic test for HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy), some genetically negative cats can still have heart disease, so it's important for Maine coons to also be monitored with ultrasound exams. I'm delighted to report this wonderful news!
Updated: February 23, 2013
Around the cattery: Spring has sprung!
Hi, I'm Mishi......and yes, this is MY cattery!
Don't be fooled by the whole illusion of humans-in-charge... if you look close, you'll see that it's just that cats have delegated the authority. After all, we have better things to do than earn a living or clean up after ourselves!
Time passes, faster than a cat can imagine. We're here in Oregon for a whole year already- we've survived a full winter! I, the Mishikat, am looking forward to hanging out in the outdoor run with some warm sunshine again. Lion clips might be all the rage for the well dressed coonie, but I have to say that they might be better in Texas than Oregon! The humans can talk all they want about how the weather this year was mild, but now that I've gotten my summer "do", I really need some SUMMER!
April 27, 2013
Coon-gratulations to Mishikoonz' show cats! I have done very little, personally, in the way of showing my beautiful Maine coons in the last year. Between moving, massive kitten litters, and trying to find a new job in central Oregon, my plate was full.
But... it's SO good to have friends!!
Congratulations and many thanks to Pamela White for owning and showing Mishikoonz Magical Merlin. On April 6th, at the Mission City show, Merlin became the first Mishikoonz EVER to Supreme in TICA (The International Cat Association)! Thank you so much, Pam, for such a gift, and thanks also to Judge Kay DeVilbiss for choosing Magical Merlin as her Best Premiere.
That news alone was exciting, but Mishikoonz was splendidly represented in CFA (Cat Fancier's Association) this year as well! No words can express my debt to Kathryn Queen, her son Steve, and his fiance Kimmie for their work with Jack and Scout. What an amazing show season! No matter how good the cat, it takes a LOT of work to campaign ONE cat to a Regional Win...and these guys managed to get TWO in the finals!
With gratitude and joy--
Congratulations, also, to Mishikoonz To Kill a Mockingbird (Scout). Scout is the Third Best Maine coon, Fifteenth Best Allbreed in the Gulf Shore Region and the Seventeenth Best Maine coon Premiere in CFA in the country.
All I can say is... WOW!
A Pet Story... Several years ago, a Persian exhibitor named Kathryn Queen approached me at a show one day. Her son, Steve, wanted to buy a Maine coon for his fiance, and she'd told him she would help him find a breeder--was I having kittens any time soon? We'd gotten to know each other rather casually, just chatting the way you do with other exhibitors at cat shows. I remember how much I admired the grooming on her (very high maintenance!) Persians, but her son was looking for a pet cat, not a show cat. I told her I had a litter coming and I couldn't think of a better home than with someone who Kat had raised.
Time passed, the kittens were born, and Steve and Kimmie came over to meet them. This was Kimmie's gift...and she chose a little guy who took a liking to her-- the kitten that I called "Cory". She would name him after her favorite book, "To Kill a Mockingbird", and call him 'Scout.'
A few weeks later, Kathryn asked if it would be all right if she took Scout to a cat show. Kimmie thought the ribbons were pretty, and she was showing her Persians anyway--maybe Scout could get a ribbon. I remember looking at Scout-- he'd been sold as a pet-- and thinking that he wouldn't embarrass the cattery. I told her "Sure--have fun". So Kathryn did! I have to say, I think maybe she had more fun than either of us ever imagined. Scout brought home more than ONE ribbon, for sure!
Kimmie's pet kitty is now not only a Grand Champion, but this year, is ranked as a Regional Winner! What a phenomenal accomplishment-- Way to Go, Mr. Pet Cat!
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