Inbound Summer Litters.
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Below are photos of the queens and their mates that we have breed for summer babies.
First is Shelly and Opie.
Opie's pictures are below Shelly.
This is Curl Essence Michelle deCurl... or Shelly. Shelly is a chocolate lynx point girl. We wanted to show her because she so incredibly beautiful, but she just wasn't going for it. Just because a cat meets the standard doesn't necessarily mean they have the personality to show. Shelly is a absolute sweetie, but she was terrified of the commotion at the show. So rather than submit her to the trauma, we decided to just let her stay home and start a family. She's got everything going for (except for show personality)... i.e., coat to die for, great ears, eyes, face shape, size, etc... you name it. We had such high hopes for her when we took her to her first show. But, glass half full... she can now pass all those great traits to her offspring. We have just confirmed her pregnancy. He babies will be due the first week in July. Kittens should be ready to go to their new homes at around 10 wks of age.
Next is Colette and Opie...
Oie (full name is Curl Essence Obsessed with Chocolate) is a chocolate smoke boy. Opie always passes on his sweet disposition to his babies, as well as really nice ears and eyes. The other big plus with Opie is his size. Opie is fairly small boy so his babies are always a nice size.
Colette is a red silver. She has yet to give us a litter that didn't have at least 1 and usually more show quality kittens She has great ears and profile which she always passes on to her babies. But besides that, she's a terrific mom and teaches her kids to be friendly and fun. Colette is due about 2 wks after Shelly.
And finally, it's Cherish and Glory...
Cherish and Glory are a long shot. Cherish's full name is Curl Essence Cherish the Moments. Glory is Curl Essence In the Light of His Glory. Glory is a red and white bicolor. We never showed Glory. He doesn't have the personality for the show halls either, but he has a unique bloodline. Cherish is a solid chocolate girl out of Opie. She is also pretty small. The problem we've had trying to breed Cherish is that she doesn't go into season very often (like twice a year), and when she does, her cycles only last 1-2 days. By the time we get her in with Glory, she's not in season anymore. It doesn't help that she hates him. Cherish is really spoiled because I had to continually "protect" her from the larger females when she was younger. The end result is that she thinks she "owns" me. She's a really sweet and affectionate girl with the humans... She's just not crazy about the other cats in the house. But then, they used to pick on her because of her size and color. I never planned to keep her for our breeding program for more than 1 litter, and that was only to see what she would give us. I had always planned to put her with Glory because this pairing could produce some really interesting kittens. A solid chocolate with a red and white bicolor... now that could produce some really interesting babies. We put Cherish and Glory together a couple weeks ago, but this time, instead of pulling her out when she wasn't in season anymore, I decided to just let them live together and learn to be friends. They are getting along fine now and I figure that sooner or later, she's going to get pregnant. Hopefully, it will be sooner.
Reserving a kitten from a future litter...
We are taking reservations for future kittens now. We reserve the right for first pick of any of our litters for ourselves to show, however, if you reserve a kitten from a future litter, you will have first pick (after us of course). I keep track of the sequence that I receive Reserved Kitten Agreements and offer kittens in that same sequence.... in other words, the person who has returned the first Reserve Agreement will have first pick of any new litters. After that, the 2nd person who has returned a Reserve Agreement can select a kitten, and so on. Anyone with a Reserve Agreement can wait for another litter if they want to wait for a kitten from another litter if they want, and the same sequence for selecting a specific kitten will still apply.