Thank you for the update, Kim. I was wondering when the Raggies were due!! Our Nala had 5 babies on February 5th, and they are all thriving. We have an all colorpoint litter, meaning no white. We have seals and blues. This was a special pairing, as both have many qualities, the queen does have one fault, her ears sit too high up on her head, but the Daddy, has nice low ears, that I believe will help with part of the kittens, (crossing fingers), but even at a little over a week old, I am seeing things already that I had hoped to see, and I have my eye on a chubby, little seal colorpoint!!
Leslye, the pictures of Dante' were a little fuzzy, but he has a very nice chin line up, in the picture where he is stretching up, and gives a good profile shot. He has a scoop, everyone has their opinion of the scoop, but I personally like the scoop to be a little more defined. We are slowly looking for a high mitted bicolor seal male, so that Berlioz can retire and be are altered pet. Berlioz has many nice traits, and even throws nice clean markings with most of the females, but his scoop is almost straight, and it is coming out in more kittens than not, so while we love him, his kittens, and his temperament, it is time for us to move forward, and find another bicolor boy.
We produced 2 possible show breeders in our last litter. We kept back a beautiful blue mitted male, we named Familytimerags Koda Bear. He turned 16weeks old yesterday. We plan on taking him to his first show in Texas, and then there will be a couple of other shows we hope to make it to in kitten class, and if I remember right the April, OKC show he will be an adult, and able to show in adult class. The little girl will be going to California and her first show will be the beginning of March. The litter came from a bicolor/colorpoint breeding, and our female, who we call Boo Bear, was said to be a mid-high white, so when bred to our colorpoint, we expected True Bi's and mitteds, but she gave us all mitteds, so I am pondering that she may actually be a high-mitted, which is what I prefer working with anyway as far as the bicolors go, but just in case she just decided to throw out all mitteds, we will repeat the breeding, so I can identify her as her correct genotype.
When is Yuki going to her next show? I hope she does well, if you have questons after she is shown, wait for the judges break, or better yet, wait until after the show, and ask the judge to critique Yuki. As you know, the Ragdolls and Birmans have a strict patterning, and the white spotting factor doesn't always place the white where we hope for it to be. They say the nose and chin are perfect when you can line a pencil up to the nose and it should all line up in a straight line. From what I can see Dante' has a chin that lines up well with his nose, and a strong chin. How is her eye color, they judge eye color on seals a little harder than on blues, as they will give a little on the dilute colors in regard to eye color. Does Yuki have nice rounded ears at the top, or are they pointy? Sometimes they appear pointed, due to the tuft, but if they are indeed rounded, use some tweezers and pluck a few of the top hairs to help the judges see the true ear. The tuft inside the ear, doesn't need to be touched.
Oh, and Leslye, I forgot the date, but since you are in Maine, I don't know how close a canada show they are speaking of exactly is, but Dr. Susan Little will be there speaking a seminar, I don't know what she is speaking about though....LOL, but with Dr. Little, it should be an informative speech. I would love to get all the way up to Canada, but I just have to hope, Dr. Susan will come down south a little more. If I am lucky someone will record it and profits can go to HCM research or something. Did you see the totals last year at www.ragdollresearch.org
, we beat last years total, and I believe Winn matches part of it. For those of you with Ragdolls, go to www.ragdollresearch.org
, and make a contribution, it goes only to helping find the gene or genes that make up HCM, the money has helped them to find out that HCM in not recessive in Ragdolls, and the Maine Coon HCM gene is not the same in Ragdolls. Once we find the gene, they will be able to get a DNA test for this awful disease that attacks all breeds. I feel blessed that our Ragdoll breed was chosen to be the next breed to research HCM.
Kim and Leslye, keep us informed about the babies, and pictures, we need pictures!!
Hugs and Bellyrubs! Tell my Smudgie hi from Auntie Stormi.