This is Ann again. Sorry. The little finger on my left hand hit something, and ZAP, my incomplete note was posted.
mzjazz2u is quite correct, Hissy. Samwise's cattery was the Caravanserai Cattery, in San Antonio. So his name at birth was Caravanserai's Samwise. After he had won his 200 points in CFA shows the GC, for "Grand Champion," was added to precede his name, hence, "GC Caravanserai's Samwise." All very fancy, but the truth is he has become "Sam."
If you have read JRR Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings," or seen the movies, you might recognize the name "Samwise." He was the hobbit who was Frodo's best friend, and who protected him during Frodo's many dangerous adventures. Samwise's dad is named "Lord of the Rings," and his kittens are named after characters in Tolkien's mystical tale.
The Turkish Van is a really interesting breed, rather new to the U.S., and, yes, they are known as "The Swimming Cat." They are noted for their love of the water, and they have actually been observed in lakes and rivers in Turkey going after fish. Samwise will join us in the shower.
If you would like to learn more about this beautiful and exciting breed, clickhere.
This is the Cat Fanciers Association web page on the Turkish Van.
We love Samwise. Jim and I have been keepers of oodles of cats during our nearly 50 years of marriage, and he is probably the most affectionate of the lot.
Samwise's new TCS web page is awaiting approval. It should be up and running soon.
All the very best to all our TCS friends,
Ann, on a Texas beach with Jim, Miss Kitty and Samwise