Originally Posted by pinkdaisy226
Wait I don't know any stories! Can someone fill me in?
Howdy, Pink Daisy,
As Turtlecat says, most of us Turkish Vans love the water. Our breed's original home is near Lake Van, in Turkey, a beautiful part of the world, hence we are known as Turkish Vans. In the wild we were known to actually go fishing in the lake.
The old, old story my dad, Jim, mentioned goes like this (some people call this a myth, but don't you believe it).
Lake Van is very near Mount Ararat, which is often claimed as being where Noah's Ark landed, as, given its altitude, the water naturally receded from the mountain early on. There were, of course, a pair of Turkish Vans on the Ark, my ancestors and Ghibli's, along with two each of all the other animals.
Now we Vans are rather fastiduous beasts, and the pair on the Ark, as they approached the top of the mountain as it rose out of the water, decided that they had been cooped up with too many smelly animals for much too long.
Thereupon they held hands, leaped over the side of the Ark, swam to the mountain, made Lake Van their home, started a family of beautiful furbabies, who forever more loved the water, became great swimmers, and are today known as "The Swimming Cat."
And that's the truth. You can take it from me.
If you would like to learn more about Turkish Vans, here are a couple of links. First is a web site which tells you about the CFA Breed Profile:http://www.cfainc.org/breeds/profiles/turkish-van.html
Next we have an interesting web site which tells several stories about Vans:http://www.cfainc.org/breeds/profile...rkish-van.html
And last, here is the home page of the cattery where I was born, in San Antonio, Texas. Here you can see several photos of some of my close relatives, and a great photo of Matabiru Lady MacBeth, happily swimming in a fast-moving stream.http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Park/8631/
Of course last, but in all modesty not least, you can see some photos of me on my TCS Home Page, which is here (turn your music on):http://www.thecatsite.com/cat_pages/...es.php?cat=519
I have enjoyed talking with you, Pink Daisy. We may be a little egotistical, but we Vans love to talk about ourselves.
All my love to you and your furbabies,