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post #1 of 21
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Good morning everyone! Forgive me if this is difficult to read. I can't really tell what Georgia Font looks like

I suspect it would be good if I introduced myself before posting too often and having people wonder where I came from.

My husband, Jerry, and I have been breeding and showing Siamese and Oriental Shorthairs since 1989. We haven't been as active in showing during the past three years because of my health, but plan to get back into it now on a fairly regular basis. I, myself, am pleased that my husband is willing to take me during the Summer, because he crews on a Sportsman class car at one of the local Nascar tracks during the Summer. However, we will be showing in Massachusetts next weekend at a TICA show and are looking forward to going with two of our kittens.

As I sit here typing, several "dorks", as I frequently refer to my cats, are "helping" me by sitting behind me, at my right elbow, at my left elbow and generally charging through the house getting into trouble. Our 17-year old domestic spay is keeping everyone in line

My very good friend, Gaye Flagg, has been encouraging me to come here for about the past year, and now that I have a functional computer, I will try to get on on a regular basis. Unfortunately, I can't sit and type for a very long time because I have been dealing with major chronic pain for about the past five years, and sitting, standing and walking are all very painful - even though I am on prescribed narcotics from the Pain Care center in my area. Oh well, that's just life.

I'm not much one for posting personal information about myself or the cats because I tend to forget that "normal" people (by that, I mean those who are not insane enough to run a registered breeding program ) don't have to worry about wading through a sea of cats following them around to help with everything from making coffee to going to the bathroom.

I should warn everyone right now that I have rather strong opinions - especially about bybs and sheer ignorance, and I have a tendency to get quite sarcastic when dealing with those situations. I will make every attempt to tone it down.

Well, thanks for listening to my ramblings. When I figure out how to load up software on this computer so that I may download pictures from my camera, I hope to post some pictures of the "kids".

Barb Amalfi
post #2 of 21
Welcome to the site, Barb. You and "The Dorks" have always had a special place in my heart, so it is good to see you here at TCS. I know the membership here will benefit from your vast knowledge of cats in general and from your "strong" opinions on just about everything else. *smile* We look forward to your contributions.

Love ya awful,

~gf~
post #3 of 21
Welcome to TCS (The Cat Site)!

Personally I think we need more dedicated show breeders on here, but that's just me as I love cat shows and love hearing about them! I usually go (as a spectator) to the Birmingham CFA show every year (Birmingham Feline Fanciers,) although I can't find a listing for them for '06 and I'm wondering what's up with that? But it looks like the local TICA association (Alabama Paws and Claws I think it it,) is hosting a regional here next spring so at least I can get a "fix" as it were.

And geez, doesn't everybody have a crew that escorts them to the bathroom ?

Cindy
post #4 of 21
Thread Starter 
[quote=RoseHawke]Welcome to TCS (The Cat Site)!

Personally I think we need more dedicated show breeders on here, but that's just me as I love cat shows and love hearing about them! I usually go (as a spectator) to the Birmingham CFA show every year (Birmingham Feline Fanciers,) although I can't find a listing for them for '06 and I'm wondering what's up with that? But it looks like the local TICA association (Alabama Paws and Claws I think it it,) is hosting a regional here next spring so at least I can get a "fix" as it were.

I still enjoy going as a spectator, because when we show there isn't any money left over to spend at the vendors Are there any ACFA clubs remaining in the area? Have you checked their schedule?

And geez, doesn't everybody have a crew that escorts them to the bathroom ?

Yes, but do they all climb in your underwear while you are on the potty?

Barb A
post #5 of 21
I have pictures of cats in my underwear!!! But I am not going to be posting them here, that's for sure! *blush*

You know, I suppose that I should let everyone know that Barb is my breeder/mentor as well as my very dear friend. She has so much knowledge and experience with cats and she has never, ever steered me wrong.

I am so happy she has decided to join our community!

~gf~
post #6 of 21
Hi Barb,

WElcome to you, and thanks for your welcome to me too!!

Hey, I hear ya on the bathroom escort thing. . One time I walked past the bathroom and looked, there was a cat perched on the throne, just staring at the wall ahead. (I keep the lid down so they won't drink there ). At first I wondered what on earth she was doing ... then I realized that's what she sees me doing every morning.

LOL!!
post #7 of 21
Barb,

I have heard much about you from Gaye, and I welcome you. As for your stance on BYB it is generally a strong subject on this board and the Admins, Mods, and Advisors are strong advocates of spay and neuter. Most of the membership is also this way-

Welcome!
post #8 of 21
Welcome Aboard Barb!

See you on the forums!
post #9 of 21
Welcome to TCS, from another breeder - breeding beautiful Persians & Exotics in Wellington, New Zealand.

It is funny you refer to your cats as Dorks, my Nanas siamese is named Mork and we call him Mork the Dork! Do you breed show quality S's & OSH's?

Sam
post #10 of 21
Welcome from one Barb to another. I'm glad you could finally join TCS!
post #11 of 21
Hello and
post #12 of 21
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Hi Sam,

Love them Persians and Zots I like to think that we breed show Siamese and OSH. Over the years we have had International breed winners and regional/national winners in various assocations. When I finally figure out how to put the software for my digital camera on this new computer, I'll download some shots and post. It's a shame I don't have a scanner or I could scan in some of the show pictures I have, and since my old computer stopped working, I can't even download any of the pictures which had been scanned to it onto CD and move over.

I don't feel that people should be breeding unless they are doing it so that they may show their cats in most instances. In the case of those people who are working to preserve the Old Style Siamese, I don't feel this way, because there are very few associations which allow these cats on the show bench, unfortunately. The two associations in the U.S which allow these cats on the show bench are ICE (International Cat Enthusiasts) and UFO (United Feline Organization), but these are two very tiny associations with extremely limited show schedules. I feel strongly that the old Siamese blood lines need to be preserved.

Barb
post #13 of 21
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I hope what you heard was good Thanks for the welcome!

Barb
post #14 of 21
Hello and Welcome!
post #15 of 21
I for one will be quite interested in what you can contribute as an experienced breeder. I won't ever be one (I can hardly handle the three who adopted me) but the information you must know (genetics, etc) is fascinating.

Until we got the third cat, the escort idea wouldn't have made any sense to me but now I smile every morning when my husband gets up and has this little parade downstairs for breakfast.

And as for the underwear thing, you really should check out this thread from kittylover4ever. http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=57629

Welcome.
post #16 of 21
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Thanks for the welcome and thanks for sending me over to the "picture". LOL This is a completely normal occurrence for Jerry and me, but seeing it actually posted is just great! LOL LOL

We get kittens fighting with each other in our underwear. Worse yet, we occasionally have a mom climb in followed by one or more of her kittens who then settle down at the milk bar for a drink! (VBG)
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by tailsoluv
Hi Sam,

Love them Persians and Zots I like to think that we breed show Siamese and OSH. Over the years we have had International breed winners and regional/national winners in various assocations. When I finally figure out how to put the software for my digital camera on this new computer, I'll download some shots and post. It's a shame I don't have a scanner or I could scan in some of the show pictures I have, and since my old computer stopped working, I can't even download any of the pictures which had been scanned to it onto CD and move over.

I don't feel that people should be breeding unless they are doing it so that they may show their cats in most instances. In the case of those people who are working to preserve the Old Style Siamese, I don't feel this way, because there are very few associations which allow these cats on the show bench, unfortunately. The two associations in the U.S which allow these cats on the show bench are ICE (International Cat Enthusiasts) and UFO (United Feline Organization), but these are two very tiny associations with extremely limited show schedules. I feel strongly that the old Siamese blood lines need to be preserved.

Barb
hi again Barb

P's & E's are definitly very delightful!!

that's wonderful to hear about your past results. Aww such a shame you can't share your pictures.

I agree with you most definitly. Thank you for your post.

Have a lovely day

Sam
post #18 of 21
Hi Barb, welcome to TCS

I'm another who can relate to the bathroom parade, mine seem scared they're going to miss something and run after me every time!
post #19 of 21
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Hi Sam, your kids are gorgeous! I especially LOVE torties! One of these days I'll figure out how to load software onto this notebook computer that we bought. That way at least I'll be able to take pictures with my digital camera and download them.

We'll be doing a show this coming weekend, and I'm looking forward to it since my health has prevented me from doing many shows in the past few years. I'm hoping we will get back into the swing of things this show season as long as my husband is able to take me and set up everything for me and take the cats to the rings.

Take care!

Barb
post #20 of 21
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Thank you much Alfie and Max!

In our house, my husband and I experience what we refer to as "Move your meat, lose your seat" since if either of us gets up from a chair or the couch or whatever, that seat is immediately filled in by at least one cat. In fact, there are times where it is a race to see whether we can get back to the seat before the cat arrives.

Furthermore, any time I get up to go anywhere, a herd of cats follow me, run ahead of me, fill in around the sides of me and try desparately to trip me. Jerry refers to this as "Mom's on the move!". I especially can't even think about going into my kitchen, since all the cats arrive and stare at me, trip me and scream at me while I am pouring coffee for my husband. Many years ago, Jerry made the mistake of giving one of the dorks some half & half in a dish. She loved it! Thereafter, all the cats discovered that half & half was wonderful, and they all understand that making/pouring coffee = half & half. Actually, it really means they will get Lactaid brand milk since some of them get the runs on real half & half. I was talking on the phone with my friend, Gaye, one day last week and she could hear all the idiots screaming on the top of their lungs as I was trying to pour coffee. As soon as I poured it and gave them their milk, there was instant quiet. LOL

Barb
post #21 of 21
welcome to TCS!!!!
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