I live in beautiful west Michigan, USA. I have always been involved with animals and have a love for all species. I started with raising and exhibiting French Lop rabbits in 4-H at a young age. I then became involved with showing Standard Poodles in AKC performance and conformation. My love for animals evolved into a vocation as I became a regional director for a natural pet food establishment. It was very rewarding and heart-warming to see peoples animals heal and thrive with the right food and supplementation. I have always provided a loving home for rescue cats over the years. I explored the pedigreed cat world in 2012 and fell in love with my first pedigreed cat, a Maine coon. I showed a Maine coon alter/premier female in TICA (and CFA) for two show seasons. My journey with Turkish Angoras began when I saw a Turkish Angora kitten at the TICA Great Lakes Regional show. It was love at first sight! Turkish Angoras are a rarity and that in itself is disheartening. They are extremely smart, loving, loyal, curious, playful, funny and totally "into" their humans. They will follow you around and love being close to you. I fell in love with their beauty, grace, intelligence, sense of humor and incredible affectionate nature.
The Turkish Angora (Turkish: Ankara kedisi) is one of the ancient, natural breeds of cats originating in the Ankara region of Turkey. The breed appeared in Europe as early as the 14th century (Crusades) and is believed to be the origin of the mutations for both the coloration white and long hair.
Elegant, balanced and fine-boned, Turkish Angoras are playful, intelligent, athletic, graceful and involved. They have a fine silky long-haired coat with a plumed tail. Turks are said to be "ballerina-like", not only in their gracefulness but also for their underlying strength. Turkish Angoras weigh between five and twelve pounds and live for 13 or more years. They may look beautiful and sophisticated, but underneath that elegant exterior they are comedians with a sense of humor. They usually get along with other pets, including dogs. They bond with humans, but often select a particular member of the family to be their constant companion. Turkish angoras are quite clever and are good at opening cabinet doors, perching on high and getting into things. They like to be "helpful" in any way they can and their intelligence is at times remarkable, showing basic problem solving skills. They are easily trained, because of their intelligence and their desire to interact with humans.
The Turkish Angora’s soft, silky coat rarely mats and requires only minimal grooming. Grooming once or twice a week with a fine-toothed comb is sufficient to remove excess hair. Like all long-haired breeds, they lose some coat during the summer months, when more frequent grooming may be required.
My long-term goal for Turkish Angoras is preservation. Preservation in optimal health, temperament and their longevity. I wish to preserve the breed with healthy diverse pedigrees, focusing on long beautiful flowing coats, affectionate temperaments and correct conformation/type. I believe in quality over quantity and breeding to me is a thoughtful, purposeful endeavor for positive breed betterment. I advocate showing not just for ribbons and awards, but for sharing with and educating others on the many wonderful qualities of the Turkish Angora. I aspire to make a positive difference in the breed with honesty, integrity and thoughtfulness.
I consider myself a lifelong learner and I strive to educate myself continually. My educational focus is to ultimately be a better guardian for my cats. I attend online continuing education courses that TICA offers on occasion. I have taken and graduated from several courses organized by the PawAcademy of PawPeds. I have passed the G1 and G2 PawPeds courses. I have currently applied for and am on the waiting list for the G3 course.