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A Wonderful Thing is a Tigger!

I received another delightful email from one of our pet parents last week that I just had to share with you.

 

Sasha

Sasha

 

Was looking at your blog and saw all the cute new kittens.  I assume they are reserved, but I’m wondering about Zhaklin’s upcoming litter?  All spoken for yet?  My boisterous boy, Sasha, is crying out for a playmate.  Thought it would be cute to have a full brother or sister for him, but of course any half sibling would do as well!  The only stipulation is that the baby fits the description given in the lyrics of the Tigger Song:
A wonderful thing is a Tigger;
A Tigger’s a wonderful thing.
Their tops are made out of rubber,
their bottoms are made out of springs
They’re bouncy, bouncy, bouncy, bouncy,
fun, fun, fun, fun, fun,
The most wonderful thing
about Tiggers is:
I’m the only one!

That is Sasha’s theme song.  He just bounces all over the place, all the time.  He’s incredibly athletic, graceful, cute, babyish, stubborn, and sassy. Very intelligent, too, and somewhat obedient when he doesn’t have his mind set on something.  He’s also extremely vocal.  I’m only just beginning to learn what each meow means.  He tells me off every day when I come home from work, and I do know what that means!

I’m going to take him to the vet soon for his annual physical and also to find out his weight.  He went “off his feed” for a bit this summer (he was eating, but was very finicky and never finished anything), but as of right now is sitting down and eating an entire 3 ounces of cat food at a single sitting.  He does have a slight pouch on his belly but I think he’s too active to become fat.  He’s rarely still.  I’m guessing his weight right now at about 14 lbs.  He’s big!  Not rangy like a Maine Coon, but round and solid and big boned.

For the future I’d like to have Sasha, another Semper Fi Siberian, and when we get to the permanent home we’ll round out our family with a Maine Coon.  I’ve never quite forgotten dear Gideon (my MC who lived from 1982-2001), and would like to have just one more MC in my life.  However, I don’t think an MC could keep up with a Siberian, so I’m figuring on having two bouncy Siberians and eventually one laid-back Maine Coon.  That’s the plan, anyway.

Hope everyone is well!
Sandy

 

Sounds like a good plan to me, Sandy! 
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Too Cute!

Did any of you see Saturday’s episode of Too Cute on Animal Planet?  It was adorable!  Siberians Coorah and Boris from Inspurrations Cattery in Pennsylvania were featured.  And who are Coorah and Boris? None other than the parents of our first queen, Nadeah, and our current queen, Zhaklin.  If you missed it, it is available on-line: Season 5 Episode 4, First Aired: August 23, 2014.

And we had our own “episode” of too cute on Saturday also, although ours was only open for viewing between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. – yes that is a.m.!  When else would Liliya decide it is time to give birth! Please meet the five beautiful additions to our Semper Fi family (the names are temporary until names are selected by their forever families.)

 

Kira - Colorpoint Girl

Kira – Colorpoint Girl

Stefan - Black with White Boy

Stefan – Black with White Boy

Katarina - Blue with White Girl

Katarina – Blue with White Girl

Kazimir - Blue with White Boy

Kazimir – Blue with White Boy

Nicolai - Black with White Boy

Nicolai – Black with White Boy

So what am I, chopped liver?

When I show Mr. Silver my latest blog entry, he gets really upset.  “What am I, chopped liver? he says.  “I mean, really, if it weren’t for me, none of these lovely ladies would be in the family way.  And, YOU, would have nothing to write about.  Don’t you think everyone would like to see a picture of me?”

He then proceeded to go out the pet door to the catio* and pout for a while.

I said Mr. Silver, you know you’re my main man!  I will post your picture in my next blog and it will be only you!  Will that make up for my mistake?

“Purrrrrrrrr”.

Am I forgiven?

“Purrrrrrrrr”

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* Jim built this fantastic enclosed area on our deck. The adult cats can come and go from inside the house to the outside via a pet door.  They can enjoy seeing the birds, climbing up and down a tree limb and being with us when we are outside. At the same time, they are safe and they can go back inside anytime they want to eat and go potty!

It’s Baby Time at Semper Fi

Babies, Babies, Babies!  We love them and that’s a good thing.  Izabella recently gave birth to two beautiful kittens:

 

 

 

The silver torbie female is being evaluated as a possible breeder.  The red tabby male has been selected by Zaman and Tubba and they have already named him Leo.

The silver torbie female is being evaluated as a possible breeder. The red tabby male has been selected by Zaman and Tubba and they have already named him Leo.

 

Liliya is due to give birth on or around August 21.  This will be her first litter so we will be watching her constantly in the next two weeks.

 

Liliya - personality plus!

Liliya – personality plus!

 

Sophia is expecting and due on September 14.

Our beautiful Sophia is a seal lynx point.

Our beautiful Sophia is a seal lynx point.

 

And last, but never least, is Zhaklin who is expecting on September 25.

Zhaklin is happiest when she is expecting or nursing kittens.

Zhaklin is happiest when she is expecting or nursing kittens.

 

As you can see, Mr. Silver is still faithfully fulfilling his job description!

Shorts/NoShorts?

 

New York sky line taken from outside our hotel in Weehawken, New Jersey.

New York sky line taken from outside our hotel in Weehawken, New Jersey.

Jim and I – just the two of us – have not been on a vacation for over three years. Yes, we go to Florida every year, but that is always accompanied by a dog or two and a minimum of seven cats! We sometimes go individually while the other one stays home to be with our pet family.

We were invited to a wedding which was going to take place on a boat in New York Harbor.  And although this invitation came through our mentor, Jacqueline Margulies of Inspurrations Cattery, the invitation did not mention if cats were welcome!

Our daughter, SueEllen, said “You deserve to take the time and experience this once in a lifetime opportunity. I will come to Girard and take care of the pet family. Tell them you will be there!”

We did! And we were! And we are so very happy we said yes!

First, the wedding: Friday evening we boarded the Royal Princess and were ushered to the top deck to witness Jackie’s son,Franklin, and his beautiful bride,  Angelica, recite their vows.

The Bride and Groom reciting their vows.

The Bride and Groom reciting their vows.

 

The rest of the evening followed traditional wedding procedure, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing and cake.  Each done on different levels of the boat and done with perfection.

 

Happy to be at this wonderful wedding

Happy to be at this wonderful wedding

Jim with Jackie, mother of the groom, and me

 

 

But then it happened! Jim and I were sitting down watching the young people dance when Jim decided to walk to the other side of the boat. I looked up and he is motioning me to come join him.  By this time my feet are hurting: my new shoes have started rubbing blisters on top of my toes! I hobble over. He points to the skyline and there she is in all her glory: the Statue of Liberty. She is surrounded by light, the waves dancing and sparkling around her. The sight was breathtaking!

Lady Liberty

 

Both of my grandmothers immigrated to this country many years ago and now I was gazing at the Lady who welcomed them to this country!

I had never spent any time in New York City so we had made plans to stay a few days extra to see the sights. I am a very detail oriented person and always believe in researching an area before visiting. This trip was no exception. I researched the best places to visit, the recommended places to eat, the weather and what to wear.

After my research I told Jim “do not pack any shorts; shorts are tabu in Manhattan.” Understand that this man lives in shorts so although I got “the look”, he obeyed.  Saturday we are waiting at the ferry stop to take us to Manhattan and Times Square. Lots of people in shorts! Jim looks at me and questions my advice. I say “well, we are in New Jersey (our hotel is in Weehawken); when we get to Times Square, you will see.” And see we did – lots of people in shorts!  So then I say, “well the article said if you don’t want to look like a tourist, don’t wear shorts. If you want to blend in with New Yorkers, wear long pants and the pants need to be dark.” So now Jim says “why didn’t you tell me that; I don’t think anyone is going to mistake us for New Yorkers!”

And he is right. It was obvious we were tourists. And how do I know that? Because we repeatedly were asked if we needed help. We would be standing on a corner, map in hand, looking at street signs or down in the subway trying to figure out if we wanted N, R or Q.  But we never had to wait long because someone would say “where do you want to go?” and would then proceed to give us great directions.  And they say New Yorkers are not friendly! Please let me put that fallacy to rest.

There was no way we could see all the sights we wanted to; that would have taken weeks.  We did visit Times Square, saw an off-Broadway play, visited Wall Street and the Bull, and spent three hours at the 911 Memorial Museum. And ate at some wonderful restaurants. The cannoli from Rocco’s brings a smile to my face just thinking of it.

The Bull of Wall Street

The Bull of Wall Street

911 Memorial

911 Memorial

Quilt made in honor of those who died on 9/11. On display in the 911 Memorial Museum.

Quilt made in honor of those who died on 9/11. On display in the 911 Memorial Museum.

 

 

 

 

We are both so grateful to our wonderful mentor, Jackie, who invited us to be a part of her family for an evening. And for giving us the opportunity to experience the city that never sleeps.

So if you have never been to New York City and have the opportunity to go….go. And if you go in July, pack your shorts!

A Cheerful Heart

Hope each of you are enjoying a delightful Independence Day week-end.  Ours started out yesterday with the wonderful experience of placing two kittens in the arms of their new parents Deb and Dan.

 

Deb is holding Katya; Dan is holding Pashka (kittens were born on Easter and Pashka is the Russian name for Easter).

Deb is holding Katya; Dan is holding Pashka (kittens were born on Easter and Pashka is the Russian name for Easter).

 

Deb said her son was traveling two hours to their home so he could see the two new additions to the family.  Later that evening Deb sent us photos of the kittens already enjoying life at their forever home.  We especially enjoyed seeing the gleeful expression on their granddaughter’s face as she played with Katya and Pashka.

Granddaughter giggles delightfully while playing with Pashka and Katya.

Granddaughter giggles delightfully while playing with Pashka and Katya.

 

YingYang

YingYang

 

Earlier I travelled to our daughter’s home in Palatine to meet the new pet parents of the other two kittens from this litter.  First I met Caitlin who named her kitten Elsa. I was informed Elsa is the Snow Queen of Arendelle in Disney’s Academy Award-winning 2013 animated feature film Frozen. How very appropriate for a Siberian cat’s name! Caitlin’s grandmother is a judge in the cat fancy in Australia. She will be travelling to the United States for a visit this month. I am so anxious to hear how she judges Elsa.

 

Caitlin with Elsa all snug in her take-home blanket.

Caitlin with Elsa all snug in her take-home blanket.

 

 

After Elsa left, Stanley let me know he was not happy being alone! But it wasn’t long before Mitchell and Tina arrived to meet him. They were thrilled. Tears in the eyes of the new pet parent when they see their kitten for the first time is not uncommon. Tina and I both had tears!

 

Mitchell and Tina are excited to take home Stanley as a companion to Siberian, Spartacus, and their Havanesse dog, Sammy.

Mitchell and Tina are excited to take home Stanley as a companion to Siberian, Spartacus, and their Havanese dog, Sammy.

 

This note from Tina made me HAPPY!  “I have to tell you how incredibly HAPPY we are with Stanley.  He is absolutely the sweetest little angel :o)  I spent the day at home yesterday getting to know him and fell more and more in love with him by the minute.  He is eating and playing beautifully and he seems really comfortable in his new surroundings.”

 

Jim an I both have gone through surgeries in the last few weeks, Jim’s being the most recent.  We are both doing well.  How can we help but get well with the blessings we receive from our pets and our new pet parents that we welcome into our family.

“A cheerful heart is good medicine.”  Proverbs 17:22

 

 

So You Think You Want a Siberian!

When prospective pet parents fill out our adoption questionnaire, I give them a call so we can get to know each other. They have questions and I also have questions. They want to make sure we are the breeders they can trust. And we want to make sure they are the pet parents we feel we can trust to provide years of love and care for one of our precious kittens.

Just recently, I have added a new question – are you sure you want a Siberian? I then offer the caveat—Siberians are not going to lay on the couch all day; they want – no demand – to be a part of your life – whether it is helping you open your mail, type on the computer or prepare dinner.

This week we received a delightful email from pet parents, Stephanie and Brian, whose Siberian, Keisel, just turned one. After reading this, tell me – are you ready for a Siberian?
Keisel 1 year

Keisel 1 year - 2

Keisel 1 year - 3

Keisel 1 year - 4

 

 

 

 

Hi Nancy,

Hope all is well at Semper Fi Siberians! I saw Jim was having surgery on his neck. I hope it is nothing serious and many prayers and well wishes passed his way.

Well our little Keisel turned 1 today! I know you often get to see pictures of him on Facebook, but I wanted to pass some of our favorites along for the blog!

Keisel is such a great cat. We love him so so much, he’s like our child and often acts like one. He’s grown to be a big boy so far, 13 pounds! He’s our cuddle buddy and wildly spirited cat! He is quite a talker, we often have conversations with him through chortling and squeaking. I can’t say it’s quite meowing, it’s his own sort of language. We call him Keisel “The Weasel” sometimes because while he can be the sweetest cat in the world he can also be a stinker sometimes too.

He loves to eat anything and everything so we have to be very careful what is out around the house. His favorite thing to play with, when he can find them, are Q-Tips. We have to take it away from him because he tries to eat the ends. He loves cotton for some reason. We have to lock them up, along with the cotton balls, in another room in a cabinet, because he has managed to open the cabinets and open the bag to get to them. We also got a foot-press garbage can to throw them away, but being as smart as he is, he has managed to figure out how to press on the foot-press and open the garbage lid just enough to weasel a Q-Tip out. You know when he has one, because he runs as fast as he can and tries to hide it under the rug. He loves to grab raw chicken out of my hands when I’m washing it and has even dipped his paw into guacamole!

But beside his weaselly moments, we can’t get enough of our cuddle bug. We have been letting him sleep with us lately and he loves to climb on to my chest and plop his entire body on my face. We have slept cheek to cheek on many occasions. If he is not on my chest, he sleeps in between us, feet up in the air on his back. Or he cuddles with one of our legs. He loves to sleep on Brian’s lap when Brian is on the computer or will often lay in front of the computer screen. The cheaper the toy the better. He loves paper bags and crumpled up pieces of paper. His new sleeping spot is on top of our entertainment system.

In the morning like a child would, he runs into the room and bounces on the bed to wake us up. He tries to get our attention my chirping and scratching at the edge of our bed, only to run out of the room when we tell him no, just to try and get us out to play with him. He has his many bouts of energy where he spontaneously runs around the room so fast across the hard wood floors that his feet slide from under him. He loves to cross his paws on the window sill and watch out for his doggy friend outside. His favorite laying position lately is laying on his back arms and feet up in the air. He lets us give him baths relatively pleasantly once a month. Brian has had no issues with allergies.

Keisel is such a great addition to our family. Everyone who meets him loves him, as do we.

Thanks,
Stephanie and Brian

The Best Job In The World!

Can any of you say “I have the best job in the world.”?

We can!

Our job isn’t perfect – scooping litter many, many times a day and opening up lots of cans of food is not high up on most people’s job description desires.  But when you get to spend the week-end doing what Jim and I did, you wouldn’t trade it for anything. This week-end we had the pleasure of making five families very, very happy.  Sophie’s kittens went to their new homes.  The families spent the last several weeks in anticipation of this day.  Waiting can be difficult but when they took their new family member in their arms, they agreed it was worth every moment. The looks on the faces of these pet parents when they saw their kitten was priceless and it is what makes Jim and I say it is all worth it.

Shawn and Stephanie drove from Chicago to Girard several weeks ago to pick out the two kittens they want to love forever.  They gave them the names of Lincoln and Sophie and anxiously awaited the day they could bring them home.  Now that day is finally here!

Shawn and Stephanie drove from Chicago to Girard several weeks ago to pick out the two kittens they want to love forever. They gave them the names of Lincoln and Sophie and anxiously awaited the day they could bring them home. Now that day is finally here!

In the beginning Brian and Michaela said they wanted a female.  They already have a Balinese named Coco.  But when I sent the photos of this gorgeous little boy we had available for them, they quickly changed their mind and decided he was perfect for their family.  They named him Ziggy Stardust. I bet the boys Scott and Dylan, suggested the name.

In the beginning Brian and Michaela said they wanted a female. They already have a Balinese named Coco. But when I sent the photos of this gorgeous little boy we had available for them, they quickly changed their mind and decided he was perfect for their family. They named him Ziggy Stardust. I bet the boys Scott and Dylan, suggested the name.

When Brogan contacted us for a kitten, he knew exactly what he wanted.  He wanted a female and he wanted her to be gray/silver.  The babies were born and there was only one that fit his desires but there was someone in front of him on the list.  Would this little darling be available to him? He waited anxiously.  The first person did choose another kitten so he was able to get the kitten he wanted - well, of course, it was his birthday the day they were born so it just had to be! Sansa is now his forever.

When Brogan contacted us for a kitten, he knew exactly what he wanted. He wanted a female and he wanted her to be gray/silver. The babies were born and there was only one that fit his desires but there was someone in front of him on the list. Would this little darling be available to him? He waited anxiously. The first person did choose another kitten so he was able to get the kitten he wanted – well, of course, it was his birthday the day they were born so it just had to be! Sansa is now his forever.

Laura first contacted us in October of last year.  She is very allergic to animals so we did our car test (yes that is car test , not cat test!) and she passed.  They wanted to wait until they moved into a new home before getting a pet.  A little tired of waiting, Laura decided to get a kitten from this litter and now it looks like the new home will be coming very soon.  And Rich will then want to get a dog. So if anyone knows of a breed of dog that is hypoallergenic, let us know.

Laura first contacted us in October of last year. She is very allergic to animals so we did our car test (yes that is car test , not cat test!) and she passed. They wanted to wait until they moved into a new home before getting a pet. A little tired of waiting, Laura decided to get a kitten from this litter and now it looks like the new home will be coming very soon. And Rich will then want to get a dog. So if anyone knows of a breed of dog that is hypoallergenic, let us know.

While I was delivering kittens in the Chicago area, Jim was home babysitting our pet family and meeting Becky, Scott and daughters, Lucy and Nora.  Becky is the family member with the allergies, but she had visited earlier and had no reaction to Sophie and her kittens, so they are very happy to welcome Max into their home.

While I was delivering kittens in the Chicago area, Jim was home babysitting our pet family and meeting Becky, Scott and daughters, Lucy and Nora. Becky is the family member with the allergies, but she had visited earlier and had no reaction to Sophie and her kittens, so they are very happy to welcome Max into their home.

 

I hope you enjoyed their stories. And it won’t be long before we will be able to make three more families happy with Zhaklin’s kittens – I can’t wait!

Izabella’s Children Love Their New Homes

Three weeks ago, Izabella’s babies went to their forever homes. “So where are the pictures of the families,” you ask? That is a very good question. I took them but when I came home after delivering the kittens, the pictures were not on my camera; they were not on my computer; they were not in the cloud (don’t ever expect me to understand how things go there!). I know how very much you all enjoy those pictures, so although I was totally embarrassed, I wrote to the pet parents and asked them when they had time to send me pictures of the kittens in their new homes. These are actually better than the posed pictures I take!

Meet Annie, Patrick and Maggie who immediately fell in love with Abita, nicknamed Abby. The family already had a Siberian named Roscoe who will be 6 this month.

Abby and Maggie

Abby and Maggie

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Abby is getting so big!

Roscoe decided Abby needed her ears cleaned.

Roscoe decided Abby needed her ears cleaned.

Maggie, Patrick, Annie and Roscoe play with Abby.

Maggie, Patrick, Annie and Roscoe play with Abby.

Chloe went to live with Lisa and family. Lisa reports: “I have not forgotten pictures but here are a few with Jayden. She (Chloe) and him have such an amazing relationship.
He plays with her; she never bites him; her favorite spot to sleep is near Jayden. But she usually ends up sleeping with Megan or Karena too because she wants to sleep by everyone!”

 

Jayden loves his new best friend.

Jayden loves his new best friend.

Chloe watching over Jayden as he sleeps.

Chloe watching over Jayden as he sleeps.

 

Luckily my daughter SueEllen took one of Izzy’s pet parents so I do have one to share of their first meeting. And then Sara sent me some after they got home of Izzy and daughter, Kiki.

First time seeing their new baby!

First time seeing their new baby!

Kiki is completely enamored by Izzy.

Kiki is completely enamored by Izzy.

Kiki loves taking care of Izzy.

Kiki loves taking care of Izzy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I received this nice note from Morgan who is now the proud owner of Fable. “All in all, he’s the perfect cat for us. I love him very, very much and am so grateful to you for him.” She included a video of Fable with their bird, a conure.  I tried uploading the video to my blog but it wouldn’t allow it so when we get some photos from Morgan I will post them in a future blog.

 

This week I received a YouTube video from Jennifer who adopted Ivan and Tasha from Zhaklin’s last litter.  Supposedly I am can post these type of videos so let’s see if this works….

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=n0WYNHVS3ic

I am often told “I would love to get a second Siberian but I just don’t know how my present cat will accept the newcomer.” By watching the video and seeing the picture of Abby and Roscoe above, I think you can see how wonderfully the cats adapt to each other.  So what’s holding you back?  Call and get on our waiting list! :)

 

 

 

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What’s In A Name?

I am sorry to start out this blog with another pet food recall but I feel these are  very important.  This time it is for  Bravo raw food for both dogs and cats.  If you feed this food, please go to the following  site:

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm397362.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet;

William Shakespeare

 

For those of you who have had children, you know the effort that goes into selecting a name for your new baby.  You purchased books or googled baby’s names, debating back and forth trying to find the perfect name. I even read about a prospective mom who searched social security records to see what names were the most popular for new-borns. Many believe that a name holds the power to shape a child’s self-esteem and his identity –and influence how he’s seen and treated by others.

Our pet parents also strive to find the perfect name for their new kitten.  Names have now all been selected for Sophia’s latest litter. I am very proud to introduce you to:

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