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Atlantic Himalayan Club
PLEASE NOTE: I have a new phone number and email address.
After many years, I have retired as serving President & Chairperson of The Atlantic Himalayan Club -- (click here to visit their web page). I had been the Editor of Cat Tracks Magazine for over 26 years.
The first time I saw a Himalayan I was stunned. It was so striking that I couldn't catch my breath -- I was so overwhelmed by its beauty.
I started with a seal point male that I bought with money my husband had given me for a coat. He wasn't happy when I told him I thought he had said "cat". So I settled for a used coat in the bargain basement of a church. I knew this breed was the start of something wonderful.
From Beach Haven Cattery, I purchased ACFA Grand Champion Bonniver's Bhai, a blue point male from JoAnn Carvill. From Bonnie Vierregger I bought Bonniver's Truffles. From these cats, I produced my first CFA Grand Champion, Madame Nu's Zodiac, in 1978. Following this were two more Grand Champions in the same year, Madame Nu's Soft Touch and Madame Nu's Velvet Knickers -- a one-show grand. Not only was I thrilled, but I was hooked.
We don't have any children; raising these kitties has been a lifelong hobby for us and fulfilled my need to nurture some little ones.
Someone once asked me how I knew a kitten would grand and I replied, "It is born smiling." Actually, I don't qualify them until they open their eyes -- if the expression is sweet, it may be a "keeper".
Our foundation males were all CFA Grand Champions and produced blendable lines to complement most of the present-day winning Himalayan lines in CFA:
We had other Grands -- more than 50 in all -- but the above eight cats were our outstanding producing males. We have had some outstanding females also:
We are pleased that many of our cats were successful producers in other catteries. Some of these include GRC Madame Nu's Face Value (France), CH Madame Nu's Sheer Joy, DM (Rainydays cattery), and GRC Madame Nu's Good Vibes of Prancenpaws, who has produced about eleven CFA grands.
We've produced three cats with Distinguished Merit Awards:
In order for a cat to receive a "DM" award, a female must produce 5 or more CFA grands and a male must produce 15 or more CFA grands. We seldom take more than two or three litters from a queen before spaying her and placing her in a pet home. We also do not provide outside stud service. Therefore, our DMs are limited because we don't seek awards which conflict with the aims of our own breeding program. Additionally, we seldom do repeat breedings unless we're looking for a different sex than what we have obtained.
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