Hi I'm Julia, so you want to know a little about me, well this is it,
I was born in Old Coulsdon, Surrey, England and I was raised in Devon in the west country of England, when I was seventeen I emigrated to New Zealand with my family. I have two brothers and a sister. A few years later I returned to England where I resided in the south near Portsmouth in Hampshire. In 1987 I moved to California USA with my husband Gary, who I have known since I was fifteen.Gary is an american citizen but was raised in the UK.We have five children and many Ragdoll cats. My eldest two children have left the nest and my eldest daughter has a child of her own now, Oh my I'm a grandmother ...ok enough of that!!!
I have had cats my whole life and the hardest part of moving from England to California was parting with my cats "Piggy " and "Penny'. My sister in law (also one of my best friends) gave them a nice home though and Penny, a lilac siamese, has had many lovely litters since. As we visit Gary's family in England from time to time I do get to see them . I have my Ragdoll babies here in California now and although a full time commitment and a lot of work they are a very important part of my life. My mother sent me a news article about a ragdoll who had won Top Cat at a show in New Zealand, she had never even heard of a ragdoll when I started breeding them and what a departure they were from siamese . My feeling is that the most important thing with this breed is maintaining their size- the personality and temperament comes along quite happily. I have seen breeds go from large healthy cats ( remember the traditional or apple head siamese ) to frail skinny little cats because breeders have consistently bred these poor things for "perfect markings "or color while seemingly forgetting the health aspects of the breed, an unfortunate thing for the cats themselves. You can see many breeds both cats and dogs who have been bred for the show judge regardless of the animal, this is seen in the pug faces, breathing problems, runnyeyes,stunted legs etc. of the various breeds My efforts thus far have been well rewarded in that my cats have produced large fluffy healthy kittens with absolutely no health problems whatsoever. For the longest time I refused to sell breeding cats at all but I finally realized that I was only forcing people who really wanted to breed , elswhere. Now I sell cats for breeding but I still prefer to sell pets
To Date/ Past and Present: I have produced supreme grand champion and world champion Ragdoll cats. One of my females produced the top Ragdoll Internationally for Tica (The International Cat Association), one of my boys finished second Internationally, also top kitten awards, Ragdoll congress awards and regional titles over the years.
A Charter member of RI (Ragdoll International) I was also their very first treasurer.
The Pacific Regional director for RFCI (Ragdoll Fanciers Club International)
Featured in a four page interview about Ragdolls for Pet World, an International pet magazine.
I was a guest on the Leeza Gibons show , about cats' of course:-) .
Although a vegetarian myself my family are not and are almost as carnivorous as my cats.
I can honestly say that breeding Ragdolls has been very enjoyable and I have made many new friends and the world has become a much smaller place.
GRANDSON JACOB COMPARES WHISKERS WITH A 'WAG' DOLL
Thanks for your interest. *The Canadian flag is for Wendy who took an American Ragdoll from a British Breeder and gave her a wonderful home in Canada
THIS HAS GOT TO BE ONE OF THE BEST 'CAT ' TOONS I'VE SEEN (AND SO TRUE TOO !)
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