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PrairieBaby owned by Judith Schulz
(PrairieBaby) Oakland of PrairieBaby [p]
PrairieBaby Fear No Evil [p]
PrairieBaby I Love All You Made [p]
We had been keeping an eye on our neighboring farm cat colonies for a
while. One night, my friend Rose phoned me and told me she had seen a
litter of kittens that looked "just like Judith's cats" and
I should go have a look at them. My two guys had taken both vehicles
and so Rose took me to the farm. It should be mentioned that we have a
certain type of longhaired cats populating the Oakland area for many
years. At the farm we met a whole group of large, wonderful looking
cats with nice long rectangular bodies. Most of them longhaired.
Inbreeding must have taken place because most of them were dilutes
with white. Most farm cats have a certain amount of inbreeding. Even
though we are against inbreeding, we believe that even an inbred farm
cat presents a great outcross to our existing lines because there is a
long invisible pedigree behind them. Also, if a group of cats has
stayed healthy over many years and litters are still large and
perfectly formed - despite of the inbreeding - then this is a good
sign that this is a relatively clean line with great vigor. Then some
of our research has automatically been accomplished - in a natural way!
We looked at the gums and teeth of some of the tamer cats and they
looked great! One of the blue/ white females, 4 years old, who just
had a litter of four kittens struck our attention. They were just
being weaned and all seemed to be in good health. We decided on one of
the blue tabby/white males and took him to our vet. We also asked
permission to take mom in for CBC and Felv/Fiv testing. Please note
that a Felv/Fiv test on a kitten younger than 12 weeks is not reliable.
That is why we always take mom in first. We took pictures of mom and
the four babies and also of some of the relatives to get a clear
picture of the traits in this particular line of cats. We later called
the mothercat "Canada Love of PrairieBaby". One kitten was
real nice. He is a Blue Tabby/White boy. The other boy kitten looked
more like a hamster (ha!) than a Maine Coon and had a strong under
bite. So he couldn't be used for breeding. Father of Canada Love's
litter was a big Blue tabby/white male we called "Souris Valley
of PrairieBaby". Maxine, the daughter of the farmers, promised us
a picture . We later went back and took pictures ourselves. We weren't
able to catch him though. This is an old line and according to the
farmers - good, honest, old fashioned English folks - there has never
been any sicknesses in their cats. As a matter of fact, the great
grandfather of our little boy just died last winter at the age of 18.
He lived with the neighbors of the farmers. Boakeman had been in many
fights and has been badly beaten up. All their cats were well fed and
most of them had nice shiny coats. Mother Canada Love has had several
healthy litters. The fact that there were 4 kittens in the litter and
all were large and healthy, told us that the inbreeding COI can't be
too high. The farm where the 17 year old male lives is also the home
of the little Red Tabby/White girl, we later called
"Oktober". She is his great grandchild. Both parents of
Oktober could be seen at the farm. Her mom is "Lilly of the
Valley of PrairieBaby", a Cream Tortie/High White. Oktober's dad
is "Oakland of PrairieBaby", a Red Mac Tabby/High White.
There was no scale for the cats handy at the farm, but my guess is
that Oakland weighed about 15 or 16 pounds as an adult male. We were
very impressed of this flock of cats. All looked extremely well taken
care of. The litter of five where Oktober came from was running around
happily. The lady knew all the "imaginary" pedigrees and
could give us a pretty reliable history for all cats.
(PrairieBaby) Shame Into Praise of PrairieBaby [p]
The story behind Moudine is boring. We simply found her at our good
friend's farm and asked if we can have her and she said "sure,
it's one less kitten to find a home for!". Moudine's parents are
not related. So, that's the story :-)). This girl brought a lot of
boning and affection into our foundation program.
(PrairieBaby) Sid of PrairieBaby (formerly of Thunderpaws) [p]
Sid is an F1 (first generation) Maine origin foundation Maine Coon.
What makes Sid so special is that he is one of the very few original
Maine Coon cats (formerly called Maine cats or Maine shags). He was
found and registred right in the State of Maine. Sid represents an
excellent example of the old fashioned "traditional" Maine
Coon type. He has a beautiful head and gorgeous eyes, a strong muzzle
and chin. His coat is heavier than what we see nowadays. He is heavy
boned and has a well balanced body and a nice long tail. Sid is very
big for a foundation cat. He now weighs over 18 pounds , but agreed
with me yesterday, that he wouldn't mind losing a pound or two :-)
What we like so very much about Sid is that he is a real gentleman and
never behaved like a stud male, other then when it comes to breeding a
girl. Sid has a very sweet, gentle and outgoing character and loves to
raise kittens. However, he needed to be the highest in rank among
males when he was still whole. When we talk to Sid, he right away
rolls over and lets us pet his belly. He loves to sit on laps and
purrs constantly. Sid has captured our hearts with his charme.
PrairieBaby Drench The Barren Land (Prairiegirl) [p]
Here goes: We were shipping a kitten and spent the night in a Hotel in
Winnipeg. How do these stories start? You tell me! Breeder is bored in
the evening, really does not need any more outcross cats til next
season, but is of course looking through the pet section in the local
paper ..........Longhaired kittens for sale. Nothing better to do,
lets take a trip to Selkirk, just outside of Winnipeg - just to have a
look. .....Nice people, two dogs, three female cats, three kittens
left, all are loved and well taken care of - but not much money seems
to be available and things at their house were going overboard. Only
one of the females was spayed. The other two (mother and daughter)
were both whole. One was 4 years old and the other one (Prairiegirl)
was 3. And.........this prairie girl was too nice to be overlooked!!
Have they had kittens before? This is what the owner said: "They
both had had a few litters - whenever they managed to get out when
they were in heat. The tom cat used to sit in front of our door,
waiting for them, peeing on our stairs. The kittens always went well
because they were so nice and fluffy. Sometimes we brought them to the
pet store if we didn't find owners". My question: Were the kids
alright and healthy? "Oh yes, both are great moms, the babies
already ate by themselves at 3 1/2 weeks of age. They had many Calicos
and Tabbies with white paws, usually around 4 kittens." Question:
What about the young female, the one who has babies right now? "
She has had babies from the same tom cat as her mother, the next door
guy, for the past couple of years. Nice friendly guy." "Can
I see him?" "Sure, if he is home". over at the
neighbor's house..... This particular tom didn't turn out to be
exactly the most handsome cat but obviously capable to produce nice
kids with his own "daughter" outsch!. "I ***think*** we
won't take any of the kittens, but would you be willing to let us have
the young female instead of a baby kitten?". "You mean you
don't want a kitten but the mother?" "Yap. I am sure you
will find homes easily for her 3 remaining kids". "Well we
weren't planning on it, but we were kind of thinking of keeping one of
these kittens........sure!! " :-) Prairiegirl and her mother
Susie were obviously naturals when it comes to raising litters.
According to the owners only her mother lost a baby once in her first
litter. Of course pet people are not fully capable to see deformities
in young kittens, but this "health history" still speaks for
itself. And........even better (or not): None of them has ever seen a
vet. So we have some vaccinating to do here :-)). They also did not
care to spend the money to get either of them spayed, like many cat
owners here in Manitoba. They actually seemed released when I offered
to take "Prairiegirl" with me. Prairiegirl loved me from the
first minute on. Since we had not planned this incident at all, we had
to go buy a kennel for her in Winnipeg to transport her home - or
actually - to be more specific, straight to my vet in Brandon. In her
kennel she turned and turned, trilling at me, wanting attention. When
I put my hand into the kennel she rubbed against me, licking my hands.
At my vet she did not resist any kind of checkup or blood test. Her
temperament is so loving and stable that this alone would have been a
reason to include her in my program. Since she did not come from a
shelter or farm, I am less concerned about health problems or
parasites, but everything needs to be done by the book to be safe.
PrairieBaby Fall At Your Feet P (Plopp) [p]
Plopp is our club foot girl from our Canadian lines. "Plopp"
is called a Four Wheel Drive in breeder language, which means she has
six toes on her front and hind legs. Plopp's temperament is out of
this world. She tops all of our other cats in her dependency on people.
She jumps on our shoulders, just about crawls into us, licks our face
and messes up our hair with her big paws. She never shows her claws.
Plopp gets along very well with our other cats. She has an excellent
immune system and has never been sick. Perfect gums and teeth. There
were six healthy babies in the litter where Plopp came from. Plopp's
Mom is our lovegirl Moudine. Daddy is a big Canadian club foot whom we
called Masterweaver. A completely new bloodline is being created here,
in order to strenghen the gene pool of the Maine Coon breed.
PrairieBaby Gonna Be Worth It All (Cameron) [p]
Cameron is a complete product of nature. Nobody bred this boy, he
comes from a romance relationship of two cats in my neighborhood.
Cameron's father Peppy is the most wanted tom cat in our little town.
Nobody really likes him. As a matter of fact, the guys in town have
been trying to shoot Peppy on several occasions. Peppy goes into
peoples' rubbish and steels things out of their garage. For some
strange reason, nobody has ever been able to catch him. Peppy has
endured many cold winters with no home. His face shows scars from
endless cat fights. My neighbor Glenda had compassion on him and has
been feeding him for a while and has also given him shelter. She is
the only person Peppy has warmed up to. Cameron's mother is was owned
by my neighbor Rose's daughter Vandy. We will try to provide a picture
soon. Cameron's mother was in love with Peppy the minute they first
saw each other. The first time she had a litter from him was last year
when I was on holidays. Rose had told me "Judith you have to look
at these kittens!". But............Judith was too busy at the
time. Well, this early spring Rose said she had seen her kitty at
another rendezvous with Peppy. A couple of months later the babies
were there. She had four again, just like last time. At first they
looked like regular longhaired kittens. But all of the sudden Rose
called me and said " Judith you gotta come over and look at these
kids. They look better than some of your purebreds". So I went
and could not believe my eyes. Rose was right - again!! Like so many
times before. The kittens grew and grew and the more they grew the
more they looked like little Maine cats. One of them was supposed to
go to Rose's sister, Rose kept a girl kitten, a third one went to a
lady who lives down the road. Cameron was the cuddliest of them all
and so Rose's daughter Vandy wanted to keep him badly, together with
his sister. When Cameron (they call him Flinn) turned 5 months old, we
decided to borrow him for a season.Cameron has made some lovely
kittens for us and since Vancy has now decided against taking him
back, he is still whole. Cameron is presently still being used in our
breeding program, but lives with some of our other foundation females
on a farm here in Manitoba. To our best knowledge, Cameron's parents
are not closely related. Looking at his outer appearance, we also
don't think that Cameron is related to our other foundation cats - and
if then probably only slightly.
(Prairiebaby) Canada Graceland of Prairiebaby [p]
Canada is a first generation foundation female with Canada origin. She
has *outstanding* type and temperament.
Prairiebaby River Revival (Franky Frownsalot) [p]
Franky's dad is the same cat as Cameron's dad. Franky's mom is our
Foundation female Jessey who is living with the neighbors now. When we
got Franky at about 10 weeks of age, we honestly did not believe that
we would be able to integrate him with our other boys. Franky hadn't
been handled up till then and he didn't exactly have that *gentle
giant temperament* that we like our foundation kittens to have. In the
contrary!! Franky was a terror!! Extremely quick to act, unbelievably
smart, extraordinary territorial, way too early maturing and rather
"pro-actively aggressive". The food bowl was empty before
the other cats had even spotted it. Franky swatted the boys (young or
old) over the head when they did not stay back. Even grandpa
Silhouette who usually don't take any nonsense from anybody was
feeling unusually intimidated. Franky took his job very seriously!
Everybody was a dangerous rival in his opinion. He felt he needed to
defend all things around him, no matter if they needed protection or
not! This went on for about 3 or 4 weeks. We didn't even create a
separate homepage for Franky at that time, simply because we did not
think he would be able to stay. Had this boy not been so drop-dead
gorgeous and very sweet with people, he probably would not have gotten
a chance to show us weather he had a lamb under his lion coat or not.
After about a month Franky suddenly started to change. He was
beginning to realize that nobody wanted to take anything from him and
nobody was going to rule over him. He has now developed into a SUPER
affectionate, sweet, social and good natured (not quite well behaved
yet :)) young male. He can still be a bit bossy at times but we have
enough girls to even this out. The adventure with Franky made us
realize that a strong desire and ability to survive is definitely one
trait that can make a foundation cat very valuable - if this trait
will fade when the cat is handled and socialized. We are by no means
suggesting that people should breed with domineering and unpolite cats.
:-). In the contrary! In our case the bad behavior was simply a
learned, natural *proactive measure* to stay alive. Had this boy been
raised in my kitten nursery, he would have been a completely different
kitten. Franky has smartened up and we used him for several breedings.
We are seing wonderful temperament in all his kids. Franky has played
a vital part in our foundation program.
Prairiebaby River Mercies (Ashanti) [p]
Ashanti is an outstanding offspring girl from our two full foundation
Maine Coons Franky Frownsalot and Canada. I am more than happy with
her appearance and especially her temperament which (I think) almost
tops everything I have seen here in the past (it's not easy to compete
for temperament at my place, let me tell you!). Ashanti has a lot to
offer, considering she is full foundation and only F2. Ashanti has
never been sick in her life. She is strong girl with a great immune
system and perfect gums and teeth.
(Prairiebaby) Coonopry River Songs for Hope (Hazelnut) [p]
This fabulous girl is a result of a full foundation breeding between
Jericho, our F3 full foundation male and Loretta, an F3 Koontucky full
foundation female, owned by Coonopry. Hazelnut made herself right at
home here the minute she arrived. I was not expecting anything else
with the temperament of her parents. This girl actually reminds me a
lot on Ashanti in her gentle but demanding affection. Hazelnut has
stolen my heart with her extremely loving character and her great
type, coat and coloring. What a healthy female with perfect gums and
All prairiebaby-stories copied with permission of Ms. J. Schulz
from her homepage, 5/2008.
Note by Diana Verhaegen: the spelling of the several anecdotes are
copied from Ms.Schulz's homepage. I choose to maintain the spelling as
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Praylyne / Kumskaka owned by Phyllis Tobias
In the Beginning [Ohio] [p]
Prayze Medley [Michigan] [p]
True Blue American [p]
What Manner of Love [p]
In the Beginning is "Adam", black/white male and was from
toledo ohio area, as a stray a friend took in. he was bred to Prayze
Medley, blue/white and she was from the humane society in adrian
michigan. They produced True Blue American, "Ami" , solid
blue and What Manner of Love, "Anne", solid blue.
Direct the Path [Michigan] [p]
Direct the Path, black/white, "Pat" was a neighbors cat who
we borrowed before he was neutered.he was bred to our beautiful
bluetorbie girl who we thought looked silver, but she never produced a
silver kitten. she came from an old couple in monroe michigan when i
stopped at a free kitten sign. she was the mama and the most beautiful
thing i ever saw. i had to convince this family to let me take her,
but we had many litters from this girl. always a true friend to me!
she got old (we never knew her age) and she started to miscarry her
litters and finally never got pregnant again. so she was spayed and
givent o a friend to live our her old life. called "julie".
Pat and Julie produced a litter (in her old age and this was her last
kid) called Word Treasures, bluecream. We kept treasure for a couple
litters and spayed her.
Hymn of Praise [p]
No Greater Joy [p]
Hymn of Praise "Him", red mac and No Greater Joy, brown mac
tabby/white female. we took them in with their last kitten who we
named "Blazing Glory". (brown mac patched tabby/white female)the
parents were then fixed and blaze had litter for us, then litters for
prairiebaby in canada and finally with wackymoon coon in denmark. we
have a daughter of hers in breeding now and blaze is a spay. one of
the best cats we ever had!
Disciple of all Nations [Michigan] [p]
Overflowing New Wine [Michigan] [p]
Declares the Glory [Michigan] [p]
Disciple of Nations, "Nat", brown mac and Overflowing New
Wine "Floey" were adopted with their daughter Declares the
Glory "Clare" from our vet. they were taken by animal
control and placed at the vets in addison michigan to find them new
homes. we fell in love with all of them, but didnt keep nat any longer.
Floey had many litters and was tested for all tests but on her second
hcm screening, she was diagnosed with hcm. she is still alive, but all
but a couple of her kids were spayed/neutered and petted out by others.
Clare is the mom to one girl kept in breeding and clare tested
negative on her screenings, but we didnt feel safe then and spayed and
placed (they didnt have the genetic test to help with things back then)
Clare and Floey were big and heavy cats and very gentle loving
temperments. we never had a single problem with either in the attitude
to cats or people.
Closer Walk of Praylyne [p]
Peacemaker and Prudence were not owned by me. i got a lovely torti
kitten from them in toledo ohio and registered her as an f1. i later
went back to see them and take photos and the people gave me
permission to register the parents and make my torti kitten an F2. so
i contacted ACA and did just this. the kitten is Closer Walk and
called Kara. she is calico and still with us. a small size girl but
with perfect type. i would have kept her as a breeder even longer than
i did except she didnt get along with other girls well. Kara has made
many kittens for us and now lives a peaceful spay's life.[Top]
By Phyllis Tobias, as told to Diana Verhaegen, 5/2008.
Note by Diana Verhaegen: the spelling of the cat's names are maybe
different in several anecdotes or on certified pedigrees... I choose
to maintain the spelling as Phyllis wrote it to me.
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Vita owned by Rasma Sauja
Minka [Russia]* [p]
Puka [Russia]** [p]
Ansis Meiya [p]
Comments by Rasma Sauja about the pictures of these cats:
* Minka, progenitor of Latvian Maine Coons. A very big cat, nice blue.
Nice tail and coat. Of gentle disposition.
** Puka (and me) at the age of about 6 years.
1. I believe the Latvian MCs originated with ship's cats that came
into rescue and were adopted, marvelled at and taken to shows as
household pets, the judges said: "hold on a moment these have all
the characteristics of Maine Coons". So a club was formed to go
through the stages of recognition and breed and develop them. The
person in charge of it all is Rasma Sauja, she lives in the Republic
Above information was provided by: Ann Mary Bishop. [Top]
2. "About ship's cats. These 4 cats were timely about 16 years
ago when cats in Latvia didn't have pedigrees. Puca was my female, I
got her from people who bought her "from sailor", the ship I
didn't know. She lived 11 years and was healthy always. Minca and his
owner are dead... The owner used to say that he had bought him from
the owners of a pregnant cat from an English ship. He was born in
Latvia from this pregnant female. He was blue and very nice and big.
About Lacis I don't know but Katya was from a West German ship in
By Rasma Sauja, as told to Susan Grindell. [Top]
3. "The cats you are interested in are our first cats. Our club
is 20 years old now. Our first cats were without pedigrees. They were
fenotypical. Our cat shows were the first in the then Soviet Union.
Some international foreign judges (mainly from Czechoslovakia and
Germany) affirmed their quality and breed. About Katja, Lacis, Minca
and Puka. Everybody was of gentle disposition. After the collapse of
Soviet Union (in 1991) Katja and her owners emigrated to Germany and I
know nothing about her. She was then 6 years old. Lacis passed away at
the age of 9 years. He died from ureter disease. Minca reached 9 years
and possibly became the pray of some fox. (He lived near a big wood.)
Puka was my dear cat. She reached the age of 11 years and died from
cancer. "Vita" is my cattery, and Puka is the progenitress
of Latvian Maine Coons. She was kind and gentle, very nice (the tail,
the ears), a big cat (about 6 kg). She had 10 litters. All the kittens
were healthy, some lived untill 10 - 15 years. Some are still alive.
Black smoke Puka was born in 1984. Ance Meiya and her owners emigrated
to America in 1992. I know nothing about her. Atti Chibar died at the
age of 6 years from ureter disease. Celia Vita escaped from her
owner's car at the age of 6 years. They could not find her 2 weeks.
When they found her she was dead. Businka Vita with her owner
emigrated to Germany in 1997. She reached 15 years of age."
By Rasma Sauja, as told to Lies Klösters, 8/2005. [Top]
Note by Lies Klösters: the spelling of the cat's names are different
in several anecdotes or on certified pedigrees... I choose to maintain
the spelling as Rasma wrote it to me.
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