I’m often asked how I became a breeder of cats. After all, I’d only ever owned one cat and I
got her when she was 1, sent her to live with my parents at 3, and got her back when she
was 18. I also had just moved to Seattle in 2000 with 2 dogs, 2 parrots, and fish.
Well, I’m not a breeder of cats, I breed Selkirk Rex Cats – there’s a difference.
In 2002, while working on a dog park I found 4 feral kittens. I took them to MEOW where I
met Bonne Vevea and Julie Samuelson. I quickly became a cat person. In 2004 I purchased
a pair of Pixiebobs. A friend of MEOW bred them and I fell in love with the breed. That
same year Julie, who bred Bengals, talked me into attending a cat show while we were both
in Denver. Two weeks later I entered my kittens in the household pet kitten class in
Portland. I am very competitive, so naturally, I was hooked! While at a show I acquired a
stunning Manx kitten called Seamus from my now very good friend Lyssa Paull. Through him
I travelled all over the US and Canada. I was introduced to both The International Cat
Association and the Cat Fanciers Association. Seamus and I enjoyed much success. I then
rescued the famous Pixiebob Nativesons El Gato de Oro, from a run down cattery in
Stanwood. He was famous once, and he became famous again at the ripe old age of 11.
Thinking I might have a few Pixiebob litters, I chose the name Dramatails for my cattery. I
thought about what the cat fancy meant to me – that’s where the “Drama” came from. And I
was handling PIxiebobs, who’s tails do their talking for them! That’s where the “tails” came
from. I was a movie buff, so I decided all kittens would be named after movies.
In 2004 I saw a Selkirk Rex Longhair belonging to Arnold Farley at a show. I was in love!! I
wanted a silver neutered male. I ended up with a Silver Shaded Female with breeding rights
– only because it was $900 cheaper if she had one litter. No problem, right?
Fast forward to 2018 and I am still madly in love with this breed. I have a stable of some
wonderful cats who have created stunning champions for Dramatails. I’ve stuck to
Dramatails and Movies. My cats include the first Outstanding Dam for the Selkirk Rex in
TICA, Million Dollar Baby and the first National Winner in CFA, Wall-E. I file my taxes every
year, and every year, when I see my substantial loss of revenue, I think I will quit. It hasn’t
worked thus far. This is truly a labor of love.
I am originally from California but I call the Puget Sound area of Washington State my home.
I am a member in good standing of both CFA and TICA. I work for Microsoft as a
Senior Technical Program Manager. In my spare time - wait - never mind!
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