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What we have come to expect from the sire of the litter, however, is strong, vibrant, robust kittens with loving personalities and beautiful type. Esenia Auric has these very qualities as well and it is a promising match. For those of you following our progress these years you will appreciate the investment of time, money, love and energy we have put into making the dream of a Golden Siberian Cat program at Pendraig a reality.
This color is truly unique and unlike anything I have ever seen in cats. Though I appreciate the many beautiful shades these cats come in, including the primal and original beauty of the brown (black) tabby cat the Golden and the red have special places in my heart.
Now we are nearly there and I feel like a child at Christmas!
Please keep our girl Esenia Auric in your thoughts and prayers, as well as her kicking and squirming kittens that await their entry into this world. For those few lucky families that will be getting one of these kittens for their very own we hope you will enjoy them as much as we will.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
It’s unbelievable but five years ago today we welcomed into the world the first Pendraig litter. Born out of our foundation cat female that came straight from Russia we had a gorgeous litter of reds and torbies. One of the two red females is Pendraig Red Sonja SunFire who became the foundation cat for our red line of Siberian cats.
Though we bought our first Siberian cat in 2003 and started making plans for our cattery in the summer of 2003 the true date I consider having “started” my cattery is the day this litter was born. So Sonja’s birthday is also the anniversary of our cattery’s first litter and a very important day for us indeed.
Only one boy was born in the litter, an odd event for most breeders who seem overwhelmed with males we have always had predominantly females from the very start. Pendraig Ivan SunFire is a beast of a cat, weighing easily over 18 lbs and filling up your arms when you pick him up for a cuddle. He lives a life of love and luxury with my brother.
He was always sweet and affectionate but a bit shy like his mother. He would never make a show cat despite his handsome good looks, amazing coat and huge size but he is a most loved and adored cat by our family.
Sonja had the best type to my novice eye and she was already promising to have an outrageously good coat and the most beautiful green eyes but she was not the biggest boned of the kittens. I had decided to pass on a kitten though I loved them all and breed Sonja’s mother again to keep a kitten for myself. Sonja had other plans though.
She latched onto me and would not be swayed from her choice in family. She would follow me around like a puppy, chirp and call to me and always wanted my attention. It was a good thing I decided to keep her because she is the most wonderful companion and an important part of our lives. She has been a favorite pet of my son since he was just a few months old and she took great interest helping “babysit” him even as an infant. When I was pregnant she would try and sleep for hours if I let her purring on top of my belly (and the baby inside). She loved that I was pregnant and I know in her eyes my son is as much hers as he is mine.
Happy Birthday Sonja and Ivan, and your litter mates. You have brought much joy to our lives and in the case of Sonja you have brought further generation of wonderful Siberian cats into the hearts and homes of pet owners all over the country.
When people ask, “Is it true that the Siberian Cat breed is dog-like?” I have to laugh. The reason is that the description is entirely accurate of most of the breed but especially of Sonja. She follows me, and my son, around just as a dog would from room to room wanting to be a part of our every activity. She greets us at the door when we come home finding a perch as high as possible so she will be at eye level. She will chirrup a hello as soon as we make eye contact and start purring. One is expected to put down whatever one is carrying in order to pet her and say a proper hello. Sonja plays fetch and sometimes even brings the toy back. She is very protective of people and our property and has been known to growl at strangers, or my husband when she doesn’t recognize him, climbing on a ladder outside the window. Her growl is quite serious and you know she is not to be trifled with! In one incident she was slapping the window hard and growling as loud as she could to deter this intruder from assaulting her home. She didn’t realize the intruder was my husband.
Sonja can be territorial as any dog not wanting to share my lap with the new golden tabby we imported from Russia but eventually that has yielded to a grudging respect and I hope they will find friendship one day.
I can say that I fell in love with this breed reading about them and seeing photos, I loved them more when I greeted Sonja’s father at the airport and her mother as well. But my true devotion started when I was staring into those green eyes of a little red tabby female I called “Pendraig Red Sonja SunFire”. Happy Birthday my quirky, fiery, devoted and beautiful little friend. I love you.
Photo of Sonja by Helmi Flick taken on Valentine’s Day of her 5th year.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Siberian Kitten Photo Update
These little guys are advancing with leaps and bounds. They do not want to be outdone by Dica’s kittens and don’t seem to care that they are almost 2 weeks older. Already they are running amok in the nursery, playing and pouncing, investigating food bowls and learning to use a litter box. They aren’t quite ready to eat solid food yet but it' will be any day now.
We are pleased to announce that all the kittens are reserved except one that is being held for a potential breeder and show cat. We enjoy taking photos and videos yesterday as well and hope that you all enjoy watching them grow and thrive as much as we do.
Siberian Kittens Pendraig’s L Litter 2009 Photos
These sweet and darling girl is still awaiting her new name. She is currently on hold as a potential breeder and show prospect.
She is a lovely silver with her sire’s great muzzle and we hope his green eyes as well but only time will tell.
She is calm and sweet, loves to cuddle and we think will take well to the busy show halls. We are setting her up with a new breeder protégé and we hope she gets to enjoy all her potential.
This little girl is going to a special family and as a surprise for one lucky little lady… best not to give too much away though!
She is sweet and affectionate and has an affinity for our small son. She is also very gentle and patient with him so we know she will make a wonderful companion for a loving child.
This little girl has been named “Lada” after the Slavic goddess of beauty. What a fitting name with her flame of red on her head and those gorgeous eyes.
She is going to a wonderful family that we have been pleased to get to know recently. She is also great with our toddler and will make a wonderful companion for a family.
This little girl has been named Leia and it’s a fitting name for this little princess. She has a warm almost honey brown coat coming in that looks so much like her sire, Karat.
She is sweet and intelligent, one of the first in her litter to explore the nursery, use the litter box and today she was investigating the food the older kittens were eating.
This is the single male in Lily’s litter. He may be out numbered but he hold’s his own and he’s absolutely beautiful.
His name is Lazar Leonid, picked out by his future owner. He looks like a silver version of his sire, Karat. He’s sweet and affectionate with me and always says hello as soon as he sees me. He’s definitely a ladies man.
We hope you have enjoyed the photos of our Siberian kittens at 3 weeks. All are reserved or being held for their owners. We are planning our Siberian kitten litters for Spring and Summer 2010 but we are close to closing those waiting lists. If you are interested please fill out an application for a Siberian Kitten today.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
It’s been a busy month for us taking care of all these amazing kittens, updating new potential owners and responding to tons and tons of applications. Our waiting list is growing and we are so happy to welcome so many wonderful and devoted pet lovers to our future cat family.
As for the litters we have now they are all on hold, all but one is official! We are just waiting on one last deposit to be received.
Thank you to everyone who has picked out a kitten. Many of you had a good long wait and we appreciate your patience. Good things come to those who wait, right?
Those of you who missed out on this litter if you are on our waiting list we have some exciting plans for spring and summer. If you aren’t on our Siberian kitten waiting list, what are you waiting for?
Winter 2010 we may breed Dica again but it will be a lighter holiday season for us. We do have some exciting plans to expand our cattery and new breeders we are working with. There are many good things to come.
We are so flattered and honored to have the interest of so many wonderful people. Thank you to each and every one of you. Without you this cattery could not exist. We breed in hopes of producing top quality cats and insuring a bright future for this wonderful breed but if we didn’t have dedicated and loving pet owners we could never succeed. I know the Siberian Cat Breed thanks you as well.