and SNOWSH0E CATS For a brief time in 2009 we were catless having lost our last cat – an ancient tabby called ‘BA.’ Whilst we were looking for another feline to enhance our family I took to wondering about showing a pedigree cat. In the mean time we chose handsome black rescue, Sputnik to join us.
A lot of research later and I discovered the Snowshoe Cat – possibly the feline equivalent of an English Setter, but with short hair.
With the help of Mollie Southall (Coldenufforsnow), the breeder mainly responsible for developing the breed in the UK, I was introduced to Kate Bailey who had bred her first litter of Snowshoes in Crediton, Devon..
Dicing with death, I drove the 500 miles in heavy snow to visit and meet the family – and Frostisox Bluestar stole my heart.
Several weeks later I was able to bring her home – the dogs were entranced and after some trepidation, Lichen as she is known, realised she is in charge !
Very much cherished Lichen has had a promising start to her show career. I hope to breed from her in 2011 and the hunt is on to find a suitable ‘husband‘