How to Select a Quality Show Pet Breeder

A Pet Breeder is a person who breeds pets by carefully selecting mates to sexually reproduce offspring of certain characteristics or qualities, either for profit or for fun. A Show Pet Breeder, on the other hand, is not so different from a Pet Breeder. Only the purpose of breeding differs a little bit.

A Show Pet Breeder breeds pet with the hope to satisfy the standards of pet show organizations and win the competitions the pet show organizations host. There are many of them out there, but selecting the one who provides you with the ideal pet breed could be quite difficult. When you know the signs to look out for, the right questions to ask and the right places to look, you will find that making that decision becomes easier.

The Right Places to Look

Ask your local Vet – This is one of the surest sources you can go to when you want to know about where to get the best show pets. Your local vet should know one or two breeders.

Go to Pet Shows – Basically, this should be the first place you should go. Many professional breeders will be found at pet shows.

Search the Internet – You have access to a whole lot of information via the internet. Use it to search for websites of local pet breeders near you.

Visit Local Breed Clubs – Also, another fine option when you are doing this search.

The Signs to Look Out For and the Right Questions to Ask

Ask the Breeder about the Breed

The way a breeder talks about a breed shows how excited and interested they are in that breed. This displays how much they invested into it and can directly translate to the quality of the breed.

Inquire about the Breeder’s experience in pet shows and their credentials

When someone is breeding just for fun, you can see how much class stands between their breed and that of a professional breeder who takes pride in their work. Talk to them and ask about their experience and what credentials they have to show their expertise.

Ask about the source of the pet

Learn about the sire (pet’s father) and the dam (pet’s mother) from the breeder. Any breeder who can’t talk about them intelligently is not sure of what they are doing.

Does the Breeder interview you?

For someone who owns a “pet producing factory”, they don’t really care what happens to the pet after they get their money. That shows how disinterested they are, and therefore thier show pet would not be your best option available. A breeder who interviews you wants the pet to go to deserving buyers. This is a good sign.

Pay attention to the condition of the pets

You don’t want pets that are scared of humans, or too shy to be approached. This can be evidence of maltreatment early in life. Watch how they react to the presence of the breeder so you can understand what happens when no one is around. Also, keep your eyes peeled for signs of malnutrition like exposed ribs.

Observe the pet’s parents

It’s almost too difficult to get hold of the sire, but the dam is almost always around. So observe the pet’s mother and you will get some insight into how the pet will behave in the future.

Request for references

A breeder who can provide you with a number of people they’ve worked with in the past is a real professional. Let them tell you if they have had any returns before and why.

With these few pointers, you can rest assured that making the best decision about where to get your show pet is going to be significantly easier than before.

Multipotentialites and Cats: a reblog of awesomeness

First of all please see this TedTalk by Emilie Wapnick on what the word “multipotentialite” means and then go check out her blog Puttylike – you won’t be sorry and in fact you may find a home!

This blog post was originally here and written by Brenda Scott who is awesome! I totally had to reblog this here, with permission from the original author and the blog owner (Emilie Wapnick) and all original links intact of course!

9 Ways in Which Cats Are like Multipotentialites

Written by Brenda Scott

Topics: Multipotentialite PatternsSometimes being a multipod can feel lonely. In our everyday lives most of us are surrounded by specialists, and it can seem like we are moving through life on our own.

But, as I was thinking this squirrel-like thought recently, my cat walked across my desk and suddenly I knew I was not alone, because cats are very like multipotentialites. Since cats are said to have 9 lives, I thought I’d give you 9 similarities between them and us.

1. Oh Look, a Squirrel!

Have you ever watched a cat sit at a window, watching birds and making chirping noises? And have you seen an outdoor cat eat a meal of high-end wet cat food and then run outside, climb up the bluebird house pole and pull a baby bluebird out as a chaser? Have you ever watched a cat chasing squirrels? Sometimes they even catch them.

All of these activities show that cats chase their dreams. They see something they want and chase after it (even if it is a little red dot).

This is what happy multipods do – we chase our dreams. Sometimes our ideas seem to be as random as squirrels crossing our paths, but however they find us (or however we find them), we allow ourselves to follow them and whichever paths they lead us down.

Like cats, we sometimes get into trouble with others for our chasing habits. Sometimes we even get bitten. A squirrel once nipped Nico. My husband said to me, “Is her backside supposed to look like this?” After I told him that, no, it wasn’t, he took her to the vet, and I got the funniest text I’ve ever received: “Nico bit on @$$. Vet said, ‘Ewwwwww!’”

Sometimes we feel like poor Nico; we chase a dream but it bites us in the @$$. Yet, like Nico, we can’t help ourselves. We lick our wounds, pick ourselves up, and continue to chase. And joy! Sometimes we catch something big and juicy.

2. We are Easily Distracted

Cats can go from napping to bathing to chasing a red dot in a matter of minutes. They are easily distracted. I don’t know what your version of the little red dot is, but for me it can be a new piece of software to test, a new camera to play with, a new piece of music to learn, a new book to read… You get the idea!

What distracts you? How do you cope with shiny object syndrome? Puttylike is an excellent place to find ideas on balancing the exploration of new ideas with living in the “real world.”

3. We Have Strong Feelings about Boxes

Some of the most-viewed videos on YouTube are those of cats squeezing themselves into boxes. Some of my favorites are of an extremely persistent cat called Maru. This cat will try to squeeze himself into anything that resembles a box. Maru manages it most of the time, even if the box is extremely small.

How does this relate to us as multipods? I don’t know about you but I absolutely dread filling out standard application and informational forms. The box I need is never there. I always want to add more information than there is room for. I’ve had secretaries tell me, “Hey, you can’t do that. You can’t add your own text. You have to fill in a box – only ONE box. Hey, you can’t make your OWN box!” Frustrating!

Unlike cats, I try to avoid boxes most of the time. When it comes to “thinking outside the box,” my response is usually, “There was a box? What box? I didn’t see a box…” Sound familiar?

In short, both cats and multipods find boxes challenging, but I think cats enjoy these challenges more than we do!

4. We Love Books

Have you ever noticed how cats love to stretch out and rest on any open book they see? Mine particularly love the book I’m trying to read at the time. My little cat, Miss C, loves books so much that she wants to eat them up. I’ve caught her chewing the corners of my hardbacks on many occasions. So I’ve come to the conclusion that cats love books.

I love books, too. When I travel, I bring books. On my artist’s retreat this past summer, I traveled with a personal library (or so people joked). Even with electronic books, I still love the feel of holding a book and turning the pages. I use my tablet and phone to read as well, but I love my personal library and feel fortunate to have it. I started collecting books as a child, and now when I move, books are the bulk of my belongings.

Do you have a personal library? Who else loves LibraryThing? Even if you are not a personal library person, do you love books? The multipods I have met often have a more minimalist attitude toward the personal library situation, but almost always seem to love books as much as cats do.

5. Catnaps are (or Should be) a Way of Life

Since cats inspired the naming of these short, restorative naps, I like to think of them as the masters of the nap. They know how to nap almost anywhere and at any time. Again, YouTube has many popular videos of cats napping in all sorts of places.

When I was a kid, my mother told me, “Learn to sleep anywhere. It will serve you well later. Being able to tune out the world around you is a skill you’ll find useful for the rest of your life.”

She was right. I have been known to fall asleep at fencing matches with the buzzers going off all around me, on noisy trains, and on planes with screaming babies. When you have as much going on as we do, you have to sneak in sleep whenever you can.

6. “Like Herding Cats”

Cats are not pack animals. The funniest commercial I’ve ever seen was the EDS Superbowl cat herding video. Seeing that enormous herd of cats running, crossing a river, and being herded by cowboys rolling balls of yarn, using a lint roller, and showing off their scratches, really brought this phrase to life for me.

One of my interests is cat photography, and I know from firsthand experience how difficult it is to herd cats. For regular jobs, I hire an assistant, but for the cat jobs, I hire a wrangler!

What about herding multipods? I had to attempt this when I ran a concert series. Many of our artists were impressive multipotentialites of the highest order and I felt I needed a wrangler then, too. Luckily I had wonderful student assistants, and they learned how to help “herd” faculty artists. It was an interesting process.

I believe we have our own interests and our own ways of doing things, so we are not easily herded. We do not have a pack or herd mentality. We operate as individuals, which brings me to number 7.

7. Independent Thinking is the Only Option

Cats know they are independent thinkers and they are fine with that. In fact, I think they embrace it. Want a cat to do something? Good luck, unless the cat wants to do that exact same thing.

I think multipotentialites spend a lot of time and energy worrying about being different. In this sense, we would do well to become copy cats (sorry, I couldn’t help it!) and to embrace our independent spirits.

8. We are Very Particular When it Comes to People

Have you ever noticed how cats pick their people? My cat, Nico, picked my husband. She was Rick’s through and through. She loved him and, if she had been human, there would have been a problem. Since she was the cat who taught him not to hate cats, I loved her dearly, even when she gave me dirty looks when I walked in on them snuggling.

Like cats, since we as multipotentialites are so independent (see number 7 above), we are very particular about our people. We hate to be around people who don’t understand us, and we thrive when we surround ourselves with people who support us. That’s why Puttylike is such a magical place; the multipods here are our people – our tribe.

And that brings us to number 9 – the obvious 9 in this blog post.

9. Cats and Multipods Have (at Least) 9 Lives

It’s not clear where the superstition about cats having 9 lives originated, but it may have come from Egypt, where cats were thought to have many special powers.

Cats are said to have 9 lives in the sense that they have a knack for surviving perilous adventures. (That said, sometimes I think my cats are multipods, too, what with all their sneaking off to play on the internet when I’m not looking, reading books in my personal library, making music on all of my instruments, and then napping when I’m around!)

Have you ever felt like you have 9 lives? Not because you have close scrapes with death (at least I hope you don’t!), but because you have 9 careers, 9 big projects, or 9 hobbies? Perhaps you even have more.

So far, I’ve worked professionally as a cello teacher, a musicology tutor, a museum curator, a camping shop assistant, a biochemistry lab assistant, a musical instrument dealer, a photographer, faculty in residence, and a fencing coach. What are you going to do with your many lives?

Reiki and Cats

I’ve been a Reiki Master for what feels like eons but really it is just 14-ish years. I’ve never been able to find the words to describe the indescribable so haven’t offered much publicly until this year. Seriously though the more we learn about quantum physics and develop instruments to measure energy work I’m guessing we’ll be better able to define and measure what Reiki does. We used aspirin for 70 years before we knew how it worked and I still don’t understand radio signals so why not try it out!

You can read all about my Reiki services here.

When I started in 2011 working with the feral cat community in our area I really started focusing on using Reiki in a more deliberate way. It made a world of difference in the response I was able to get in building relationships. To my eyes it sped up the process of gaining trust although be careful, before I knew it we had a yard full of cats and 2 moved right indoors! I’m working on a book now about those years and it’s still fascinating how things all came together.

I say 2 cats moved right in but really it was a long painstaking process and I offered Reiki daily to all the cats who showed up. One in particular that we called Old Man would show up in my dreams at night which I hadn’t experienced before with any regularity other than with my dog Scarlett. Old Man would pop into my mind at different points during the day and Reiki would just start flowing to him. He is the first case where I experienced some serious heat in my hands. I’d heard other Reiki practitioners describe this but I’d never felt more than a little warmth. The level of heat is really irrelevant anyway it’s working all the same but it was interesting and over time Old Man’s fur was cleaner and his eyes brighter.

The frequency of my Reiki work was really intensifying so in exploring Google for other people’s experiences with animals I found Ingrid King at The Conscious Cat who offers incredible resources for cats and their health as well as Reiki for Pets and People. I then found Kathleen Prasad at Animal Reiki Source. Kathleen was offering some animal classesand although I’d been using Reiki for years on animals her articles and philosophy inspired me to take a class and see.

I learned a lot more about the non-directional nature of Reiki which is so important with people and animals. We’re a channel not a director which means Reiki is never draining to the person doing the offering or the person receiving. It is life giving and only the receiver’s body knows best how to use the energy coming in so it’s not directed to any one place on a person or animal. I highly recommend both women as great sources of information and services!

The critical thing with cats, that the ferals taught me most clearly, is that Reiki has to be truly offered and not directed. The second I would slip into trying to direct anything at all they’d disappear. I learned to better become like a lightning rod, drawing in and spreading the energy throughout my whole body not just m hands and radiating it, creating a space of healing for them to come and go as they pleased. Whoever showed up physically in the yard or mentally in my mind took what they needed and all was well.

In general what I almost always observe during a session is a lot of yawning as the relaxation sets in, followed by falling asleep very deeply. I noticed that some cats will come in and receive, walk away, come back in and the stay. It’s almost like they are testing it out first. Dogs like to sniff my hands a lot before settling down and dogs are really alert to when Reiki starts. I’ve had them literally jump up and run to sniff my hands, it’s really cute.

3 of my 4 cats will come from wherever they are when the true Reiki hog Junah (picture below) is having a session. Junah will draw the energy for long periods of time long enough that the other cats come and get their fix, go away to curl up and sleep and he is still drawing his! Junah has remained somewhat wild and has strongly bonded to me as I’ve heard from feral cats will do. Reiki helps his fearful tendencies, regular sessions have over time meant that he is out in the open more often and runs away less when someone else enters the room.

There are benefits to Reiki from a distance aside from the obvious ones of no travel and staying in your jammies! Our conscious minds can interfere with processes both on ourselves and while we watch our animals receiving treatments of any kind. Distance Reiki calms that down, you don’t have to do anything although it’s nice if you can take time to be still and receive for yourself. It’s great if you can observe your animal during the time they are being offered Reiki from a distance but again, not required. If again you consider quantum physics, the concepts of the collective unconscious or even the Great Whatever we are all connected at the very root of it all anyway so where we are in space and time is meaningless.

Try some Reiki with me, or Ingrid King or Kathleen Prasad for your own benefit or for your animals and if you have time and means to take one of Kathleen’s classes do, you’ll learn so much!

Winner!

We have a winner in the portrait drawing giveaway! Jane R won the free drawing and will be taking some time to choose between her two kitty boys, Billy and Pekoe for who gets to be drawn. I’ll be back here once the photos are selected to show the progression and you can also get updates as portraits develop by stopping by Facebook.

:-)

Thank you so much to all who entered and stay tuned for another giveaway before the end of the year!  If you want information on purchasing a custom portrait please click the photo or drop me a line through the contact form 

Off The Wall Cat Coolness!

I’ve been seeing the products made by Off The Wall for some time now.  They were the subject of a Hauspanther post earlier this year and finally tonight I sat down and really started digging into their product line of cat friendly perches, bridges and shelves.  I like that they are made in the USA, are beautiful stained wood or painted wood colors and are clearly sturdy from the looks of this handsome Savannah cat, Toby, giving the pieces a run for their money!  You can see more of Toby’s playground on Off The Wall’s Facebook page.

I love how this custom package (they welcome all custom orders!) is designed to give so many options for running, playing and napping.  Everything is close enough together to prevent falling and encourage rapid use of the perches but there are sections far enough apart to also allow for the long leaps that some cats adore with the kind of safety net of a bridge piece in between.

The dream collection is the Skyway Cat Bridge Deluxe Pack (look in the Combo Pack section) which frankly I can’t even describe how fabulous all the elements are and how reasonable the prices are for work like this! For example:

Absolutely so much fun for cats!  For my house I have two cats that would be on these before I had them all installed and two who would not find the suspended pieces as much fun but no worries – there’s more!  Look at the Wall Mounted Cat Furniture!

For cats like my former feral Juniper Hoot who has an old hip/tail injury or for seniors who need a bit of help getting up to perches and shelves, look at this fantastic prototype piece which is fully customizable in colors, carpet inserts and the shelves themselves can be adjusted!  What?! Who doesn’t want one of these bad boys with adjustable shelves?

Check out the Gallery for great ideas, tons more photos of the elements and be sure to go like their Facebook page.  You can also follow them on Twitter.

Oh and don’t forget to read about this entirely family owned company.  It’s nice to know that when you buy from them you are, with every penny spent, making your cats happy and supporting fellow animal rescuers and entrepreneurs!

Even The Cat Highway Looks Lonely Tonight

The night is drawing to a close and even the cat highway traffic has disappeared.  It’s been a rough week for so many people across the world and even our house recently suffered the loss of a very dear friend at far too young an age.

Earlier in the evening 2 of our 4 were exploring these steps from ContempoCat and I so enjoyed relaxing and watching them play that I forgot all about taking a picture! I was fortunate to get in on a contest offered throughHauspanther and we installed these a few days ago.  If you visit Hauspantheryou can see some beautiful photos of the steps in action.

Any new installation is met with curiosity by 3 and suspicion by the other 1. Junah treats all changes in the environment as threats to his very existence however being the most agile I believe in time he’ll enjoy these the most.  His fears are nothing that a little work with a feather toy can’t overcome.

Check out the shelves.  They are sturdy and have great grips built right into the surface.  The clamps called pelican clips give the shelves a classy and clean look that makes the wall look interesting and modern.  It’s even better when a cat is sitting there!

As we all know cats and dogs are excellent companions during times of grief or even just an average not so great day.  My wish for you is that if you don’t have one in your life yet that you go to your local rescue and save a life.  If you’ve had a rough week please take time to enjoy watching your cats or dogs or other animal companions as they move through life.  Their peace and calm can be a gentle oasis in chaotic times.

*In honor of Robin Williams please, if you or a loved one is experiencing depression or addiction seek help immediately.  You can call the National Suicide Prevention lifeline at 1.800.273.8255 any time day or night.  Your call is free and always anonymous if you’d like it to be.