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Our Story

                                      I am an NC girl, grew up on a farm where I developed a love for the outdoors and                                       animals. Fortunately, I married a very handy Texan also with a passion for animals.                                       We are both Army veterans and share a great love for this nation and our military.                                         My profession is nursing, I have a passion for caring for others bringing life into the                                       world. Mike spent a decade as a mechanic, fixing anything on wheels or tracks.                                           Then he switched over to computers and the IT world. He's responsible for the                                             website and all things technical plus any building projects we dream up. We                                                 are blessed to have 3 awesome kiddos who share our passion for animals. Our                                             oldest daughter is my co-adventurer with the cattery. She manages most of the                                           social media and all of the photography. Our youngest daughter is a horse addict                                         and wants to work training horses while pursuing art. She is in charge of bath                                               time. Our son wants to be a pilot but he is a cat dude all the way. He is the                                                     resident cuddler but also helps dad with all projects, building and IT.

 

Although I love about any animal, the felines are my favorite. My first cat as a child, I got when I was in the second grade, Rajah, she was a beautiful ragdoll, she lived till I was 17. I got an orange tabby from the local shelter, he was amazing with his "mittens", polydactyl, he died after 12 years of age. I had heard of the sphynx, but never put much thought into them until I began to look for my new kitty. I came across a breeder within an hour from our home and immediately put a hold on a new kitten. 3 months later we picked up our kitten and we were all in love. She was amazing, like no other cat I had ever met! I took in a rescue Cornish Rex after getting Zoya, he was in terrible shape and we fixed him up. Karmel lived a good life here for 2 years before his passing.

 

We are a small home-based cattery based in Alaska. We became involved with breeding sphynx after our first beloved sphynx, Princess Rose Zoya, passed away at the early age of 3 from F.A.T.E. likely caused by HCM. We had no warning signs that she may have been ill at all. It was tragic, to say the least. I reached out to her breeder who didn't so much as say, "sorry for your loss", nothing at all. I felt she should know what happened. I had not heard of HCM or FATE or anything, I didn't even keep the contract. I just thought it was a tragedy and the breeder would've been concerned at the least and able to shed some light. She had always responded to me before, even asked to use some pics on her website. I vow to never be so heartless. We wanted to get involved in breeding healthy sphynx for quality. I wish our experience would never happen to anyone. Our cattery is named in her honor; Zoya means life. We want to give life to others with these wonderful beings and we want to do what we can to improve the health of the breed. We are active in CFA and TICA.

           

We are dedicated to the breed and are in no way financially dependent upon our breeding program. Our focus is to produce happy, healthy, beautiful, and well-socialized cats of quality that will easily fit into most environments and make great family members, not pets. Our cats have free rein in our home and are well adjusted as they also live with a Maltzu, a Great Dane/Lab, a Savannah, their sphynx friends, and the occasional furry houseguest. We also have chickens and goats who will often come to the glass door to say hi to the kitties. They are accustomed to a busy home. Soon we will add horses to our family.

 

We have all of our cats scanned yearly for HCM by a board-certified cardiologist. Our kittens come with a genetic health guarantee and are altered before their placement into their new homes. We do not sell intact cats for breeding at this time.