New Foundation Documentation
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Masterweaver New Beginnings PP, MW 4WD
Color: Red/white (d 03)
From: Manitoba, Canada
Manitoba, Canada; While taking another trip to Manitoba in the fall of 2020, I took Ulysses and his “cousin-brother” home from the same farm at under 4 weeks, simply because they would not have lived another month and I didn’t want to ask George again to keep them for me. Half of George’s barn cats went missing that summer. The coyote (and fisher?) issue was quite serious. Despite some minor set-backs, Ulysses has been an overall good choice for my breeding program. I wasn’t sure about him for the longest time but he really bulked up over the past year! His temperament is exactly like Coyote’s and makes that of a registered Maine Coon look bad, no kidding! He’s an ultra happy, gentle, offensively affectionate clown boy. He gets along with everything that has legs and does not smell, pee or spray. Ulysses’ size is ok and his body and tail are nice and long. His coat is shaggy, easy care but still too bunny like. I favour his strong muzzle, chin and profile but he obviously does need quite a bit of help still with his overall head shape, eye set, body size and other goodies. Trial breedings and further testing will confirm whether or not he is worthy to be integrated into the gene pool of our breed. Hang tight!
By: Judith Schulz
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(Masterweaver) Joy from Waters of Masterweaver. Joy
Lake Superior, Eastern Canada: Joy originates from the Canadian shore of Sault Ste. Marie, where the Saint Marie River connects Lake Huron and Lake Superior. I feel very blessed to have found her! Joy was chosen for her extremely affectionate temperament, her wonderful coat, overall favourable breed traits and - last not least - her perfect health and gums - that’s priority when picking foundation cats! Her parents are unknown which makes her an F1. Joy is ultra affectionate with me, Ulysses and Efren but grumbles with cats she doesn’t know. We integrated her around age 2 which has to be considered. I love ultra perfect temperament but have to remind myself that sometimes with a new foundation cat that wasn’t baby raised you can’t determine the true temperament in the lines until they make kittens. I love her overall balanced type, her facial expression and her superb coat, even though it mats a little. Joy’s weight and size will definitely have to be improved. She sits at around 10 pounds at 2 years of age. Her hips were OFA certified Good. Other health tests are being performed over the next couple of years.
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Masterweaver All Things Created PP, MW 4WD
Manitoba, Canada: Coyote is my absolute favorite! I named Coyote after her mother “Coyote PP of Masterweaver”, just after receiving reports from the farmer that cats on his farm kept disappearing that particular year. Kittens left the barn loft and were nowhere to be seen within days. Gone! Adults gone! At first, farmer George suspected them of being taken by large birds, called fishers. Then later in the year, a group of hungry coyotes was suspected to be the guilty predators. Then strangely, cats disappeared and then some of them reappeared later on. So George wasn’t quite sure about anything anymore but, being not only a farmer but a true cat lover, he decided to buy himself a big Pyrenees Mountain dog. Why am I saying this? After my initial visit in June, George was kind enough to keep a kitten from one of the litters, lil’ “Coyote”, in his bathroom. He held her especially for me (!), until I was able to pick her up. He did this to prevent her from becoming “Coyote bag lunch” (his words). Coyote was the cutest little pumpkin. Surprisingly, she was also free of parasites. In fact, all cats were which is super uncommon on farms, especially farms with pigeons in the loft!! What I did notice was that her and one of the siblings had a pretty bad chest infection that needed immediate attention. So I gave George some meds for the little brother and some of his other kittens and took Coyote home. Even though I often keep foundation cats for up to a year, to determine whether or not they are good enough, it was decided very early on that Coyote had the potential to become the main building block for a new Canadian foundation line. Coyote is not quite Maine Coon girl size but currently weighs about 10-11 pounds which is really great for a foundation cat. I love her heft and substance and adore her overall facial expression. She has a boxy muzzle, a decent chin, a great profile, and a proper ear set. We’ll just have to glue some ear (not lash) extensions on her, lengthen her body, legs and tail a bit, and breed in a better coat. Tell those people who say foundation cats can’t have lynx tippings to find a job somewhere. Coyote’s temperament makes even the most serious person laugh out loud. She is a hoot!! My husband gets a daily, full facial and haircut by her while laying on the floor mat and doing his stretches. (This replaced the barber during “covid”). Coyote has been fully health tested and had a healthy litter of 5 in 2021. Her gums and teeth are amazing! She produces true to breed type and will be kept here for several years, in order to further her HCM testing and try out different matings with her. Yes, there is a slight possibility she might have relation to my MW Poly cats from 2000. Mind you, after so many years and so far from the last location, they would be diluted down enough to consider them unrelated.
By: Judith Schulz
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Masterweaver Creation Song
Lake Superior, Eastern Canada: Efren means “fruitful” in Hebrew. She is a precious little jewel from another trip around Lake Superior. I adopted Efren from a private, rural home, a few hundred kilometres away from where I found Joy. She came from a healthy, repeat litter of 4. Efren has amazing colouring, fairly nice coat quality, a long, square muzzle, decent size and a quiet, uncomplicated demeanour. I was able to meet and photograph both her parents and a sister from a previous litter. Everyone of them appeared to be very affectionate. I do not like Efren’s head shape, ear set and some other goodies yet, but all this can be fixed along the way, up to F4 or F5. I was admittedly not ultra thrilled about the ticked ghost pattern Efren is passing on to her kittens but since this pattern is commonly observed in domestic and wild cats and also now accepted in our breed standard, I’ve since decided to be excited about this unique trait. Efren had all 50 genes with Optimal Selection negative and her diversity is a whooping 40 %! Hips were rated “excellent”. HCM/PKD test negative in 2021, to be repeated in a couple of years. I kept two of Efren’s kittens from one of my pedigreed males and will be continuing her lines through them.