MICHELLE GOODMAN, USA

Our graduates in the USA

My journey to the Siberian breed. I’ve always wanted a cat but never thought it possible because my husband and girls were allergic – so I never entertained the idea. But in 2018 I found out about this breed. In September of that year I put a deposit down with a local breeder and was put on a waiting list. I was number 25! In February of 2019 it was finally my time to choose a kitten. Since the breeder kept telling me that the kitten will choose you, I thought that’s what would happen – but in this litter it did not – so I decided to pass on that litter and wait for the next. Then in April of 2019, I was scheduled to choose a kitten again but that didn’t work out either because the breeder’s family was sick and cancelled the appointment. In the meantime, I was debating if I wanted to be a breeder and not be restricted with the clause to spay/neuter the kitten. While still on the waiting list with the local breeder, I started to research the internet for cats in Russia. I finally came across Irina and Lyu’s website. After seeing some kittens I was interested in, I talked it over with my husband and he agreed to proceed further. To be honest – I was a little hesitant with this whole process but after communicating with them I felt very comfortable. My first contact with Irina was June 8, 2019. I can’t say enough about how responsive, patient and helpful she was from the first contact to the end! Her partner Lyu was wonderful and patient too! They were supportive and helpful every step of the way. They are both excellent breeders because they raised such wonderful, social, loving kittens. And they continue to have an interest to stay in contact with me to see how their babies are doing. Also, I have to say — Lyu is an amazing photographer!!! – Some of the shots she is able to capture are just breathtaking! We finally brought home our two kittens on August 8, 2019! We named the boy Micah and the girl Hadassah. Let me just say – it was definitely worth the year-long wait. We love them soooo much! They bring so much joy to our family. Micah is so brave, gentle and loving – even when he gets ambushed by our dogs – he’s just calm and cool and lets them do whatever. He never once scratched or hissed at them! Now the dogs don’t even care when Micah comes into the room. My sweet girl Hadassah is so beautiful. Her eyes and coat are stunning! We have a routine – every morning when I go upstairs she meows and follows me to the couch. I put my legs up and she sits on my lap to be brushed. She loves it and I love it too!!! No, she hasn’t braved the dogs yet – but that’s ok – we are all different — that’s what makes life beautiful. One last comment — My husband (who at one point – didn’t want any animals) calls these cats the upgrade to our dogs!!! Michelle, USA