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We are Melissa, George, and Christina Alexander and we live in Blackstone Massachusetts not far from the border of Rhode Island.
The History of Into Wishin'
In 1999 we visited a local cat show and it was there we saw the Norwegian Forest Cat for the very first time. We took our time researching the breed and in 2001, we acquired our first Norwegian Forest Cat. From that moment, we knew there must always be a forest cat in our home. What a special breed!
In 2002 we started the search for our first breeding female. We fell in love with a black and white male named Bishop who went on to become a FIFe World Winner in 2003. Bishop was bred by our good friends Kicki & Jorgen Johansson of S*Lisjöskogen. From Bishop and Hedda, a lovely female from the cattery S*Drakborgens of Katarina 'Kattis' Strahl, the fabulous Felicia was born in the cattery av Boxerhaven (N) of Cecilie Strømstad. Cecilie has given us the gift of three outstanding cats over the years. These three breeders from Scandinavia gave us a great start and for that, I thank them. Over the years I have had the privilege of meeting breeders from all over the world and as a result have formed long lasting friendships with many of them.
We love our Norwegian Forest Cats and have come to the conclusion that there is just no other breed for us. The Norwegian Forest Cat is so special; a very affectionate and intelligent breed. I often describe the Norwegian Forest Cat as being very dog-like in their behavior. They always want to be close to you and are in touch with everything that is going on in the house, at all times. Our cats love visitors and want to be a part of the action. While the Norwegian Forest Cat appears to have a long coat, it is actually classified as a semi-long hair breed. The Norwegian Forest Cat coat texture should have course, glossy guard hairs that are water repellant and the coat should not be too soft. If the coat is correct on your Forest Cat, you will have a cat that requires very little grooming. When people see the Norwegian Forest Cat they often think the coat is difficult to maintain however that is not the case. Just think, the Norwegian Forest Cat is a natural breed cat from Scandinavia. A cat whose natural habitat is the woods of Scandinavia must have a low maintenance coat that will protect them from the harsh winters. A fluffy, soft coat will just not do.
Our cats share our home with us and our wonderful dog, Newman. Kittens born here are raised with much love and attention so they are ready to transition into their new homes with ease. When we decide on cats to use in our breeding program, health is of course number one in our book of requirements however a very close second to that is temperament. Our goal is to breed cats that meet the breed standards and have great temperaments therefore making wonderful pets for their new owners. It is not unusual for new owners of our kittens to tell us they have never had a cat like their new Norwegian Forest Cat before.
We also enjoy showing our cats in TICA and are active in breed clubs and groups focusing on the health of the Norwegian Forest Cat. We feel that it is important to network with breeders here and abroad. We have traveled to Europe numerous times since 2002 and during these travels we are able to visit with breeders, attend cat shows, and stay current on the health of cats in the pedigrees of our own cats at home.
a result of showing in TICA, we have produced many Supreme Grand Champions and
Regional Winners over the years. Additionally we
were fortunate to have two Internationally Winning (IW) cats in TICA (Planet
Funk Blue Tanis and Into Wishin Haakon of Epona) for the 2008-2009 Season and
Haakon achieved a second IW the following year. These two cats went
on to obtain the title of “Lifetime Achiever” (LA) which is really great
accomplishment and we are so proud of them both.
Our female Hanne av Boxerhaven, who we consider to be the foundation queen
of our cattery, has achieved the title of “Outstanding Dam” thanks to five
of her offspring earning titles in TICA of Grand Champion or higher. We
are so proud of Hanne. She is such a great cat!
summarize, our breeding focuses primarily on health, temperament, and breeding
kittens according to the TICA
NFC standards. Our cats are not caged and our kittens are raised
with a lot of love and attention. We
believe that it is important to continuously evaluate our breeding program and
constantly work towards improving the quality of kittens we produce.
For a brief overview of history of the Norwegian Forest Cat, see the NFC Breed Presentation that was presented at the 2008 TICA Annual in Arlington TX (Aug 2008). Click here for the history of the Norwegian Forest Cat.
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Into Wishin' NFC
Blackstone, MA USA