Our ALTERED Fur-Kids
DOB: May 13th, 2013
Our ALTERED Fur-Kids
DOB: May 13th, 2013
INT CH Heart'nsoul's Natowetay
Chocolate Persian NON CPC/Dilute Carrier
Something many people don't know is that King's registered name "Natowetay" is a combination of our three children's names (NAThan, OWEn, TAYlor). King was born here at Heart'nsoul and sired by the nicest quality solid lilac boy that I had ever seen, Prairiecat Ultra Violet Ray. King produced many wonderful kittens for us during his breeding career but soon became too closely related to our females to continue using him in our program. King has always had a special place in my heart and so we decided to keep him here with us, as one of our "altered" fur-kids. It was during King's last breeding when he was scratched in the eye and despite all we tried (surgery and months of treatment) his eye had to be removed. King is a momma's boy and follows me around everywhere, just like a little dog. Having one eye doesn't affect him at all.
Seal Point Himalayan/Siamese Mix
Morgan is the reason we decided to get into breeding and showing the wonderful Persian breed. Before him, we had really only known what people would call "barn cats". We purchased our first home in 2006 and had never had the pleasure of loving any purebred as I had done a lot of rescuing while living with my mom and Jerry never owned any cats at home. After the birth of our second son in 2007, I became interested in the popular KIJIJI and being a huge animal lover, I spent time viewing the pet AD's. I saw a litter of "Himalayans" posted and couldn't quite get over how beautiful they were. At the time I wasn't aware of the difference a "reputable" breeder made so I inquired and came home with our sweet and loveable Captain Morgan. He adored our son Nathan, who at the time was just three years old. They became best friends, doing every thing together. We couldn't quite get over just how laid back he was and how gentle! So when we had to take Morgan to see the vet at his 16 week check-up, you can understand just how heart breaking it was to find out that he had developed a grade grade 2 heart murmur. The vet at the time mentioned that she was concerned at how fast it was progressing and said that she would understand if we decided to "let him go" so that our son didn't grow any more attached to him. It really wasn't even an option as we had already fallen in love with him. He was part of the family. So, we decided to let Morgan live out his life because each day he spent with us was another wonderful day filled with joy. We arranged to have him neutered using extreme caution due to his heart condition. We had considered leaving him unaltered as we knew there was a chance he may not live through the surgery, but, in the end we realized that it would likely cause him more stress to be an unaltered male which in the long run would be worse for his heart. In 2009 we arranged for Morgan to have a cardiac ultrasound. Results revealed mild atrial enlargement, moderate mitral regurgitation, outflow profile of valve slightly abnormal, peak Ao velocity was slightly high, the outflow velocity profile wasn't entirely symmetrical and the base of the IVS had a very mild amount of irregular thickening. Needless to say, Morgan was put on daily medication. He is doing fantastic and we are so happy that we never considered letting him go.
Brindle and White English Bulldog
Can you see my fascination with that super adorable squished in face? lol. We bought Mack in April 2011 and although he at times pushes our buttons, we really do love him. He is going on 70lbs now and is very big boned and muscular. Unfortunately, like most English Bulldogs, he is very stubborn (key word: VERY). He really is a loveable dog and is quite protective of our children, in particular, our daughter. But he also LOVES their toys and our furniture, chewing any thing and every thing he can get his mouth on! He is getting better but it's going to take time. Although stubborn, these dogs are very smart. It's not a great mix. Mack loves to play with the cats, although sometimes he gets a bit over excited and the cats have to put him in his place. He also really loves to play outside and in particular, in his kiddy pool in the summer. He "dives" in and runs in circles, often pushing his head under the water completely soaking himself. He will then run around the yard like a wild animal, only to claps at your feet completely exhausted, tongue to his toes! LOL. He is a real hoot and despite being frustrated with him QUITE often, we adore him!|
Tilly is a very intelligent and beautiful girl! Jerry always wanted a German Shepherd and when I found Tilly on KIJIJI, we just had to meet her! Due to a congenital defect, Tilly was born for a deformed leg and pelvic bone. So our sweet Tilly now has three legs, as we opted to have the tiny deformed leg removed during her spay surgery to ensure it didn't continue getting caught on things. Tilly has fit right in here and is very loved by all of us, including Mack. She has no problems what so ever getting around - in fact she is faster than Mack now and loves to play catch.
DOB: October 2013
On April 3rd, 2014 we were finally able to rescue a puppy that had been living at the dump in Hagersville, ON. There were a number of us who made an effort to catch him but he was quite terrified and not all that sure who he could trust. I was determined to catch him, preferably before he was rescued by a shelter or the humane society. Because we were not able to get close to him, we only knew what we saw and I personally got the impression that he may be wild since he ran the moment he spotted a human being or a vehicle. Unfortunately, the larger shelters and humane society have guidelines to follow and if they did succeed in trapping him, his fate was unknown. This personally scared the daylights out of me so in the end, I was determined not to give up because I knew that he had a far better CHANCE at life, if I could get him myself.
The dump was 45 minutes away from me and from the 27th of March to the 3rd of April I had been out there 7 times, which totalled almost 5.5 hours of driving. Additionally, I spent approximately 30 hours watching the live traps and driving around the dump, looking for the puppy. It became increasingly frustrating because we were not able to go onto the dump property due to liability. Therefore, our traps had to be set outside the dump. My three children came out to the dump with one once and my five year old daughter, Taylor, came out with me a total of three times. She was so heart broken when we left each time without him because she couldn’t help but worry about him. She would cry the entire way home because the puppy had to be hungry, and his paws were maybe getting cut from glass and garbage at the dump and he may be sleeping in dirt and was probably scared.
In the 30 hours I spent at the dump, I saw this puppy about 6 times in total. The closest I had gotten to him was when I almost hit him with my van when I finally decided to take a bathroom break after sitting and watching the live trap for 6 hours! I stayed until 3:30am that night because I had seen where he crossed the road and we found where he was pushing down the weeds to make his way into the farmer’s field. I felt we were as close to the puppy as we had ever been and I just couldn’t walk away.
I remember my conversations with the supervisor at the dump. I cannot say he wasn’t sympathetic because he did try to cooperate and did what he felt was “fair”. However, it was quite infuriating to hear that this puppy was “just a stray” and “didn’t have a home” and therefore making a big deal out of rescuing him was a little “ridiculous”. I guess considering there are stray dogs wandering around the dump on a regular basis made it difficult for him understand why we were making such an effort to rescue this one puppy now when no one cared about the others before. I can say that I had only seen one other dog on the dump property, the first day I went, and after that I only saw this one puppy. However, seeing the large number of tied up and loose dogs on the reserve, I can see why the dump would have their fair share of “dinner guests”. If I personally heard of or saw ANY dog, whether a puppy or an adult, I would have been trying to rescue them. The difficult part about rescuing older dogs, who are already set in their ways, is that if they truly are feral, rehabilitating them would be very difficult, if not impossible. We all knew that this puppy had a good CHANCE of being rehabilitated even if he was feral due to how young he still was.
The supervisor at the dump gave me permission to place the trap on the dump property finally on Wednesday April 2nd. I was so ecstatic because I knew our chances of catching him had just gone WAY up at that point. I was still not allowed on the dump property but the trap was taken care of by the workers at the dump. On April 3rd I received news that the puppy had been caught. Although I arrived at the dump faster than I ever had before, it felt like it took forever to get there! When I arrived, he was there in our live trap, wagging his tail and whining as I approached him. I am not sure why but I knew he wouldn’t hurt me and I didn’t hesitate to put my fingers into the trap and my face right up against it. He kissed me and whined and wiggled his little body. A few tears escaped because I was just SO relieved and happy.
Neutered Cream Angora/Lion Head Rabbit
DOB: February 2012
Blue-Cream Angora/Lion Head Rabbit
DOB: February 2012
August 31st, 2021