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  • Writer's pictureLeanne Mitcha

How to Embrace the Uncertainty of Life: A Lesson from "Forrest Gump"

"You never know what you get" could almost sum up life as a Breeder. I've got a lot to unload, but with a defeated spirit... we will see where this takes us.


Sweet Dublin has passed. She started off being one of the biggest pints I've ever had and very slowly became the smallest (for her age). The rest of the pints are doing okay, but we are not out of the woods. Today was the first time they all stuffed themselves with homemade chicken and kibble which I am happy about and are now on a bed right now looking like big bellied drunks.


Captain Morgan's first two litters have been ones I've really struggled with... Hiccups such as the cleft lips (some in each litter that never came out alive), not thriving, deformed kittens happen.... but when you change the equation up a bit by using a different female spirit or stud ....things should improve. When they don't, you must evaluate the line to see if there's a common equation (in this case ...the stud). It's a hard task for a breeder because when you get to the point you can USE your breeding cat, you've invested so much ($$$$$) ...and passing heart, hips, DNA, and proving to have a hardy immune system that first year of life is no easy task. TRUST ME. So to say it's an easy decision to decide to stop using a male who just started his time on tap.... would be a huge lie. HUGE. The boy had hair Rapunzel couldn't beat, the chin I've been working for, and the personality of Snow White in a male's body (no idea why I'm using Disney princesses as examples).


Anyhow... but my commitment to having healthy lines always remains to me my first goal. I've gone through so many "potentials" the past few years that I'm almost to the point I want to give up.


What's crazy is even though I try to do all the right things, and I can say without blinking that we have never had heart issues, hips problems, or even a cat with a weak immune system... this does not make me immune to it. I will have a cat with hip dysplasia. I will have one with HCM (hypertropic cardiomyopathy), stomatitis, etc one day ...because even when we use healthy cats, there's always a hidden piece that comes up in the bloodline or just a weak seed.


Still... I must continue to do my part so I can say I did my best to produce and provide TOP SHELF pints. Cuba Libre and Yuengling will be our main studs for the next season. Dos Equis has retired. No one is in need of a designated driver. We will be adding 1-2 more to our bar from my most favorite European breeders... and praying for... Well, we will be praying for everything.


Breeding isn't a level 1 puzzle. It's more like the kind you take out of a box and even if you collect all the border pieces... is still beyond overwhelming. We sit at the table for hours trying to piece different hopeful pieces together, but sometimes time at the table is hardly noticed at first. It's an ongoing puzzle that definitely shows it's beauty when whole parts get paired correctly. So bear with us, as we try to change up "What's on Tap" the rest of this year.

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Debbie Higginson
Debbie Higginson
3 days ago

I’m so sorry about the loss of Dublin! And I’m sorry that you’re having to go though all of this with the babies and Captain Morgan. Praying things will get easier.

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shelley.guzman4
5月05日

Prayers sent to you and your family🙏🏻 It is so difficult to lose any pint and have to deal with the lose of many newborns as well. You are such an amazing breeder and beautiful person inside and out!! Your strength goes without saying and not many have the emotional endurance to be a breeder. I hope oneday in the future to give Sebastian another brother. Sending love and hugs❤️❤️

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talford
5月05日

Oh my! I am so sorry to hear you have had some heart wrenching experiences lately. Praying that you have strong litters going forward and some peace as you give these babies everything to set them up for a successful life. I love being part of your family! One day my number will come up and I promise to give one (or 2) the most love and snuggles possible! I respect you for all you do on a daily basis, all you endure, and the love you bestow!

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Zane Hamdan
Zane Hamdan
5月05日

Just went through a similar experience with my little guy. Sorry about your loss.. One of the hardest things to do, especially when unexpected. Just picked up his pawprint.. Wishing you guys the best <3

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mchristianson219
mchristianson219
5月05日

I’m so, sooooo sorry for your loss of Dublin, she was indeed a beauty. I look at it as, God needed a special floof for someone in heaven ❤️

Your commitment to your babies is undeniably one of the BEST I’ve ever seen!!! Keep up the pawsome job and know that there are so many people out here that have your back!

Thoughts and prayers coming your way from Georgia 🥰

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