The King of the Hill!
Cooper, Coop, Cooper Dooper, Poopy Coopy, he answers to them all. He got his name from a road in a very very small town in Oregon where I would spend my summers as a child, Cooper Hallow, my happy place.
We knew we wanted to breed these beautiful Cats but until our first Ragdoll arrived we had no idea how much we would love Ragdolls. Cooper came to us from Ragmatical Ragdolls and from the second he stepped out of his carrier we were smitten. Cooper is different from all our other cats because he was here first. He and our 60 lb collie Sara have a very special bond. All the other cats like to sleep in the cattery beds at night, Cooper still sleeps in the laundry room with Sara. The two of them are the best of friends!! Coop is our party cat. The girls will come say Hi to a guest if they wander into the hallway and all of our cats like to sit at the top of our loft stairs and look down at the festivities, but Coop likes to wander in and around all fifty guests and find a lap. When that lap disappears he just finds another. He is a party animal!
Willow was our next Ragdoll. I love Anne of Green Gables. Willow's nick name is Willow my Willow, a take on Anne's daughter Rilla named after Marilla. Anne's oldest son calls her Rilla my Rilla.
Willow is the most talkative of all our cats she meows and mews and chirps and chortles and woofles and if left in a room with the door closed by accident, Willow instantly Howls at the top of her lungs. She talks non-stop when you pet her. She loves to sit on my computer keyboard while I work and she is insistent to join me in the bathroom. She hates closed doors!!! All the girls find a quiet dark place when they are fixin to give birth but not Willow. Willow wants me by her side through the whole process. Her last litter, I was with a buyer, they were picking up their kitten and we were on the couch going over paperwork. Willow kept jumping up on the couch between us and I kept putting her back on the floor. Finally she jumped up and grabbed my hand between her front paws and laid down next to my leg and gave birth to her first kitten. She had my full attention!
Juniper, Juni, is the class clown. She is insistent as a... ragdoll, about affection but she goes about it from a different angle then the rest. Juniper does things to make us laugh. she will hop on my lap and then contort herself like a pretzel when I start to pet her. She loves babies!!! Most of the time our moms are good mommies and take exceptional care of their babies. Unfortunately from time to time for what ever reason we will have a mom decide she wants to pull a Maisy Bird...Juniper is our Horton. She will take any kitten into her nest and love it like her own. At 6 weeks moms and their babies are put in our kitten nursery, for socializing. Juniper and her babies have to be eased in, this is because if anyone gets hissy with one of "her little fuzz balls" she will try to rip their face off. She is fiercely protective of her babies.
Magnolia, Maggie is our quiet baby. She silently will walk up and put her front paws gently on your leg and employ you with her most beseeching eyes to pet her. She is sweet and tender and so soft she feels like the softest of bunnies. She is not bashful or fearful just quiet and unassuming. Maggie gets along with everyone all the time. Maggie is super smart, we have had to change door handles and lock doors to keep everyone where we want them. Maggie knows how to open doors. Until we made the necessary changes, every night Maggie would organize jail breaks and then Willow would lead the expedition straight to our bedroom. We had to get the doors secured so we could get a decent nights sleep. It is a sweet experience to cuddle with a Ragdoll at night but 7 of them is like being smothered by the kitty mofia.
Coconut and Maple are sisters from the same litter. They came together and are inseparable.
At first we had a really hard time telling them apart. Coconut's tail has a kink in the end of it from when she was first born and for a while that is the only way I could tell the girls apart. It is still sometimes hard to tell which is which if they are not together. Coconut has true aqua eyes and the fur around her mane is a bit lighter. Maple has rather blue eyes for a mink and very dark points and mane. Both girls are super loving and love to follow me from room to room. Both love to chase the laser pointer with abandon and both love to eat eat eat!!! They are chubby girls. They had their first litters a day apart. I had them in separate rooms to start. They ignored the kittens and cried at the door for each other. Next I tried same room separate boxes. This didn't work either, I would go in and they would both be with one batch of kittens together in one box or one would have moved her kittens into her sisters box and they would both be scrunched in the box with all the kittens. To keep kittens from being left alone, moved, or sat on, I finally put the sisters together with all their babies in a bigger box and the problems were solved. Thank heavens for whelping collars or I wouldn't have been able to know who's were who's, I know the girls had no idea.
Ebony Ebbie, is half sister to Coconut and Maple, Ebony loves the chase!!! Ebony loves to be chased she loves to dart about when she knows I am trying to catch her. If I stop chasing her she will run back into the room where I am and walk up as if she wants to be petted. When I reach down to grab her she is off again. She will dart really close to me trying to encourage the chase. It can be a bit maddening but she is so funny and playful about it that it is hard to get angry with her. I have to stop chasing her and sit down, she immediately runs over and nuzzles my hand to be petted. She loves affectio, she will slide her head under my hand to pet her self if I won't. Ebony is also our high jumper. Ragdolls usually aren't very graceful but Ebony can do somersaults in the air and switch direction mid jump when chasing the teaser wand around.
Apple, is our most sensitive ragdoll it is almost like she instinctively knows when I am having a bad day. She loves to cuddle and loves popcorn and late night movies. Apple is an amazing Mom, she will literally lie down and hug her babies while they sleep. Apple loves to be by my side and is most content when she can just lie against my leg while I sit on the couch. She is a very elegant girl with perfect markings, coat texture and her eyes are an incredible navy blue. She is calm, unassuming, and sweet. She purrs louder than the rest and just loves to be loved! The best word for our Apple is Tender. She has a tender heart.
Olive, reminds me of what I think Mary Poppins would be like as a cat. She holds her tail high and has a lilt to her walk. She is a girly girl. She grooms herself meticulously. No rough and tumble for Olive she will snuggle with the best of them and chase the laser with grace and adeptness, but when ambushed she simply goes limp. The ambusher loses interest and moves on. She loves to play with the kittens. She will bat gently at them while they try to attack her. If they get too aggressive for her liking she simply pulls them in and holds them in her paws till they give up and then she goes back to batting gently at them to entertain them. She is Practically perfect in every way.
Sassafras, or Sassy for short. Sassy is a true lover. She is incessant with her affection. She absolutely dies if you don't pet her. When we are busy cleaning litter boxes and stuff she jumps up on the different perches in the room and gently pets your head trying to get your attention. It is hilarious to watch her and my husband. He is cleaning and she is begging him for affection. He tries every day to just get through the job and she tries every day to get him to take a break and give her a love. She usually wins she is hard to resist. She is such a sweet, loving, cuddle bug!
Cassia, and Sassy are very similar in nature. They both compete for your attention, but when Cassia noticed she was being out played for affection she took it to a new level. Cassia now runs up and reaches her front paws up your leg like a toddler reaching to be picked up. Works every time!!! she immediately gets picked up and snuggled. How could anyone resist that absolutely adorable tactic! Only a person with a heart of stone. Cassia is our first lynx and we are so excited for her to be old enough to have babies. She is going to be our biggest girl by a long shot. She will easily be over 15lbs. She is so big and chunky she looks like a lion.
Ash, and Cassia came together. They bonded for sure as the babies of the group at the time they came home and they are still cuddle buddies. Ash loves to have her belly rubbed and will immediately roll over when you start to pet her. Ash is frisky and fun. She will snuggle up but she loves to chase anything that moves. She is like the fun Aunty when she is with the kittens. She chases them and tumbles around exaggerated when they ambush her. It is hilarious to watch her. The kittens attack her and she rolls like she has been bowled over by a cat twice her size. The kittens love it!