The Males of SpiritHill
GC SpiritHill Red Alert
Red Alert is the son of CH SpiritHill Red Cloud and CH SpiritHill Waltzing Matilda. He is the first offspring of a SpiritHill x SpiritHill breeding. His parents have found new homes as spoiled pets and so Red Alert will carry on in their place.
Red Alert is a red classic tabby with white. His red is quite beautiful and fits his name perfectly. Red Alert is a sweet boy that gives kisses and head-butts to anyone who asks, and sometimes to those who don't! He is laid back and a gentleman through and through.
Red Alert is the first cat I have shown that actually loves to show and travels well. His CFA show career provided SpiritHill with some wonderful firsts. We had fun going to shows and he loved all attention given to him.
Red Alert attained the title of Grand Champion and was the first SpiritHill cat to do so. He also received an award for Best Red Tabby and White Maine Coon in CFA for the show season 2008-2009, on both the National and Regional levels.
CH SpiritHill AppleJack
AppleJack aka Chubbers is the only surviving kitten out of CH SpiritHill Fantasia of Coonunnski and GC Coonopry Smokey of Coonunnski. Fantasia was carrying nine kittens, but contracted a uterine infection from a deceased kitten in her womb and we were not able to save the litter. Fanny was spayed and her life was saved, and we have one special son left. AppleJack's nickname came about because although he was an only kitten, he kept four of his mother's nipples full of milk and he would nurse from nipple to nipple until milk was coming out of his mouth because he could hold no more! Of course, he became a little chubby kitten, hence the name Chubbers, which unfortunately has stuck.
AppleJack is a solid cream cat with white, which means he is non-agouti and the dilute of red. He has grown up to be a beautiful Maine Coon with good size (not chubby though) and a shaggy coat. He is a very sweet boy around humans, dogs, females cats, and kittens.
Due to Applejack's desire to be dominant, he was not shown as much as I would have liked. I found it really difficult to get a cat used to being around other male and female cats when he doesn't understand why he can't have all the females and take on all the males. Plus one must also work with human judges who have to accept his poor feline show etiquette as we were working through it. He was unhappy and I was a nervous wreck so we stopped, and both of us are happier for it. A learning experience for sure. Not all cats can be show cats!
SpiritHill AppleJack did attain the title of Champion in CFA and it was the hardest title to obtain! We did not even try to show in TICA.
SpiritHill Blue Canoe
SpiritHill Blue Canoe is a solid blue Maine Coon. Blue is the term for the color of grey, and is genetically a dilute form of black. Blue Canoe's parents are Sebago Mist Colorado Skies, a solid blue with white female and Dirigo Privateer Phips, a black smoke male. Blue Canoe's pedigree is unique in the sense that it is a comes from old Maine lines, particularly Sebago Mist and Dirigo, along with many other catteries that participated in developing the breed we call Maine Coons. In the 1970's HeidiHo Sonkey Bill was bred to Tanstaafl Polly Adeline, two early Maine Coons. This pairing produced kittens that were large, of show quality, and looked very much alike. Because these cats looked so much alike, they were named the Clones. These cats in of themselves were nice cats and not inbred, but were often line-bred and used over and over again by many breeders. By the 1990's it has been estimated that the pedigree of the average show line Maine Coon has between 35 - 50% of these same cats in their ancestry, and that percentage is not going down even today. While an individual cat with 40% clones may have an appropriate inbreeding coefficient (not inbred), their genetic diversity is less than perfect. This is why I went back to what is termed "foundation" lines and feel that Blue Canoe's pedigree is a good one for a breeding program. His clone percentage is 6.46%, but he still comes from the original Maine Coon gene pool. He will not be a winning show cat, but when bred to show lines, will hopefully provide some needed genetic variability and uniqueness to his offsprings' pedigree. Plus, he is a sweet, beautiful boy who embodies many of the physical traits along with the wonderful temperament that the Maine Coon is known for. I can't wait for him to sire a litter.