Our Birmans have been the hobby,
maybe the obsession, of me and my husband, Blair, since 1970, when
we purchased a tiny sealpoint kitten from Mrs. Gertrude Griswold of
Tacoma, WA. The kitten was the daughter of Griswold's Hoviere and PR
Griswold's Clarissa... We had her shipped from Seattle to Kansas
City, MO, and Blair's parents picked her up at the airport and kept her
till we could come over from Columbia, where he was in school, to get her.
She looked like a little princess sitting primly in her crate, waiting
patiently for us. We were thrilled to have her finally, after five
long months on Mrs. G's waiting list, and another three months waiting for
her to be old enough to travel. We decided that her registered name
would be Griswold's Tryphena, a Latin word meaning "beautiful stranger."
We had no idea at the time that this name had been used many times in
Birman history, and I think it brought us good luck. We chose our
cattery name from Blair's initials and the first three letters of my
Koko's first litter was sired by
Aristi-Kat Antoine, and the kittens were
CH Barmar's Miss Mizzou, CH
Barmar's Viva Antoine of ABB, and Barmar's
Antony, who we called Tony, a darling pet boy.
Koko logged many many air miles searching for the right mate for this
litter! She went to Cleveland twice to visit some beautiful studs
belonging to Ed and Harriet Rindfleisch, and then spent nearly four months
"considering" whether to cycle after she went back to Mrs. G..... we
had hoped she would be bred to Griswold's Quiff,
but no, she chose instead the handsome German import belonging to Doris
Greer. Oh, well. As it turned out, she must have known best
after all.... After we moved to Texas in 1973, Miss
Mizzou (Tiger) was sent to Colorado for breeding to
CH Shesham Saba's Talisman, a son of the
famed Neko de Lao-Tsun.
Blair had met his owners at the first Birman Congress in Santa Monica, CA,
in 1971, and had chosen Talisman for Tiger's mate. In June 1974, our
lovely CH Barmar's Xingu
was born. She was an outstanding show cat, and the mother of our
first grand champion, GRC
Barmar's Thomas Jeffery Cat.
|We were very active in
TICA, The International Cat Association, while we lived in Texas.
Our cats claimed many wonderful awards, both national and regional.
In 1981, our cat, GRC/SGRC Barmar's Bousaada of Zalina,
was South Central Regional BEST CAT in TICA, and Best Sealpoint
Birman in CFA's Gulf Shore Region. That same year, our lovely
bluepoint spay, Barmar's Song Sung Blue,
became a Grand Premier in CFA and Supreme Grand Champion Alter in TICA;
the sealpoint male, GRC Barmar's Dae Kwan Do of Tzarkhan,
granded and was Fourth Best Kitten in our region in TICA.
Bousaada, more familiarly known as Pecos, was International Seventh
Best Cat, Song Sung Blue (Tiffany) was Fourth Best Alter, and Kwan
Do was 20th Best Kitten International. We are very grateful to
our friends, Jack & Charlotte Nelson, and Cheryl Hogan, for loving
and showing Pecos and Kwan Do so well. We have granded cats in
all three major associations: CFA, TICA, and ACFA.
At present, our concentration is on the
red spectrum and lynxpoint Birmans, which we began developing in
1988 in cooperation with Donald Weiden of SEDEKI Birmans. Our
domestic line of redpoint cats is currently more than nine
generations of pure Birman breeding, and we are very proud of our
accomplishments. In December 2002, we were honored and
privileged to grand the very first
seal tortiepoint Birman in CFA history! Our partners in this
venture have been Al and Debbie Shoemaker of Absarrah Birmans, along
with Don Weiden, Sedeki. The future looks very bright for the
redpoint Birmans, and we are excited to be a part of it!