I started showing cats in February, 1976, with a household pet I
adopted from the Yolo County Animal Shelter in Woodland, California.
Through my participation in the shows, I met many wonderful people and
learned about the cat fancy and pedigreed cats.
I purchased my first American Shorthair, Pr Cartier Country Boy of Kenipurr,
in October, 1976, and my first Abyssinian, Ch Amon Sul Sun
Song of Kenipurr, in January, 1979. Kenipurr cattery was first registered in
CFA in September, 1979, then later in ACFA and TICA. I began in Sunnyvale,
California, then moved to the Puget Sound area of Washington state in 1983.
Through the cat shows, I became interested in the Japanese Bobtails, and
received my first shorthaired Japanese Bobtail, GrPr Kurisumasu Jin of Kenipurr,
in September of 1996.
Kenipurr has bred or owned over 100 CFA Grand Champions and Grand Premiers in
breeds: Abyssinians, American Shorthairs, Japanese Bobtails, American Wirehairs, Colorpoint
Shorthair, Ocicat, and Scottish Fold. Two of those Japanese Bobtails were National
Winners, and seven Japanese Bobtails achieved the title of Distinguished Merit.
Thirty-two of those cats have been Regional
Winners; nineteen were
National Color Winners. Right now, I am breeding only Japanese Bobtails.
The cats that I'm currently showing are GrCh Benhana Chika of Kenipurr
(gold-eyed black & white female), Pr Low Country Eros of Tribal (blue-silver
spotted Ocicat male), Pr Benhana Shuusei of Kenipurr (gold-eyed
mi-ke), and Kenipurr's Colour My World (gold-eyed smoke mi-ke).
I am a member of the CFA Japanese Bobtail breed council. I am also a member of the Japanese Bobtail Breeders Society, Japanese Bobtail Fanciers, and the
Longhair Japanese Bobtail Breeders' Club. I am an active member of
several show-producing clubs in the upper Northwest, as well as participating
in local and National breed rescue.