How I Fell In Love With Maine Coon Cats
Hi, my name is Carrie. I live in Maine, USA with my husband, Pete, two young children, and two awesome Maine Coon cats. They are the inspiration behind this site. Our cats joined our family as kittens in the spring of 2004. Here is the story of how they came to us - and changed our lives!
My Animal Background
I have been an animal lover all of my life. I have never been without a dog or two, and of course, cats. As a child, I kept more than a few hamsters, guinea pigs, even birds. I was an only child, but I was never lonely! We even had kittens when I was a teen. I was present for their births and helped raise them, right until they went to their homes. It was a terrific learning experience.
Why Maine Coon Cats?
Our young family was ready for some pets. So, I began to research different cat breeds. Once I learned about the Maine Coon personality I was hooked! I then found a wonderful Maine Coon cat breeder in my area. I didn't want my new kittens to make a long journey to me.
The breeder and I soon got to know each other. As it turned out, he did have kittens available. Two in particular would be a good fit for us. The first was a boy who would be big, and his very petite sister who had a timid personality. She would benefit from going home with her brother.
Then came the big day! We met in town, since our breeder was in the area. When I first laid eyes on my new Maine Coon kittens, even I was surprised at their beauty! They were unbelievably cute kittens. What really struck me were those tufts of fur on the tips of their ears!
We went straight home, and settled them right in to their own "room" at first. This is a great method for introducing a new kitten. They acclimated quickly. On the first night, both little ones were snuggling and purring away on us. I remember speaking on the phone with their breeder that night. He was happy to hear that even our timid girl was purring already.
We had fun trying out lots of cute kitten names. Our boy is a classic cameo. He resembles a lion, and Pete named him Leo. Leo is now one big boy, with an even bigger personality! There is just so much to say about him. So, take a look at Leo, the big Maine Coon cat.
Our little girl came out of her shell very quickly. She's all black, delicate, and a true beauty. I named her Alice, after much thought. I sometimes remark to Pete that she is "the perfect cat". There is just as much to say about Alice, our Black Smoke Maine Coon.
Alice and Leo are awesome. They are really members of our family. They quickly made our house feel like home. I'm quite sure I will always have Maine Coon cats. For even more on them, we've put up some slide shows on our page of cat videos.
What About The Life-Changing Part?
Fast forward six years to two children, two guinea pigs, a puppy, and lots of after-school activities later. It became nearly impossible to keep up with it all. More specifically, to put in the hours at a desk job which may not be secure, and be there for my kids too.
As I began cutting back my hours, I had to look for ways to help the family finances. I also began to have the same craving that many of us do, to work from home and be available to my kids. To escape the "rat race" of trying to keep up with everything.
It's no exaggeration to say that the inspiration these cats provided has changed our lives. This new path our family has taken is full of opportunity. We've gone from economic uncertainty to real, solid progress and an ever brighter future.
So the hunt was on for ways to make some supplemental money from home. Of course, as we all know, it's just not that simple.
But, during my internet browsing, I learned that one of my favorite websites was created by someone just like me! Without a technical background, she used a system called Site Build It! to create a thriving online business.
This got my wheels turning. I pondered it for about six months before seriously considering it for myself. I thought of it abstractly, as something someone else could do, not little old me!
Then, with the bills coming in and the economy not "picking up," something had to change. I read many testimonials and reviews, to make sure this was the real thing. With excitement and trepidation I decided to go for it!
This is an all-in-one system that helps regular people, just like me, to build an online business. From day one I loved this process! Everything is handled step by step, with loads of tools, tutorials, and help along the way. Not to mention the friendliest, most success-oriented forums I've ever come across!
Even brainstorming topic ideas was fun. When it came time to chooses a topic for my website, "Maine Coon Cats" was a natural choice! But just in case, SBI provided the tools for me to make sure this would be a great "niche" to explore online.
Update: It's now October of 2010. Maine Coon Cat Nation is nine months old, and has become profitable. Visitor numbers to the site are in the thousands, and I'm still loving the process. I started a second site this past summer.
How does a website earn income? Well, there are a few ways, and it depends on the website. Some folks might sell their own ebooks, or hard goods. Right now, this site earns a bit from the ads you see placed here and there.
When someone sees an ad and it interests them, they might click. Then I earn a small commission. I also recommend products, and if a visitor makes a purchase, there is a small commission. I'm very grateful for this kind of support. It brings me one step closer to making the development of this website my one and only "job!"
I'll continue to provide updates on this exciting journey. In the meantime, I invite any questions about Site Build It! Please feel free to Contact Me anytime. I'll be happy to give you a real and honest answer.
Until then, I'll leave you with this fellow, Ken Evoy. He's the founder of Site Build It! and this video is a great introduction to what it's all about.