After seeing a photo of a Maine Coon on Google images, I was SOLD. Before I knew it, I was on the hunt for one of my own. My preference, a silver girl!
After scouring the web for breeders in Australia, and coming up short (they are quite a rare breed here so there are not many breeders and every time I found a litter for sale, the kittens were all spoken for.)
I was sure I was never going to find MY kitten. I was heartbroken!
I considered a possible alternative... Nope!!!
I wanted a Maine Coon or I'd go without!
3 weeks ago, my fiancé messaged me with a website.
I clicked on the address and up pops a local Maine Coon breeders page!
I follow the link to the kitten page and there, on the screen were 4 little faces! 2 were watermarked with 'SOLD' but there were 2 that were not!
One, a very cute brown boy with amazing eyes. The other, a stunning little silver black tabby girl! The only girl in the litter.
I grabbed my phone and messaged back; 'Call them. I want her!!'
A few days later, we arrive at the breeders house, are welcomed inside by a lovely man and ushered to a room connected to the main living area.
He opened the door and there in front of me were the same little faces I'd seen on my screen. He bends down and scoops up a pile of silvery fluff and passes it to me! ITS MY GIRL!! Her eyes stole my heart in that very moment!
Unable to take her on the day, I spent a while cuddling and smooching her then reluctantly handed her back to the man.
He placed her on the floor next to her brother and we left the room to view the property and their other Maine Coons (some for breeding/showing and a couple of rescues). It was the first time I had seen a Maine Coon in the flesh! I was mesmerised and in awe! They were more majestic and intoxicating than I could have imagined.
Fast forward to last weekend.
I borrow a carrier from a friend and head off to collect my princess! It was the longest 30km drive of my life! When we eventually get there. I bound out of the car, carrier in hand, forgetting my fiancé and children, and knock on the door!
40 minutes later, we're back in the car, Kitten, paperwork and care-pack in hand. An hour after that, I am opening the door of the carrier waiting for my 'Freyja' to step out into her new home.
In the last week, our lives have been so enriched but this little lady!
My 15 month old son has claimed her as his best mate. She curls up in his lap to watch cartoons while I ready the others for school and work. She gives him a 'kiss' on the cheek every night before he's put to bed and brings him her toys to play with.
Freyja spends a lot of her day at my heels. In the evening, she curls up in the crook of my fiancées arm or across his lap, and watches TV with us. At night she sleeps on my pillow, resting her chin on my hair.
She maybe only be little (for now), but she gives us so much love and affection!
We are simply 'Smitten for this Kitten' and on the lookout for our next Maine Coon!