Registration number: 1382-1351300
Date of birth: 2-24-01
Sire: GC Mabuhay Optical Delusion
Dam: GC Ciderhouse Meghan of Tamarakatz, DM
Breeder: Tammy & Rob Roark
Dreamer is what I have heard referred to as a "heart cat". He is, and
always will be, part of my heart and soul. Dreamer was born on a Saturday
evening in February 2001, via c-section. Thanks to the marvelous vet that
we have (Dr. Bob Campbell, of Felida Pet Hospital), he was delivered safe
and sound, and my dream of a gorgeous red male for our breeding program was
born! Dreamer was shown some as a kitten during the summer and fall of 2001,
but I was busy traveling a lot with Flirt, and
couldn't fly with two cats, at the same time. Dreamer granded very quickly
at 9 months of age, and was then going to stay home for the rest of that
season, while I finished showing Flirt. My plan (at that time) was to show
Dreamer the following year.
Well, the kitty gods had other plans... at a
show in mid-April while I was away with Flirt, Dreamer broke his leg (at home,
in our living room!). After a night at the emergency vet, Dreamer and I
arrived on the doorstep of Northwest Veterinary Specialists, and had a
consultation with one of the surgeons. Dreamer had a very extensive surgery
that afternoon, and was able to come home the following day, after having a
titanium plate, and 13 titanium screws placed in his leg. Unfortunately,
his break was SO extensive, that he needed to be confined to a stud cage, with
no shelves, no cat trees, etc., as he had to remain "all on one level", with
no chance of climbing, jumping, etc. So Dreamer and I moved into the cage, where
I spent the next six months sleeping on the floor with him.
About six weeks after the initial break, I noticed that Dreamer was not
bearing as much weight on the leg as he had been, so back to NWVS we went,
only to discover that the titanium plate had actually broken. Back into surgery
Dreamer went, to have an external fixature placed on his leg. Back home to
the stud cage, sleeping with me... Let me tell you - having one of those
external fixatures caught in your hair in the middle of the night is NOT an
experience I care to repeat! The fixature was left in place until mid-September,
when Dreamer went through his third surgery, to have it removed. Back to the
cage, where we very SLOWLY started adding things into his world, and let him
start using his leg more extensively. Without the marvelous skill and compassion
of Dr. John Wooldridge of NWVS, I don't think we would've had the wonderful
outcome that we did. Words cannot begin to express how I feel about that vet!
Time marched on, and Dreamer actually began to grow hair back on his leg,
hip, and side, where he had been completely shaved, several times. In the
late spring of 2003, I noticed that my "patient" was becoming an awfully handsome
adult male Somali! So, "just for fun", I entered him in a local cat show,
in June of 2004. I have to say that I was on "pins and needles" for all of
his rings that day - but he had a MARVELOUS time, and acted like he'd never
been away from the showhall, let alone endured the long recovery that he had!
He played with toys, nuzzled judges, purred, and made biscuits... Needless to
say, how could I leave him home after that?
Dreamer has just completed the show season, without ever leaving CFA's
Northwest Region. He is the region's 10th best cat in championship, and much
to my absolute delight, he is CFA's BEST Somali, for the show season of 2003-04.
I can't begin to tell you what this cat means to me, and for him to have
earned this national breed win, after everything he's been through, is more than
I ever could have dreamed of. He truly is a "dream come true" for me, and I'm
looking forward to lots of "little Dreamers" running around our house, in the
years to come! And wow, was I ever glad to stop sleeping on the floor of that
And no, he is not, nor will he ever be, for sale...
We lost Dreamer very unexpectedly in March of 2011. There is a very big gap in
our household, where there used to be a beautiful red Somali boy, with a purr that was
larger than life. We feel so fortunate to have shared our lives with him, even though
it was for too short of a time.