Nicknames: Ash, silly girl, pretty girl, little dickens!
Gotcha Date: January 10th 2010
Birthday: May 17th 2000
Likes: Petting, brushing, affection, running through the house, jumping to high places and getting into small spaces.
Pet-Peeves: Beepers, sometimes. She doesn't 'love' having her claws trimmed.
Favorite Toy: Ribbons! Strings! Someone (me) has to be on the other end dangling them or pulling them along the floor, though.
Favorite Nap Spot: She likes the heated bed or the heated baby buggy and the window perch in the morning sun.
Favorite Food: Hound & Gatos chicken or Fancy Feast. For treats, she loves freeze dried chicken or a few pieces of dry food, which is a 'treat' to her.
Skills: Being adorable. >^..^< Giving orders: "Open this window." "Rub my belly." >^..^< Keeping our house in order by meowing at whatever is out of place: "This doesn't belong here." "Pick this up." >^..^< Hiding!
Arrival Story: It was a little Burmese sweetie, Lola, who helped mend our hearts after Scooter went to the Bridge. Lola's time with us was so short, though, before she, too, went to the Bridge that I felt there must be a purpose. When a Catster friend offered to help us locate a "retired" Burmese show cat -- if we were interested and when the time was right -- I wondered if that was the 'purpose,' so I accepted her offer but told her it was still too soon. I wanted to see where it led, though. We really wanted to adopt two older cats and our 'ideal' was a bonded pair, but I doubted that came available often. It WAS available! Her friend had a pair of older Burmese she wanted to place in a good home: a male, Beepers, age 11, and his daughter, Ashlynne, age 9 1/2. They had a home with her and always would have if she couldn't find another good home to take them, but they were confined to one room because Beepers didn't get along with her other cats and picked on some of them. He got along well and was bonded with his daughter Ashlynne, though. Their owner wanted them to have the run of the house and be able to sleep with their people at night -- something she couldn't provide them. She would not separate them, so it had to be a home with no cats that would take two older cats. That was us! I felt that was the 'purpose': we were meant to give these two Burmese a chance for a better life... for Lola, for Beepers and Ashlynne, for their owner as well as for us. They were a long way from us, in Cleveland, Ohio, though. We weren't comfortable having them flown to us in pet cargo because they couldn't get from Cleveland to Albuquerque without a transfer. So on January 9, 2010, we flew to Cleveland and returned home with them the next day. Huge thanks to my Catster friend -- the mom of PJ, Callie Jean, Velvet Rose and Katrina -- for telling us about Ashlynne and Beepers and for immeasurable help in carrying out the mission to bring them home.
Bio: Ashlynne's a former show cat and breeding queen, born at Laki cattery in PA, where she's still featured in their website Gallery. She was a breeding queen at Evita Burmese in St. Paul, MN, giving birth to several kittens from 2002-2005. Ashlynne and some of her offspring can be seen on Ashlynne's Page on Evita's website. Retired from breeding in 2006, she moved to Ringapurr cattery in Ohio, where she returned to the show ring and earned more awards. When she no longer enjoyed being shown, she was allowed to retire from that, too. Some of her achievements as a 'show girl' are listed separately below. We adopted Ashlynne in January 2010, and she's since been a joy to us. Her sweet silliness has us laughing daily. In February 2011, Ashlynne's right eye was removed -- see below.
Iris Melanoma in Ashlynne's Eye: When we adopted Ashlynne, she had spots in her right eye that had been there for a few years, diagnosed as eye freckles or iris melanosis. In February 2011, I noticed some changes in her eye which led to her being referred to a veterinary ophthalmologist. He determined the melanosis was transitioning to iris melanoma (cancer) and was in danger of spreading beyond her eye. Her right eye was removed February 14, 2011. The histopathology showed it was, indeed, iris melanoma, but it was in the early stages, not yet aggressive, and appeared to be contained within Ashlynne's eye. Removal of her eye will hopefully prove to be the permanent cure. The first few days after surgery were rough, but then Ashlynne bounced back. It was soon apparent she felt better than before -- her eye had bothered her more than we knew.
*UPDATE FEB. 2012: A year later, Ashlynne's first annual chest x-rays showed her lungs were still clear of tumors, as they were at the time her eye was removed. Iris melanoma often metastasizes to the lungs, but thankfully, Ashlynne's lungs were still clear. She continues to be lively and active.
*UPDATE MARCH 2013: Ashlynne's chest x-rays were again clear - there was absolutely no sign of metastasis from the melanoma that was in her eye.
*UPDATE MARCH 2014: Chest x-rays still clear!
*UPDATE JANUARY 2015: Ashlynne's chest x-rays are CLEAR again!
*UPDATE MARCH 2016: It's been 5 years since Ashlynne's iris melanoma and she's doing so well that her vet and we decided to discontinue the yearly chest x-rays.
ASHLYNNE - SHOW GIRL: Ashlynne is registered in both CFA and TICA. She achieved CFA Champion in 2001, Grand Champion in 2002, 'Best of Breed' and 'Best of Color Class' [Sable] in the Great Lakes Region in 2001-2002. After she retired from breeding in 2006, she returned to the show ring as an alter, earning more awards: Premier and Grand Premier (CFA) 2006, Supreme Grand Champion Alter (TICA) 2007, Best Burmese Alter of the Year 2006-2007 (TICA), Sixteenth Best Alter of the Year 2006-2007 (TICA). She even flew to Hannover, Germany, in Sept. 2006 to compete in the TICA Annual Show. Ashlynne has been in shows all over the Great Lakes region and from PA and NY in the east, to Florida in the south, and as far west as Las Vegas, NV, and Tucson, AZ. The furthest she travels now is a few miles to the vet, hopefully only a couple of times a year. She's still a good traveler, but she's always very happy to get back home.
Beepers' and my Gotcha Day anniversary was yesterday, and Manytoes, Tundra, Rory and Lynzee sent us lovely pictures. Neither one of us can upload photos to our PhotoBook, though, so we're putting it in our diaries instead. Yep, our PhotoBooks are lemons but we can still make lemonade. :)
I started off the day snuggling under the covers with Mom (shhh! -- don't tell her I was only using her body heat to keep warm). Then, I jumped on my daddy Beepers, trying to get him to wake up and play chase with me. But he wouldn't budge from his bed -- he's an Olde Furt!
I did manage to get some treats from Mom already and I'm hoping for some more! They do NOT make me gassy, no matter what "Anonymous" claims in their gift message!
Thanks for the birthday wishes and gifts on my page! I also received birthday photos from Big Harry and family and from Tundra and her family. I was just able to squeeeeak them into my PhotoBook before it said I had reached the maximum of 200 photos. Since I have one of the PhotoBooks that doesn't work, I can't move photos nor delete any to get below 200 again, BUT maybe after the launch of the new platform for Catster and Dogster next week, everyone will be able to use all the features that are broken right now. I hope so!
dashing off to celebrate like a 6-year-old
Thanks for the gifts on my page:
Hazel Lucy and Mazie for the delicious cupcake
Family of The Drifter♥, Mouse ♥, Purrdie, Until we meet again, Muffin ♥ Rainbow Bridge, Willow Rainbow Bridge, Charley Fly free sweet boy, and more! - for the yummy mouse :)
Tundra, Rory, Lynzee, and Manytoes for the big hugz
Timo Katze for the big balloons
Family of Pounce, Dexter - Angel DB #58B, Sigmund - Angel DB #58A, Daisy Angel, Benson - DB #178, Paisley, and more! - for the pretty butterfly
Jory Jaite (smooch!) and family for the big cake
"Anonymous" - who sounds suspiciously like Pansy - for the pretty butterfly
Roxy for the yummy cupcake
Sullivan and Kovo for the cheerful sunflower
PJ, Katrina and the rest of the Alicats gang for the happy sunflower
Family of Luke, Tully, Sammy, and Natasha for the lucky ladybug
Family of MILO BLUE EYES DB# 73, Smokey Joe Angel Dreamboat #9, SAM Dreamboat In Training #23 and MALLEE DG# 22 for the purrty rose
Family of Big Harry, My Orange Angel, Patches, Angel Abigail, Angel Zack, Angel Lumi, Silvio- Angel Dreamboat #11, and more! - for the lovely tulips
Saphira, Viola, and the spirit of Nonsense for the fun kite
Family of Lady, Baby, Sammie and Cesar for the big hugz
Family of Mac, Angel Ivy, Legolas (Legaly)-Forever Loved, Zander, Zoey, Jax, and more! - for the big hugz
Family of Dakota, Icebox (Rainbow Bridge), Hawkeye (Rainbow Bridge), Stovepipe (Rainbow Bridge), Echo (Rainbow Bridge), Blanca (Rainbow Bridge), and more! - for another yummy mouse
Smiley and Luigi for the kissy lips!
Hetty Miep Wainthropp and family for the delicious cupcake
Family of Zoey, Opie, Elmer, Muffy, Boo-Boo, Oliver, and more! - for the big hugz
Family of Mia, Milo, Xena Princess Warrior DG#23, Queen Tallulah Angel Dreamgirl, Zeke, Kandi Our Sweet Angel Girl, and more! - for the big hugz
Family of Harley ~ DB #173a, Cody ~ DB #173b, and Raj ~ DB #173c for the yummy cupcake
Family of Ringo, Webster, Dusty the Puppycat *DLM*, Iris and Buddy for the beautiful forever heart of gold
Family of Mike ~ married to Lady Dolly, Evie ~ married to A. Shai, Mojo Blackbear, Angel Mallow ~ married to O.J., Angel Smokey, Angel Jezebel, and more! - for the kool kite
Family of ♥Simon♥ and Reuben (An angel now) for the pretty red heart
Family of Wanda 2000-2006, Norman DB#93 2001-2013, Tess 9-10-2005 to 9-15-2012, Rupert, Mitchell, Beckie, and more! - for the pretty red heart
WeBeesSiameezers for the pretty tulips
ishtar *proud wobnapt* for the transatlantical big box packed with GIRL-POWER and a red heart
Ginger for the big hugz
Family of Molly Angel, Macy Angel, Misha Angel, Emma (in memory), Skeeter (always loved), Uboo, and more! - for the fun butterfly
Family of Bliss (My Cherished Angel), Penelope and Minuette for the cheerful daffodils
Muppet for the pretty butterfly
Family of Keisha ~DG4~ and Sylvester DB #28 for the big colorful butterfly
Family of Alexander, Dreamboat #110, Natasha, Sootsie, Ben, Angel Dreamboat,#39-1987-, Juliette, Queso, and more! - for the giant cake