Originally from India, I have traveled the world and have lived in several countries including Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Thailand along with extended 3 month stays in both France and Benin. The only continent I have yet to visit is South America! I received my bachelor's in Environmental Science from Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia. I am a stay-at-home mum of an energetic 3 year old and an 8 month old. I have always loved animals and had wanted to be a zookeeper since I was 9. I may not be a zookeeper now, but some days it sure feels like a zoo!!!
I have had cats my entire life and spent much of my free time in high school being a "cat whisperer" of sorts with all the feral cats that lived in our area. I spent many happy hours winning over their trust and affection, often times without any form of food and treats!
I spent a summer during college working for a veterinarian who was also a wildlife rehabilitator. I spent most of my time caring for injured and orphaned animals, including baby skunks, raccoons, baby barn owls and even a baby bobcat! I also worked with the Maryland Park Services after college and got to work with different birds of prey (screech owls, red-tailed hawks, barred owls and even an osprey and bald eagle) and reptiles. We used these animals (all were non-releasable) to educate the public about the beautiful wildlife around us.
I have learnt a lot about breeding and genetics from being a part of my husband's cattle breeding family. I use all of this knowledge with my cats.
I live out in the country on a farm with my husband, son, baby daughter, German Shepherd and several cats! I love the Savannah cat breed and strive to produce the best cat I possibly can.
My husband Ben, is a rancher/farmer. He, his sister and parents run a registered Black Angus cattle breeding program. They have been in this business for 5 generations and are well-respected in the Angus world. They produce some fabulous cattle for breeding and commercial ranchers. This is where I have learnt a lot about breeding (choosing the right male and female combination to produce the absolute best baby possible). We have been married 5 years and he is not only very supportive of my cat breeding, but often helps me with the cats and kittens. He loves savannah cats as much as I do, after all, he's the one who had our first two savannah cats before we even met and married!! His family's expertise in breeding and genetics is helping me produce high quality Savannah cats.
Elliott is my 4 year old son. He has been raised with Savannah cats his entire life. He loves cars, trucks, trains, tractors and airplanes as most boys do and would happily follow his daddy around everyday if he were allowed to. He loves to play with our cats and kittens and has already learnt that they must be played with nicely. He has his very own savannah whom he has named "Tiger Kitty." All our cats love him. He does very well with our pets and enjoys being able to socialize and play with the kittens. He often times will chase after them calling their names with a feather toy in his hand - and this game is one our savannahs really enjoy!
Sophie is our newest addition to the Janssen family. She is my beautiful 14 month old daughter. She is as wonderful as her older brother and growing very quickly! She is my little girly girl, loving the colour pink, bows, and dancing to music. She adores her older brother and can never get enough of him! She loves all her cats and will often try to get them to come to her by calling "kitty, kitty". They love to play with both Sophie and Elliott!