April 2000, a South African teddy bear artist met an English teddy bear
collector purely by chance, in a small town in Germany.
Our story officially began with two opposite hemispheres, four years later and with one special cat ....
was a beautiful, independent sepia Bengal Variant belonging to Cheryl.
Although she was always affectionate to her family, she seemed
fascinated by the computer when Cheryl was talking to Marilyn online.
She seemed to sense when the two friends were chatting and just had to
When Marilyn moved to South Africa early in 2005,
Alexandra and her became inseparable. From the first day, the two of
them had a very close bond, they seemed to talk to each other and
definitely understood what the other one was saying. Some months later,
Alexandra had her first litter. On a few occasions, Marilyn became the
"appointed babysitter" and she got quite a mouthful from the little cat
if those babies so much as squeaked!
The cattery was officially
registered in 2005 as "Soulmates" and Alexandra's litter were the very
first Soulmates kittens listed on the SACC register.
Alexandra died the following year. Naturally we were all completely
devastated, but her work had been done and she had taught us some
lasting life lessons. Ones that we had known deep down inside but never
really vocalised - just how deeply the human soul can connect to an
animal. We like to believe that Alexandra's spirit is still here and
that she is still demanding the same high standards that she set with
her own babies.
Since that time, we have seen so many special
relationships develop between our kittens and their owners, which only
strengthens our belief that we all have our "Soulmates" - special souls, both human and animal that are meant to be together!