Here we are, Folks, time for another episode of: WAY Too Many Bengal Pictures!!! Let's go...
Opps. Wrong roll. That is not a Bengal. Bengals rarely kiss anyone on the lips. At least not on a first meeting as Flippy seems to be doing. (Flippy is the Llama. The Kissee is Kerri.)
And here we have, well, not Bengals yet either. From all the fish flying around in bright colours, I'm thinking Delirium. Seems obvious. You never know when one of the Endless is going to photobomb a Bengal post, I guess.
AH, here we are. Madame Mim with slippers. Looking not exactly excited about the shoot. Yet. Steak will change this.
Here Freaky Venus takes the Lead Jammer spot, edging out Magic. (If the phrase "Lead Jammer" and the Star do not ring any bells, you might need to do a quick Google. There will be more Derby Posts. Promise.)
Venus has a suspicious nature. She has a great mistrust for pretty much everything. But she's certain about what she wants. And not afraid to let you know. Sometimes Mim uses her Ray Gun Eyes. She generally gets what she wants too.
We will all turn our Ray Gun Weapons upon you! How dare you surprise us! I shall defend these coats until DEATH. And it will be Yours!!! (One day I will actually clean up the place before getting the whim to do a Bengal shoot.Yeah, those are Grinch PJ's hanging out in the background)
Magic. And Tongue. Told you steak would help this shoot.
I like the way Freaky Venus is more concerned about Magic than the SKELETON ARM HANGING OUT OF THE BATHTUB! Relax, all normal. They don't call it the Spooky House for nothing. And I knew the guy.
I wish I could tell you that this is Art, that was what I was going for, kind of an abstract painting almost, of contrasting Spots and Stripes. Actually, I think I will. Got nothing better. Pretty cool tho, eh?
Little Queen Mab gets ready for some serious photos, with a little scratch while King Lear the Huge remains unconvinced. He has not YET seen the steak. These guys aren't cheap. They don't work for free. They don't much POSE either. And are rubbish about taking direction. Unless steak is tossed that way.
See? There's steak cunningly hidden up there. And King Lear the Huge Knows It. Either that or he wants some tunes.
Not a great Cat Photo, but photography is not one of my skills. (It's ok, I have others, my ego is fine) It is a nice example of three different kind of Bengals, tho. Magic on the left, Spotted, and early Generation, Venus in the middle, a Silver, and Mim, a Marble, more stripes than spots.
I debated a long time when I got this Spooky House about buying Bengal Kittens. They're expensive for one. Start at $600 for a pet kitten, later generation. And there are so many animals in rescue, why do this?
I found out why after I got Venus and Mim, from two different breeders. Venus's breeder was shut down by animal control, for horrible conditions. (Mim came from a responsible breeder.) Shortly after that, I found out about Bengal Rescue, and just how many of these Kitties were being given up because people either had to for whatever reason, and shelters will not take them, or they didn't do their homework, and didn't know what they were getting. Couldn't handle them.
I started fostering, and helping find new homes for Bengals, working with Great Lakes Bengal Rescue.
Having Venus and Mim, I knew these cats. Knew what they needed, and how to help them. Then I got Fosters Magic, and Lear, both Early Generation, more Leopard than domestic cat. (Mab is Lear's bonded friend, no splitting up a pair. Bengals BOND, with eachother and their people) No homes for them. Can't happen. Me or sanctuary, where they would have to live in a cage, but would be alive. Nope. Couldn't do it. So I have five Bengals.
An F1 kitten like Magic was would start at $2000.
Please, if you have a chance, tell this story, if you hear of someone wanting an early gen Bengal, tell them: Don't Do It, unless you know what you're doing. They aren't pets. They Are Not Cute Little Kitties With Spots. If you hear someone who might want a later gen Bengal, tell them to do their home work. Know what you are getting into
And call us at Great Lakes Bengal Rescue. We have lots waiting for homes who WILL make very good pets.
There, that's my piece. If they cross my path, I will save them.
And if you do decide to bring one into your home, and they are the kitty for you:
You will never, ever, regret it.
I kind of just want to ask for captions for this last shot of Little Queen Mab....There's so much there.
Love and Way To Many Bengal Shots,