About the FBRL
The Fanciers Breeder Referral List (FBRL)
is the largest and oldest dedicated cat breeder referral
service on the World Wide Web. Created in November 1994
by a cat breeder for cat breeders, the FBRL has devoted
itself exclusively to the pedigreed cat since that time.
FBRL is run entirely by one person -- me (Barbara French).
I bred Somalis for ten years under the CFA cattery name
Tarantara, but suspected cat allergies forced me out of breeding and showing. Years later I discovered my allergy isn't to cats; I have a severe dust allergy, and it was the dusty show halls that I was reacting to so badly. I never stopped owning cats, but after I got out of breeding, I only kept a few as pets.
I was also a regular feature writer for CATS Magazine, and have published articles, mostly centering on pedigreed cats and related subjects, in several other cat-related
magazines and journals.
I have a master's degree in instructional design from Syracuse University. In addition to running the FBRL, I am working on my federal and state licenses to band hawks, owls, and falcons through Braddock Bay Raptor Research. I am also an active genealogist.
About the FBRL feline staff
The other "staff
members" of the FBRL are my morale officers:
Boo: Boo is my shorthaired brown classic tabby Scottish Fold, aka Grand Premier Linanci's BooBoo B'ear of Tarantara, born in 2000. He's the oldest cat in the house and spends most of his time in benevolent dictatorship over the FBRL offices. He granded easily just before he was a year old, and I would have run him for a regional, except I seem to have the only neutered male Scottish Fold in creation who doesn't care at all for food! Not a good thing for a breed that is supposed to be "well padded"!
Unfortunately, in the spring 2014, we discovered Boo is completely blind, but he's adapted well. We now just can't move the furniture for the next several years!
Goblin: Goblin is a blue and white domestic shorthair born in July 2006. He was acquired from Scottsville Veterinary, a local no-kill shelter in December 2006. He's a very sweet boy, but suffers from severe anxiety disorder and believes everyone other than "his" humans are avowed cat murderers.
Jackson: In 2012, I added another staff member: a Maine Coon boy, Big Tree Cat Stonewall Jackson (right, born May 2012). I have known his breeders Joe and Jean Lentner for many years and, after deciding Goblin needed a friend, I approached them about acquiring a kitten. I chose a Maine Coon because Goblin is a very anxious, fearful cat and he needed a laid-back breed to bond with. Jackson, a brown tabby and white boy, has turned out to be just the best buddy for him.
Jackson was born with a malformed left front leg which is too short to be anything other than a little "chicken wing". His problem is not genetic, but rather from being born under very crowded in-utero conditions (he was one of 7 in his litter) and probably got the circulation cut off early in its development. I hope my experiences accommodating his admittedly short list of special needs may help others with similar situations. I hate to call him "disabled" in any way, because he doesn't know he's any different, nor does it seem to slow him down much.
Molly: Our final staff addition was added in March 2013, a second Maine Coon girl from Big Tree Cat named Molly (born December 2012). Molly is also Jackson's niece; Jackson's precocious littermate Tip managed to get two females pregnant at age four months, before he was neutered at six months!
Molly may be the youngest, but she's the queen of the entire house -- other than Boo, who reigns triumphant in my home office.
History of the FBRL
The list started as a simple cross-reference
on the old Fanciers web site in connection with the original
Fanciers e-mail list, but quickly grew into a popular breeder
referral system. In 1998 the FBRL struck out on its own
(partly due to the fact that it was so popular it outgrew
its free hosting, partly due to the 20-30 hours per week
I was now devoting to keep this huge service going) and
became a paid advertising service. In May 2002 I was able
to make the important step of quitting my "day job"
to devote my full-time attention to the FBRL.
Today the FBRL averages more than 500,000
monthly page views and high standing on all the popular
search engines, including Google, Bing, and Yahoo.
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