True came into my life as a spiritual gift in 1996. I knew that I was 'ready' for another Maine Coon. I did not want a show quality cat (yet), just a pet. And I did not want a boy. I was looking for a female. True insisted on coming home with me. I was lucky that he did. Neutered, he grew to be 20 pounds, with the most wonderful personality and lovely swishy coat. He taught me the joys of these large relaxed laid back boys. He liked to hang out with me while I worked, frequently on TOP of what I was trying to do! He was a very gentle soul. He was with me for only 11 years due to some genetic disorders. This quickly interested me in breeding Maine Coons. I became very educated in preventable genetic defects. I knew that this would be one of the main goals of my breeding program, when I was ready to start.