Like so many people, my first purebred cat was a wonderful Siamese however, it was in 1977 that I fell in love with the Burmese and purchased my first breeding/show girl, registering my Zarlee prefix the same year. I exhibited and bred Burmese of all colours, winning Best in Show a number of times for 10 years. During this time I saw the Birman cat and I was hooked, so in 1982 a seal point Birman finally joined my family, followed by a number of imports. I achieved Best in Show awards with my Birmans both here and overseas. It was during my trips to the continent that I discovered the beauty of the Fife Oriental and decided I just had to have one. So in 2011 I added the most divine bi–colour Oriental from Hungary to my home, followed by a beautiful black tabby and white Austrian bred Oriental girl and a locally grown tabby point Siamese. All are now retired pets and much loved companions.
My love of cats led me into the realm of judging. In 1997 I began my training and I am now a full licenced All Breed judge and a Tutor for Groups 1 & 2. I spent many years as an active participant and presenter at the judges conferences. I am honored to be a Life member of the Birman Cat Club of Australasia after serving as President as well as running and processing their annual show for many years. I also spent a term on the committee of my local Association, was Editor of their magazine and held a brief time as President. I have been fortunate to have judged around most of Australia and New Zealand as well as France, Belgium and the Netherlands. In this time I have been privileged to handle many truly beautiful felines.