ONCE UPON A BENGAL...

miniature schnauzer. By the time this beautiful boy was feeling well, his charismatic charm had won his way into the hearts of a "dog family". While our family didn't understand what 'Bengal' meant, Nico taught us, and I absolutely fell in love with the breed. Although Nico was only part bengal, he had strong tendencies towards the 'wild side' and ultimately had the heart of the bengal breed.

     Later that same year, I met a girl who was working at A-kerr's Bengals. We worked together at a coffee shop in Dublin, Ohio and I remember 

     Twenty-one years ago this summer, I went into a pet store in Dublin, Ohio to buy some supplies for my miniature schnauzer when I walked by a tall black wire cage with three kittens inside of it. Although our family had only ever owned schnauzers and definitely considered itself a "dog family" I had always loved kittens (who doesn't love kittens?) and when given the opportunity to interact with them, I couldn't resist. These kittens were no exception; however, they were unlike any kittens I had encountered. They had the most beautiful markings, soft, sleek fur and while most cats gave me a bit of an allergic reaction, these little guys didn't seem to bother my allergies at all. I took the kittens out of the cage one by one and when I picked up the last kitten, he seemed very lethargic and sort of drooped accross the palm of my hand. I explained to the manager that the kitten seemed to be ill, he politely explained that the kitten was probably just tired. I left the pet store troubled at the worker's lack of concern for the kitten and didn't sleep much that night.

     

listening to her amazing Bengal stories and deciding that one day I would have a cattery. Several years later, while looking for a silver spotted boy, I met Donna Newsome of Bengal Mania who encouraged me follow my heart, work with the breed AND KEEP MY STANDARDS HIGH. Today RAHIMI BENGALS is a small, but growing, cattery about 20 minutes Northeast of Columbus, Ohio. Although honest breeders will tell you that not every story within a cattery ends with a "Happily Ever After", they will also without a doubt express that the magic of working with the Bengal far outweighs the challenges responsible breeders face. It is an honor to contribute to such an aesthetically appealing, personality- forward breed and with people who have the heart to preserve and improve the Bengal bloodline. I hope you enjoy viewing our Bengals online and I look forward to helping you pick out the purr-fect new addition to your family.

     The next day, I told a coworker about the kitten and I asked if he would go pick up the kitten for me and deliver him to my brother who would care for the kitten until I completed my shift. My coworker agreed. Now came the tricky part, I knew that my parents (I was still living with them at the time) would not be on-board with the idea of a cat living in the house, so my brother agreed to meet my coworker at my bedroom window to smuggle the kitten into my room and that is exactly what we did. 

     When I arrived home, I found that the kitten was indeed quite sick and immediately called the veternarian. Several hundreds of dollars later my new kitten, now named Nico, was free of not one but two major parasites that if left untreated would have claimed his life. My parents initially agreed to let me keep Nico until he was well enough to be adopted by another family. However, Nico, was a very odd kitten who loved to play in water and would stand on the side of the tub when I was bathing and then get into the bath, he would climb to the highest points in our home and then meow for rescue (not that he needed rescue, he was just doing stunts for attention) and didn't seem bothered a bit by our