Rowan Murphy Powers

Our middle baby, Rowan Murphy Powers. Born 26 July 2009 at the Retablo Maine Coons Cattery in Earleville, MD (http://www.retablo.net/) He is a Red Classic Tabby with white. His father is CH Luckypaws Proteus of Retablo. His mother is Adventhill Corazon of Retablo. Rowan came to live with us on 17 October 2009 when he was 12 weeks old. Now at 8 years old he weighs in at 17.5 pounds.

Rowan is a form of the Irish name Rúadhán (Roo awn) and essentially means "red-haired" or "Red One."

In December 2016 Rowan was diagnosed with severe Inflammatory Bowel Disease and has had his spleen removed. We have launched into the long process of finding food that won't cause inflammation and drugs/holistic treatments that will help minimize it. A beef-based diet seemed to be helping for a while. The IBD caused his weight to drop to 14.5 pounds. Switching him to beef spurred his appetite and helped him get back up to 15.3 pounds. After trying several brands, flavors, and combinations of food, Rowan is now eating well and weighing in at 17.5 lbs.

Fearghal McPate Powers

Fearghal (Fair-ul) was born on 07 April 2009 at the Mainesuspect Cattery in Baltimore, MD. He is a Brown Classic Tabby with white. His father is CH Mainesuspect Blade Runner. His mother is CH Hopecats Topkapi of Mainsuspect. Fearghal came to live with us on 28 June 2009 when he was almost 12 weeks old. He weighed just 3.5 pounds then. Now, at 8 years old, he weighs 17 pounds. Oh yeah, he enjoys a good vacuuming, too -- see the pictures.

Fearghal is an Irish name meaning "Manly" or "Valorous."

Our Project El Camino

On 03 July 2015, we bought this nearly all-original 1987 El Camino from my uncle who was the original owner. He did have the original TH200R automatic transmission swapped out for a TH350. He also had the original 305 cid engine replaced - twice. It has never been smoked in and it has never been hit.

We'll update this album as we work on it.

MAMA Cakes

These are cakes we made for the Maryland Automotive Modelers Association (MAMA) anniversary meetings starting with the18th anniversary in 2006.

Darby Garrett Powers

Grand Premier (GP) CJPaws Darby of DDDreams #1778-1747061 "Darby" came to us on 18 November 2012 at nearly 11 months of age and retired from the cat show circuit. He was born 24 December 2011 and currently weighs in at 16 pounds. Darby was sired by GC, RW CJPaws "Kasper" of Aslanspaw Maine Coon Cattery (www.aslanspaw.com) in Maryland. His Dam was GC Thecathut "Caliente Agua" of CJPAWS Maine Coon Cattery in Central Florida (www.cjpaws.com.) He has a beautiful female litter mate named GC CJPaws Ivy Patch of Aslanspaw and a red older brother named CG, RW CJPaws Tuscan Sun of Aslanspaw.

The Celtic meaning of the name, "Darby", roughly translates to "Free Born."

On 5 March 2014 Darby was diagnosed with extradural T1-2 lymphoma. He's undergoing chemotherapy and we are praying a lot. He is tolerating the chemo treatments very well, so far. His oncologist calls him our "wonder kitty." Someone who didn't know he was fighting cancer would not guess he was sick. Usually right after treatment, he would become less active. During the weeks between treatments his activity level would increase to near normal. With dosage adjustments his activity has been much less affected.

In March 2017, Darby's gait appears to be getting a bit "off". At this point we don't know what could be causing it: the cancer could be building up again or starting in another area, his hip dysplasia could be worsening, his arthritis could be flaring up, or some new malady could be present. We're taking him in for examination this week.