We recently obtained our new Ragdoll we named "Coho" from Connie and Robert Walter of Sweetheaven Ragdolls. We just could not be happier! Coho is a healthy, wonderfully friendly kitten who kisses us "good morning", plays energetically during the day, and then sleeps the night through next to our heads, often purring contentedly. He is amazingly social around strangers, and possesses a curiosity that consistently makes us laugh.
We absolutely loved working with Connie and Robert Walter. They provide a loving environment for their kittens, have exceptional knowledge about this lovable breed, and encouraged us to visit Coho as often as we wanted until he was at the proper age to be separated from his mother and siblings. In general, they were wonderfully supportive to us and no request to visit was ever denied, no question was unanswered. It is obvious from the time you enter their home that the cats and kittens are truly treasured and they are not just "breeders" but passionate about the Ragdolls.
We highly recommend Connie and Robert Walter to anyone seeking professional, caring, experienced breeders. When we took Coho to his first veternarian appointment for his check-up, the vet said he is "phenomonal" and the kitten people dream about finding! We found our new" furever" best friend at Sweetheaven.
1 year old
They are doing great! They never got scared- they made the transition very well. One of them ( we named him Jake) likes to sleep right next to me - and the other (Garret) likes to sleep under our bed. They play with each other all the time- and love all the cat toys. They like to be around us- whatever room we are in they are in- and like to be involved in all the action. Jake is super affectionate and would let me hold him all day long- he esp likes to be held when I am doing something- like making dinner!
In searching for a kitten, I never imagined that I would have such an incredible experience as when I came to meet Connie & Bob. Their level of expertise and extensive knowledge of the ragdoll breed is a perfect reflection of the care that they provide for their kittens and cats. I went with the intention of purchasing one, and left with two little bundles of joy! Their playful demeanor and personalities are everything I could have hoped to find in lifelong pets. I couldn't have imagined going anywhere else - and would recommend them (as well as their cats!!!) to anybody seeking to add to their family.
What can I say about Sweetheaven Ragdolls. I can tell you the name says it for you, Sweetheaven. I spent alot of time talking to Connie by email about Ragdolls and what I was looking for in a kitten for me and my family. In making the trip to Ramona I couldn't wait to see the kitten she said would be perfect for me. He had what she called Personality Plus. She greeted me with a warm heart and a smile and welcomed me into her cattery. I couldn't get past the door way without having to lean down and pet the welcoming party which were Ragdolls of different colors. I could tell off the back these cats were loved by her and well cared for the affection they showed. Not to mention, how healthy they were in size. All of them seemed to be in your face cats, which I love. Now meeting Owen was wonderful. I have been told a true Ragdoll flops in your arms and so he did right along with a very loud purrrrr and totally in your face. I spent more than 2 hours talking to Connie and getting acquainted with Owen. He was the kitten for me. In traveling home he purred most the way not stressing at all about the ride home. Wondering how he would take to the dogs at home was yet to be seen. Well to our surprise Owen thought the dogs were his brothers he even licked their faces. Since Owen has been with us he has become the attraction around the house. Loves water, even tries to jump in the toilet when it flushes, loves to walk in the shower when you are in it. He plays hide and seek and loves games of chase though out the house. He will sneak up on you and grab you leg and hug you without the nails. He also talks to you. The reading I have done mentions they are not good talkers. Well, I think Owen has proved them wrong. He sleeps on my pillow at night and follows me everywhere just like a little kid. He doesn't like being left out of anything and that's how we like it. He is adored by our family and friends. I talk with Connie by email almost daily and send pictures. I not only have a wonderful Ragdoll kitten, also a new friend.
Sunday, July 02,2006
TO WHOM THIS MAY CONCERN
SWEETHEAVEN RAGDOLLS have a wonderful breeding program.
Connie and Robert are very knowledeable and loving in the care and attention their Ragdoll receive. We purchased a Ragdoll kitten on May 6, 2006. We were so impressed with the Sweetheaven facilities.
Marilyn & Ron Hall
My granddaughter's 9th birthday was fast approaching and her family decided to grant her wish for a cat of her own.
Dear Connie and Dear Bob,
The purpose of this note is to tell you how pleased I am with my Ragdoll kitten. I have had Mitsi for almost a month, and she is a terrific kitten. She is brave, fun, adventuresome; but also loving, sweet and very friendly. She came to me perfectly potty trained; she never has had an accident. Mitsi adapted very quickly to her new home; she was friendly from day one. Part of her charm is the nature of the breed, but part is due to how much you cared for her during her first few months of life.
As you know, I was not particularly familiar with cats when I first spoke with you; I have only had dogs in the past. You spent countless hours answering my emails, to give me advice and support, and to help me decide if a cat would be a good companion for me. Further, you listened to what I wanted in a cat, and selected a kitten you felt would give me the combination of fun and sweetness that would be best. Mitsi is full of love, she kisses and hugs and cuddles, but she is not a namby-pamby cat, she has a definite devil streak in her which makes her interesting and a lot of fun. She is now climbing on everything, and is not afraid of anything. But, when I call her name, she always comes running, like a puppy. In fact, her favorite game is to play “fetch”, where I throw a little ball and she runs, grabs it, maybe bats it around a bit with her paws, but then always brings it back to me and hands it over. I’ve not seen too many dogs that play fetch as well as this cat. She is very smart, which speaks to the level of challenge and attention she was given when she was a baby kitten.
Mitsi also likes to go out, and took immediately to a harness and leash, which no one can believe. If I take her to a store she allows perfect strangers to handle her, which I gather is unusual for a cat, opposed to a dog. I work during the day, and keep her in her cage; she is always peaceful when I get home, happy to see me, but not crazy anxious to leave her cage. After the first week or so, I only close her cage when I leave the house; otherwise the door is always open. She loves to sleep in my bed, and usually is pretty good about letting me sleep. She is a good eater, and is growing nicely. You showed your concern for the cat’s health by specifying the exact food she should eat, and gave me detailed instructions on how to feed and care for her. You also showed tremendous integrity early in our relationship, where there was a problem with email, and you sold a different kitten I had wanted; you then held Mitsi for me with no deposit or anything other than my word I would buy her.
I would recommend Ragdolls highly as a breed of cat, they are wonderful animals, and I certainly would recommend Connie as a breeder of Ragdolls. Mitsi is a beautiful cat, with mitted paws, and her “seal” (gray/brown) coat is absolutely lush and coming into its color nicely now. You clearly love all your animals, and they leave your home well adjusted and ready to move on to their new owners.
We were so fortunate to find Connie and Robert Walter and Sweetheaven Ragdolls. My husband and I were looking to adopt a retired male, Ragdoll and happened upon their Website. I was very impressed with their love of Ragdolls as well as their other animals. Their number one priority is to make sure their Ragdolls are loved and well adjusted. We could see this when we visited their cattery. We fell in love with two "huge" brothers and knew they were going to steal our hearts. Connie and Robert were wonderful, letting us spend time to get to know Heineken and Milwaukee. Connie is very knowledgeable and supplied all the information we needed to make a smooth transition for the "boys". If you are interested in the Ragdoll breed I would highly recommend bringing a Sweetheaven Ragdoll into your home. We couldn't be happier with these magnificent sweet boys and with the support we received from Connie and Robert. We will recommend them to all our friends and family."
Lexus is doing great. She is very happy. I love her. She is the best cat I've ever had. She is very well behaved. I have no problems with her.
June 14. 07
This is a letter of recommendation for the Sweetheaven Cattery and the owners Connie and Robert Water.
My husband and I met Connie and Robert for the first time this June. 2007 as we wanted to see the kittens who were nearly ready for adoption. We had lost our pet cat after 18 years and were fairly certain that we wanted a Ragdoll kitten to join our family. I researched catteries in the San Diego area and just had a "feeling" that Sweetheaven was the one for us.
We were very impressed with the cleanliness of the cattery and the large amount of room the cats enjoyed here. Connie and Robert were personable and gracious and spent a lot of time with us showing the kittens and discussing the care, personalities and specialties of the Ragdoll. We met 4 confident, playful kittens and were amazed at how social they were; accepting strangers with no fear at all. Although we initially went just to "look", it was quickly apparent that we would be adopting one. Selecting the one we wanted was a bigger problem than we had anticipated since all the kittens were so very special. At that point my husband said, "We have two laps so we should have two cats". I was overjoyed so we did select two: one seal mitted and one blue mitted.
Our new babies have delighted us in every way. They have shown no fear or reticence with their new home. We love them already and we have only had them slightly more than 1 week. They are well-trained to the litter-box, they are loving, beautiful and very smart. We are especially glad that we got two sisters as they play together, cuddle together and it is apparent that they love being together.
We have the utmost confidence in Sweetheaven cattery. I know that Connie and Robert maintain the highest ethics as breeders. Rather than "mass produce" kittens, they prefer to have a smaller number of very-high quality litters. They care completely about the health of all the kittens that they send out to new homes and they want to ensure that the kittens are well socialized and confident as well.
I would be happy to discuss this cattery, as well as Connie and Robert, with any prospective new "parent" and can be contacted at: email@example.com.
Judy and Tony Trinkle
KC is doing great and is a real sweetheart. He is absolutely beautiful
and we have enjoyed every minute with him needless to say he gets alot
of attention. He went in for his check up and he is in excellent health.
The Guy Family Testimonial:
Where to start? I know that I am leaving a lot out because there is so much to say!!! I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Connie and Robert!! Their knowledge of ragdolls, and concern for their cats is awesome, you know they really care about and love their precious kitties, and are not "just breeders"! They welcomed our family of 6 into their home with opened arms. They let our children interact & play with their kitties, & the thing that impressed us the most is how social each of these cats were and how tolerant each of them are. The cattery was very clean, and the cats were very well taken care of and all of them were healthy. It is a happy home and a wonderful environment for the cats. Then, it was time for us to see our precious angel, and it was love at first sight! Connie and Robert were very informative about the care of, and different behaviors unique to ragdolls, and believe me, they really know their cats!! We have since brought our beautiful girl home, and everyday she does something Connie and Robert said she would!! She is a precious addition to our family and makes us laugh...she truly is like a toddler! When we are ready to add another to our family, we will definitely come back to Sweetheaven!!
Family web site: www.easysite.com/guyfamily
Look for Sweetheaven Raggedy Aphrodite
I want to thank you for making my purchase of one of your Ragdolls a very rewarding experience. You and Robert were very professional and informative. I had all my questions answered and I felt very comfortable making this choice.
Chloe fits in to our family unit in a wonderful way. She is very sweet and social. She is healthly and extremely active. She interacts with our puppies and they get along well.
I am pleased that I found your website and I would recommend you to anyone who is looking for a special kitten.
Tamara Estes (Las Vegas, Nevada)
August 26, 2007
I can't recommend Sweethaven Ragdolls highly enough. The minute I saw my precious "Angel" and her sister I was struck with how exceptional these kittens were. They were strong, healthy, happy, playful, and confident. Robust in every sense of the word and a cut above other very nice kittens I had seen. The quality of the breeding, care and love were evident. I have had Angel close to two months and she just keeps unfolding into a more and more loving, playful and intelligent companion. She loves to play hide seek, peek-a-boo, and a bunch of other games we've invented. She's always changing things things up and making the games more complex and fun. When I'm working on my computer she lays on the bed beside me, on her back with her tummy exposed and her feet in the air. What a character! We always have her toys within reach and she brings me a favorite toy when she wants to play with that one. My house looks like a toddler lives here and thats just the way we like it. She goes with me from room to room and lets me do just about anything. She quickly caught on to harness training and we're half way through toilet training...so far so good. She makes me laugh out loud and smile continually. She has a wonderful spirit and personality, loves to please and is a curious, playful young girl.
March 11, 2008
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Little Benny has been the most delightful kitten I could ever imagine. He is so affectionate when I first wake up in the morning as well as when I return home, escorting me around the house and constantly looking up at me for eye contact. He kneads the floor like a baker kneads dough when I pet him. And then the energy and zip kicks in and he is zooming around the house like a racecar driver without a car! He loves the cat dancer and other toys on a string that he can chase, but also spends countless minutes diving in and out a paper bag hoping to catch some mysterious prey within. After he is pooped out, he'll come and sit next to me on the couch and when I spend extended time at home (such as on the weekends), he happily will crawl up on my lap and fall asleep. Ed and I feel so fortunate to have been allowed to take him into our home. You and your family have done a wonderful job teaching him not to use his claws to scratch people and not to bite hands (I was amazed!). He has brought an incredible amount of happiness to our lives. Thank you so much!
March 11, 2008
April 2, 2008
Where do we begin? After having two heart aching experiences and having to relinquish those kitties back to the breeders, we never thought we would find the perfect playmate for our Toby MAC.
I believe that “things happen for a reason”. And “patience is a virtue”.
With that said, we have been the lucky “first” family to have Sweetheaven Ragdolls deliver a kitten to us via a pet friendly transportation. Prior to Sophia, Sweetheaven Ragdolls were never shipped for very understandable reasons. I inquired if we could possibly make this work to both our advantage and God willing, the opportunity was there for both of us to give and receive. The experience of the “pet friendly” transportation was superb and ran without any glitches. In our case, we were on opposite ends of the country (Ramona, California to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). Sophia arrived in meticulous show condition with her own toys; food and fleece mat so she felt comfortable during the flight. All the while attended by a person the entire time and never left out of the caretaker’s sight. She immediately felt comfortable with us while giving us “happy” paws when we switched her to our carrier for the ride home in our car. One week later, we got a surprise follow-up phone call from the caretaker wanting to check to see how Sophie was adjusting to her new home. Connie and Robert had to be ecstatic when she stated that she wished all her transport kittens were like Sophia due to her excellent temperament. Not only did we hear from the caretaker, Connie and Robert took the time from their busy schedule to chat with us on the phone (just to keep in touch and not just about Sophia but also our dear Toby MAC).
Our beloved “show quality” cream lynx mitted girl was love at first sight. This was all done strictly via emails & photos so you can only imagine the hundreds of questions that I had for Connie. Most breeders get discouraged and impatient with a person like me who ask questions but Connie was completely the opposite. She is the ONLY breeder that has been so kind and dedicated to honestly answering each and every one of my concerns during the interviewing process (which by the way, this was an interview for us by her and also an interview of the cattery for us via the Internet). This did not happen overnight, one week or even one month. I value a breeder who will take the time to interview a family to assure that her babies are going to be placed in a forever and caring home (this was something that I also looked for when choosing a breeder ~ one who actually “did” a family interview.
As I mentioned that patience is a virtue, we waited a long time for this transaction to occur due by helping Connie locate the pet friendly transportation as well as waiting for her to be spayed and cared for afterwards. Connie took the time to email me the day before Sophia was spayed and when she arrived home to let me know the up-to-date news of her condition of doing well after her surgery. As a long distance Mom-to-be, I was anxiously awaiting the emails as Connie typed them. We were so reassured knowing that Connie has a veterinarian assistance certificate, and she would be the perfect person taking care of our baby that was still in her hands.
Connie goes the extra mile when it comes to her kittens, which I refer to as her “babies”. Connie’s expertise in breeding along with her loyalty for the betterment of the Ragdoll breed shines through even though we actually never got to visit her cattery in person. If I were to describe Sweetheaven cattery, the words would be: ethical, experienced, trustworthy, outstanding, honest, personable, professional, praiseworthy, friendly, and conscientious. Also, with the utmost integrity that would insure an invaluable transaction of purchase between the breeder and the buyer.
On yet another positive note, Sweetheaven Ragdolls will be available to answer questions AFTER the purchase. I have been promised this statement numerous times via our many emails. She actually encourages photographs sent to her so she can share in seeing her babies as they mature.
My hubby and I were thrilled when we got the care package in the mail for our little princess before she even arrived. And so was our dear Toby who thought it came for him! Maybe he thought Sophia was supposed to jump out of the box! <GRIN Not only does she sell you a magnificent kitten, she supplies you with food, toys, bedding and entire packet of V-E-R-Y detailed information. The information included her registration paper, certified pedigree papers that listed many generations of her championship lines, and all of her medical information (valuable tool for our local veterinarian). Also included were instructions on the food that Sophia previously ate so we knew exactly what to purchase to make the transition as comfortable as possible and quite easy for us to follow. Connie sent a list of plants to avoid that are poisonous, and also the detailed information about “why” not to declaw your kitten. We also believe this is cruel, unsafe and absolutely unnecessary so we were thrilled to sign a contract reading that she did not allow the kitten to be declawed. THANK YOU CONNIE for making all of your kitties experience a healthier life in our world by educating your clients. No kitten deserves to be disfigured or tortured by an unnecessary operation.
Deciding upon a name for our noble kitten was so very difficult. I had a gazillion names and finally decided that the most appropriate registered name would be “SWEETHEAVEN Crème de la Crème. She definitely is the cream of the crop, the best flower in the bouquet, and what we would consider a “chosen” prize to have blessed our family. “Chosen” meaning that Connie took the time to consider our current active Ragdoll kitten and made the correct selection appropriate for him due to their compatible PURR-sonalies!
Again, back to the statement of “patience is a virtue” and when purchasing from Sweetheaven Ragdolls, we can assure you that you will also get the BEST ~ just as we have!
Sweetheaven Ragdolls have pawsome PURR-sonalities!
Happily ever after ~ heart felt thanks,
Janice, Bob, Toby MAC (M=most, A=amazing, C=cat) & Sophia Lynn (formerly Yoda)
“Sweetheaven Crème de la Crème
Thanks, Ivan and Mary elsa
June 29, 2008
I wanted to give you an update on the girls. Beehive Honey Bee and Sweetheaven Busy Bee (Bizzie) are doing well. I am happy to say they have adapted to their new home easily. They have made themselves at home picking their favorite places on the sofa or in my closet. Although they are never very far from me at any time. I can always count on a welcoming committee when I come out of the bathroom.
Connie, you were not kidding when you said the kitten was a bowl of cherries. She's so much fun to watch her entertain herself. Her favorite toy to date is a tyvek race bib that I was given for the Race for the Cure. We play fetch with it all the time. Honey Bee prides herself by showing me the little crocheted toy she "captured" by verbally getting my attention. Bizzie and Honey play together all the time with Honey being the dominate girl and Bizzie always giving her that respect. However sometimes Bizzie will stalk Honey, jumping out at her then running in the opposite direction at the same time.
I have so appreciated all your guidence making the transition for the girls so easy. And I know I can call on you in the future for any questions I may have.
Thank you Connie for these sweet beautiful babies.
Sweetheaven Buzzy Bee
Beehive Honey Bee
July 5, 2008
Oh, Connie, we couldn't be happier with Little Benny! He weighs over 11 lbs, but is not fat, just big! He has a lot of kitten energy, and zips and zooms around the house in the morning like someone who has had 2 espressos! My mom is visiting this week, and she and Benny have become best friends because she stays home during the day and plays with him. He is such a beautiful cat--many people who meet him for the first time are spellbound by his good looks. He likes to come on my lap in the evening and sit and be stroked. He also likes to sit on my lap when I am on the computer--it keeps me nice and cozy! We are so happy with him, and thank you and your husband for raising him during his early years and providing him such affection!
Oct 27, 2008
The rumor is true, we got a kitten!!!!
Hi Connie! We are absolutely ADORING our new kitty! My wife has affectionately named him Paisley. He is a true kitten - a little mischief maker - but he has such a sweet loving side, as seen in the picture where he is laying on my lap. That picture was taken the day after he came home (Monday)!
I hope my mom's email didn't scare you too much. We have been enjoying these kitties so much that she couldn't send the email without some humor.
I can't even begin to describe how happy we are. These kitties are so adorable and precious. Even the first day, they were rubbing up against our legs and purring. And their cute little meows are absolutely adorable. My dad has joked that Butterball's Indian name would be "Talks A Lot". Even my nephew, upon first seeing her, commented that she talks a lot. And an added bonus is that Jay Jay is now talking more. He has always been pretty quiet. He's a little nervous right now, so he is purring more (and louder), and licking my arms a lot.
Both girls found they like the dining room chairs. They can curl up on the soft chair! s, with the cover of the table, and just hang out. When we call to them, they usually come out. They've both checked out my room in the basement. Mercedes likes to go behind my headboard. Butterball found a nice empty shelf behind my printer. She also likes to sleep on my computer chair, and also on the floor next to my bed. She has spent most of the last two nights in my room. She looked very offended the first day when I wouldn't let her follow me down (I hadn't closed off the laundry room yet).
Mercedes loves the couch. She'll curl up next to anybody there. She was all over dad a few times. He is really surprised to have cats who like him from the beginning. They sure do know how to suck up properly :) Butterball prefers the love seat. Both like the new tunnel my sister gave me for Christmas. They both play in it on their own. Butterball found a plastic ball on Christmas. I missed the photo, but she was carrying the ball around! and meowing. It was really cute. I think she lost the ball under the treadmill, so I bought some more today.
I am amazed at how well they are adjusting. I was expecting them to hide a lot more, and keep to themselves. I figured Butterball would be extra spooky for quite some time. But they have really been doing well. They have been checking everything out, and seem pretty happy. They don't have any problems with the dogs, and our other cats have been spookier than them.
Mom has been having fun with their names. I think she is currently calling Butterball "Butter brickle". We've also joked that she is more of a ham than a turkey. I hope to get a bunch of photos up tomorrow. She is just so cute.
My parents like Jay Jay, and he is a reall sweety, but they are really falling in love with the Ragdoll breed with these girls. We can see all the traits of Jay Jay's that are definitely Ragdoll, such as the trill sound he makes and the ragdoll flop. But he had a bad beginning. He was left outside a lot, and I suspect he didn't get much hands on loving. He clearly bonded with me, but even so, was slow to let me hold him and really love him up. I think being hugged was new to him, and while he liked it, he was afraid to admit he liked it in case he lost it. He didn't understand that he was a keeper. And he was much much slower with other people. My parents could barely get a hand on him to pet him. He would walk just close enough for them to barely touch him, but not get a grip. He looked offended if they didn't try, but didn't want them to succeed either. These two are much cuddlier and open to attention from everybody. And just downright adorable.
They are both even better than I had hoped for. I don't understand how that email back in April caught me, but I am so glad I didn't give up on the idea. These kitties are going to bring us a lot of joy over the years. They've already had a great start. My mom is fascinated by them, and my dad is talking about them a lot too.
Thank you again.
Sweetheaven Butterball Angel
The brothers are sweet boys and we are so lucky to have them!
john & jenitta
Sweetheaven Chewy and Sweetheaven Vader
Sweetheaven Beautiful Bubbles
April 1, 2009
It’s been a week since we brought Dee Dee home. He is such a sweet, wonderful, and playful kitten. He hasn’t caused any problems around the house at all. We very much enjoy having him around. You are right, Dee Dee purrs a lot and he gives kisses. My parents were never fans of cats but they too have already been won over by him. Brian and I look forward to coming home every day. Thank you so much for doing such a superb job tending to him after he was born. I don’t think he would have turned out so great if not because the environment and the care you provided for him. I highly recommend people who are interested in having a Ragdoll to check out Connie. Please do not buy pets from pet stores. Getting a healthy and happy Ragdoll cat from a professional and responsible breeder like Connie is the best way to go.
Sweetheaven Dee Dee
Sweetheaven Viper 2
We thought about getting a small dog but that didn’t seem like the right thing. Then we found the solution. A RAGDOLL a dog in a cat’s body and no barking! We found Sweetheaven Ragdolls through a recommendation --- Connie and Robert are amazing. They are very serious about their “kitties”. They gave us their time freely and spent hours educating us about the ragdoll breed. They also helped match us up with the right kitten to fit our family.
We adopted a blue-mitten male named IKE. He is already 11 lbs at 6 months! He’s healthy, sweet and playful and very social. He loves to snuggle and purr; he is on my lap purring as I write this. We all love him and only wish we had found the ragdoll breed and Sweetheaven Ragdolls sooner. We visited other breeders and there is no comparison — Connie and Robert truly are passionate about the Ragdoll Breed and their kitties. We cannot recommend them highly enough and would be happy to talk to anyone who is interested in adding a truly wonderful member to your family.
Kim, Phil & Dareos,
Garnet is doing extremely well. He eats very well and he's already gained 12 oz.
One thing we're surprised with most is his fearlessness. He's unlike a typical cat.
On the other hand, he is an affectionate boy.
At last, I appreciate Connie who trained him.
We're very happy to have him.
Jeff and Miho
Ragmeister Viper 1 Of Sweetheaven
Soulmates High Hopes Of Sweetheaven
These are pictures of Andre, my wonderful 5 y/o blue-mitted Ragdoll from Connie and Robert Walter of Sweetheaven Ragdolls. They were taken on the 3rd day of his arrival in his new forever home.
We met him on 7th June and he came home with us on 13th June.
Connie and Robert were very warm and welcoming to us. I immediately relaxed and felt at ease in their company. We spent over 3 hours with them on our first visit, and they were very thorough and patient and kind. All they want is to make sure their Ragdoll goes to a good home. They are one of the nicest couples I have ever met, and certainly one of the best breeders in this hemisphere! They truly set the bar for other breeders, be it cat or dog or bird, etc. It really is an honour to have one of their babies.
I am very particular about choosing a breeder and will correspond with as many breeders as I need to until I find the Right one. And even then, I want to build a rapport with them before I am certain I want a 'child' from them. I do not believe in rushing such a decision, it is an investment that should never be trifled with.
But the Wonder Walters went way above and beyond my expectations, and I am so blessed to have them within easy distance.
We met a few of their adult Ragdolls, and the love for these beautiful cats is so palpable that just thinking about it now makes me all warm and fuzzy. But before we even meet with their cats, we had to disinfect our hands. They have good bio-protocols, and being a parrot owner who is obsessed about disease prevention, I was most impressed with the cleanliness, hygiene and safety of their cats and kittens.
Also before we met in person, Connie was very patient with my emails, and very prompt with her replies. She was interested in knowing me as I was interested in knowing her.
In the end, not only did we come away with a wonderful Ragdoll child, but I feel I have made a wonderful friend in Connie and Walter.
Connie, I would be very happy if you would use my email as a testimonial.
Cherrytree Andre Of Sweetheaven
I am so glad you had such a wonderful time at the cat show. It must be so fun looking at all the stunning Ragdolls.
I know I have already emailed you, but just to give an update for everyone's benefit.
Andre scored a Perfect 10 for his wellness checkup. The vet was very impressed with him, and had nothing but wonderful things to say about Andre and your cattery.
He said Andre is in excellent health (thanks, Connie) with a perfect set of pearly whites (thanks, Connie!) and good weight (thanks, Connie!!) along with the most sweetest disposition (THANKS, Connie!).
He is a petite boy, weighing in at 12.13 lbs. Nothing but 100% studerific STUDLINESS.
Your vet congratulated me on such an excellent boy. Andre does you credit, Connie. He really is puuurrrrrfect. I am such a lucky person! He really is a special boy. Thank you very much, many times over, for trusting him with us.
He is just SO darn cute! Watching him is like watching a really, really good comedy-action show.
Cherrytree Andre Of Sweetheaven
April 30, 2010
May 3, 2010
Hi Connie, Robert,
Hi, Connie. Just a short note to let you know that our Beau is doing wonderfully! He is eating just fine and adjusting beautifully! Nothing seems to phase him except the mirrors on our sliding door cupboard; when he saw his reflection in the mirror, he jumped a mile high!!!! That was this morning and now, even that does not bother him. Beau just loves to play. He is so loving. He has brought so much joy into our lives already. Thank you......................
May 29, 2010
Maya settled in beautifully, and continues to make my household warmer and cuter. I am so incredibly happy with her, and I am in love with Ragdolls in general! The vet has given her a complete clean bill of health (not surprised at all) and everyone that has met her wants to keep her. She's gained about 2 and a half pounds just in the time I've had her! I've attatched two pictures for you. Thanks again for everything!
May 29, 2010
May 29, 2010
Dear Connie & Robert, Sweetheaven Vanessa and Violet
Where do we begin? We have had the girls - Violet & Vanessa - only a month and they are already part of our family. We have never met such well-socialized kittens! They get along with Phoenix, our 11-year old rescue cat, with no problems whatsoever. Moreover, the girls do not scratch our furniture, they use their litter boxes religiously, and are just a ton of fun! We spend much of our free time snuggled with them on the couch. They are very affectionate.
We love all your cats. Our friends enjoy hearing about the girls’ mother (Mercy) and father (Eddie). We have a couple of friends that have already checked out your website and are seriously considering adopting one or two ragdolls. We told them they could not find better cats than those at Sweet Heaven!
We cannot say enough about the quality of your ragdolls, but also about you two as people. We are so pleased that we were able to get acquainted with both of you during our visits to the kittens. It is so clear to us that you truly care that your cats are placed in loving homes.
If you are ever downtown, we would love for you to stop by and see the girls. They are growing like crazy! It appears that Vanessa is going to be bigger than Violet. Their personalities are so distinctive. Vanessa is famous for her “silent meow.” She opens her mouth and looks at us, but nothing comes out. (She actually can meow when she wants to!) Violet’s nickname is “Crystal-Lite” because she reminds us so much of our beloved Crystal who passed away in January just prior to her 20th birthday. Once again, thank you! We are so very blessed to have adopted two very special kittens from Sweet Heaven.
July 4, 2010
Aug. 8, 2010
Our daughter Melody has been obsessed with cats since she was an infant; so much so that her fourth word was 'Kittycat.' At the recommendation of Joella Cunnington - close friend, fairy godmother to Melly, and dog trainer extraordinaire - our family of three visited the SweetHeaven Ragdoll cattery last October. We ultimately decided to wait until Melly was a little older, since we thought it probably wasn't possible for a cat to tolerate - much less become a best friend to - an exuberant, cat-obsessed 2 year old.
When Joella told us recently that the Walters had hand-selected a 5 month old kitten specifically for our family, we were very grateful that they had thought of us, but remained a bit skeptical that a kitten would welcome the attentions of a toddler. Within 5 minutes of meeting him, we knew Casper was the right cat for us. He has the perfect balance of playfulness, sweetness, fearlessness, patience, and gentleness. In an entire hour of very animated play with Melly, there was not a scratch or bite on her little fingers, and it's remained so even to this day. The time and effort Connie & Robert must have spent on socialization was evident when it came time to meet our two dogs; without a moment's hesitation, he sauntered right up to them and politely introduced himself. Quite simply, we could not have hoped for a more perfect cat for our family if we'd been able to 'build one from the ground up,' so to speak.
Casper has been in our lives for almost a month now; and for him, it's been a month of a hundred toddler hugs a day and marathon play sessions, but that seems to be just the way he likes it. In an amazingly short amount of time, he has become the best friend to Melly we'd hoped he'd be, and a much-loved, cherished family member.
Sept. 22, 2010
January 20, 2011
A GIRL AND HER "HERO CAT":
Conversation Between Mel (2 years) and Casper (the kitten) testimonial on Aug. 8, 2010 from John and Lori-
Mel: (praising, snuggling, and petting Casper) I went into the garage to throw away a pair of jeans that were shot, and
transfer a load of laundry from the washer to the dryer. When I came back
in, and walked into the kitchen, this ensued:
Mel: Spider gone.
Me: ...Spider? What spider, Melly?
Mel: Big spider.
Me: Where's the big spider, Mel? Should Daddy get it and let it go
Me: ...No? Why not?
Mel: Casper ate the big spider.
Here's the kicker, though
Mel: (praising, snuggling and petting Casper) for eating the big spider.
Sweetheaven Casper and Mel
I would like to tell anyone considering a Ragdoll from Connie and Bob at Sweetheaven that they couldn’t possibly do any better. I am very grateful to Connie and couldn’t be happier with my kitten Redford.
I could not have been more impressed with the facilities for the cats and kittens or with Connie herself. It is abundantly clear that the best interest of the cats is the #1 priority in all areas. Connie provides the best possible start for her kittens and is happy to help even after they’ve gone to their new homes.
Now I must gush about my kitten Redford. He arrived home with me as a confident, happy, loving boy who was only too eager to explore and make friends with me and my 2 resident cats (not to mention any friends who visit!). He plays hard and is quite literally fearless. I’ve never seen a cat APPROACH a vacuum cleaner or hair dryer to get a better look! As brave as he is – he likes nothing better than belly rubs and a warm lap to curl up in when he’s all “played out” and ready to rest. Redford greets me at the door without fail when I return from work every night and has been nothing but a pure joy and wonderful companion. I am beyond thrilled with him and Sweetheaven. I couldn’t recommend Connie any more highly. Thank you!
Dear Connie & Robert,
Oct. 17, 2011
Kristin and Family
Feb. 20, 2012
8 Mar 2012
April 22, 2012
Hi Connie and Walter,
Sweetheaven Kallie Kat
I can’t believe our Jessie is almost 17 months. You always told me it takes up to two years for the Ragdoll colors to come in. Wow – what a difference from the day we brought her home to now. After our Abyssinian cats passed on, Dan and I ended up watching a marathon session of Cats 101 on Animal Planet. We knew we wanted another cat and definitely wanted a hearty breed. We zeroed in on the Ragdoll cats and Googled breeders in the San Diego area. Once we came upon your website, we knew our Ragdoll had to come from Sweetheaven Ragdolls. We learned so much from your website alone; but after choosing our Jessie, I learned even more from you during my weekly visits to check on Jessie’s progress. You were always so patient with my numerous questions, with my desire to come up and see the kittens as soon as possible after their first shots, and with our exuberance to bring Jessie home. Jessie has been such a joy from day one. We knew she’d be healthy, and with all the information you provided when I finally got to bring her home, you made her transition to our place so easy. She remains a healthy girl, active and playful, and so beautiful and loving. Our Jessie is a talker, and we love that. She chirps to wake us up in the morning, yells when she’s displeased (she doesn’t like to be locked out of “any” room), and especially likes to tell me when she’s ready to be brushed, which is several times a day. We absolutely love her! We’re so thankful for you and Robert and what you have created with Sweetheaven Ragdolls. If we ever have a need to board our Jessie, we would only leave her with you. We loved having you stop by to see how our girl was doing, and then again to give Jessie her one-year vaccination. Thank you!
Linda and Dan