Farewell to a Friend
Mark Pennington of Mystre Bengals has passed away suddenly. Mark was an inspiration to all Bengal breeders,
deeply interested in the breed, and a long-time member of TIBCS. Last year he showed a wonderful boy
of his breeding, Mystre Maybe Iím Amazed, to the rank of #1 Bengal in the USA. He was elected to TICAís
Bengal Breed Committee several times and founded The International Bengal Mentors Association. Warm
wishes go to his wife, Karen, and their children at this sad time.
A glimpse into Markís life can be found on http://www.mystre.com/ourfamily.htm, and of course his beloved
cats can also be seen there.
The TIBCS Lightning Fund raises money to combat
HCM in the Bengal breed. Currently ongoing
research is searching for the genetic mutations
in the DNA of HCM positive Bengals. We need
more samples from both HCM positive Bengals
and Bengals over 8 years old who are test HCM
negative in that age group. It is estimated that
another year and another grant will be needed to
develop a test for HCM. Two potentially related
variants have been located and the search for
more continues daily.
You can help by donating
to the Lightning Fund. Any amount would be
very appreciated. Send it by Paypal to the e-mail
email@example.com and note that it is for the
Recommendations for HCM and PK Def
TIBCS has formally adopted Recommendations for HCM and PK Def. The recommendations state when Bengals should be tested and when it is appropriate to use them in a breeding program. The recommendations for HCM have been translated into additional languages. See Recommendations.
Around the Web
We are starting a column in The Bengal Bulletin that will list, with commentary as appropriate, web sites/pages that might be of particular interest to members. (For example, the inagural column included a webpage on "Do Raw Diets Affect Blood Test Results?") If you find something that may be of interest to the members (no matter what the topic), send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for possible inclusion in the next column.
Breeder's Brochure Available
TIBCS has a brochure that is designed for breeders considering
joining TIBCS, titled "A Bengal Breeder's Best Friend." The brochure is
on our website on the Forms and Docs page under documents or directly at http://www.tibcs.com/breeders.pdf
Everyone is invited to take it to shows to give Bengal breeders who haven't discovered TIBCS yet.
Drop a line to email@example.com.