Bengal Cat breed founder Jean Mill closed her eyes in death
on June 6, 2018, at the age of 92. In memory and in great admiration,
I include here my personal tribute to her:
Jean Mill was a breeder's breeder - always there to encourage others and expand her visions for the breed she created to include those of everyone who had a passion for the Bengal cat. Perhaps because she had seen the unwelcoming side of an established breeding community to her own new ideas, she was determined that the Bengal community be a more
visionary place - and to her great credit - she succeeded admirably.
In that light, I will always remember her calling me to ask if I had snow kittens available for her customers wanting that color even though it
wasn't her particular cup of tea. Knowing they weren't her cup of tea,
I always felt especially honored when she would praise the work I was
doing with the snows and encourage me to continue.
When I later became involved with the establishment of the long coat
"Cashmere" variety of Bengal, I was quick to tell everyone determined
to look down their noses at them that the very first long coats I had seen were in fact at Jean Mill's house. No, she was not personally interested in perpetuating the variety, but she had nothing but encouragement for me
in doing so, and thus I feel fully justified in crediting her with the foundation for the ultimate success we've had with the acceptance of the Cashmere.
Visits to Jean's house were always a special treat not just to see the latest
Millwood Bengals, but to enjoy long conversations on everything from feline genetics to the amazing adventures she had experienced in her world wide travels. While I dearly miss our visits, our long discussions, and
Jeans always warm and welcoming smile, I look forward with great eagerness to seeing her again when, very soon, the paradise this earth was created to be is fully restored and the divine promise of the resurrection of the dead is fulfilled. "And He will wipe out every tear from their eyes,
and death will be no more. Neither will mourning, nor outcry, nor
pain be any more. The former things have passed away." (Revelation 21:4) RIP - Resurrection In Paradise! I will see you there, young and healthy,
and as full of life as I always think of you Jean!
The First Lady of Bengal Cats
"Beauty always triumphs, be it sensual, intellectual, scientific, mathematical,