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PICTURE: Bay of Plenty Times
Mike and Gill Godfrey with one of their kittens. The couple got their first ragdoll in 2001 and fell in love with its personality and
now breed the docile cats.
Couple share life with 90 mellow moggies
Mike and Gill Godfrey never planned
to breed cats but, 15 years on from buying
their first ragdoll, they have almost 90
felines strutting around their Te Puna
With nine pet ragdolls of their own, 24
breeding females and 13 breeding males
and 40-odd kittens, Mr Godfrey said it was
a lifestyle that had become more intensive
than a full-time job.
When the couple first looked at their Te
Puna home, a ragdoll was sprawled out in
front of the fireplace and they instantly fell
for the breed.
They set out to find one of their own and
came across Mysti, the only kitten available
in New Zealand at the time.
The couple began breeding them after
Mr Godfrey’s garden centre business took
a turn for the worse and he walked away
He has not looked back.
The breed’s personality won them over,
Mr Godfrey said.
“They are very laidback and floppy like a
ragdoll, hence their name. They seek you
out and want to be with you,” he said.
They never dreamed of having 23
breeding females, initially they thought 12
would be tops when they started.
“But the primary purpose is to improve
the breed. You are always aiming to breed
the perfect cat and no one ever has. You try
to get as close as you can to it. If you breed
from a particular cat and its kittens are
superior to them, then that is progress. If
you breed from the same pair of cats for 12
years, you’ve got nowhere.”
The couple imported four cats from
Sweden, got several from Australia and one
from Taiwan to mix their blood lines.
Each female cat could breed from the age
of about one, then breed for three to four
years before being retired from the ser vice
and sold on as a pet.
Ninety per cent of the kittens they do
breed are sold, de-sexed and vaccinated,
as a pet, for $750 to $800 a cat. The other
10% may make it to cat shows around New
Zealand where their profile, head size and
shape, colour and placement of their eyes,
colourings and patterns are judged. These
can sell for up to $2000.
Kept in several enclosures on their
property, the cats were better left inside
than out, he said.
“They are far safer like this, because there
are stray cats around. There are dogs, they
could get run over, get into cat fights and
Mrs Godfrey said there were days where
she went “ugh” at the thought of cleaning
and feeding all the cats, plus nine Cavalier
King Charles spaniels and aviaries full of
“ But our motivation is (that) we realise
they are such a neat breed, if we help other
families have that interaction within their
families it ’s quite a neat kickback for us. ”
Ragdolls are large, laidback, semi-
longhaired cats with blue eyes. It is a pointed
breed, which means that the body is lighter
in colour than the points (the face, legs, tail
and ears). The name “ragdoll” is derived from
the tendency of individuals from the original
breeding stock to go limp and relaxed when
picked up. — NZ ME -Bay of Plenty Times
error led to
A mistake by a surgeon during
a brain operation caused a
“c atastrophic bleed”, which led
to a woman’s death, a coroner has
Marie Bonnie Schlef, 55, was
undergoing surgery in February
2013 for an aneurism when an
error made by her surgeon caused
a serious cut to one of her brain’s
The injury caused a “catastrophic
bleed,” which Coroner David
Crerar ruled was the cause of her
Ms Schlef suffered stroke-
like symptoms in late 2012,
after which her family said they
thought her health declined.
She was admitted to hospital
on February 12, 2013 and agreed
to undergo surgery to insert an
introvascular coil to treat an
aneurism in an artery that pumps
blood to the part of the brain
which is key to motor control.
Ms Schlef ’s past history of drug
abuse and the fact that she was
a heavy smoker put her at higher
risk of both aneurism growth
and rupture during surgery,
an independent neurosurgeon
In a tragic twist, the coroner’s
report detailed how Ms Schlef
had initially asked to leave the
aneurism untreated, because of
the risk of rupture.
Leading endovascular surgeon
Dr Ronald Boet said in a
statement he had told her of all
the risks possible during surgery,
Despite the risks, Ms Schlef
agreed to undergo the surgery
after speaking with Dr Boet and
Dr Boet ’s associate, Dr Andrew
Laing, obtained her final consent
During the inquest into Ms
Schlef ’s death, Dr Laing — a
radiologist — admitted one small
but disastrous oversight caused
the fatal haemorrage.
Dr Laing had inserted a
balloon into one of Ms Schlef ’s
arteries to assist with putting a
catheter into the aneurism, and
accidentally removed it before
deflating, causing a brain artery
In his explanation to the
coroner, Dr Laing said he had
not been able to see the balloon
was still inflated, a common
situation in such procedures.
“The balloon that we have on
the imaging screen is actually
very difficult to see.
“ It is not like a big structure,
that is, it ’s barely visible,” he said.
“ Pretty much as soon as I
started to pull the catheter, I felt
resistance . . . and realised what
I had done and stopped pulling.
“ But in that stage, in that
literally one second moment, the
injury was already caused.
“Once that had happened, there
was really no way of reversing the
A hospital investigation into
Ms Schlef ’s death cited the
absence of a physical barrier or
formal memory aid strategy built
into the procedure to prevent
the inflated balloon meant “a
momentary lapse in attention
resulted in the inflated balloon
Ms Schlef ’s daughter, Nicole
Quilter, questioned Dr Laing
under cross-examination during
the inquest as to how a team
of experts did not notice the
balloon was still inflated, and
what changes might be made to
prevent similar mistakes from
being made in future.
Ms Quilter also questioned
why Dr Boet was not personally
performing the surgery, which
she believed her mother had
thought would be the case.
Dr Boet said he at no point had
told Ms Schlef the surgery would
be a “one-man job” and thought
he had explained he would be
part of a larger team.
The coroner recommended
the Canterbury District Health
Board continue with research
to modify the procedure,
recommending a challenge/
response system where separate
people sanction balloon inflation
and deflation and catheter
manipulation, rather than have
one surgeon responsible for all
parts. — NZ ME
Police are releasing a collection of
human remains, including those of
Where possible, remains will be
returned to families of the deceased from
the Royal New Zealand Police Museum
The collection was established in 1908
and human remains were collected until
The remains came from “forensically
interesting” cases, museum director
Rowan Carroll said in a newly-released
Police used to keep the remains as a
“Each of these people was a victim of
either crime or an accident — and we
need to show them some due respect,”
Ms Carroll said.
“Now it ’s time to close this chapter and
hand them back, where we can, to their
relatives and family. Quite simply, it ’s the
right thing to do. ”
Twenty aborted foetuses and four
babies that were infanticide victims were
held at the museum too. Skeletal remains
were also bought from suppliers.
Five confirmed murder victims and one
adult who died accidentally were kept at
Ms Carroll said the museum also kept
remains of seven adults who died in
She said in the new You Tube video
she used official records and newspaper
articles to learn more about the
victims. Ms Carroll then contacted the
Department of Internal Affairs to trace
more information about relatives of the
deceased. — NZ ME
The family of a Christchurch
father of three who died four
years ago is taking legal action to
block his former partner ’s plan to
exhume his body and have him
Jamie Robert Pooley, 27, died
on May 14, 2011.
The former under-18 New
Zealand league player and Aranui
High School student was buried
at Memorial Park Cemetery
in Christchurch. Friends and
family, including his three sons,
often visit his grave site to pay
But now Mr Pooley ’s partner
wants to exhume his body for
The family is fighting the move.
Family members are seeking an
injunction at the High Court in
Christchurch and will be in court
Mr Pooley ’s sister Frances also
launched a petition on change.
org, “ To keep our brother Jamie
Pooley at rest ”.
“ We are currently facing the
High Court of New Zealand to
keep our brother’s body buried
where he is in Christchurch,” she
“ It has been an emotionally
upsetting time for all and we
ask that you sign our petition in
support of our family.”
However, the petition was
removed at the weekend, after
it had received 275 supporters
and started to be shared on social
“ It’s gone far enough,” Ms
Pooley, 34, said yesterday,
explaining why the petition was
taken down. “ We just wanted
people to know what was
A spokeswoman for the Pooley
family said they did not want Mr
“ It just seems right to leave him
where he is,” she said. “As far as
we’re concerned he’s been laid to
Mr Pooley ’s partner was not
available for comment. —NZ ME
Exhumation bid upsets family
A man who was pinned against
a house by his own car at the
weekend remains in a critical
condition in hospital — and
police are still searching for those
The man, in his 30s, was pinned
against a house on Lupton Road
in Manurewa in the early hours
Police spokeswoman Kimberley
Mathews said the victim was
driving his car in the area before
an altercation occurred about
The victim got out of his
vehicle and the offender — who
may have been part of a group —
climbed inside, she said.
“The offender then entered
the victim’s car and crashed the
car into the victim, pinning him
against the house. ”
The man was taken to
Middlemore Hospital where he
remained in a critical but stable
The victim’s car was driven
from the scene and dumped
nearby, where it was later found
Mrs Mathews said police
inquiries were continuing, but
help from the public was needed.
— NZ M E-New Zealand Herald
Man pinned by own car still critical
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This little lad we called Handsome. He is a
stunner, very shy but coming out of his shell
more and more every day. He is 3-4 months old.
Micro-chipped and neutered. He still needs a
little bit of time to build his confidence up, but
will make a stunning friend.
This delightful dark torti is 6
months old. Vaccinated, fixed and
micro-chipped and desperately in
need of a new home. She is playful
This handsome looking dude is called Bruce.
He is about 2 years old, vaccinated, micro-
chipped and fixed. He is looking for an
understanding home with someone who
has the time to let him grow into the brave
funny boy we know he will be.
This is Jack, our 18 month old Farm dog. Jack is a
beautiful natured dog with lots of energy and plenty of
love to give. He is very well behaved and is intelligent.
He would make a great farm dog and may even work
given training. Jack is available for adoption and
comes vaccinated, registered, wormed, de-flead and
micro-chipped. If you have a farm or large section to
accommodate this amazing dog come in and see us.
Please contact the Greymouth SPCA
Centre for all animal welfare concerns,
surrenders, adoptions, inquiries.
21-27 Preston Road, Greymouth
Phone 03 768 5223
Would you like to become a member?
Family $15 Single $10
Contact us on 03 768 5223
This is Arthur and he
desperately needs your
help. He is a neutered
male cat that was
found after possibly
living stray for 1 - 2
years. He desperately
wants to be friends
but gets over-excited
and ends up making
errors in judgement.
We really want to give
Arthur a chance in a
home that would suit him.
We think he would
make an ideal barnyard cat. He hates being confined
and is used to having lots of space to roam around in.
He wants human interaction but only on his terms.
So please help Arthur. If you know anyone on a
farm who needs a little extra help around the barn
then please think of Arthur and tell them about him.
Give him a chance at a forever home!!!
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