KarenPicaKaren Clarke has been breeding and showing Tonkinese cats since 1997. Shorlynes Tonkinese kittens are hand-raised in her home, and are part of the family. Based in Kingston, Ontario, Shorlynes Tonkinese is one of very few accredited Tonkinese breeders in Canada.

Why the name Shorlynes? For Karen, water brings peace and serenity. As a child, her family lived on the shores of Lake Ontario and had a cottage on Georgian Bay. Karen and her husband now live on a lake that is part of the Rideau Waterway System. She is also a dedicated fan of Canadian folk singer-songwriter Laura Smith. One of her favourite songs is Laura’s rendition of Shorelines, which inspired Karen to name her Tonkinese cattery.

Karen’s cats (and 2 rescue dogs!) enjoy views of the water, trees, birds and the usual semi-rural creatures such as owls, osprey, ducks, blue herons, chipmunks, snakes, turtles, coyotes, and the occasional deer. The dogs have a fenced yard and there are a number of enclosed outdoor runs that allow the cats to enjoy fresh air and sunshine safely, if they wish.

Tonks are Karen’s passion. She talks about why she became involved in breeding cats in the following interview:

Interview by K-Town Source, Kingston’s news-magazine program