My name is Lisa Menze. I am the owner of Gulfbeach Bengals.
Most people know that I work with animals as a profession. They met me as a dog trainer, a show handler, or maybe in one of the grooming salons. What surprises people, is that a career dog person shows and breeds exotic cats as a hobby.
Well here is the story…
My entire life has been filled with animals. I was a horse crazy little girl. I started riding by 10,and received my first show horse at 13. The next 10 years were spent training and showing on a Regional and National level. Sadly a severe injury in my mid twenties prevents me from ever riding again.
As the saying goes “When one door closes, another door opens” I was introduced to the dog fancy. I have spent my adult life training and showing dogs. That led to owning dog boarding kennels and grooming salons.
In 2009 I opened one of the first Feline Exclusive boarding and grooming facilities. I attended The National Cat Groomers Institute Of America and I am proud to say that I am one of the few Certified Feline Master Groomers in the world. Much of my time is spent educating animal professionals, and pet owners about the grooming need of cats. I chose an F2 Bengal to use as my demo cat, and travel companion. Wonder Woman absolutely loved her job !! She has never met a stranger, traveling to dog events and dog facilities did not stress her. She loves water, so bathing and drying demonstrations were a breeze. In short, she made me look great!
Wonder Woman was not my only Early Generation Bengal. She was the first one that I bred. I wanted to see if my knowledge and experience in animal behavior and training would be beneficial in training cats. The experience solidified my love and respect for the Early Generation Bengal. It made me realize that most of the negativity about Early Generation Bengals was due to improper training, and / or lack of proper socialization. It also ignited my passion for the Asian Leopard Cat. At that point, my vision for my cattery was crystal clear. I wanted to produce healthy, social, Early Generation Bengals, and high percentage SBT Bengals that had the true “wild type” of the Asian Leopard Cat.