Hello. I’m Jenny Dean, the creator of Floppycats.com.
I get many requests wondering about me, what it is I do and why I have this website about Ragdoll cats.
So in an attempt to do a better job in answering those questions (and saving me time), I made this about me page.
I am 37-years old – born and raised in Kansas City, MO, but now I live on the KS side of KCMO.
After graduating from a private high school in Kansas City, I spent my freshman year at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. I decided that it wasn’t the right school for me, so I applied to the University of Kansas (where a lot of my high school friends were attending) and transferred there. My first semester there, I realized it was a mistake to transfer there.
So my second semester of my sophomore year, I decided to commute back and forth from Lawrence to my parents’ home in KCMO (Kansas City, MO).
I later transferred to the University of New Mexico to finish my Bachelor’s Degree. In hindsight, I should have started there from the very beginning, but I suppose things happen in the time and manner they are supposed to.
After UNM, I left to return to Kansas City, after college, to pursue my Masters in Spanish in the summers in Middlebury, VT.
Among other reasons, I returned to KC because I was totally crazy about my cat, Rags. Rags was a seal mitted Ragdoll cat who was given to me and my three siblings when I was 10-years old. Rags and his brother, Cosby, who died at 10 months old, were replacement cats for my first Ragdoll cat, Skittles, who died at the age of 2. I got Skittles (age appropriately named) from my grandparents as a birthday present when I was 8.
While back in KC, I worked as a substitute teacher and a field hockey coach for the private school I attended. I also learned to learn a little about me. Before my first summer in Middlebury, VT, I went on a trip through Europe for three months by myself – in fact, I followed the itinerary of a trip my grandfather took in 1937 through Europe. I had never met my grandfather because he was murdered when my dad was 2 years old. So it was neat to experience something he experienced (well, sort of – he experienced it before WWII and I experienced after WWII). It was one of the most extraordinary experiences in my life. I traveled to and through several different countries and saw over 17 famous cities.
In the process of getting my Masters in Spanish from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT, I attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City to get a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. Sounds sort of hokey, I know. It was the best program I could find outside of the Southwestern United States that would allow me to study Chicanas (Mexican-American women). So I did and my Masters Thesis became a book.
After completing both of my Masters degrees in August of 2004, I started the job hunting process while substitute teaching again. I finally found a job the following February and began to work as a Customer Service Representative for a local roofing manufacturing company.
I left that company 2 and a half years later as the Inside Sales and Customer Service Manager. I left because I was miserable.
I did have a disease of the thyroid, called Graves Disease, which you can learn more about by visiting my other website.
Welcome to Floppycats.com – I am excited you’re here and hope you’ll share your Ragdoll love on the site!