First let us
introduce you to the 4 Jís: Jim and Janice Barrett and their two
sons Joseph and Jacob. We live in the small town of Ruffin, SC. Our
secluded home was built in 1965 by the late Jack Cummings, father of
Janice. In addition to the home and out buildings there are 30 acres
filled with towering pines, flowering dogwoods, mature azaleas,
natural creeks, and several acres of garden areas.
We relocated here in 1996 and with this wide spread and private
plantation, plus our love and respect for all animals, we started
adding on to our family of pets. Our current pet family now consists of:
two Beagles, a Yorkshire Terrier/Pekingese mix, a black Lab, a
couple mixed breed pups, a Patagonian Conure and our small herd of
standard and mutation chinchillas.
Chinchillas became a part of our lives approximately ten years ago
when our oldest son, Joseph, wanted a hamster. Not knowing anything
about hamsters or other similar small caged pets, we started doing
research on the internet and at pet shops. We found that there are
many different types of small animals and then one day we discovered
the chinchilla. There was something special about these critters
that caught our attention. It was just hard to resist its cute face,
little mouse like ears, and squirrel like tail. We searched for a
reputable breeder over the internet and to our surprise there was
one near our home. We made an appointment with
Chinchillas to go see their herd of available chins. Of course, we
had to have more than one so we purchased two brothers, a tan and an
ebony. After that, like many breeders before us, we were hooked! Two
soon became four and so forth and so on.
We had a perfect setup for chinchillas since we already had a large
out building that was fully climate controlled with central heat and
air. We placed the chinchillas into that building and what was going
to be a hobby turned into a small business.
After we decided to go into breeding, showing was the obvious next
move. Only being in the chinchilla show circuit for less than four
years, we have received many awards including three Grand Show
Championships. See our
Awards page for more details.
Besides this exciting business our family also owns a private
computer service business,
Barrett Computers, which has been in full
operation since 1993. See that website for details.