Hello my friends, Spot here!
I just want to start off by admitting something…. but don’t let anyone else know, OK?
I’m just a little, teeny-tiny bit proud of the littlest Pesky; Annie! 🙂 The girl has done good! She had such a great day yesterday at the cat show, so now I’m going to tell you all about it 😉
It was the usual early start. Well, early = middle of the night. So I carried on sleeping on top of the kitchen cabinets (was having a change of scenery) whilst the hoomins did their thing and rushed around and finally left with the little one in tow so I could get back to some un-interrupted sleep 🙂
They drove to Sue’s house (our breeder) and then made their way up north for about 100 miles until they reached the show.
The doors were meant to open at 7am, but they were locked and didn’t get opened until at least 15 or 20 minutes later! My mummy wasn’t pleased as she had to set up her trade stand (it takes her forever to do this 😯 ) and 20 minutes was a big loss of time!
But they eventually got in; Annie passed vetting in with no problems and they were in the show hall.
Mummy set up her trade stand which looked like this when she was finished 🙂
Whilst she was doing that, Daddy cleaned Annie’s pen and prepared it and settled her in 🙂
And then it was time for the morning judging to start!
Annie’s main class was the Olympian and she only needed one more Olympian certificate to earn the title “Olympian Bronze”.
When mummy looked in the catalogue, though, she could see that it would be tough as she was up against three other gorgeous girls, two of whom were already Olympian Silvers, so much more qualified than our Annie.
They were on tenterhooks for a while, but (after about the 10th time of mummy looking), the results were published and our little Annie won the class! Yay! This means that the title is now hers! So in future shows she’ll be competing for certificates to earn the title “Olympian Silver” 🙂 🙂 🙂
Then, the next most important class is Best of Colour (known as Best of Breed in the ‘normal’ pedigree section that Spike and I compete in). Again, Annie’s competition was strong as she was up against 3 boys, two of whom were Olympian Gold! (one earned the title that day).
After another little wait, and a slight little hiccup where it looked like one of the boys might have got it, the final result was published and Annie had won that too! What a clever poppet!
So then it was just the side classes that were awaited: these are nice to win, but don’t really count towards anything so are not as important as the other two classes.
But having said that, my mummy always likes Annie to win the “Prettiest Female” class! Annie yet again had tough competition as 8 lovely females were in this class!
So my mummy was very pleased when she saw Annie had won this too!
Then it was the “Glossiest Coat” class. Again there were 8 lovely cats in the class and yet again, would you believe it, it was yet another class where the Pesky came 1st! Amazing!
The final side class result was not so good. In the Club Class she came 3rd out of 5. Oh well. 😀
So our little Annie is not yet 2 years old and already has the title *takes a deep breath* …
Olympian Bronze Imperial Grand Master Cat!
To put this in perspective, our Lula who had a great show career before she retired, earned her Imperial title just before her 2nd birthday and never progressed beyond that, and I had only reached the Grand level by my second birthday 🙂 These are the more normal achievements for many cats 🙂 And of course, the Olympian is the hardest level to achieve no matter which section you’re in 🙂
Here’s Annie in her pen with all her rosettes and certificates 🙂
(except the third place one 😆 )
And here’s Annie’s Olympian certificate from yesterday close up 🙂
And finally, here’s all 5 of the rosettes she won to gain the title Olympian Bronze!
So to earn the title Olympian Silver, she now needs 5 more Olympian certificates. As with all the Olympian titles, they need to be from 5 different judges and 4 of them must come from All Breed Cat Shows (i.e. the large shows where all breeds can be entered). Only one can be from a smaller show where there are only one or a few breeds.
I hope you liked my little ‘tail’ my friends!