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Robbie’s Big Day Out!

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Hello my friends, Spot here!

I have some very exciting news to share with you, and it’s all about our ginger boy, Robbie!

 

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Robbie

 

So it all started off a couple of weeks ago, when my mummy was looking at her Facebook and her friend, Carol, was asking if anyone would like to put forward their ginger cats for a photo shoot!

A couple of people had already put forward their gingers, but my mummy thought it wouldn’t harm and sent a couple of pics of our boy.

She was very pleased but a bit surprised when Carol advised her a day or two later that the photographer had chosen Robbie over all the other gorgeous boys!

We didn’t really know too much at that time, just that Robbie had to be at the photographer’s studios on Friday 18th March at 9 o’clock in the morning!

This was definitely going into the unknown a little as Robbie has never, in his 6½ years, been out of our home county of Shropshire, and Manchester is about 60 miles away. Also, of course, he’s never had anyone else take any photos of him other than my mummy and daddy.

A couple of weeks soon passed and Friday morning dawned. So, the hoomins were up quite early for a Friday and we were all a bit confused! The show bag with litter tray, food, water, etc were all out, as was the big carrier…. but we never go to a cat show on a Friday! Whatever was happening?

It soon became clear it was Robbie being whisked off, so we all carried on having our nice catnaps, after we’d eaten some breakfast.

Robbie was a bit unsure in the car but settled down quite quickly and they had a pretty uneventful journey up north to Manchester.

They arrived at the studio right on time and went in and had a look around. They could see a few bits and bobs that would be used as props 🙂

 

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Props

 

After a little while, once Robbie had had a chance to settle, it was time for the pics to be taken! The shots are to be used in promotional material for a new Pet Insurance scheme, and the lady who was responsible for creating the campaign, Katie,  was there along with Geoff the photographer.

Katie had specific shots in mind that she wanted our Robbie to do 🙂 The first was to eat out of a bowl…

 

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Robbie and the bowl

 

Robbie wasn’t too sure about that one as the bowl had the word “dog” written on it, and he does have standards, you know! 🙂 But I think they got the shot they wanted after a few attempts 🙂

Next up, Robbie was in the cat tree, and needed to look out of one of the openings 🙂

 

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Robbie looking out of the opening

 

Next up, he needed to be looking out of a mouse hole!

 

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Geoff making some adjustments

 

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Robbie and the mouse hole

 

Of course, Geoff was the other side of the hole, taking the pic through it 🙂 He was very pleased with one of the ones he got, and even said he thought it was the best animal pic he’d ever taken in his career! 😆

In between the shots, Robbie had a lot of relaxation time, mummy had taken one of his favourite beds and he snoozed away quite happily, purring away 🙂

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Robbie chillin’

 

Finally, they just needed a few pics of Robbie on a nice rug with a mouse 🙂

 

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Robbie on the rug

 

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Robbie and the mouse

 

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Robbie being cool

 

Then it was finished and they all made their way home. My mummy and daddy were very proud indeed of the ginger one: once he’d settled in (which only took a few minutes), he was such a good boy and was very relaxed and chilled out.

Once at home, Robbie told us all about his adventure and then had a nice catnap on one of his favourite perches on the Tigga Towers 🙂

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Zzzz… Zzzz… Zzzz…

 

We’ll share any finished pics we’re sent of him when we get them (that won’t be for a while) and maybe even some of the material if he’s featured 🙂

Take care my friends!

Love from

Spot

xxxxxxx

Annie’s Latest Triumph!

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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 🙂

 

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Mummy’s trade stand

 

Whilst she was doing that, Daddy cleaned Annie’s pen and prepared it and settled her in 🙂

 

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Annie settling 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. 😀

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Annie with some of her awards

 

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 😆 )

 

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Annie’s pen

 

And here’s Annie’s Olympian certificate from yesterday close up 🙂

 

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Olympian Certificate

 

And finally, here’s all 5 of the rosettes she won to gain the title Olympian Bronze!

 

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Olympian Rosettes

 

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!

Take care!
Love from

Spot

xxxxxxx

 

Lazy Weekend in our World!

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Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

Well, we have had no snow to report in our World which is most disappointing. Or at least Lula thinks it is anyway. Did you know that The Peskies (Annie and Spike) have never even seen proper snow? 😯 They saw a light covering last year, but as soon as it was here, it was gone again! I didn’t even get enough time to wake up from my nice catnap before it had disappeared 🙂

 

This has been an unusual weekend for us – no shows, nothing very exciting happening either. My daddy was still getting over the little bug he had in the week, so the hoomins hardly went out at all!

 

The Spike Pesky was very happy as this meant he spent lots of time with mummy in her office whilst she worked on things for the store and packing up the orders. Spike is very much a mummy’s boy because she gives him lots of cuddles and treats. I allowed my mummy to give me some cuddles and even a kiss or two today, seeing as it’s Mother’s Day here in the UK, but usually I draw the line at her giving me some nice treats and that’s it 😆 Unless I’m in a cuddly mood of course, which happens more than I care to admit 😀

 

Meanwhile, the rest of us pottered around really! Here’s some snapshots of our weekend 🙂

 

When Spike wasn’t smooching around in mummy’s office, he enjoyed a bit of birdie watching in the garden

 

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Birdie watching

 

Daddy put together the cat tree that Annie won for being Best in Show recently – it’s a purrfect fit!

 

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Annie in her little cat tree

 

Meanwhile, Friday was birdie watching from the Tigga Towers in the conservatory – a much more comfortable way of doing so!

 

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Friday birdie watching

 

Whilst, I had to share the top bunk with Harry (again…!) It’s not like there isn’t enough space, he always has to come and sit on me when I’m up there! *sigh* 😀

 

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Trying to have a nice nap on the top bunk

 

Robbie had the right idea and went up to the heated floor in the bathroom for his nap in the squidgy purple bed 🙂

 

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Robbie in the purple bed

 

Whilst Lula concentrated more on a bit of purrsonal hygiene in the old cat tree by the door 🙂

 

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Lula keeping pristine

 

So another Monday is nearly upon us, and I wonder what this week will bring? I’m thinking some nice tuna and some of my favourite chicken treats would be a good start 🙂

Take care my friends!
Love from

Spot

xxxxxxx

 

Annie’s latest show :)

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

As you may have seen on our Facebook page yesterday, it was show time again for Annie!

 

I’m going to write you a full report 🙂 I don’t have many pics to share but you see, last week in my blog I shared lots of pics but hardly any words, so this week is just the opposite way round! I will write quite a lot of words and only have a couple of pics 🙂
(the real reason behind this of course is that the hoomins didn’t take hardly any pics at the show, so I’m blaming them really – shhh!) 😆

 

So, as usual, Lula and I were snuggled up in the big bed having dreams about birdies and toads (or at least I was, Lula was snoring away quite happily too) when all of a sudden, in the middle of the night, we were rudely awakened by the hoomins switching the light on and banging around, putting the kettle on and all the ‘morning’ things the odd ones do!

 

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Lula and I carried on sleeping, didn’t even go and sniff breakfast – we’re not stupid 🙂 …  After a while, they switched off the lights and marched out of the house with Annie in her carrier so the rest of us could carry on with the important things like catnaps 🙂

 

They went off to pick up Sue, our breeder, who was also Duty Vet at the show. Interestingly indeed, Sue has now neutered our dad, Harley – he’s dad to all four of the Bengals in our World, and Sue is now going to show him as a Neuter. He’s been shown before as an entire cat and reached the Grand Champion level which is very good considering that he only went to a few shows, but now he starts again and goes for his Premier title to start with! We’ll let you know how he got on later.
But the interesting thing about this is that he’ll now be competing against me and Spike for Best of Breed and maybe side classes if we are ever in the same show, and also if he catches up with us (we are both already Grand Premiers), he will be competing against us in title classes too! 🙂

 

But back to Annie …  she arrived at the show and was soon settled into her pen, daddy looked after her whilst mummy made sure everything was set up on the trade stall 🙂

 

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Annie settling in

 

This was another double show: Annie was entered into one show in full, but only in the Olympian and Best in Colour class in the other one. This is a great idea that the show managers do for this show, it costs a bit less money and the cat is handled less and the two most important classes are usually the title and BiC/Best of Breed.

 

Soon enough, it was time for morning judging to start so mummy was able to get the catalogue to look at all of Annie’s classes. This was a big show with a large entry in all classes – there were 10 in Annie’s Olympian class in one show and 11 in the Olympian class in the other 😯  There were also big entries in the other classes.

 

As the results came out, it was not to be Annie’s day in terms of the Olympian – she didn’t get the title nor the reserve, they went to two other superb cats (all the cats at Olympian level are wonderful, otherwise they wouldn’t be there 😉 ) So, although this was slightly disappointing, as Annie only needed one more award to earn the title Olympian Bronze, it just wasn’t to be, so the hoomins waited to see the results of the other classes.

And here they are!
In one show she won Best in Colour, beating 4 lovely boys, though she didn’t get BiC in the other show.

 

That just left the side classes, and another new one we’ve not mentioned yet, in the full show Annie was in.

 

So… Prettiest female…. there were 5 in the class and Annie came 2nd! She was beaten by the girl that got the Olympian.

The next class was Any Visitor (this is for cats that live a certain distance away). There were 7 fabulous cats in the class and Annie came…. First! Yay! 🙂

Then the final class which is specific to this show only – The Ultimate Cat Class! A cat needs to win this on two separate occasions with 2 different judges and they then earn the title “Ultimate Master Cat” and have the initials UMC in their full name title.

And the result? For female adult cat…Annie won! So she just needs to win it once more at a future show to have this special title 🙂

Here’s Annie’s rosettes 🙂

 

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Annie’s rosettes

 

So the only thing left is for me to let you know how our dad got on 🙂 Well, we’re obviously from good stock as he earned his Premier certificate in both shows, and also won Best of Breed in both shows 🙂 He only needs one more Premier certificate to earn the title Premier cat and will then go into the Grand Premier classes to try and catch up with me and Spike 🙂

 

Phew! There we have it! I think I’m going to go and join Lula in the big bed now and have a nice catnap 🙂 Maybe dream about little mices this time 🙂

Take care my friends!
Love from

Spot

xxxxxxx

Thoughtful Bengals?

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

I hope you’ve all had a lovely and relaxing weekend. We’ve been a bit bored as the weather has not been kind… it’s been quite windy and wild! No snow, though, so Lula (and mummy) are not impressed by that! 😯

 

We did have bit of drama in the house, though, as something broke yesterday! 😯 I’m not exactly sure what it was, it was some kind of tank that’s hidden away in one of the cupboards we can’t get into… but what it meant was that a new one had to be bought! And in turn that meant a new box! And this was a BIG box! So my mummy cut a couple of holes out here and there… kitty heaven for hours! 🙂

 

Other than that, though, we’ve been quite quiet. We’ve not broken anything (other than the ornament that Annie broke the other day, but that was mummy’s fault for putting it in a silly place) and we’ve not done any other naughties (that we’ll admit to in public at least. My mummy and daddy read this, don’t you know?).

 

But it did get me thinking that us Bengals sometimes give the wrong impression to you hoomins. You think of us as naughty and loud and boisterous – yes? Well sometimes of course we are all of those things, but we also like to have our down time too and think of one of my mummy’s favourite poems:

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare….

 

So I’ve been searching through the archives and found some evidence of us doing just that!

 

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Staring at a birdie

 

Lula’s not quite got the hang of it yet, not much staring going on here…

 

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*YAAAWWWWN!*

 

Annie struggles to completely sit still

 

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“Hmmm.. thesis are funny-looking treats!”

 

Whilst Spike likes to set a good example

 

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Spike staring though not standing

 

But of course I am the master of this!

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More birdies?

 

Whilst Lula needs a bit of coaching in this area I feel….

 

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*YAAAAAAWWWWWNNNN!*

 

Spike and Annie like to stare together

 

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Still not standing

 

Whilst I continue to show ’em how it’s done

 

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My Clint stare 😉

 

It looks like Annie has finally got the hang of it!

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Thoughtful Annie

 

So I’d better show them just once more how it’s done 🙂

 

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Showing them how it’s done

 

So there we have it! Proof that us Bengals can have our quiet moments and reflect upon birdies, and treats, and toys, and dinner time, and breakfast time, and what mischief we can get up to later on 🙂

Take care my friends!
Love from

Spot

xxxxxxx

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

I hope you’re all having a lovely Valentine’s Day! ♥ ♥ ♥

 

Instead of you all having to listen to me rambling on in today’s blog, I thought I’d do a photo blog, sharing some of our favourite pics of pairs! Pairs of us lot of course, to celebrate this romantic day 😉 Though not all of the pics are very romantic 😆 But they fitted the theme … kind of! 😯

 

 

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Annie and Spike: Synchronised birdie-watching

 

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Spike and Robbie: Chillin’ out together

 

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Harry and Robbie: chillin’

 

 

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More chillin’ from Spot and Annie!

 

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Spot and Annie: Furthering our education

 

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Spot and Spike: Having a manly chat

 

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Friday and baby Robbie enjoying a sun puddle

 

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Annie and Spot: Watching the World go by

 

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Harry and Robbie: Playing Hide and Seek (we can see you, Harry!)

 

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Annie and Spike: Zzzz… Zzzz… Zzzz…

 

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Spot and Lula: Zzzz… Zzzz… Zzzz…

 

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Lula and Annie: Having a girlie chat

 

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Annie and Spike: Play-fighting!

 

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Friday and baby Robbie again 🙂

 

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Annie and Mousie: Having an in-depth conversation

 

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Annie and Robbie: Zzzz… Zzzz… Zzzz…

 

We hope you enjoyed looking at our pics! 🙂

Take care, my friends!
Love from

Spot xxxxxxx

Little Annie: Little Star!

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

Wow and wow! What a day Annie had at the show yesterday! The little pesky did good!

 

So, as usual for a show day, we all got rudely awakened in the middle of the night when the hoomins came traipsing downstairs, disturbing our nice catnaps, putting all the lights on and serving breakfast at an unearthly hour! They are soooo inconsiderate sometimes! 😯

 

But soon enough, they left the house with one little Annie pesky, and we could all go back to sleep and think about breakfast at a much more reasonable time 😆

 

Little Annie didn’t like being in the carrier by herself, though – she’s used to having a companion with her: usually Spike but sometimes me (she’s not fussy). So she miaowed and miaowed and miaowed until mummy relented and let her sit on her lap for most of the journey where she purred and looked out of the window and tried to lick daddy’s nose whilst he was driving 😉

 

But this was our ‘home’ show so it didn’t last for too long! In fact this was a double show! The Shropshire show (our home county) and the Gwynedd Show (this is a county in Wales), and to confuse it all, the show takes place in Staffordshire which is next door to Shropshire, but we don’t really need to worry about all that 🙂

 

So Annie was soon settled into her pen which was close to the hoomins’ trade stand so they could sort of keep an eye on her throughout morning judging when the hoomin exhibitors have to leave the pens.

 

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Annie settling in

 

Annie is now of course competing in the very top class – the Olympian. She needs 5 Olympian awards at different shows to earn the title, Olympian Bronze. She already has two, and with it being a double show yesterday, she had two opportunities to earn the award. But when the hoomins looked in the catalogue, they could see she was up against a cat that was already Olympian Bronze in one show and a cat that was already Olympian Silver in the other, so they knew it would be tough….

 

…. But Annie only went and won it, didn’t she? And not just in one show, but in BOTH! The hoomins leapt up and down for joy (or at least mummy did, daddy doesn’t do such frivolities. At least not in public anyways).  They said they would have been happy if that was all she won all day because that is the ‘main’ class that you are competing for.

 

It looked like that might be the case when the Best in Colour results were published as Annie was beaten in both shows by a wonderful marbled Bengal boy who is absolutely adorable and is an Olympian Gold cat! An old friend who beats her sometimes, but she has also beaten too. Mummy and daddy were cool about that.

 

Then the side classes came out and Annie won first in all of those! Including mummy’s favourite side class – prettiest female!

 

There was a bit of confusion at one point as there was a 2nd place certificate put on Annie’s pen, so mummy thought she had been beaten in that class. Upon closer inspection, though, mummy saw that she had both a first place and a second place for the same class! So she went and checked and the 2nd place was a mistake, Annie had in fact come first 🙂

 

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Annie’s pen with the blue 2nd place certificate

 

 

This is how her pen should have looked (with yet another rosette added on)

 

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Annie’s pen as it should have looked

 

At one point when the afternoon side classes were being judged, my daddy managed to get a picture of Annie with the judge and her steward 🙂

 

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Annie’s judge in conversation with her steward

 

What a good little pickle she was being while they talked about her 😆

 

Then the day was drawing to a close with only Best in Show to do. Mummy and daddy knew she had stiff competition from the marbled boy, Sanjay, and from others too, so they weren’t counting any chickens.

 

But then! Yet another rosette appeared on Annie’s pen – a big blue one with the fabulous words: “Best of Variety. Pedigree Household Pet”! This meant that for the Shropshire show, Annie had won Best in Show out of all the Pedigree cats! (27 in total were entered, though a few may have been absent).

 

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Annie’s lovely blue BoV rosette!

 

This also meant that Annie would be going up to the posh pens – the Best in Show pens – where she would compete against the winner of the Non-Pedigree Pets for Overall Best in Show Household Pet!

 

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Annie in the posh pen

 

Then the judge came along to decide which was the winner and our Annie won it! Very exciting and all the more sweet as it was our home show! 🙂  What a fabulous day 🙂 🙂

Here’s all her winnings, pic taken at home today

 

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Annie’s BiS Prizes

 

And these are all her rosettes – what a haul for one little girl!

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Annie’s rosettes

 

So after all that excitement, it was time to hurry on home and give me my dinner and some of my favourite chicken treats. And perhaps feed the others too 😉 And then Annie had a nice catnap on mummy’s lap 🙂

Take care my friends!

Love from

Spot

xxxxxxx

 

 

Our little Annie

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

Today I’m going to tell you all about little Annie ….

 

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Little Annie

 

Now, you may think Annie looks very innocent…

 

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Annie looking innocent

 

But she is a very naughty girl! 😯 Even when she’s doing other things she’s plotting some kind of mischief!

 

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Annie washing and plotting mischief

 

I expect you’re all a little doubtful of what I say? Well, I shall tell you why I say it 😆

 

Recently, she has been plotting in the cat garden and working out an escape plan!

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Annie working out an escape plan!

 

She has noticed that there is the tiniest of gaps in the gate where the wire has been cut out so the hoomins can open and close the gate from both sides. This gap is just about big enough for a hoomin hand, so no cat should be able to fit through it – right?? WRONG!! A certain little brown spotty lady can!

She waits until no-one is watching….

 

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Annie waiting until no-one is watching

 

And then squeezes through the gap and into next door’s garden, where she climbs up onto the top of the conifer trees and tries to catch the blackbirds 😯 😯

 

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Annie trying to catch the blackbirds

 

So there you have it! Official evidence and proof that Annie is the naughtiest cat in our World! 😆 But you knew that already as you know what a good boy I am 🙂

Take care my friends!
Love from

Spot

xxxxxxx

 

 

 

First show of the year – and what a show it was!

Hello my friends, Spot here!

So, we went to our first show of 2016 yesterday and let’s hope the year carries on the way it started as we had a wonderful day! 🙂

Mind you, it did start off much too early – I was having a nice snooze with Lula in the big bed when I was rudely awoken in the middle of the night! 😯

 

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Zzzz… Zzzz… Zzzz…

 

I’d kind of guessed something was going on the previous day, though, the way the hoomins were fussing around, so I suppose I shouldn’t have been so surprised 😉

After lots more fussing around, Annie and I were put into our nice big carrier and transported up north somewhere, about 100 miles away. I’m not sure of the exact distance as I took the opportunity to get a few more cat naps in, snuggling with Annie instead of with Lula 😆

After an uneventful journey, we arrived at the venue and Annie and were checked by Sue the vet (and our breeder) with of course nothing to worry about – then it was into the show hall where I made sure my pen was up to my high standards!

 

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Hmmm… it will do, I suppose!

 

I then checked my surroundings to make sure there were no unsavoury characters nearby 😉

 

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All seems OK!

 

Annie then checked her pen over too!

 

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You’re meant to be inside the pen, Annie

 

And she seemed to be fine with it, so that was that! It was then time for the morning judging to commence where they decide the important classes – the titles and Best of Breed!

 

My mummy and daddy had to leave us for this, but the results board was checked regularly I’m told. I was going for an Imperial Grand Premier Certificate, whereas Annie was in the top class – the Olympian! Luckily enough, both of our results got published quite quickly and my mummy and daddy were so proud! I had beaten two other wonderful boys (another Bengal and a Russian Blue) to win my certificate, and Annie had beaten 3 other girls to win the Olympian! I still need 4 more Imperial certificates to earn the title, whereas Annie needs 3 more to get to Olympian Bronze 🙂

Here’s her certificate 🙂

 

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Annie’s Olympian Certificate

 

It then seemed to take a long time for the results for the other classes to be published…. but they were worth waiting for, in Annie’s case in particular! But first let me tell you how I did 🙂

I didn’t win Best of Breed, there were 4 in the class and the judge awarded it to a pretty girl 🙂 I then came 2nd out of 2 in a class for Bengals, Mau or Ocicats; 2nd out of 3 for “any cat not bred by exhibitor”; and – you’ve guessed it – 2nd out of 4 for “Any Foreign Neuter” 🙂 So I told my mummy I like to be consistent 🙂

Here I am with my rosettes and certificates (am enjoying a nice catnap you might notice 😉 You can never have too many cat naps) 🙂

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Me and my awards 🙂

Annie was consistent too! Albeit at a slightly elevated level to me!

So, not only did she win the Olympian class, which is a massive achievement in itself, she then beat 4 boys to win “Best in Colour” (the equivalent of Best of Breed for the Household Pet section which she competes in). And then it was time for her side classes –

1st out of 2 for Any Shorthair Cat (Club Class). But the cat she beat is an absolute star of household pets (she is an Olympian Gold, and has been for some time, and regularly wins Best in Show), so this was fabulous!
1st out of 5 for “Prettiest Female” (my mummy says she always loves it when Annie wins this class)

And finally … she came 1st out of 7 for “The Cat with the Glossiest Coat”

Wow! She had what’s known as a “red card day” which means she won all of the classes she was entered into! And Annie’s results were from 4 different judges (one judge did two of her 5 classes), so it wasn’t based on just one judge having a soft spot for her! What a little star 🙂

 

Here she is with her certificates and rosettes 🙂

 

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Little star

 

And another one, because she’s so cute 🙂

 

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Annie and her rosettes again 🙂

 

So there we have it! The show was quite late to finish as it had been such a busy day for everyone, but pretty soon we headed 100 miles or so back down south and came home and had some nice dinner and another nice catnap or two 🙂

Take care my friends!

Spot

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Our Naughty Teenager

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

Did you all have a nice Christmas and New Year? I think I must have been a very good boy throughout last year as I got lots of nice toys and treats from Santa 🙂 He didn’t bring me a new pink cushion, so I guess I’ll have to go on sharing the one I have with the little pesky, Annie 😆 But I suppose there are worse things in life, eh?

 

Talking of being good – or rather of not being good, I’m not sure what’s got into our Spikey lately – he’s been very naughty indeed! It’s like he’s making the most of this time as he thinks Santa will have forgotten all about his antics by next Christmas! 😯

 

He’s always had a bit of a naughty streak, even when he was a kitten you could see he was often plotting something 😉

 

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Young Spike, plotting

 

So I guess it’s only to be expected that he’d get naughtier once he was in his teenage years 🙂 (cat years, that is).

 

He’s a little wiser than he was when he was younger, though, so he always makes sure that Santa isn’t watching his antics!

 

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Spike checking that Santa’s not looking

 

And after he checks that Santa isn’t watching he sits and plots… Just like he did when he was a kitten in fact!

 

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Older Spike, plotting

 

And then he does things like sit on top of the cat house, ready to ambush any unsuspecting kitty walking by below! 😯

 

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Watch out unsuspecting kitty below!

 

But he did the worst thing of all today. It started off with him just sitting on the platform looking all innocent

 

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Spike on the platform looking all innocent

 

But then – quick as a flash – he was at the top of the pole in front of him, then he leapt from the pole onto the wire mesh that goes around all the top of the fencing and over the fence into next door’s garden! He was so quick, the hoomins weren’t able to grab him! (some of you may recall another brown spotty cat doing exactly the same thing a couple of years ago when they were a teenager, and the pole got lowered which seemed to stop that someone. Can’t remember who it was now though 😉 😉 )

 

But back to Spike – he was in the neighbours’ garden which was all locked up and they were out so the hoomins couldn’t go and rescue him. After a while, he realised he wasn’t in his own back yard, so he started miaowing. Very loudly.

 

After trying different things to get him back home, the hoomins then decided to get his dinner ready early and this soon brought him back to the top of the fence where mummy quickly grabbed him and took him to her office (and closed the door) where he could eat his food and not escape again.

 

Meanwhile, all the rest of us got our dinner early too, so I suppose he wasn’t so naughty after all 😆

 

And after all that excitement and a nice dinner, we all had a nice catnap 🙂

Take care my friends!
Love from

Spot

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