What a wonderful few days we’ve had in our World recently 🙂 We’ve certainly made the most of it by spending lots of quality time outdoors and even I enjoyed a nice bit of fresh air and had at least an hour’s less catnapping time compared to normal 🙂
We’ve been making the most of our wonderful garden and I’ve been taking time out to appreciate all the lovely things the hoomins provide for us in there 😉
We have lots of platforms where we can chill out and watch the world go by…
And we can sometimes get a little carried away and go even higher by climbing on the roof!
Though of course Lula usually prefers to have a little snooze inside the house rather than on top of it 🙂
There’s things to keep us in tip top condition, like lots of scratchers
And we never go hungry as we can eat al fresco!
There’s lots of grasses for us to hide and play in
And Lula in particular adores the patches of catmint that are dotted around
Annie likes to be helpful on laundry day by making sure there’s nothing left behind in the wash basket when the hoomins are hanging out the washing
We haven’t had any snow for a long time, so the hoomins put this on one of our perches to make it look like there was some!
…. though they said it was to make it more comfy for us 😆
If we ever want to be extra comfy, we can of course keep an eye on our cat garden from inside mummy’s office 🙂
And we’re so excited about our new addition, which is still to be finished – our new waterfall!
But after all the hard work of enjoying the garden, the best thing to really do is chill out and maybe have a nice catnap or two 😉
I’m just hoping the weather stays nice for a few days so daddy can finish the waterfall and we can inspect his work and make sure it meets our standards 😆
I’m back after a little break – my mummy and daddy went off to some place called ‘Portugal’ so I wasn’t able to write my blog last week as the house sitter lady doesn’t know how to help me 🙁
I’m sure you didn’t miss us too much 🙂 though we’ve not really done a lot to report on since mummy and daddy returned, we’ve just been chillin’ out now the weather’s getting warmer and spending lots of time outdoors in our cat garden 🙂
I love to have a sleep in Lula’s new favourite place, the cat house 🙂 But I keep a close ear out for her….
… and when I know she’s coming, I make a quick exit ….
… and she’s none the wiser! 😆
Meanwhile, Spike was chillin’ out on the old cat house that daddy was doing some maintenance on, or trying to at least 😯
And Friday was having a nice sleep in mummy’s office 🙂
Annie also wanted to have a snooze in there, her favourite place at the moment seems to be Geoff the catnip Giraffe cushion 🙂
So Spike took advantage and decided to check out Annie’s favourite mouse in a ball toy 🙂
But soon decided that he preferred the grass instead 🙂
Meanwhile, Lula had wandered off back indoors, so I took full advantage of that and settled down for a nice snooze of my own 🙂
I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend? Ours of course included another show, the last for a little while as there are no shows close enough to us in May 🙂 So we’re all going to be having a little rest from them 🙂
But yesterday, Spike and Annie were strutting their stuff at a double show – the Cambridgeshire and the Bedford shows. Annie was entered into both, but Spike was just entered into one as my mummy can be quite fussy like that 🙂
It was one of the furthest shows from us, so it was another early start for the hoomins and the Peskies. I was disturbed from my catnap for an hour or so but then went back to sleep on the warm spot Annie left behind on top of the kitchen cabinets 🙂 It was very pleasant and I dreamed of chicken treats and tuna, two of my most favourite things, as you may well have gathered if you’re a regular follower 🙂
Back to the topic… they picked up Sue the vet and our breeder on the way. She was taking two cats: Lucy and Harley. Lucy is half sister to Lula and myself (we share the same mother) and Harley is father to all 4 of the Bengal Cat World Bengals 🙂
There was a bit of a delay getting to the venue as unfortunately there had been a serious accident on the motorway, but luckily they weren’t too late.
Annie settled into her pen in the Household Pet section…
… Whilst Spike was next to Harley in the Pedigree section (pic taken a little later in the day).
Spike is of course competing for his Imperial Grand Premier title, whereas Harley is actually a level below, he’s competing for Grand Premier. This is because Harley has only recently been neutered 🙂 When they aren’t neutered, cats compete for ‘Champion’ rather than ‘Premier’ titles, and Harley had reached Grand Champion (which isn’t bad going as he didn’t go to that many shows).
Once they’re neutered, they have to start again in the Neuter section, though they keep the title they’d earned in the Adult (non-neuter) section! A bit confusing I know… So Harley’s title is Grand Champion and Premier at the moment 🙂
It was quite a busy show, being as it was a double one, with lots of cats and people in the show hall but the morning judging soon started and the exhibitors had to let the judges get on with their work 🙂
The results were in reasonably quickly and here’s how our two little peskies did 🙂
In the Bedford show, Annie was up against 7 other lovely girls in the Olympian class and unfortunately didn’t win it 🙁 She did win Best in Colour, though, beating a sweet boy 🙂 In her side classes she was unplaced out of 8 in one, and 2nd out of 2 in the other, so not the best of results….
However, in the Cambridgeshire show, she was up against the same 7 girls for Olympian and won! So she now has her first Olympian Silver certificate (4 more to get to earn the title). She also beat the same boy to win Best in Colour and was 2nd out of 3 and 1st out of one (lol) in her side classes – so quite a bit better 🙂 🙂
Spike was up against 6 other boys for his Imperial certificate but didn’t get it, it was awarded to a stunning Russian Blue. He was up against 5 others (including Harley) for Best of Breed but it was awarded to a little girl.
In his side classes, he was very consistent, coming 2nd out of 3 in both of them 🙂
Harley got Best of Breed in the other show (that Spike wasn’t entered in) and he also won 2 Grand Premier certificates which was excellent. Lucy also did well, though my mummy said she can’t remember all her results now 😆 (I blame her age 😯 )
Here’s some more pics 🙂
Before they knew it, it was time to pack up and travel safely home. Luckily the issues on the motorway had been sorted out and they all arrived safely, so we had some nice chicken treats and I had some tuna and they had whatever they like, and then it was time for a little run around the cat garden before settling down for a well-earned rest. And so did the peskies 😆
Oooh! We’re having some funny weather in our World at the moment: one minute the sun’s out and the next it’s pouring with rain! My mummy told me it’s called ‘April showers’; I suppose I should remember them from last year but that was far too long ago 😯
I do remember, however, when the Peskies first came to live with us – can you believe they’re nearly two years old now?
That little Annie cat has not really left me alone since the day she came, she certainly loves her big brother! (Spike is her ‘little’ brother as he’s 10 hours younger than her 😆 )
So there I was the other day, making the most of that sunshine I told you about earlier, sitting minding my own business, when all of a sudden there she was, by my side!
I pretended at first not to see her, but then she started to ask me lots of questions 😯
One thing she wanted to know about was the bamboo! So I showed her how to catch it!
Then you need to sniff it
Then you examine it a bit further to see if you can eat it or not
So that’s what you do with bamboo, I told her
I could tell that she was losing interest somewhat and seemed to be watching the birdies in the tree behind us!
So I decided to take a wash instead of talking to her
But then she pulled a funny face at me, thinking I’d not seen 😯
So I decided to pretend that it was far more interesting to look at the wall of the house 🙂
And that was the end of our little meeting. Not long afterwards, the clouds came over and the rain poured down, so I went indoors for a nice catnap 🙂
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.
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
Daddy put together the cat tree that Annie won for being Best in Show recently – it’s a purrfect fit!
Meanwhile, Friday was birdie watching from the Tigga Towers in the conservatory – a much more comfortable way of doing so!
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* 😀
Robbie had the right idea and went up to the heated floor in the bathroom for his nap in the squidgy purple bed 🙂
Whilst Lula concentrated more on a bit of purrsonal hygiene in the old cat tree by the door 🙂
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 🙂
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!
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 🙂
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 🙂
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 🙂
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! 😯
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.
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 🙂
This is how her pen should have looked (with yet another rosette added on)
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 🙂
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).
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!
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
And these are all her rosettes – what a haul for one little girl!
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 🙂