We’ve been having a very lazy day today after yesterday’s show day! OK, so it was only Spike and Annie and the hoomins who went, but they woke us up far too early in the morning for my liking and they really disturbed my sleeping and eating pattern, serving breakfast so early (and dinner so late) 😯
And then in the afternoon, we had one of the biggest storms I’ve ever seen! The sky was shouting very loudly and there was so much lightning in the sky, it made my eyes go all funny! 😯 My mummy said I shouldn’t complain about it so much as she was driving everyone back from the cat show in it, but I can’t help but mention it as it was so bad 😉
Back to the show: the peskies didn’t have a great day at all in terms of results, but they did get to meet our lovely friend, Edna! They said it was so nice to see her and she is very kind as she bought all 7 of us cats in our World some lovely treats! 🙂 And you know how much I love my chicken treats, so they were very much appreciated! Thank you, Edna! 😆
So this is why we’ve been chillin in our cat garden today (before it started raining again at least 😉 )
It started off with Annie being in a thoughtful mood….
…So while she was doing that, it was Spike’s turn to annoy me for a change!
I told him he needed to get Lula’s hammock sharpish otherwise she’d be claiming it for herself, and the tactic seemed to work!
But really, Lula was examining two apples that must have fallen down in the storm!
So that left me with the purrfect opportunity to find a nice spot to snooze in undisturbed in my mummy’s office (and you know how much I love my cat naps!) 🙂
Can you believe it’s been two whole weeks since the last cat show we went to? Or at least that Lula went to? Doesn’t time fly? I think I’m getting old … I’ll start saying things like: “It wasn’t like that in my day” soon 😆
But anyways, let’s take a little step back in time, to yesterday in fact when Spike and Annie were strutting their stuff at the closest show to us in terms of distance from our house. It was in Chester which is about 35 miles away, so only really a hop, skip and a jump!
It was still much too early that the hoomins woke us up, despite the proximity of the show, you would think they might have wanted a little lie in or something. But pretty soon they were on their way so the five of us that were left had a lovely snooze 🙂
This was quite an important show because Spike was in the Grand Premier class still waiting to get his 3rd and final certificate in order to claim the title. He has had quite a few attempts now, so it was getting a little tiresome 🙂 🙂
Annie, is already a Grand Master Cat, so this was her first time out in the next level up: the Imperial Grand Master Cat class.
They were soon settled into their pens, and even early in the morning it was very warm in the show hall, so daddy put their cooling fans on their pens which they said they appreciated very much. Within a couple of hours, they were ready to start morning judging, so the hoomins had to leave them in their pens so the judges could have a good look at all the cats.
Annie’s results came in quite quickly – and she was such a clever girl! Not only did she beat two beautiful girls to get her first Imperial GMC certificate, but she then also beat two Olympian Silver boys (i.e. very highly titled) to win Best of Breed! Yay! 🙂 Her judge for the Imperial said she purred in his ear when he was judging her 🙂 Funny girl 🙂
In her side classes, she was unplaced in one and got 2nd place in the other two, both had 5 cats in them.
Spike’s results were a little slower but they were worth waiting for! He finally got his third Grand Premier certificate! Yay! His Aunt Fanny (our breeder’s cat) won Best of Breed for all the brown spotted Bengals (6 of them), but he did get 3rd in a big side class (beating Fanny) and was unplaced in his other two large side classes.
Unfortunately, due to the way show closing dates work, Spike is in the Grand class in his next show too (and it can’t be changed), so he is going to have to wait a few weeks before trying for Imperial. Meanwhile of course Annie will be entered into her Imperial classes 🙂
After a very hot day for the hoomins, but not so much so for Annie and Spike, it was time to head home. On the way back, Daddy let them both out of the carrier so they could wander round the car and look out of the window! 😯 It wasn’t like that in my day 😆 😆
We didn’t get any pics in the show hall, so here’s some taken when they got home 🙂
So as you all probably know by now, Lula went to her last ever competitive show yesterday. It is a shame as she very much loves to go out and show off her spots, but my mummy said you have to know when to call it a day. The fact is that, although Lula had a stunning early career – she went from no title to Imperial Grand Premier in almost straight shows, and achieved that title before she was two years old – when she moved into the Olympian classes, she was then up against every other breed and just didn’t shine like she had done previously. At least not to the judges anyway.
After two years of this, it becomes very disheartening (to the hoomins as Lula didn’t care 😆 ) to enter her into shows where she didn’t even win a reserve, though more often than not she did win Best of Breed 🙂 Yesterday’s show was one of our very favourite judges, and even she didn’t award the title, so that just made it clear the decision had been the right one 🙂
As you can see from a couple of pics yesterday, Lula took it all in her stride as normal 🙂
This first pic was taken by our good friend, Clare, there is a judge next to the pen but Lula was so chilled out, she didn’t even realise 😆 The blue thing on the top is the fan to keep her cool 🙂
She did manage to stay awake for some of the show though 🙂 Here she is posing for daddy 🙂
So now we thought it would be lovely to take this opportunity to look back at some of our favourite show pics of Lula and reminisce with you all 🙂
Here’s Lula at her very first show when she was just 5 months old
Then, just over a month later, she went to the Supreme for the first time!
We skip a few months to the following summer, Lula had sailed through her Premier title classes by then and was at her first Bengal Cat Club show where she not only won a Grand certificate, but also Best of Breed! But it was not going to stop there!
She then went on to win Best in Show Neuter Female, and then even better than that, she beat her Uncle BooBoo (who was BiS Neuter Male) to win Overall Best in Show Neuter! Wow!
She won a few trophies that day! (though the little one in the middle is the one I won! 🙂 )
She soon got to Grand Premier level, so marched on to her first Imperial Grand Premier title, back again at Tabby Cat Club!
Next up it was the Supreme again where she won her second Imperial!
There was no stopping her as she got her 3rd Imperial at The National Cat Club, just before Christmas!
So then in the new year, Imperial number four came from our home show, The Shropshire Cat Club Show
And her final Imperial, the one needed to claim the title, was at Cambridgeshire & Bedfordshire joint show in April
Being as we don’t have any pics of her with her rosettes at that show, here’s me with mine! (I did even better as I was awarded Best in Show Foreign Neuter! 😆 )
So there we have it. The end of an era. But a new one has begun already! Now we need to look onwards and upwards and focus on the future and two little brown peskies who still have their show careers ahead of them, as long as they continue to enjoy it of course 🙂
I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend? I have been a good boy for most of it, except for when I climbed on the garage roof, but you can’t expect me to be good all the time, can you? 😆
But you don’t want to know about lil old me, you want all the news from the show yesterday, don’t you? 🙂
So, it goes without saying that Spike was a very good boy 🙂 It was quite a long way to travel for him – more than a couple of hours – but he was a very good boy in the car. He did make it known to the hoomins a few times when he first got in how he didn’t really like such an early start, by chattering away to them, but he soon settled and was a very quiet boy – unlike his sister, Annie, who chattered away non stop when she went to a show on her own! 😯
When they were about half way, though, my mummy let him out of the carrier and he sat and purred on her knee for a while 🙂 The, he decided he wanted to sit in the footwell of her seat, so she had to squash up and let him have lots of room 🙂 She really does spoil that boy 😆
They had a good journey down to the show as it was so early in the morning and presently arrived at Wood Green Animal Shelter, where the show was taking place. Spike passed vetting in with flying colours and it was lucky they did arrive so early as apparently two vets didn’t turn up, and as the morning wore on, the queues for vetting in were extremely long indeed! 😯 My mummy and daddy were there so early that there was no queue at all – they just collected the relevant paperwork and went straight to the vet’s table 🙂
So no dramas for Spike, he was soon settled in his double pen and checking out his home for the day 🙂
It was a very warm day and got hotter in the show hall as the day went on 😯 But Spike didn’t worry about this, as the hoomins have bought some nice fans that are especially designed for cat pens to keep kitties cool when the weather is warm. So he did literally ‘chill out’ and sleep under his fan for lots of the day 🙂
The results from the show were a little disappointing if we’re honest 🙁 It was a double show, so there were 2 opportunities for Spike to get his 3rd and final Grand certificate which means he will have caught up with Annie. But alas! It was not to be, and Spike got the Reserve Grand in both shows – still a good result, but not quite what was wanted. Things were brightened up a little, though, when he won Best of Breed in one show, beating some very lovely girls to the award, so he said he was quite happy about that 🙂
He was entered into a couple of side classes, but didn’t do very well in those either – coming 2nd in one (but it was only out of two 😆 ) and unplaced out of 7 in the other! It just wasn’t his day, which is all part of showing – you celebrate the good times and commiserate with the bad 🙂 There will be other shows after all.
So then, after a sticky day for all the hoomins, but a nice cool one for Spike, it was back to the air conditioned car for the long drive home where he had some lovely treats and also let all of us have some too 🙂
Oh – you may have spotted the bedside table lamp is not on the bedside table… that’s because there is a certain spotty cat (who shall remain nameless) who keeps knocking it off 😆 😆
The next show is in two weeks when Lula will be going! Though we have to let you all know that this will probably be her final show, the hoomins have decided that you sometimes have to accept when you have reached your pinnacle, and Lula has been trying for 2 years now to achieve an Olympian certificate, and has not even had a Reserve. So enough is enough 🙂 Although she loves going out to show off, it costs quite a lot of money, which is not so good if you’re not really achieving anything out of it at all 🙂
You may have seen the update we gave yesterday on our Facebook page about Annie’s success at the cat show, but I thought I’d let you have more info today as I know lots of you appreciate that 🙂
So the show Annie went to was the Maine Coon Cat Club show. Now, you and I both know that Annie is not a Maine Coon – she is far too little for that, and doesn’t have enough fur! 😯 But, she has a slightly overshot jaw which means she can’t compete in the ‘normal’ pedigree breed sections like Spike and Lula do (and like I used to) so she’s in the Household Pet section 🙂 , but it also means that she can go to any show!
Generally, there are two types of show – the large all breed ones, and the smaller breed-specific ones. But both types of show always have a Household Pet section so that’s why little Annie has so much more choice of shows than Spike or Lula! 🙂
But back to yesterday 🙂 It wasn’t too far to travel, about an hour, but for the first half of the journey, Annie just didn’t shut up! This was the first time she had travelled without either Spike or Lula, who always travel in the same large carrier. So she wanted to tell everyone all about it! At that time of the morning, though, I’m not sure who was listening, other than of course Mummy and Daddy 🙂 She got bored after a while, though, and had a little snooze.
Soon, they were at the show, and Annie settled into her pen 🙂
Once everyone else had arrived, it was time for the morning judging to commence, and for mummy and daddy to leave her 🙂 But luckily they didn’t have to wait too long for the results to come through! 🙂
The main class you want to win at a show is your title class. This is what earns you certificates to go towards getting titles. So Annie is a Master Cat, and already had two of the three certificates she needed to be made up to the next level: Grand Master Cat. But there was another beautiful cat who was also in her class who wanted the certificate too! She was a beautiful lilac long hair girl, and being a long-hair kind of show, my mummy wasn’t too optimistic.
But then the results came in, and Annie had won! Wow! So she is now a Grand Master Cat and can start to try and earn certificates towards the next level: Imperial Grand Master Cat! 🙂
The other “main” class that is very coveted, is the Best of Colour class. This is known as “Best of Breed” in the ‘main’ pedigree section. And the great news was that Annie was awarded that! 😆
So, with the two main classes out of the way, all fingers and paws were crossed for the side class results. These don’t really count towards anything, but are good fun, particularly in the Household Pet section.
So the first result came in… This was for “Best Groomed Short Hair Cat” and Annie won!
Then not too far behind that, the second side class result was published, this one was for “Any cat under 3 years old” … and Annie won that too!
Wow! In the space of just a couple of hours, Annie had won four out of four classes she’d been entered into!
But there was still one more class to come, and this one took an eternity, or at least seemed to!
This was for “Prettiest Female Cat” and Annie was up against 3 other beautiful ladies. Time ticked on and on and, despite the fact that my mummy kept going to the results board every 5 minutes, the results were not forthcoming! Secretly, my mummy loves this class almost as much as the title and Best in Colour classes! (but don’t let her know I told you that, as it is all meant to be a bit of fun 😆 )
Then… finally! As mummy approached the results board for the hundredth time, she could see that the little gap where the result had previously not been there had been filled and the slip of paper was there. She approached in excitement to find out that Annie had won that class too! Yay! What a day! Annie had won every class she had been entered into!
This is also known as a “red card day” because in our cat shows, the colours generally used for rosettes/ribbons/or cards is red for first place, blue for 2nd and yellow for 3rd. Hence you have a red card day if all your results are red, or first place! 🙂 It’s quite difficult to achieve: Lula, Annie and Spike have all been close at previous shows, but never had one; I had one in my early show days at the Shropshire show back in 2012 🙂
Annie decided to celebrate by checking out her litter tray 🙂
Then, after a lovely show, where mummy admired all the gorgeous Maine Coons too (and noted how very well behaved they all were…. hmmmm….), it was time to pack up and go home. Annie sat on mummy’s knee all the way home (yes, daddy was driving), and enjoyed looking out of the window in between catnaps 🙂
OK, so that title is slightly misleading as Annie and Spike weren’t on tour as such, but they did travel quite a long way yesterday to get to their latest cat show! 😆 In fact, they travelled all the way to the Wood Green Animal Shelter in Cambridgeshire which is lots and lots of miles away from our house. I’m not sure of exactly how many miles, but when the hoomins got up at 3:15 in the morning 😯 , I knew it wasn’t very local 🙂
They got to the venue very early as mummy wanted time to set up her stall, so daddy and the Peskies had a little play in the car whilst waiting for the vets to turn up. After a little while, one or two had arrived, so Annie and Spike were amongst the first through vetting in which they of course passed with flying colours. Daddy settled them in their pens whilst mummy carried on with setting up the stall 🙂
Little by little, the large hall started filling up with lots of other cats and stall holders. There were over 500 cats in total entered as it was actually a double show which many exhibitors like – twice the chances of winning those desired title certificates 🙂 Annie was entered into both shows, whilst Spike was only entered into one. This was because the judge who was doing the title class in one of the shows was the same judge that judged Spike at the previous show. When you are earning your certificates that go towards a title, they must each be awarded by a different judge, so it would have been a waste of time to be judged by the same person twice 🙂
Pretty soon, it was 10am and all the hoomin exhibitors were asked to leave the show pens to let the judges get on with their work: as with any show, they’re not allowed back to the pens until lunchtime, but can then stay by the pens all afternoon until close if they wish 🙂
Then it was the anticipation of the results…. My mummy and daddy said Spike had a judge who had said really nice things about him in the past, and who had placed him 1st at the Supreme, so they were hoping today would be a good day for Spike… but unfortunately that was not to be. The judge awarded a Tonkinese cat the Grand Premier certificate and gave Spike the Reserve (2nd place) so this means Spike still has to earn another Grand certificate before he can claim the title.
Another judge gave him best of breed, then he was placed 5th out of 10 in one side class and unplaced out of 10 in the other one. So not his best show day but he behaved impeccably and was a great ambassador for the Bengal breed, so there were lots of positives. My mummy said he was a really good boy and she doesn’t mind waiting a bit longer for his Grand title, he is only just over one year old after all 🙂
Annie had not been to the previous double show where Spike had earned two Grand certificates, so being as she was in two shows yesterday, and Spike didn’t get his Grand, this meant she had a chance to catch up with her brother!
At shows, the results are posted on boards and of course you earn rosettes or certificates. Sometimes, the rosettes are put on the pens before the results are posted on the boards, so you can use either way to gauge how well your cat is doing 😉 Yesterday, Annie’s pen was very close to mummy’s stall but the results boards were a bit of a trek away, so it was easier to see what rosettes were put on the pen (though mummy checked the boards whenever shoe could get away from the stall 🙂 )
It was good news when the first rosette went on Annie’s pen and it was a Grand rosette – yay! … but then the rosette for the other show was put on the pen and it wasn’t a Grand, it was a “colour first” rosette 🙁 This would mean that Annie’s judge had awarded her first place in the class, but withheld the Grand certificate 🙁 We didn’t like that very much 🙁
So as soon as she could, mummy went to check the results board, and there it was! Annie HAD earned the Grand certificate after all! They must have put an incorrect rosette on the pen! So there was no stopping her then – mummy went marching up to the show manager table to point out the error. They apologised and said indeed the wrong rosette was on the pen, and gave her the proper (and much nicer) Grand one! Yay!
So Annie earned her two Grands, therefore catching up with Spike, and in her 4 side classes she achieved:
1st out of 3
2nd out of 7
2nd out of 7
2nd out of 3
So all in all a good day for Annie!
Then, it was soon time to pack up and make the long journey home where of course we all had out favourite pouches and some nice chicken treats later on too 🙂
So as I told you all yesterday on our Facebook page, I’m writing my blog a day later than normal as my mummy was too tired to help me yesterday after being at the cat show all day 🙂 And talking of my mummy “helping” me, I just want to clarify something here… my mummy made me write that title 😯 I know that the male Pesky did well at the show, but to me he is still a Pesky and I am not all emotional about things like the hoomins seem to be, but my mummy said young Spike did very well and we should all be proud, so that’s what I have begrudgingly written 😆
It was another early start to the day as these things always are… Lula and I stayed in the big bed and watched all the comings and goings of the hoomins rushing around to get things all organised. Annie watched from the top of the kitchen units whilst the moggies all ate their breakfast 🙂
A few minutes before their departure, mummy got the carrier out ready to put Spike in and then carried on with getting ready. Then it was time to go! But wait! Where was Spike? My mummy looked in all his usual sleeping places but couldn’t find him anywhere! So she was a little bit worried as she had been outside putting things in the car, so maybe he had sneaked out when she wasn’t looking? 😯
After a few minutes of further searching, daddy who was upstairs whilst this was going on called out to mummy that maybe she should look in the carrier? And there he was – laid down with paws crossed looking up into the opening as if to say: “Aren’t you guys ready yet?” 😆 So mummy zipped up the carrier, put him in the car and they were soon ready to go! 🙂
Once in the car, the hoomins expected Spike to be very noisy as this was the first time he had travelled anywhere on his own. And they weren’t wrong – they started to drive away and he miaowed very loudly! But then …. he stopped! And he was very quiet for the rest of the journey (and also on the way home too). What a good boy 🙂
They arrived at the show without any problems, and soon Spike settled into his pen
This was a double show and Spike was entered into both, so he had two chances of earning his Grand Premier certificates 🙂 And the results came through quite quickly! 🙂 Here they are in detail:
Grand Premier Certificate awarded
Best of Breed awarded – beating 3 other wonderful brown spotty Bengals, all of whom were more mature and have more titles than Spike does!
First place in one of his side classes, and second place in the other. This second place meant that he fell just short of a “red card” day (where you get first in every class you’re in + Best of Breed)
Grand Premier certificate awarded, but not BoB
First place in both side classes entered 🙂
So being as he didn’t get BoB in this show, again it was just short of a red card day.
Spike took this all in his stride and just sat back and admired all the rosettes he’d earned 🙂
After every show, the judges usually publish a report online about what they thought of your cat. Usually they take a few days/weeks to do this, but the judge who awarded Spike’s BoB and first in a couple of his side classes, has published her report already and, amongst other things, she said that Spike is “A gentle handsome boy” and “a pleasure to handle”. How lovely! 🙂
So a good day was had and when they got home we all had some nice food and yummy treats and some play time in the cat garden 🙂 Then it was time for a well-earned cat nap 🙂
Later on this week, I’ll be writing my blog on Sunday as usual, and this just also happens to be the Peskies’ first birthday! So I think a little look back over the year might be the subject matter, so please come back and join us then! 🙂
I know what you’re thinking … you’re wanting to know all the news from the cat show that Lula and Annie went to yesterday, aren’t you? Well…. it’s a good job I’m here to tell you! 😆
So, like normal, it was an early start to the day – Lula and I were in the big bed and didn’t want to get up when the hoomins rudely awoke us – who wants to eat breakfast at 4am? 😯 It’s a good job the others left some for me to eat later is all I can say 🙂
Once everyone was preened and cleaned, it was time for Lula, Annie and the hoomins to set off, leaving us four boys to look after little Friday, though she says she’s old and wise enough to look after herself! 😀
After a short detour to pick up Sue our breeder and vet for the show, they made their way up North to Preston. It was quite nice, dry weather until just before they reached the venue, when it decided to rain quite heavily – typical British weather! 😆
It was therefore a mad dash into the building to get through vetting in, which they both of course passed with flying colours and then into the show hall itself! Daddy got Lula and Annie settled in their pens whilst mummy had to brave the horrible weather again and unload the car of all the trade stand equipment and products!
A couple of hours later, the stall was set up, Annie and Lula were snoozing in their pens and morning judging started so all the owners had to leave their cats and let the judges do their thing! 🙂 Luckily, though, and for the first time ever, Annie’s pen was opposite mummy’s stall, so the hoomins could keep an eye on her all the way through! 🙂 She was very well behaved and made them both very proud 🙂 Lula was a few rows away, so she could only be heard and not seen – ha ha! (don’t tell her I said that, will you? 😆 )
Then, after an impatient wait, the results started to trickle in, and again made my mummy and daddy very proud of their girls! Here’s the full lowdown 🙂
Lula was unplaced in the Olympian class, which wasn’t really any shock as it’s the toughest class in the show; but she did win Best of Breed, and in her side classes, was first out of two in one; 3rd out of 7 in another and unplaced in the other – pleasing results! 🙂 She got a nice aqua-coloured rosette “Olympian Contender” which we think is a lovely touch to recognise the achievement of even being in this class. And her Best of Breed rosette was fun too, it’s a special Easter Bunny themed one! 🙂
Now over to Annie…
She was awarded a Master Cat certificate, which was her third, which in turn means she has now earned the title of Master Cat! She then brilliantly beat two boys to win Best of Colour – these two boys were far more qualified than her: one was a Grand Master Cat and the other was an Olympian Silver Imperial Grand Master Cat! 😀
The great results continued in her side classes: She came first out of four for “Cat with the glossiest coat”; first out of seven for “Cat with the most unusual pattern” but “only” second out of seven for “Prettiest Exhibit” What?? That judge clearly has no taste (though he absolutely loves Spike, he’s the judge who gave him first in his tough class at the Supreme).
So Annie was just one placing away from having a “red card day” – being first in all her classes, and winning Best of Colour 🙂 But even so, I’m sure you will agree, they are results to be proud of and she just charmed everyone she came into contact with and drew lots of admirers when the show was opened to the general public 🙂
Then, after a busy day on the stall too with lots of lovely customers, everyone was tired and it was time to pack up and make the journey south back home.
We greeted them with lots of head bumps and kitty kisses and loudly told mummy it was way past our dinner time! (or at least I did!). So we all had our favourite pouch and a little run around the cat garden in the dark and then it was time for more catnaps before bedtime 🙂
The next show is in two weeks, though on Sunday rather than Caturday, which is always very confusing 🙂 It’s a double show, with Spike entered in both shows – he’ll be competing in the Grand classes for the first time so will be judged against a few other breeds to try and earn the Grand certificate. I will of course let you know how he does as soon as I can! 🙂
We hope everyone who’s celebrating Mother’s Day today like us in the UK have had a wonderful day! We’ve tried to be good kitties for our mummy and for our daddy too… but he has been in bed much of the day, he’s not been feeling well 🙁 So we had to be quite quiet so that he could sleep 😯 Of course, my mummy thought that the only way to do this was by taking us all out to the cat garden and her office so we spent most of the day there 🙂
I am going to bring you all the news from the show from yesterday, but unfortunately my daddy hasn’t been able to sort through the pics he took, so I will share some random ones of Spike and Annie instead and a couple of iPhone ones too from the show 🙂 So here’s a random one of Spike and Annie as babies to start us off 😆
Back to the show now! 🙂 It was a very early start for all of us: My mummy and daddy woke us all up at 3:30am! I mean, that just isn’t cricket is it? 😆 But pretty soon they were all washed and brushed and left the house, leaving us five kitties to get back to bed and some much-needed sleep!
They picked Sue the vet and our breeder up on the way, and made their way North to Wigan in Lancashire to the show. They were one of the first to arrive, so Sue did all the vetting in checks, with daddy looking after them, whilst mummy got the stuff ready to set up the stall 🙂 Then, with a clean bill of health, and a few cuddles from Sue, it was off to clean and set up their pens in the show hall 🙂
Once in her pen, Annie took the chance of having a good look around before all the other kitties arrived! 🙂
The hall then started to fill up more and more, with lots of miaows and chatter and general show noise 🙂 Mummy finished off setting up the stall, daddy made sure we were both ok, and then, before we knew it, it was 10am and time for morning judging which means all the hoomins have to leave their cats whilst the judges do their thing. Luckily, my mummy’s stall was just about in sight of Annie’s pen so she could keep an eye on her now and again 🙂
Spike was just as chilled in his pen as he is at home 🙂
It was a tense morning, with a long wait for any results – but around lunchtime we found out that clever Annie had won a Master Cat certificate! This was her 2nd certificate out of two attempts and means she only needs one more to get the title 🙂
Then the news came through that Spike had won his third Premier certificate! So he now actually has earned his title, and in the next show he goes to (which will be in April), he will be competing in the Grand Premier class! I don’t suppose this will change him, though, and he will still be as daft as ever!
While the morning judging was happening, my mummy went to the nice man at another stall and bought them both white donut beds that are allowed to be used in their pens in GCCF shows; so once all the hoomins were allowed back to their pens, daddy wasted no time in putting them in and both of them loved their new furnishings! Annie didn’t want to leave it, though Spike did decide still to sleep in the litter tray now and again 😯 He must have learned that from Lula because she is the same 🙂
The afternoon saw the side class results come in and Annie did especially well! She came 1st out of 7 for “Prettiest Female”; 1st out of 6 for “Cat with the Glossiest Coat” and 2nd out of 4 for “Cat with most unusual coat pattern”. On top of that, one of our friends (whose cat beat Annie for best of breed, but we don’t mind that as he is a gorgeously stunning boy, a marbled Bengal), heard the judge talking and he was being so very complimentary about our little Annie, he wanted to take her home himself! 🙂 No chance, mate 😆
Spike’s side classes were much smaller, but he still did well 🙂 He won 1st out of 1 in one class, then 1st out of 3 and 2nd out of 2 🙂 He didn’t win BoB either, though he did beat the cat who won BoB in the class where he came 1st out of 3 (different judge you see) 😉
Here’s an iPhone pic of their pens after the judging had finished, in their new beds 🙂
Neither of them reached the dizzy heights of Best in Show, so once that was completed, the show was closed and we all packed up and made the long journey home 🙂 Another successful day for them all! 🙂
So, in a busy show season, our next one is just two weeks away! Spike is going to have a break, so it will be Annie and Lula going to this one! I will of course let you have all the news in my blog the next day 🙂
As you may have already seen, Lula and Spike were at the cat show yesterday 🙂 It was a long day and I didn’t get much of a chance to update our Facebook page when everyone got home, so as promised, here’s the full report! 🙂
It was yet another early start… the hoomins woke us all up at 3:45 in the morning 😯 I really couldn’t decide between eating some breakfast or staying asleep! So in the end I had a few mouthfuls and then went back to bed – the best of both worlds 🙂 (It was dry food, so there was plenty left down to keep us going through the day).
As soon as everyone was ready, they all went off to in the car which meant that Annie and I could be naughty good cats at home 😆 But you don’t want to know about us, this is all about Lula and Spike! (Phew! Our secrets are safe, Annie!) 🙂
After a little diversion to pick up Sue, our breeder and the Duty Vet at the show, they were soon well on the way to Warwickshire in the heart of the UK. They were one of the first there so daddy looked after Lula and Spike whilst mummy set up her trade stand. They were both soon settled in their double pens:
Pretty soon more and more people started arriving and the large hall filled up. This was a double show with nearly 550 cats entered, so it was one of the largest ones of the year.
They also had an option that we’d not seen in other double shows previously, but that we think is an excellent idea! You could enter one or both shows in full, but there was also the option to enter one in full and the title class only in the 2nd show. So this is what mummy did for us! It saves on the amount of times we’re handled and the title class is the most important one.
As the clock struck 10am, all the human owners were asked to leave their pens so that morning judging could commence. Under GCCF rules, they’re allowed to stay in the hall and browse round the trade stands, but are not allowed to be with their cats in the morning as judging is meant to be anonymous for the title classes especially which are the ones that take place in the morning 🙂
Luckily, mummy’s trade stand was very close to both Spike and Lula’s pens, and daddy managed to get this pic of Lula being judged! You can see her talking at the judge in the pic! The lady holding her is the judge’s steward, the lady with her back to us is the actual judge. Overall, though, despite being chatty, Lula was very well behaved so my mummy and daddy were very pleased.
Then it was an anxious wait for the results, and they were worth the wait!
Lula didn’t get placed in either of her Olympian classes, but this was pretty much expected. It is the top and toughest class, and she was up against 10 other female neuter cats, of all breeds. However, she did win Best of Breed in one show, so the hoomins were very pleased with that and she came 3rd in both her side classes which was quite nice and she did get some nice yellow rosettes as a result 🙂
Spike, however, had a stunning performance… He’s no longer in the kitten classes, so is now aiming to qualify as a Premier cat (to compare, Lula’s title is Imperial Grand Premier). He needs 3 Premier certificates from 3 different judges to earn the title and he managed to beat another fantastic boy to win his certificate in both shows yesterday! So he only needs one more and he will be a Premier! He then also won Best of Breed in one show, beating 6 other great cats, and won his side classes! Wow! Not sure how impressed he was with all that though….
But then, towards the very end of the show, the hoomins learned of even more exciting news! In one of the shows, Spike won Best Foreign Neuter! In a cat show there are different categories of breeds, and in the ‘Foreign’ section there are lots of breeds as well as Bengals. There are Egyptian Mau, Sphinx, Abyssinians, Russian Blue, Cornish and Devon Rexes, Tonkinese, Snowshoe … and others too! So out of all the male and female neuters from all of those breeds, many of them with titles already, Spike was judged to be the Best of Variety! 🙂 This is quite amazing for a 10 month old, and Sue said he was the youngest of her cats so far to do so! Proud? You betcha! 🙂
Spike was already in Lula’s pen by this time as it was getting towards the end of the show when it was announced, but here’s his pen with his Best Foreign Neuter rosette and his 2 premier certificates.
So after all that excitement, it was soon time to pack up and hit the road for the journey home, via Sue’s house again 🙂
But there is a twist in this ‘tail’ my friends! All us other cats hadn’t been forgotten because daddy had bought us a lovely present from the show! We didn’t know about it until the next morning because it was too late when they got home to sort it out….
Daddy had bought us a lovely extension to our Tigga Towers cat tree! That’s one of the many wonderful things about Tigga Towers trees – you can buy as much or as little as you like, and then add to the tree over time if you wish as they are modular and easy to extend!
Annie and I are in the new part, whilst Spike’s in what used to be the highest perch 🙂 There’s also a new hammock to hang from one of the perches but we’ve not had that fitted yet 🙂
So a great weekend has been had by all! We hope yours has been equally as nice 😉