We’ve had a glorious weekend in our World! The last little bit of the warmer weather is hanging on by its claws 🙂 So we’ve been making the most of it outside in our cat garden 🙂 We hope you have had a lovely weekend too?
My hoomins have been very busy, though, so they’ve not had much chance to take many pics of us today, so I though it would be fun to share with you some more of our pics that should never be published! Lol 🙂 My mummy would be quite annoyed if she found out I was showing off all her bad photography, so don’t tell her will you? Our little secret lol 🙂
So the first lesson for my mummy is that it’s usually a good idea to get the whole cat in the pic…
But I suppose at least she managed to get my face in that pic… she quite often doesn’t even manage that! 😯
And again! (I said it was quite often, though she blames it on US! Saying we never sit still – how rude!)
Of course, there are times we just don’t want our photo to be taken
Sometimes you can see the whole cat, but we insist on pulling a funny face… just because we can 😉
Or sometimes we like to cover up our face with a handy branch!
On other occasions, mummy takes the pic just at the wrong time
And sometimes she takes a lovely pic! (if only it was in focus!)
And on that note…. you’ve guessed it! I think it’s about time I had a nice catnap 🙂
We’ve had a bit of a chilly week in our World! I think Autumn is on its way, though the weather pawcast said it might warm up a bit this week 😯 I wish it would work out what it wants to do, as I just can’t get into a nice routine when I’m not sure what’s happening 😉
But enough of the weather, let’s talk about us instead 😆 And today I thought I’d recognise all our non-furry friends we have in our cat garden 🙂 They do a fantastic job, just sitting there minding their own business, looking nice, and I just didn’t think they had enough praise, so am putting that right today! 🙂
First of all, and you’ll know by now what a big fan Clint is of mine – he even named one of his film characters after a friend in our garden: The Cat With No Name! We often have a nice chat with him and, despite his stony and still exterior, he actually moves too! 🙂
But I generally prefer to hang out with friends who are a little more educated….
… though I must admit, he can be a little boring sometimes 😆
Spike prefers a more comfortable snooze on Geoff the Giraffe 🙂
Whilst Annie befriends things you wouldn’t expect, like birdies and mousies!
But Annie says, when it’s all too monotonous talking to her friends in the cat garden, there’s always the big garden to explore which daddy lets her do very frequently!
So I suppose we’re very lucky to have so many friends in our garden, I have no idea why Annie wants to play outside of it so often 🙂
Now I’m off for a nice catnap – I think I might take a leaf out of Spike’s book and settle down with Geoff 🙂
We’ve had a very lazy weekend so far, with not much to report – just the usual hanging around in our cat garden and trying to look like we’re close to starvation so the hoomins take pity on us and give us some of my favourite chicken treats 😆 And, it usually works – especially with my daddy! 😀
Talking of my daddy, he’s been busy printing off lots of our2016 Bengal Cat World Calendars for all the lovely customers who have been buying them from our store! 🙂 So that got us to reminiscing about our very first calendar and the pics we had in there. And, by the magic of the internet, I’m going to share them all with you below, for those friends who didn’t purchase a calendar from us that year! (and for those who did to enjoy the pics once more 🙂 )
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!) 🙂
I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend? 🙂 We’ve been busy ourselves… busy watching daddy working hard in the big garden 🙂 It looked like such hard work, it made me tired just looking at him! 🙂 He’s been having a bit of a clear out – I don’t think Robbie is very happy, though, as a few of the trees he used to hang out in are no longer there! 😯
We watched daddy for a while but then we got very excited, and very noisy, because mummy was preparing our dinner, so we left daddy to it to go and let mummy know how hungry we were! After all, it must have been a long time since breakfast! Us Bengals like to eat al fresco when the weather is nice, so we were served our food in our cat garden where it was soon eaten up 🙂
Once that was done, and mummy had taken the dirty cat bowls away, she thought she’d come and get a few nice pics of us lot …. first of all she looked for me, but all that hard work watching, followed by a nice dinner, had taken it’s toll!
I was fast asleep in mummy’s office!
Ok, so that’s no big surprise, mummy thought she’d look for Annie instead…. she soon found her – asleep on the chair 😯
Lula was bound to be awake – no? No!
So that left only one spotty one to find! Luckily, mummy spotted him having a little wander around!
But I’m not sure he really knew what to do on his own. First of all, he thought an apple that had fallen off the tree might make a good toy…
…. but it didn’t roll very well.
So then he thought he’d see what was happening on the top of our original cat house
But he didn’t stop long as there was absolutely nothing happening up there! Next he checked out mummy’s little pebble collection!
But it was a bit boring, so Spike was a bit flummoxed! There was no one to play with and not much to do!
In the end, he decided to hang out near the tree, at least he could watch the birdies from there!
So mummy decided to take a pic of one her favourite flowers in the cat garden instead!
Next week we should have a bit more news to report as Annie and Spike will be going to a cat show on Caturday! Yay! 🙂
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 🙂
Here at Bengal Cat World International Headquarters (aka my mummy’s office, but she wanted me to make it sound posh 😆 ), we work hard to bring you new and original pics every day on our Facebook page and every week in my blog 🙂
This means of course, that all of us kitties get used to having a camera following us around quite often, but we know that my mummy takes a lot more photos than are actually shared? So I asked her what happens to all those other pics, the ones that are not seen online?
So, she let me into a little secret – she said that not all of the photos she takes are a good enough quality so she usually just deletes them 🙂
So just for a bit of fun, today I’m going to show you how things don’t always go right when photographing us kitties – I think you hoomins have a saying: “Never work with children or animals”? This little selection will show you why! 😆
I hope you had a bit of a giggle with these, my friends!
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 🙂
Firstly, I must apologise for the slight gap in my blog recently 😯 My mummy has been very naughty in not helping me to write it, so I am going to blame her, she can be very naughty sometimes. Unlike me, of course, as I am always a good boy 😉
Last week, the hoomins were very naughty indeed as they only went jetting off to Prague, didn’t they? They left us behind with the house sitter, she was called Sue. Now, if you spoke to Sue, I’m sure she would tell some tales on us, but being as I am writing this blog and she isn’t, I’m just going to let you know we were all very well behaved. All of the time 🙂 Except when we were naughty 😆
Before I move on to our escapades, I thought you might like a little update on what my mummy and daddy did in Prague? They spent quite a lot of time at the zoo as my daddy likes to take photos of all the animals.
Here’s one of a clouded leopard, proving that it’s not just me who likes to have a nice catnap now and again 🙂
Did you know that the clouded leopard has the longest fangs in proportion to body size, out of all the big cats? Here’s a pic to show you! 🙂
The other thing they did was wander around Prague city which is said to be one of the most beautiful cities in the World! 🙂 My mummy said she liked all the crystal shops, and found these wonderful cats in one!
But back to us…. we’ve been making the most of the great weather we’ve had recently and spent time in our cat garden. I think, though, that it went to Spike’s head a little, as he was trying to out-silly Annie (who we all know is very silly indeed! 😯 )
When he wasn’t being silly, he was play fighting with Annie!
Meanwhile, Lula and I just chilled out and watched them 🙂
So there we have it! Lula and I were good, Spike and Annie were naughty 🙂 And of course it goes without saying that Harry, Robbie and Friday were good too 🙂 They don’t really like strangers so were hiding quite a lot of the time 🙂
I think you may be expecting me to bring you all the news from the show yesterday? Well… the news is… there is no news really 😆 Spike and Annie both got one third each in one of their side classes and that’s it 😯
At least they are consistent with each other 😆 We don’t mind really. Just makes for a bit of a short blog post! lol 🙂
So instead I thought I’d share with you what we’ve all been up to today! Yay! And the answer is …. not a lot really! Ha! It’s been a bit of a lazy Sunday…. Here’s some pics of us all earlier
I was on the top shelf (king of the castle of course)
And last but not least, Spike!
So it’s a bit of a no news Sunday blog! We hope you enjoyed it 🙂 Hopefully next week’s will be a bit more exciting 🙂