It’s a little bit odd, I know, me writing my blog on a Monday, and I’ll be out with my days all week! 😆 It’s all because the cat show this week was on Sunday rather than Saturday 🙂 My mummy was much too tired to help me write my blog yesterday to tell you all about the show, so that’s why we’re writing it now 🙂
So we were up bright and early yesterday. Well, it was early at least, perhaps not so bright, seeing as it was in the middle of the night … 😯 Perhaps not quite the middle of the night but it was very early for me to have my sleep disturbed 😯
Mummy had decided to give Annie a little break from shows as she’s been to a few this year, so it was up to us boys – me and Spike – to go and show off our spots 🙂
So, Annie and the rest of them carried on snoozing whilst Spike and I got in the large carrier and were whisked away to the show.
We both had double pens and I settled in very quickly into my donut bed as I could tell I’d be able to have lots of nice catnaps in it 😉
Spike, on the other paw, liked to have a good look round his pen and make sure it was up to his standards!
So mummy had to fuss around him quite a lot – he’s very loud and insistent when he wants to be!
After a while, as it always does, the rest of the world caught up with us and others started to arrive and the hall soon filled up with cats of all breeds and colours.
And then the morning judging started where we’d be assessed for our Title and Best of Breed classes. This was a joint show so, although we’re both at the same level, we weren’t competing against each other as Spike was in one show and I was in a different one.
We were both going for our Imperial certificate, as we both still need 4 to achieve the title (we both have one each – we like to be consistent! 😆 )
The title class results took a little while to come out, but in the meantime the Best of Breed results were published! And what great news! I won Best of Breed in my show, though to be fair there was only one other boy up against me.
Spike was up against 3 other cats for his BoB, including my Aunt Fanny (Sue’s cat. He’s related to me on my mother’s side, and not related to Spike). Sue knew that the judge liked Fanny very much and Fanny is much more titled than either of us two so it would be a tough class….
But Spike won it! Yay! What a clever chap he is 🙂
Then we waited for our Imperial class results: Spike was up against 4 other cats in his, and I was up against 7 other cats in mine!
Again, a tough couple of classes, which sadly neither of us won. 🙁 Oh well. If it was any consolation, the boy who won Spike’s class also eventually won the Best in Show Foreign category, so it was no shame to be beaten by him.
Then we waited for the side classes…. mine weren’t all that great, to be honest 🙂 I was unplaced out of 5 in one, and 2nd out of 2 in the other. But at least I had lots of nice catnaps 🙂
Spike did a little better! He won one of his side classes (though he was the only one in it 😆 😆 ) and came 2nd out of 5 in the other, with the same boy beating him to 1st place.
Then, it was time to pack up so daddy put us both in the same pen whilst he tidied things up and mummy got on with packing up the stall.
The first thing Spike did was steal my nice bed!
I wasn’t impressed by this 🙂
So I made him get up and look at my nice pink rosette (though he seemed much more interested in something else 🙂 )
And finally, we got home and had some nice dinner and some of my favourite chicken treats before getting into bed for a well-deserved snooze. In fact, I have no idea why my mummy was so tired after all; I had a very relaxing day! 😆
The next show is in a few weeks, which will be attended by Spike and Annie 🙂
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 🙂
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! 😯
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 😉
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!
And after he checks that Santa isn’t watching he sits and plots… Just like he did when he was a kitten in fact!
And then he does things like sit on top of the cat house, ready to ambush any unsuspecting kitty walking by below! 😯
But he did the worst thing of all today. It started off with him just sitting 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 🙂
I’m getting quite excited because I’ve been a very good cat all year long and I’m hoping for lots of presents from Santa 🙂 I think I need some nice chicken treats and maybe a comfy pink cushion all to myself so I don’t have to share with the littlest pesky, aka Annie 😆 I hope you get lots of nice gifts too 🙂
Talking of the Peskies, I could tell on Friday that it was time for them to go to another show by the way my mummy was cleaning them and trimming their claws and getting the show bag ready…. what I hadn’t anticipated was that I was going with them! 😯 I thought it was a bit odd that she trimmed my claws too and gave me a wash and brush up! 😯 This was to be my first show in more than 18 months, I wasn’t sure if I would remember what to do (i.e. be nice to the judges and not growl at them or, worse still, bite them 😆 )
My daddy has been a bit poorly, so she was taking us to the show on her own, although she did pick up a very nice young man called Lee on the way. I think she knew him as they seemed to talk a lot about the kind of things you hoomins talk about so I’m sure everything was above board 😆 Lee did remark (several times) on how good we all were travelling in the car as it was quite a long way to go – about a two and a half hour trip each way 🙂 But as I said before, I’m a very goodboy and am easy to take anywhere 😉 … (are you listening, Santa? 😉 )
Anyways, we got to the show in plenty of time and mummy got our pens ready. Luckily, Spike and I were next door to each other, so that made things easier, though Annie was on the other side of the show hall. She gave us lots of cuddles, then went to check Annie, only to find that she had spilled her water all over her pen 😯 So she put her in with Spike whilst she sorted it all out and then waited for it to dry out 🙂 This made the cuddling job easier too as all three of us were therefore together 🙂
Pretty soon, though, Annie had to go back to her own pen as it was time for morning judging to start so mummy had to leave us and we were all on our best behaviour for the judges 🙂
Meanwhile, mummy checked the results board regularly to find out how we had done 🙂 Here are the overall results:
It wasn’t Annie’s day in terms of the main classes as she was up against 4 other cats for Olympian and didn’t get it, and up against two others for Best in Colour and didn’t get that either.
In her side classes, though, she came 3rd out of 6 for Prettiest Female; 2nd out of 3 for Any Shorthair under 3 years; and 1st out of 7 for The Cat with the Shiniest Coat! 🙂 So not too bad in the end 🙂
Spike and I were up against each other for the Imperial certificate and for Best of Breed. There were 5 good boys in total in the Imperial class and, by some stroke of luck, I was awarded the Reserve Imperial! (ie. second place) A nice Tonkinese won it 🙂
For Best of Breed, it was only us two as there were only 2 brown spotted Bengal Neuters there and Spike beat me! Harrumph! 😆
We were in different side classes:
I came nowhere out of 11 in the Visitor class; but 1st out of 6 in the AV British or Foreign Senior class! Yay!
Spike came 3rd out of 6 in the Any Variety Foreign class and 1st out of 2 in the Bengal Cat Club Any Neuter class! 🙂
So it was a pretty good day all round – not the best we’ve had but not the worst either 😉
Here are some pics which I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for lol 🙂
At the end of the show, mummy brought Annie to Spike’s pen whilst she cleared up Annie’s 🙂
Soon, mummy had cleared away all our pens and off we all went, with Lee too, back on the long road up north 🙂 Again, we were all very good cats on the way home, though of course I was the best behaved and soon we were home to tell daddy all about our day 🙂
So that was the last show of 2015 and we now have a bit of a break until the next one in late January. I wonder who mummy will be taking to that one? 🙂
Phew! What a wild and windy few days we’ve had recently! There’s been quite a lot of flooding in the village next to ours, but thankfully we’re not affected and we could still get out into our cat garden today 🙂
Even I admit that it was good to get out in the fresh air and stretch our paws! I think Lula was in more of a restful mood, though, as she stayed indoors – so it was just us three brown spotty ones who braved the elements 🙂
It started off with just Spike who was sitting on the cat house, thinking about birdies….
… When all of a sudden he heard a noise behind him!
He went to investigate and pretty soon came across the source of the noise – little Annie had just come into the garden!
And then I came in and found my mini-me right behind me 😉
Annie and Spike decided to play a game of who can jump the highest, so Annie jumped on top of one of the perches
But Spike said that was much too little, and jumped on top of the (closed up) washing line!
Annie said that was nothing and made him get off so she could go up there instead!
Spike got bored of that game so decided to hide in the bushes so he could try a sneaky pounce when Annie wasn’t looking!
But Annie was pretty wise to him and knew what he was up to
Meanwhile, I sat and watched the birdies
And then Spike decided it was time to go and explore the other corner on his own
Whilst Annie waited near the gate ready for daddy to take her indoors and give her some of MY favourite chicken treats 😆
And then it started to rain again so Spike and I went into my mummy’s office and covered her sofa in muddy paw prints 😉
Phew! What terrible weather we’re having in our World recently! It’s been so bad, I’ve been forced to stay indoors a lot of the time and have lots of catnaps 😉
We therefore don’t have many tails to share this week, so we thought we’d take a trip down memory lane to November 2014!
We started off by going to one of our favourite shows – the Bengal Cat Club show which we also went to last week and I wrote about in my previous post 😉
Last year, Spike did very well, coming first and winning Best of Breed 🙂
But Annie did even better, winning first place, Best in Class, Best in Show Pedigree Pet and then Overall Best in Show Household Pet!
Of course, we also spent time in our cat garden as the weather seemed so much better than it does this year!
I never managed to quite get away from those peskies…
We were all still quite curious about mummy’s office, as it had only recently been finished
Or at least, some of us were curious….
Annie seemed to think that praying for nice things to happen was a good move
But she enjoyed hanging out in the fresh air not doing much too 🙂
Spike meanwhile continued to show off his laid back skills
And then, at the end of the month, Annie and Spike went to our other favourite show, The Supreme! It was held later than it was this year and again both did very well with them both getting first place and best of breed in their respective classes
But at the end of the day, what we all really enjoy most is a nice catnap, and we found a lovely spot in mummy’s new office where we could all indulge together! 😆
As you’re probably aware, I had some lovely, peaceful quality time yesterday as those peskies went off to the Bengal Cat Club show 🙂 That meant I could have my pick of the beds for some lovely catnaps where I dreamed of chicken treats and warmer times 🙂
But I guess you’d rather hear about their day than mine? *sigh* OK, I’ll pass on what they told me 🙂
Yet again, I got woken up far too early though the hoomins thought they could get away with it by giving us our breakfast. But I am not one for eating in the middle of the night, so I carried on with my snooze through all the shenanigans 😯 I knew it would be dry food and there would be plenty of it, so I got up a few hours later and had breakfast in my own time, thank you very much 😉
By that time, they’d managed to drive through some pretty wet weather and got to the show safe and sound. It was in a little town hall in Wiltshire, a lovely part of the world.
The peskies sailed through vetting in and pretty soon were settled in their pens. Annie’s was next to the window so she had a great view every time she came out and watched all the comings and goings on the High Street 🙂
She soon got comfy in her squishy donut bed
Spike was only a short distance away, he enjoyed a bit more breakfast and then chilled out on the floor rather than in his nice comfy bed, silly boy 🙂
It was soon time for morning judging, so the hoomins went to the little cafe in the room next door to let the judges get on with their important jobs 🙂 After a while, the results started to trickle through but I’ll let you know them all in one go to save you having to wait 😉
– Reserve Imperial out of 3
– Didn’t get Best of Breed – 10 in class
– 2nd out of 5 in one side class, unplaced in the other one
– Awarded the Imperial. Which she didn’t actually need as she has already reached that level. But she was entered into that class due to the way the closing dates work and the fact that the Supreme where she got the final Imperial she needed, was after the closing date for this show…. I know it’s all confusing 🙂
– Didn’t get Best of Breed – 5 in class
– 1st out of 5 in one side class, 1st out of 2 in another side class and 2nd out of 5 in her final side class.
So overall the results were pretty good and the hoomins couldn’t wait to come back in and see them at lunchtime 🙂
Spike was happy to see them too and told them so in a very loud voice! 🙂
But then he chilled out a little and had a stretch on his blanket
Annie was being a good girl and was so happy to see them and gave them lots of kitty kisses and made cookies with her paws 🙂
Then it was time for the all important Best in Show judging! Spike wasn’t a contender as he’d not won his title class, nor best of breed, but Annie had won her Imperial, so she was in with a chance!
They read out all the pen numbers for the pedigree section, then it was on to Household Pets where they read out the non-Pedigree pet before finally reading out the pen number for Best in Show Pedigree Pet … and it was Annie!! Yay! This was the 2nd year in a row she won this!
So mummy took her to the posh pens where the Best in Show Non Pedigree Pet is judged against the Best in Show Pedigree Pet for Overall Best in Show Household Pet!
She was far more interested in what they were doing on that table behind her though, than what was going on for best in show!
Up against the gorgeous non pedigree pet for overall…
The judge took ages to decide between the two, she really struggled to make up her mind!
But in the end, she awarded it to the stunning non-Pedigree pet, so Annie wasn’t awarded the Overall Best in Show. But that mattered not, the hoomins were overjoyed and meanwhile, Annie went back to her posh pen, pulled down the drapes and carried on staring at what was going on at that table behind her!
But she loved her posh rosette and she won lots of lovely prizes, so she is a clever girl too 🙂
A short while later, it was time to pack away and head back home where we all had a special tea and some nice chicken treats (which I’d been dreaming about all day) 🙂
Well, it’s been a while since my last blog, but I’m here again now! I blame my mummy of course… a couple of weeks ago she said she was too tired to help me write my blog and then last week, she traipsed off to the other end of the country and didn’t leave me with the password to log on to her computer! 😯 I really ought to get her trained much better… she’s not so bad with my favourite chicken treats nowadays, but she has a lot to learn otherwise! 😆
Anyway, enough of my little rant… this blog is of course meant to be all about the Supreme Cat show which took place yesterday! For those of you who don’t know, this is the pinnacle of the GCCF show calendar: it’s the feline equivalent of Crufts! So it’s very prestigious 🙂
The show actually started a day early for the hoomins as they went to the venue the day before to set up mummy’s trade stand 🙂 It’s getting so large now, it would have taken too long to do it in the morning for this show as the public are allowed in much earlier than for other shows.
Luckily, it’s not too far from our home, so although they were late serving our dinner, they did at least manage to come home to us all on Friday evening rather than going off on their gallivanting and leaving us with the cat sitter like they did just a few days previously! 😯 (can you tell, I’ve not quite forgiven them for that? I haven’t yet managed to train the cat sitter in the dispersal of my favourite chicken treats, so they are very few and far between when she is looking after us! 😯 )
Ahem… back to the Supreme… So the stall was pretty much set up on Friday but they still needed to be up much too early on Caturday for my liking, so I carried on having a nice catnap in my comfy Tigga Towers bed and let them get on with it 🙂 Pretty soon, the Peskies were whisked away with mummy and daddy so I was able to get a much better quality of sleep.
They got there within an hour or so with the quiet Caturday early morning traffic and the Peskies passed through vetting in. Daddy whisked them off to their decorated pens which he had prepared the day before whilst mummy put the finishing touches to the trade stand whilst she had the chance, as it got very busy indeed once the public were allowed in with lots of lovely comments about all the products 🙂
After a while, the judging commenced and Spike was going for his 2nd Imperial Grand Premier certificate. He was such a good boy when being judged and was a purrfect gentleman for the judge and her stewards 🙂
The judge checked him over very carefully, as she does for all the cats she assesses 🙂
After she had looked at all the cats, she made her decision! It was a long time coming as there was a delay for the rosettes, but when it did, we found out she decided to award another boy the Imperial and also best of breed, so it was not Spike’s day 🙂 But that’s cool! That’s what makes showing so exciting, you never know how well your cat will do 🙂 At least that meant Spike could go back to his comfortable pen and chill out for the rest of the day 🙂
Then it was Annie’s turn! She was also a very good girl for the judge and gave him her sweetest looks. He spent quite a while assessing her and then sat down to write his report 🙂 Annie was being held by the steward and tried to take a sneaky peak now and again, though she pretended she wasn’t really 🙂
And then he reached his decision, he had awarded Annie the Imperial certificate – yay! This means that Annie now has 5 Imperial certificates, so she can claim the title “Imperial Grand Master Cat” which is quite some achievement at such a young age. What a clever girl 🙂
But it wasn’t finished there – the judge then had to decide who was Best of Breed out of her and the boy who had also won his Imperial. So the judge asked the stewards to take them both out of their pens so he could look at them side by side
And then he decided… and said that both cats were very lovely, but only one could win and it was Annie! Yay! 🙂 What a nice man he is 🙂 🙂
So that meant that a little later on in the day, Annie was in the Best of Variety judging where all of the Pedigree Pet Shorthairs who had won their classes were up against each other for Best Shorthair Pedigree Pet!
It was therefore back to the ring for Annie where three judges were to make that decision. There were 5 or 6 cats in the running and again each one was looked at very carefully by each of the three judges.
Out of the these cats, they then narrowed it down to the top 3 and Annie was one of these three! How exciting! 🙂 🙂
But then… the final choice was made, and unfortunately it wasn’t Annie, so that was the end of the judging for her. But what a fantastic day she had had! And don’t forget, she is still so young, there could be lots more Supreme shows for her to go to in the future! 🙂 🙂
Whilst daddy looked after the peskies, mummy spent the rest of the time on the stall and met some very lovely people including lots of Bengal Cat World fans – Edna, Pam, Debbie, Diane, Gabriella to name but a few! And another of our friends, Nicola, was a very big help as she was helping out on the stall due to it being very busy and holding the fort very capably when mummy dashed off to watch a bit of the judging 🙂 Thanks to all of you for coming and for the lovely gifts lots of you gave us 🙂 🙂
But then, all too soon, the day drew to an end and the show was over. The exhibitors packed away their wonderfully-decorated pens and prepared their beautiful felines for their journeys home and the stalls were gradually dismantled and packed away for another day.
It was a wonderful day with a great atmosphere. Annie and Spike behaved impeccably and the stall had by far its best takings ever with some wonderful feedback from customers too.
It was then time to drive home and share out some of those lovely treats our friends had bought us 🙂 I was a big help in that respect 🙂
I hope you enjoyed reading my little tale 🙂
Take care my friends!