Hello my friends, Spot here!
So, we went to our first show of 2016 yesterday and let’s hope the year carries on the way it started as we had a wonderful day! 🙂
Mind you, it did start off much too early – I was having a nice snooze with Lula in the big bed when I was rudely awoken in the middle of the night! 😯
I’d kind of guessed something was going on the previous day, though, the way the hoomins were fussing around, so I suppose I shouldn’t have been so surprised 😉
After lots more fussing around, Annie and I were put into our nice big carrier and transported up north somewhere, about 100 miles away. I’m not sure of the exact distance as I took the opportunity to get a few more cat naps in, snuggling with Annie instead of with Lula 😆
After an uneventful journey, we arrived at the venue and Annie and were checked by Sue the vet (and our breeder) with of course nothing to worry about – then it was into the show hall where I made sure my pen was up to my high standards!
I then checked my surroundings to make sure there were no unsavoury characters nearby 😉
Annie then checked her pen over too!
And she seemed to be fine with it, so that was that! It was then time for the morning judging to commence where they decide the important classes – the titles and Best of Breed!
My mummy and daddy had to leave us for this, but the results board was checked regularly I’m told. I was going for an Imperial Grand Premier Certificate, whereas Annie was in the top class – the Olympian! Luckily enough, both of our results got published quite quickly and my mummy and daddy were so proud! I had beaten two other wonderful boys (another Bengal and a Russian Blue) to win my certificate, and Annie had beaten 3 other girls to win the Olympian! I still need 4 more Imperial certificates to earn the title, whereas Annie needs 3 more to get to Olympian Bronze 🙂
Here’s her certificate 🙂
It then seemed to take a long time for the results for the other classes to be published…. but they were worth waiting for, in Annie’s case in particular! But first let me tell you how I did 🙂
I didn’t win Best of Breed, there were 4 in the class and the judge awarded it to a pretty girl 🙂 I then came 2nd out of 2 in a class for Bengals, Mau or Ocicats; 2nd out of 3 for “any cat not bred by exhibitor”; and – you’ve guessed it – 2nd out of 4 for “Any Foreign Neuter” 🙂 So I told my mummy I like to be consistent 🙂
Here I am with my rosettes and certificates (am enjoying a nice catnap you might notice 😉 You can never have too many cat naps) 🙂
Annie was consistent too! Albeit at a slightly elevated level to me!
So, not only did she win the Olympian class, which is a massive achievement in itself, she then beat 4 boys to win “Best in Colour” (the equivalent of Best of Breed for the Household Pet section which she competes in). And then it was time for her side classes –
1st out of 2 for Any Shorthair Cat (Club Class). But the cat she beat is an absolute star of household pets (she is an Olympian Gold, and has been for some time, and regularly wins Best in Show), so this was fabulous!
1st out of 5 for “Prettiest Female” (my mummy says she always loves it when Annie wins this class)
And finally … she came 1st out of 7 for “The Cat with the Glossiest Coat”
Wow! She had what’s known as a “red card day” which means she won all of the classes she was entered into! And Annie’s results were from 4 different judges (one judge did two of her 5 classes), so it wasn’t based on just one judge having a soft spot for her! What a little star 🙂
Here she is with her certificates and rosettes 🙂
And another one, because she’s so cute 🙂
So there we have it! The show was quite late to finish as it had been such a busy day for everyone, but pretty soon we headed 100 miles or so back down south and came home and had some nice dinner and another nice catnap or two 🙂
Take care my friends!