Oh my days! I am just a tiny bit proud of my little sister, Annie, but don’t tell her I said so, will you?
She is quite a little star at home, but also when she goes gallivanting around the country to cat shows! And yesterday was no exception.
It was the Maine Coon cat show yesterday. Now, we all know that Annie is about as far removed away from a Maine Coon as you can get – she’s little and has a sleek short coat rather than being large with a fluffy coat – but being as she’s in the household pet section, she can go to these kinds of shows, even though she isn’t that breed 🙂
The show was not too far away, so although it was the usual early start, it was a bit more reasonable than others can be 🙂 And as usual, once Annie and the hoomins had left, we all had some lovely catnaps and watched the birdies out of the windows once it was properly light 🙂
Annie as normal sailed through vetting in and was soon settling into her pen and checking out the surroundings 🙂
She told daddy she felt it was ok 🙂
Being a breed show, this was a bit smaller than some others, so there were only about 100 cats there in total – around 75 Maine Coons and 25 Household Pets 🙂
As you know, Annie is now in the top classes – the Olympians, and already has her Bronze so is going for Silver. She needs 5 silvers from 5 different judges, and only one of the 5 can be from a smaller breed show, the other 4 must come from All Breed shows.
There were four girls in total in Annie’s class, all wanting to win the coveted Olympian certificate, and all very pretty ladies.
Luckily, the results were out extremely quickly, so we didn’t need to wait long to hear the wonderful news that Annie had won! Yay! 🙂
Here’s her certificate, signed by the judge:
And this is the reverse side with the judge’s comments! (some do this, not all)
So the judge said she was ‘bowled over’ by her – how lovely! 🙂
Then it was a different judge doing Annie’s Best of Colour judging, which is the next most important class to win… but Annie beat the boy to win this too! 🙂
Then it was the time for side classes, the results of these are more for fun as they don’t ‘count’ towards anything. Which is a good job as Annie didn’t do so well in these 🙁
She was unplaced out of 6 for ‘Prettiest Female’
She came third out of 5 for ‘Any Cat Under 3’
But she did win the class – ‘Best Groomed Shorthair’ out of 6.
So mixed results there, but she’s still our little star, and here she is with her rosettes to prove it 😉
They all got home safely and Annie had a nice tea and a long sleep before starting out on a new day today where she sat on top of the cat house watching the birdies! 🙂
So there I was, in the fading light in the cat garden, chasing a springy toad with Lula when all of a sudden my mummy came along and told us off for chasing things smaller than ourselves and made me come into her office aka Bengal Cat World International Headquarters aka The Boudoir, to write my blog for this week!
Phew! That was a long sentence but I guess what it all means is, I’m here my friends! (albeit a little unwillingly as I bet Mr. Toad will be long gone by now *sigh* 😆 )
So I thought I’d give you an update about the first show of the year! Hello? First show? But it’s June and we’ve been to quite a few already this year?
Ha! Well, just to confuse you all, the show calendar under GCCF runs from June – May so we have now officially started the new season 🙂 So I haven’t gone mad on toad odour in case you were wondering 😆
Anyway, back in time to yesterday… it was as usual an early start, though not as early as some have been, because this was the Merseyside show which isn’t too far away from us.
Annie and Spike had been through their little prep session the night before, so I knew it was the two peskies that were going. Which in turn meant of course I could have lovely catnaps by myself without having to share my bed with one little wriggly spotty pesky aka Annie 😀
They were soon ready and left the house on time where they drove to the show with no issues, they flew through vetting in and then it was time to settle in the pens 🙂
This was a relatively small show for an all-breed one as there was a double show on in the south of the country at the same time, so there was only about 180 cats of all breeds, and including of course Household Pets.
So the peskies had to wait a little longer whilst their pens were prepared, but they were soon able to get in them and settle.
Annie had a good look around to make sure she was happy with her surroundings 🙂
Whilst Spike is so laid back, he just made himself at home in his double pen and made sure his bed was nice and comfy 😉
Then it was time for the judging to start! Mummy looked in her catalogue and could see that, although it was a relatively small show, both the peskies had a fair amount of competition!
Spike was aiming for an Imperial certificate, and there were 4 cats in the class, with just two of them being awarded – one for the Imperial and one for the Reserve.
Unfortunately, Spike didn’t get placed on this occasion, but another stunning Bengal boy won instead so that was nice 🙂 The other two cats weren’t Bengals 🙂
Then the next most important class is Best of Breed. Again, there were 4 in the class though of course all Bengals this time and it was awarded to a girl! So the boy who won the Imperial, and Spike, and another girl weren’t successful on this occasion. Oh well 🙂
Spike only had one more class to go which was ‘Any Variety Foreign Neuter’. He was only against one other cat, a Devon Rex, but he actually won it! Yay! So at least he came home with something from the day 🙂 Plus, he had very many admirers from the public! Whenever the hoomins were at his pen, all the passers by would remark on how wonderful they thought he was 🙂
Here he is with his little consolation prize 🙂
So over to Annie who is quite a little star when it comes to showing.
She of course is more advanced than Spike in the titles she’s earned, being an Olympian Bronze already. So she was trying to get another Olympian award to go towards her Olympian Silver title. She needs 5 in total and already has one, so she’s on her way.
The judge was not one that mummy had come across before, so nothing was certain, though there were only 2 in the class, so it was likely that one would win and one would be the reserve. This is not always a foregone conclusion, as any judge always has the right to withhold giving the title or the reserve to any cat, so you can’t count any chickens 😆
My mummy knows the very nice lady, Carol, who was in charge of collating all the results and did slightly pester her at times to find out the results first 😆 There was a bit of a wait but it was worth it! Yes! Annie was awarded the Olympian, meaning she now has 2 towards her silver! 🙂
The Best of Colour was the next class to wait for where Annie was competing against 3 boys, including a gorgeous marbled brown Bengal who is already an Olympian Gold!
Yet again she was successful and my mummy did a little happy dance to celebrate (I think Carol thought she was a bit strange at this point, but my mummy was clearly oblivious 😯 )
So then it was on to the side classes – Annie was entered into 2 and both of them had 6 cats in the class in total.
The first one mummy looked at was “Cat with the Sleekest Coat” which Annie has won several times previously at other shows, though today was not to be her day on this one as she came 3rd out of the 6.
But then, she looked at “Any Colour Household Pet” which had some really strong competition, and the little pickle only went and won it! Yay!
So it was another superb day for the little one 🙂
The only thing left to report is Best in Show… Now, our little pesky didn’t win it, but our very good friend Debbie and her adorable baby boy, Ragnar, did! Yay and double yay! Rags is only 4 months old and this was his very first show so what a clever boy he was! He’s a Bengal x Maine Coon and it’s no wonder he won everyone’s hearts being as cute as a button as you can see below 🙂
(Photo published with the kind permission of Carol Walker)
So what a great end to a great day!
It was then of course time to hit the heat outside of the air conditioned hall and make the trek back home where we all played in our Bengal spa which is still a work in progress, but getting there 🙂
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 😆
As you may have seen on our Facebook page, my twin and I celebrated our 5th birthday yesterday! Yay! I had lots of nice chicken treats and some yummy tuna cat food for tea… though I get those most days so perhaps my mummy should have made a bit more of an effort on reflection 😯
As seems to be customary on these occasions, I’ve been looking through the archives to find some baby photos that my mummy said I had to share. I’m not sure I like it, but you know me – I’m a good boy and always does as I’m told *crosses paws behind back* 😆
So life started off at Sue the breeder’s house and after a few weeks our new owners – i.e. mummy and daddy – started to visit us quite regularly. We made sure we pulled off the cute look 🙂
Then after 15 weeks we went to our new home and soon settled in 🙂
Lula made herself at home on the kitchen table lol 🙂
And she also liked to have a good look around the bathtub
Though I preferred it when there was water in it
I told mummy off for taking pics of me with green bits in the way
So she made me move and took another
Lula started off her successful show career before I did
Whilst I stayed at home and helped mummy with her iPad (which were quite new out at the time) 🙂
Friday, Harry and Robbie came to tolerate us quite quickly (as long as we didn’t try and eat their dinner 😆 )
And after a nice dinner, what better thing is there to do than have a nice catnap? (some things never change 😆 )
So there’s our first few weeks/months in a nutshell! Doesn’t time fly?
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 🙂
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 🙂