Hello my friends, Spot here!
If you’ve followed us for a while, you’ll know that I’ve recently been turning “Spotty’s Spotlight” on each member of our cat family in turn…. so far I’ve written about Spike, Harry, Lula and Robbie. Who’s next? You’ll need to be patient, my friends, because we’re not going to be letting you know until next week! That’s because Spike and Annie went to the cat show yesterday, so I’m going to be telling you all about it!
Yesterday it was the Shropshire Cat Club Show which, although it doesn’t actually take place in Shropshire as it’s in Staffordshire, it’s still one of the nearer ones to us, so although it was an early start, it wasn’t as bad as some 🙂 We all had an early breakfast and then mummy put the peskies in their carrier ready to get in the car 🙂
Spike and Annie share a large carrier as they made too much noise the first time they went to a show and they were in two individual ones, so my mummy had to buy yet another one that will be big enough for them both to be in (bearing in mind they have a lot of growing to do) (or at least Spike does) – they have snuggly, soft blankets in there, so they cuddle up together and you hardly hear a peep out of them! But to be fair, all 4 of us Bengals are great travellers, unlike Robbie who never shuts up from the moment he sets paw in his carrier to the minute he leaves 😯
So, after about an hour or so on the road, they arrived at the sports centre where the show was taking place. They were one of the first there as mummy has to be early to set up her stall, so there was no queue to see the vet and they passed vetting in with flying colours! So then, daddy took them off to clean and set up their pens and settle them in, whilst mummy got her stall sorted out, which is taking longer and longer with the more stock she gets! 🙂
As you can see, Spike is such a laid back boy, he can chill out wherever he is! 🙂
Once all the other cats arrived and were settled, the morning judging can commence – all the owners must leave the hall at this time for GCCF shows as this is when the important title classes are judged and they are done on an anonymous basis, the judges are not meant to know who the cats belong to 🙂
Our breeder, Sue, was Duty Vet at the show, and as it was a very large show (517 cats were entered), she was kept very busy indeed! She gets called to any pens where the judges feel there are any issues: if a cat becomes ill or stressed during the show, for example, or if they need advice on whether a cat has a squint or a non-perfect bite! There are lots of different things she gets called for, thankfully most are quite routine.
This was quite a landmark show for the peskies as it was the first show where they were no longer classed as kittens due to them being older than 9 months – they are around 9½ months old now 🙂 This in turn means that they compete for certificates that go towards earning titles, so Spike needs 3 Premier certificates to earn the title of Premier cat and Annie, being as she is in the Pedigree Pet section, needs 3 Master Cat certificates to earn the title of Master Cat.
After a while, the results from the morning judging were slowly announced and we were so pleased that Annie had been awarded her first MC certificate! She didn’t get Best in Colour though, she was beaten by a much older boy who has already earned lots of titles – he is an Olympian Silver Imperial Grand Master Cat! But he’s also a gorgeous Bengal, so Annie said she didn’t mind being beaten by him 🙂
Annie is giving her pen some love, the card you can see is the reverse of her Master Cat certificate – in case you can’t see the judge has written: “Such a beautiful girl” 🙂
Unfortunately, Spike wasn’t so successful – another boy beat him to the Premier certificate but that’s ok 🙂 You don’t go to shows expecting to win every time as that would be boring! 🙂
The next show is only two weeks away! And it’s a double show – so Spike has two chances to earn Premier certificates, and Lula has two chances to try and get an Olympian! Though this is exceptionally tough and she has not managed to be so lucky yet 🙂 Annie is going to have a rest and stay at home to cuddle me!
I think that brings you all up to date!
Take care my friends!
Love from Spot