Hello my friends, Spot here!
Oh my days, it’s been a long time since I wrote that, hasn’t it?
I’m sorry I’ve not written my blog in such a long time… obviously at the end of last year, it was a very difficult time for us all to lose our beloved (and still loved) Harry and then Friday within 2 weeks of each other, it was so heartbreaking and we are still very sad now 🙁
And then all of a sudden it was Christmas time and my mummy was so busy with the store that she didn’t have time to help me write my blog. I told her she was a naughty mummy but she didn’t seem to take much notice 😆
But we’re back now and hopefully will be able to write regularly again 🙂 We’ll try and catch up with all the comments, questions and messages as soon as we can too.
But all of that is not the fabulous news I want to share 😉 No, I’m going to let you know all about the cat show yesterday! 🙂
So this was a large double show, and also our local show as it was the Shropshire (where we live) and Gwynedd (which is a county in Wales) shows.
Spike was entered into both shows and Annie only in one (the Shropshire) because that’s just how things work out sometimes 🙂
Even though it’s one of our closest shows, it was still much too early in the morning for me when the hoomins got up, so I let them get on with it and carried on with my important cat nap. My motto in life is that you can’t have too many important cat naps 😀 😀
Anyways, they were soon out of the house, making their way to the show so peace descended 🙂
At the show, they passed vetting in and went to settle in their pens.
Annie had a lot to say about that, she likes to announce her arrival to anyone who will listen (which isn’t that many people or cats, to be honest 😆 )
Spike soon settled into his double pen and watched the to-ings and fro-ings around him 🙂
Meanwhile, mummy was putting the finishing touches to the stall, it had been mainly set up the day before 🙂
There was a bit of a delay to the show starting as there were some traffic delays for some people, so Spike and Annie waited patiently in their pens…
…. but after a while the hall was quite full and the morning judging began. Mummy was busy serving customers on the stand but also kept an eye on the results as much as she could.
Annie’s results came out quite quickly: she still needs one more Olympian certificate to earn the title of Olympian Silver. There were 5 gorgeous girls in her class, and unfortunately she was not the winner 🙁 Though the judge told my mummy afterwards that it was a very difficult decision and any one of the 5 could have won as they were all of such a high standard 🙂
The same judge was judging Annie’s ‘Best of Colour’ class: Annie was the only girl in the class, but she was competing against 5 boys 😯
So my mummy was extremely pleased when she saw the results and saw that Annie won the class! Yay! So it was a wonderful result in this class 🙂
She was in only one side class and was unplaced out of 6. Perhaps not her best day ever, but you can’t win em all! 🙂
So now we move on to Spike….
His results seemed to take a long time to come out, it was a large show and the judges were very busy so this is understandable.
Spike is still aiming to achieve his Imperial title and he needs 2 more Imperial certificates to get it.
The first result that came out showed that he wasn’t going to achieve that as he got Reserve Imperial, i.e. second place.
Then there was a l-o-n-g wait for the other results….
… But they were worth waiting for!!
He won the Imperial class in the other show; he won Best of Breed in both shows and then he won one side class and came second in the other! Yay! My mummy was very pleased! 🙂
BUT! There was still more excitement to come!
He then won “Best Foreign Neuter’ for the Gwynedd show! This was fabulous as there were a lot of gorgeous cats in the Foreign Neuter section (e.g Russian Blue, La Perm, Tonkinese, other Bengals, Devon Rex etc etc).
But then! More fabulous news! He only went and won Best Foreign Neuter for the Shropshire show as well! 🙂 : ) 🙂 My mummy and daddy were so pleased! Here’s some pics 🙂
Phew! My mummy then went to the coffee shop to get a couple of celebratory lattes (the hoomins were driving so Champagne was out of the question 😆 ) …. and whilst she was there, she heard a message over the loud speaker asking for the cat in pen 271 to be taken to the Best in Show pens!!
Oh my days! That was our Spike! He had beaten the Best Foreign Adult (non-neutered cat) and Best Foreign Kitten to win Overall Best in Show Foreign! Yay! 🙂
My mummy rushed to the pen, got him out and rushed him to the BiS pens and meanwhile daddy grabbed the camera to take some pics 🙂
So now he competed against all the other cats who had won their Best in Show section – e.g. British, Semi Longhair, Persian etc – there are 9 in total 🙂
The judge took each cat out of the BiS pens in turn to have a look at them and Spike was a very good boy indeed 🙂
What a spotty tummy he has 🙂
So then the judge had the difficult task of choosing just one to win the overall Best in Show …. and she chose the semi-longhair winner, a wonderful Maine Coon boy who is absolutely gorgeous but that was fine as the hoomins were so pleased that Spike had got as far as he did as it is such an achievement, particularly at a large show like that one 🙂
Phew! How exciting!
But after all that excitement, the show soon closed and the hoomins had to pack up the stall and make their way home and feed us all and make us nice and comfy for some more important cat naps 🙂
Before I go, here’s a couple more pics of Spike’s rosettes and medal 🙂
So there we have it! A wonderful day all round!
Take care my friends!