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We are so excited… but why?

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

We hope you’ve had a lovely weekend? Ours has been very busy… well, when I say “ours” I really mean my mummy and daddy’s because all I’ve actually done is sleep, play and eat :) My mummy and daddy have been all over the country to a craft fair yesterday and then going somewhere down south today… it’s all too energetic for me! :shock:

 

But I expect you’re wondering what we’re all getting so excited about? Well, next Caturday is going to be a momentous day! It’s the day of Spike and Annie’s first competitive show! :) If you live near Worcester in the UK and fancy coming along you can email us if you wish and we can let you have more info :)

 

Thinking of the show, though, has been bringing back lots of memories of our first shows! So we thought we’d share these memories with you as I know a lot of you probably didn’t follow us then… in fact, thinking about it further, we didn’t have our page set up then so none of you did! :lol:

 

Lula and I didn’t go to the same show for our first ones: Lula went to the Tabby Cat Club show which takes place at the beginning of October (and which is our next competitive show after the one on Caturday) whereas I went to the Ocicat and Bengal Cat Club show at the end of October, a Club which sadly no longer exists and that was their very last show, though we didn’t know that at the time.

 

So over to Lula! She did very well at her first show, finishing first in two classes and second in the other two! Here she is showing off, though the pics were taken on an iPhone so are not up to our usual standards ;)

 

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What’s going on here then?

 

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Getting comfier

 

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Very settled

 

She was very well behaved and was nice to the judges, and was even quite quiet! All very unusual for Lula and a habit she soon got out of :lol:

 

I did even better at my first show! I got a 3rd, 2nd and 1st in my side classes… but in my breed class, I not only came first, but I then also got Best of Breed and even better than that, I got Best in Show Kitten! :D I even beat Sultan who was an older kitten than me at the time – he is our breeder’s stud cat and also Spike and Annie’s granddad!

 

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Hello!

 

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Best of Breed

 

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In my Best in Show pen :)

 

So it will be so interesting to see how Spike and Annie do! As we’ve mentioned before, Spike will be in the usual pedigree breed section, like Lula and I have been, whereas Annie will be in the pedigree Household Pet section as she has a slight misalignment of her jaw which is a show fault and means she can’t compete in the other classes. But this will be fun!

 

Let’s hope the pair of them will be as relaxed at their first competitive show as they were at the Pet Show a few weeks ago when they were on exhibition to help promote the Bengal breed :)

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Zzzz… Zzzz… Zzzz…

 

Take care my friends!

Love from Spot

xxxxxxx

I’ve learned a new naughty! :)

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

I hope you’ve all had a nice Sunday? Mine has been quite eventful! :) First of all, the day started off quite chilly and we even had a bit of a ground frost! :shock: I’m sure when I last looked at my purrsonal Bengal Cat World calendar, it said it was still August?

 

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Brrrr! It’s cold under-paw!

 

Actually – I’ll let you into a little secret… the frost wasn’t as bad as in that photo, that was taken last Winter, but I thought I’d illustrate my point :lol:

 

Then I decided to try some climbing, but the apple tree is a bit boring if I’m honest, it’s just not challenging enough, and more often than not, one or both of those pesky kittens can be found somewhere amongst the branches…

 

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The apple tree is boring…

 

So I came up with a cunning plan! I could see my daddy was busy working in the big garden and was going to do some stuff in our cat garden too, so I watched…

 

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I’m getting a better view of my daddy :)

 

… and waited (even though patience is not one of my strong points)

 

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I’m waiting! Hurry up!

 

And I practised too!

 

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Oooh! My plan is going to work well!

 

And then – finally! My daddy opened the cat garden gate, I ran up to the top of it, then jumped up even higher and onto the garage roof! Yay! I was so quick, the hoomins weren’t able to take any photos, but I had great fun up there! :) :)

 

After a few minutes, though, my mummy got out the ammunition – otherwise known as my favourite chicken treats – in an attempt to get me down! Pffft! Did she really think I’d fall for that one?? The answer, of course, was yes! :) I had to come to the edge of the roof to have a little sniff, where my mummy was standing on a chair, and then she grabbed me and brought me back into the cat garden! The cheek of it!!

 

I could see Lula had been watching it all, but she pretended she wasn’t interested at all, and suddenly found that having a wash was far more interesting!

 

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Wondering what all the fuss is about…

 

So then I went to find Annie and I told her all about my escape! :)

 

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Hey Annie! Let me tell you about my escape!

 

But she wasn’t really interested either and soon wanted to go and join Spike who was having a catnap indoors!

 

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Having a nice catnap

 

So I thought I’d better come here and tell all my friends about my adventure – I hope you’ve enjoyed the read? :) 

 

Take care my friends!
Love from Spot

xxxxxxx

 

Bengal babies: best buddies!

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

I’m often asked if Bengals get on with other kitties, and in our experience the answer is definitely yes! And I’m not necessarily just referring to cats of the same breed; Bengals are sociable and friendly souls if you make sure you buy a well-socialised kitten from a reputable breeder. So we don’t mind who we play with!

 

There are of course some steps you need to take to settle your new kitty into your home to ensure they are comfortable and you should always take introductions of two kitties slowly and patiently if you’re welcoming a new kitty into an existing cat’s territory, but after a while great friendships can be formed and long-lasting :)

 

Of course, the easiest way to make sure your kitties get on with each other is to buy or adopt litter mates! As long as they’ve not been separated for any significant length of time, introductions won’t be needed! Here’s Spike and Annie, showing what we mean!

 

Spike and Annie getting away with stealing Lula’s favourite snooze place! :)

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Hanging out in Lula’s outdoor hammock

 

Enjoying new adventures together!

 

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Oooh! Look at those cows! :)

 

Playtime is such fun when there’s two!

 

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Playtime!

 

There’s so many things that Spike and Annie find amusing :)

 

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More playtime!

 

When they’re a bit worn out, Spike and Annie can chill out inside :)

 

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Time to chill indoors

 

And of course, nothing beats a good catnap together :)

 

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Zzzz… Zzzz… Zzzz…

 

Take care my friends!

Love from Spot

xxxxxxx

Time Travelling Bengal Kitties?

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

Phew! What a lot of wind and rain we’ve had in our World today! It was such a shame as it meant I had to stay indoors and catnap most of the time…. *sigh* … it’s just one of those things I have to put up with now and again ;) ;)

 

Now those two you-know-who pesky ones have come to live with us, it’s got us reminiscing about our kittenhood a little. That, along with requests from some of our friends to see how we have progressed from babies to 3 years old (now) means we have lots of lovely pics to share for you in our blog today! We’re going to start with both Lula and me as young kittens, right through to now!

 

So to start, here’s a couple of pics when we were still at Sue our breeder’s house :)

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Wasn’t I a cute baby? Here I’m around 7 weeks old

 

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Lula at 7 weeks old too

 

We were a little late going to our forever house, as my mummy and daddy were away on holiday when we turned 13 weeks old, so we went to live with them a couple of weeks later. But we soon settled in :)

 

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First week at home – around 15 weeks old

 

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15 weeks old

 

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Snuggling together

 

At a few months old, we were still smaller than little Friday

 

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We love dinner time

 

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We also loved sitting on the windowsill

 

At around 6 months old, we were allowed outside on a supervised basis

 

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Lula in the big garden

 

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Investigating all the corners

 

Here we are at a year old, we used to love looking at the fish in the pond in the big garden :)

 

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It’s over here, Lula! :)

 

By the time we were 2 years old, the cat garden had been made to keep us safe and prevent us from wandering off.

 

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Lula wants to go and look at the fish again

 

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I love these grasses in the cat garden!

 

When we were 3 years old, we decided we love the cat garden as there are so many things to do – including having play fights!

 

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Kerpow!!

 

Lula’s eyes have got bluer as she has matured

 

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Pretty Lula

 

And I’ve decided I like my catnaps more and more as I have matured :)

 

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Night night my friends!

 

And on that note, it’s time for us to try and get some sleep, as long as that wind and rain has died down! :)

 

Take care my friends!

Love from Spot

xxxxxxx

 

Six of the Best! Annie and Spike pics!

Hello my friends, Spot here!

Can you believe it’s only just over 2 weeks since those two pesky kittens arrived? It seems like a lifetime ago now! Even Robbie is starting to get used to them, though he still likes to hiss at them now and again. Mind you, he still hisses at Lula and me sometimes, and we’ve been here for three years! He’s a funny one, that’s for sure! :)

 

But back to Annie and Spike  - they have done so much, in such a short space of time! They behaved impeccably at The Pet Show yesterday, including the car journey there and back; they have made themselves very much at home, and have decided that the cat garden is a great place to be!

 

I think you’ll be able to see what I mean from these pics! :)

 

 

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Spike playing with one of his favourite toys :)

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S-t-r-e-t-c-h! :) Another favourite toy : Dave the Dragonfly

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Lula’s staying close by…

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Nothing beats a good claw scratch

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Taking care of claws on the scratcher!

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Spike chillin’ in Lula’s hammock! :)

 

We hope you’ve had a great weekend! We have! It’s been busy but fun! :)

 

Take care my friends!
Love from Spot xxxxxxx

 

Annie and Spike’s first week… and our fantastic surprise! :)

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

Well, it’s certainly been an eventful week! Spike and Annie are now purrfectly at home and have had many new adventures in such a short space of time!

 

The weather has been beautiful, very warm for this time of year, which has meant lots of play time in the cat garden!

 

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Such fun in the sun!

 

They also discovered the joys of my favourite toy, Dave the Dragonfly

 

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Gotcha!

 

We had wonderful gifts from our friends at Butterfly Cat Jackets, which means we can all take the hoomins for a walk once the babies are old enough :)

 

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Oooh! I’ve not had a new coat before :)

 

They found lots of places to rest their weary paws…

 

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Tired out kitten

 

We’re often asked how the existing cats get on with the two newbies, so here’s a quick summary:

 

Friday: Accepted them both straight away without batting an eyelid! She has seen it all before!

Harry: He is seen it all before too, though he’s not quite as accepting as Friday – he took a little bit longer, but now pretty much accepts them. Apart from when they try and steal his food! He does love his food, does our Harry.

Robbie: As we expected, he is going to take a while to accept them. He’s still in the hissing and growling phase… things will get better, hopefully sooner rather than later ;)

Lula: She’s a bit like Harry. She’s ok with them, as long as they’re not too much in her face or trying to steal her food.

Me? I am a good boy. I was a little bit growly and hissy at first, but now I think they’re ok and I even like to play with them! :) I quite like their kitten food too – I like to steal it when mummy isn’t looking :)

 

So I suppose you’re wondering what our fantastic surprise is? Well…. yesterday, my mummy and daddy went to a cat show (without any cats, silly people – what was the point in that??) and when they came back, they had lots of big boxes…. they had only gone and bought us another Tigga Towers cat tree, to put in the conservatory! Needless to say, we all love it! :) Here’s some pics! :lol:

 

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What a great surprise!

 

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Oooh! Look what’s going on out there!

 

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Bengal Cat Tree

So I’ve now decided my mummy and daddy are quite nice people and I might even give them extra cuddles! :)

 

Take care my friends!
Love from Spot

xxxxxxx

When Annie met Spotty (and Lula met Spike)!

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

Oooh! It’s been a funny few days my friends! If you follow us regularly, you don’t need me to tell you about the two little spotty invaders to our World! All was reasonably ok when they stayed in their bedroom, I knew they were there, but didn’t really have to think about it too much and just got on with my usual routine :lol:

 

But what happened today? The sun was shining and so my hoomins thought it would be nice for the two little pesky kittens to spend time in MY cat garden! (OK, Mine and Lula’s cat garden)! I was just sitting there, minding my own business, when I heard funny little squeaks getting ever closer, so I kept my eye on the gate….

 

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I’m keeping an eye on the gate

 

Then when it opened, I saw my daddy coming in with Spike and – double trouble – my mummy coming in with Annie! :shock:

 

Lula decided to play it cool…

 

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Lula’s on the prowl!

 

Ignoring both of us, they had a bit of a sniff around, and Spike soon realised that the grasses are a nice place to lay!

 

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Spike, making himself at home :)

 

Mmeanwhile, I’d gone to look at little Annie!

 

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Hmmm…. not sure what to do about this!

 

After a while, I went back to my platform… only to be followed by that persistent little pesky girl! :shock:

 

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Hello pesky thing! You smell all funny!

 

I was a good boy though, and only did a few growls and hisses :)

 

By then, Spike was exploring near the cat house, and wondered where Annie had gone!

 

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Spike – getting everyone’s attention, including all the neighbours!

 

After a while, our hoomins decided that we had all had enough excitement for one day, so Spike and Annie went back to their room to have a play whilst Lula and I stayed in our garden to have a snooze and some peace and quiet! I have a feeling things are not going to be quiet around here for a while! :)

 

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Kittens at play :)

 

Phew! What a day! We hope you had a lovely weekend :)

Take care my friends!

Love from Spot

xxxxx

All the news from our World! :)

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

I thought I would bring you up to date with all that’s happening in our World because things are going to be a-changing pretty soon! Yes, the time is very nearly upon us when, not only Spike, but also Annie, will be welcomed into our World! :shock:

 

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Spike is a model model :)

 

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Sweet little Annie

 

When I say “welcomed” , I think that some of us will be more welcoming than others! Here’s how I think it will pan out:

Friday will just give a little sigh and accept them both – she’s seen it all before…

Harry will go and hide behind the couch for two weeks, venturing out only for his breakfast and dinner, but will eventually realise that it’s not so bad after all and will decide that he will be friends :)

Robbie will not like them at all for at least 4 months. He will hiss at them frequently. After a while he might tolerate them, but they will never be as good to play with as his best mate, Harry.

Lula and I are a bit more difficult to predict as we’ve not been introduced to new cats on our territory before, but here’s what I think :)

Lula will be a bit wary at first but will decide quite quickly that they’re ok and nothing to worry about.

I will hiss at them both until I get bored of hissing at them :lol: I will do this despite the fact that they are my half-sister and brother (Harley, mine and Lula’s dad, is also their dad) ;)

 

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Harley a.ka. Grand Champion Starwinds Noir-Diamond

 

The next thing we need to think about is cat shows. Spike and Annie will both hopefully be going to shows if they like it :) Spike will be going into the usual Pedigree breed classes, but little Annie will not ;) Unfortunately, she has developed a bit of a problem with her jaw. It’s nothing to worry about and shouldn’t affect her in any way, but it means that her jaw is not perfectly aligned. To be a pedigree show cat, you mustn’t have any ‘show faults’ and if you haven’t got a purrfect bite, then this is a fault.

But all is not lost! We can show Annie as a Pedigree Pet! They earn titles just in the same way as the pedigree breed classes, and they have wonderfully-titled side classes such as “Most Appealing Cat” or “Cat the Judge would Most Like to Take Home” :)

As for Lula and me? Well, Lula is going to carry on to try and earn an Olympian certificate or two :) But I am going to be retired from showing – yay! I haven’t really enjoyed it over the last couple I’ve been to, and I would quite frankly rather stay at home and have a nice catnap so I am going to retire having earned a respectable title: My official name is Grand Premier Tobysden Sunspot :)

 

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Yay! No more shows for me!

 

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Lula: Still looking for her first Olympian certificate :)

 

If you’re in the UK and you would like to meet us at shows, just get in touch by emailing us and we can let you know which ones we’re planning on going to!

 

Take care my friends!

Love from Spot

xxxxx

Toadally good day! :)

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

Lula and I had a toadally good treat today! We were hopping and jumping for joy! :) I bet you’re wondering why I’m talking like this? Here’s a clue….

 

*croak*

*croak*

 

So here’s what happened … Lula and I were chillin’ out in the cat garden when we thought we saw out of the corner of our eye something moving in our grasses! We looked at each other and back at the grass and decided we must have imagined it… but then it happened again, so we had to go and investigate! It meant being stealthy and quiet (not one of Lula’s strong points, but she did it ok. Sort of ;) )

 

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Being stealthy in the cat grass

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Almost being stealthy in the cat grass…!

 

And there it was! A toad in our cat garden! We hardly get any visitors so we made sure we checked him out and chased him in and out of the grass! He kept trying to get away from us, but he didn’t get very far! Pretty soon, my mummy realised something was going on and came to see what we were doing… and then went away again! That meant more time for us to talk to toady! :)

 

But pretty soon she came back with daddy who picked toady up and took him away! What a spoily-sport! He asked my mummy why she didn’t rescue toady, she said she couldn’t be picking him up – what a scaredy cat she is! :lol:

 

Soon after that, mummy said she was going off to see the kittens yet again, so Lula and I had a play fight, which I of course won, despite appearances to the contrary …

 

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I’m just letting Lula think she’s on top…

 

Then, mummy came home and showed us a couple of photos, though I was more interested to know where toady was!

 

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Hungry kitties :)

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Skye and her litter

 

Unfortunately, toady was nowhere to be seen, so it was time for my favourite tuna tea and then a nice catnap… What a purrfect day! :)

 

Take care my friends!
Love from Spot

xxxxx

Busy Bees and Kitten Knees!

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

Oh my! I am so tired out… my mummy and daddy have had such a busy week, it’s very tiring just sitting on my cat tree perch watching them! :lol:

 

They are definitely plotting something and I think it has something to do with the outdoors! I think they might be planning on making our cat garden bigger. I suppose this makes sense when you consider that we’ll be sharing it with Spike as soon as he’s settled enough to spend time outdoors.

 

We love our cat garden as it is, though, so I hope there’s not too much disruption when they do whatever they’re going to do! Lula would certainly hate that – she loves to hang out in the long grass

 

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Mmm… that’s a nice smell!

 

And there’s no place better to have a wash than on the platform by the apple tree

 

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Lula keeping clean

 

Whereas I prefer to have a splash in the fountain! :)

 

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Splish splosh

 

As well as all of that, of course, the other thing the hoomins are getting very excited about is the imminent arrival of our new brother, Spike, and they go to see him every couple of weeks or so :) He’s 10 weeks old now, so there’s only 3 weeks to go until he’s ready!

 

Before I go on, though, you may be wondering if all I’m going to show you are pics of kitten knees? Well…. this is of course not the case! It’s just that I couldn’t think of a better word that rhymed with Bees for the title of this post! Ha!

 

Here’s some nice pics from the latest visit

 

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Annie is a sweetheart

 

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Mia is plotting something methinks!

 

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Spike is so chilled out!

 

So I think we’re going to be seeing some changes in our World over the next few weeks! Watch this space, my friends, to find out what they are! :)

 

Take care!
Love from Spot

xxxxx