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Our World this week :)

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Hello my friends, Spot here!

Can you believe it’s Sunday already? It’s amazing how quickly a week passes, isn’t it? We’ve had some nice things happen this week and of course some not so nice things…

You may recall at the start of the week, our Spike decided to worry the entire household by staying out overnight when he shouldn’t :shock: Luckily, he came home the next day, but he would still like to escape given the chance. Here he is plotting his next move, naughty big pesky :lol:

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Spike plotting

 

I had a much nicer week though :) As you probably know by now, I do like a little catnap now and again and I do like my comfort. All for research purposes, you understand :)

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Having a nap in Mummy’s office

 

Quite often, though, I have a little person helping me with my “research”…

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Little Annie helping me

 

This week, I was able to put my research powers to good use – see! I knew there was a reason for me purrfecting my snoozing skills all these years!

My mummy’s nice friends at Tigga Towers gave her one of their new memory foam cat pillows, and asked if she could see what us cats thought of it!

Well! Of course, I’m always happy to oblige if it means helping others, so I waited patiently for mummy to fluff it up and position it, and there I was – straight on the case to see what it was like! :lol:

Mind you, it didn’t take long for the little pesky to join me – it’s a good job there’s room for two!

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Testing out the pillow

 

So I asked Annie what she thought and she said it was very comfortable indeed, and for a change I actually agreed with her! I can see us me having lots and lots of nice snoozes on it – its so lovely and soft yet supportive at the same time! And just the purrfect size for us :)

Then we asked our mummy what she thought…

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What do you think mummy?

 

She said that the main thing is that we like it which we clearly do. Lots of people buy beds that their cats hardly ever use, but this wasn’t the case here.

She then got all sensible about it, saying how practical it is as the outer cover is easily removed and washed, and there is wipe clean surface covering the inside pillow in case of little accidents. Not that I would have any ‘little accidents’ of course :shock:

She knows how well the Tigga Towers covers wash from looking after the coverings on the towers we have :) So compared to some other cat beds, it’s very easy to take care of.

I must admit, I did start to drift off a little here as I think practical is a bit boring if I’m honest :) All I know is that it’s comfy and snuggly and is now my favourite bed if I’m in that part of my World :)

In the meantime, Lula was outside enjoying a cat nap in her hammock for a change as Spike wasn’t occupying it :)

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Zzzz… Zzzz… Zzzz…

 

And then Annie decided it was time for some fresh air, so she went to catch some rays

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Little Annie

 

This week has also seen our Friday cat going somewhere we don’t like going – to the Cat Doctor! She had a poorly mouth with sore teeth and gums. Well, she is 18½ so she’s had those teeth for a long time :)

Luckily, the Cat Doctor was able to give her some meds which have helped a lot, so hopefully we can avoid her needing to have surgery which is a bit of a risk at her age.

When she came back from that place, I was nice and let her sit on my new bed and Lula kept her company :)

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Having a chat

 

In fact, I have been very nice and let Lula and Harry use my pillow. And both of them have had the little Annie pesky join them on it too! There’s no escaping her :)

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Harry

So the only cat in our World who I’ve not seen on my new bed is Robbie.

Robbie likes the simple things in life and often sleeps in a cardboard box which has a pillow in for him, though I think I need to educate him on trying something new :)

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Robbie outside, blending in

 

Meanwhile, I settled down for a nice snooze. Accompanied by you-know-who :lol:

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Zzzz… Zzzz… Zzzz…

 

So that’s a week in our World, my friends! I hope you enjoyed catching up with all seven of us :)

Take care!
Love from

Spot

xxxxxxx

 

Naughty Spike’s Latest Big Adventure!

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Hello my friends, Spot here!

This is unusual, isn’t it? I’m writing my blog on a Monday instead of a Sunday! :shock: Did I hear you ask why? Well, the reason is that our naughtiest cat ever in the world, Spike, went off on a Big Adventure yesterday, and my mummy and daddy were so concerned about him that mummy said she didn’t feel in the mood to help me write my blog :(

So what did he do?

He might try and look all innocent, our Spike, and sometimes he even manages to pull it off such as here…

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Spike doing the innocent look

 

But really, when you look closely, he often has just a hint of a naughty glint in his eye!

 

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Spike’s naughty glint…

 

And you often wonder what he’s plotting! More often than not, he’s trying to figure out a way of escaping from our lovely cat garden!

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“How can I get out of here?”

 

How terrible is that when our daddy has spent hours making things for us and planting interesting plants for us to play in and watch all the bugs?

But still! Spike had to go ahead and try and outdo the hoomins! What a naughty young man!

First of all, he used the tree that Lula used to like sitting under – the big fir tree. He would climb up between all the prickles and jump from there on to the top of the wire, then on the fence and out!

So the tree had to go!

So with that option no longer available, Spike turned his attentions to the apple tree which Annie loved to climb in to get closer to the birdies!

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Annie watching the birdies

 

Again, Spike climbed up the tree and jumped quite some distance to the top of the wire and over the fence!

So daddy tried chopping a few branches off the tree and he put spike strips on the remaining ones to stop Spike from using it as a platform! But it was no good as Spike just walked over the spikes and propelled himself onto the wire and over the fence :(

So most of the apple tree has now joined the fir tree and is no more :(

I must stress, however, that even though Spike was having fun trying everyone’s patience, he was never gone for long when he did escape, and always came back for his dinner at tea time. He likes his food does our Spike :)

Chopping down most of the apple tree seemed to do the trick and Spike didn’t seem able to escape from the garden any longer, and peace returned to our World…. Though he still looked for an escape route and he still had that naughty glint in his eye :shock:

Then yesterday dawned… Spike was playing in the garden with Annie and they were enjoying a bit of quality time by the Bengal Spa with Lula…

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Lula at the Spa

 

…. and all seemed quiet.

A bit too quiet perhaps?

My mummy came out of her office and found Spot and Annie by the Spa; Lula had gone inside for a catnap; and Spike was… Nowhere to be seen! :shock: :shock: So he must have found yet another way out, because mummy’s office is in the garden and she hadn’t heard him get on to the wire and over the fence!

So then of course, we all waited. We thought that after a few hours he would come back for his food. But no. No sign. Lots more waiting and worrying. Then it got dark. We all went inside for cat naps. No sign of Spike. :(

The hoomins were very worried but there was nothing that could be done, so they went to bed thinking he’d be back in the morning. But he wasn’t! What a naughty boy!

Daddy went out and did lots more searching (as mummy has a poorly leg on top of all of this) and mummy posted his pic on our village Facebook group, asking people to check their garages and sheds etc.

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Spike’s pic that mummy posted

Still no sign…..

Then, at about 2:30pm, well over 24 hours since he went missing, there was the unmistakeable sound of Spike’s very loud MIAOW!!

He had come home – Yay! :)

He seemed very thirsty, hungry and tired, so we think he had been stuck inside somewhere. But at least he was home now! :lol:

He went straight indoors where I acted kind of cool and pretended I hadn’t even noticed he was gone :lol: Annie in the meantime gave him lots of licks and cuddles, but then she is a girl :) :)

Since then, he has’t been allowed outside, though the hoomins think they know how he escaped – they think he jumped on top of the hose reel that was attached to a wall, and on to the garage roof from there, before going off on his Big Adventure. This would take quite some power to be able to jump that high, but Spike is a very athletic cat!

All I know is that I’m secretly pleased he’s home safe and sound with no ill effects.

Let’s hope that this is one episode not to be repeated!

Take care my friends!
Love from

Spot

xxxxxxx

Annie and Spotty’s day at the cat show!

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Hello my friends, Spot here!

I’m of course here to tell you all about our day yesterday at the cat show :) Yes, I was dragged away from my comfy bed at an unearthly hour, and taken miles away to the show… but it was OK as I was still able to chill and get lots of catnaps in during the day :) So worry not, my friends! :lol:

When I say ‘chill’ I must be forgiven for tittering a little to myself as the show hall was very hot and all the hoomins were sweating! But both myself and Annie, and in fact almost every cat there, had lovely cooling fans on our pens, so we kept lovely and cool! :) But there were lots of red-faced hoomins moaning about how hot it was :lol:

This was a big double show – the Lincolnshire and the Humberside. There were just under 300 cats there, but the hall is very large so there was plenty of room for everyone.

Annie was entered into both shows, but I was only entered into one  – mummy said that’s just how she does it now and again (for reasons I fear only she knows about! :shock: )

For the benefit of any new readers, I’m shown in the ‘Foreign’ section which is the Pedigree category for Bengals; Annie is shown as a Pedigree Pet in the Household Pet section as she has a slightly overshot jaw which would be classed as a withholding fault in the Pedigree section.

This was my first show for a while, but I soon remembered the ropes and quickly settled in my double pen

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Settling in

In fact, I was so settled that daddy took another couple of pics of me to prove it :D

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Settled part 2 :)

 

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Still settled!

 

So there. That’s that settled then :)

Annie was equally at home in her pen :)

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Annie checking things out

 

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I think this is OK, daddy!

 

So that was enough of the settling in pics… pretty soon, morning judging started and the hoomins waited anxiously for the results to come in :)

I was in the Imperial Grand Premier Class, I already have one Imperial certificate, but I need 5 to earn the title.

But it was a tough class with 9 wonderful cats of lots of different ‘Foreign’ breeds, and it wasn’t to be… I wasn’t awarded the certificate, though I did win Best of Breed for the Bengals! Yay!

Here’s a pic to show my rosettes :)

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Best of Breed rosettes

 

Annie is much more advanced than me with her titles, she is in the top tier now – the Olympian classes! She already has Olympian Bronze and needed one more certificate to earn the Silver title.

There were 4 cats in total going for the Olympian in both shows, so it wasn’t going to be easy, but then it never is, especially at that level.

The first result came in for the Humberside show… and Annie didn’t get the certificate, though she was awarded the Reserve Olympian which in effect means she was placed 2nd.

This was quite different for Annie as, in all her previous Olympian classes, she has either won it or not been placed at all – one thing or another. This was the first time she had earned an Olympian Reserve  which is still an achievement though not of course enough for her to earn the title.

Then the results for the Lincolnshire show came in … and she wasn’t placed at all in that one! So she must try again at another show to get that final certificate she needs for silver! Mind you, she is still very young! She is almost always the youngest in the Olympian classes, being just over 2 years old – the next youngest yesterday was 6 years old :) So there is absolutely plenty of time.

Despite not winning the Olympian, Annie did very well in all her other classes!

She won Best of Colour in both shows (the Pet equivalent of Best of Breed), and in her side classes, she came first in three and second in the other.

One of her side classes was the Derek Rawnsley Memorial Class. This is a special class for the Humberside show and there were 9 cats in it! And our little Annie was the winner! She not only won a fabulous rosette, but also a special prize too which was gift wrapped

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Special Prize

Whatever could it be?

My mummy opened it and it was a lovely candle Glowdome that has Cats and butterflies etched on to it – very pretty! :)

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Candle Glowdome

 

So, apart from not winning the Olympian, Annie had a great day, and here she is with all her ribbons/rosettes to prove it!

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Where’s Annie? :)

She is in there somewhere ;)

Then, it was time to go home, back in the lovely air-conditioned cars where I had some more catnaps and Annie kept standing on me in the carrier as she wanted to look out of the window… *sigh*

Annie’s having a break for the next show in a few weeks time, so it will be time for the boys – Spike and me – to put our best paw forward! :)

Take care my friends!
Love from

Spot

xxxxxxx

Little Annie’s Big Day Out!

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Hello my friends, Spot here!

So I’m going to tell you all about Annie’s latest jaunt to the cat show :)

The show she went to yesterday was held at the Wood Green Animal Shelter in Cambridgeshire (UK) so it was quite a trek :) It was a very early start as the hoomins were giving Sue, our breeder and Duty Vet at the show, a ride there.

So with the dawn just peeking out over the horizon, they set off and I went and found my nice pink cushion and had some lovely sleeps on there on my own. In fact the only disturbance was a bit of snoring from Friday, but I managed to get some good naps in despite that :lol:

I digress… they arrived at the show nice and early and Sue was able to vet Annie in without any issues, so it was time to go and get settled in her pen :)

 

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Annie settling in

 

Annie likes to have a good look around her and see who her neighbours are (she’s a bit nosey if I’m honest) though not everyone was there at that time of the morning.

It didn’t take long for the show hall to fill up, though, and soon it was time for morning judging to start :) This was a double show – the Kensington show and the Eastern Counties show, so there were a lot of classes to be judged!

Annie of course is going for her Olympian Silver title which is the most important class out of them all. She currently has three Olympian Silver certificates and needs another two to earn the title. But these are the very top classes, so the competition is very strong!

In Annie’s Olympian class there were 7 beautiful girls entered, though one was absent… this still meant she had to beat 5 others to be awarded the coveted certificate.

The results were a little slow to come in, but they were worth waiting for!

Annie didn’t the Olympian for the Kensington show :( But she did get it for the Eastern Counties show – Yay! :) This means she now only needs one more certificate to be an Olympian Silver and then she will go on to compete for more Olympians certificates to reach Gold!

She also won Best in Colour for the Eastern Counties show and for the Kensington show too! :)

In the side classes (which aren’t as important), she didn’t do so well :(
In the Eastern Counties show, she came 3rd out of 5 for “Prettiest female” and 3rd out of 5 for “Any Variety Female”.

In the Kensington side classes, she came 2nd out of 5 for “Prettiest female” and 1st out of 2 for “Best Presentation Short Hair”.

My mummy always likes her to win “Prettiest” so these are not good results :lol:

But of course, the main thing was she got another precious Olympian, and she also met lots of lovely friends who came to the show especially and Annie drew lots of admirers from the general public when she was out of her pen, having a cuddle with mummy or daddy :)

Here’s some more pics :)

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Annie thinking about eating her rosette :)

 

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Hmmm.. this rosette is not very tasty :)

 

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“I wonder what next door’s up to?”

 

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Having a rest under the cooling fan :)

 

In two week’s time, Annie is going to another double show where she’ll have the chance to compete for the Olympian, but we’re not counting any chickens :) They always say the last one is the hardest one to get :)

And I heard a little mumble that I’m also entered into one of the shows! How about that my friends? I get to catnap inside a nice pen all day instead of at home :lol:

Take care my friends!
Love from

Spot

xxxxxxx

Annie’s Triumph at the Cat Show

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Hello my friends, Spot here!

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 :)

 

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Annie checking out her surroundings

 

She told daddy she felt it was ok :)

 

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Annie giving the paws up

 

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:

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Annie’s Olympian certificate

 

And this is the reverse side with the judge’s comments! (some do this, not all)

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The reverse

 

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 ;)

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Annie having a chat

 

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Annie having a snooze

 

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! :)

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Annie doing some birdie watching

 

Take care my friends!
Love from

Spot

xxxxxxx

 

Bengal Ladies at the Bengal Spa!

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Hello my friends, Spot here!

My daddy says we’re very lucky cats – he’s been making even more improvements to our cat garden and he thinks we’re very spoiled! :lol:

Yes, he has just put the finishing touches to our new Bengal Spa and it wasn’t long before the ladies – Lula and little Annie – checked it out!

Spike and I, being the gentlemen that we are, let them have first go. We are good boys like that, you see :)

Annie may be little, but she’s never afraid of trying out new things first and sure enough she was soon investigating :)

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Oooh! This looks interesting!

 

She then spotted the kitty toys from our kitty paddling pool that my mummy had put into the water

 

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Annie checking out the toys

 

She watched them as they went downstream a little

 

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I’m going to get the toys!

 

And then decided to have a look at the end bit instead :)

 

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Annie looking at the end bit

 

Then it was time to appreciate the whole thing from a different angle!

 

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It’s always good to look at things from a different perspective :)

 

Then Lula came along to look at the toys which had been put back to the top

 

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Watching the toys

 

And she too was enjoying different views….

 

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Lula appreciating a different view

 

…. until I came along and made her jump!

 

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Lol! I made you jump, Lula!

 

So then she decided to get her own back and chased me around the cat garden until I surrendered! :lol: Oh well, at least that left the Bengal Spa free for me and Spike to enjoy! :)

Take care my friends!

Love from

Spot

xxxxxxx