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The first show of the year!

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Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

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* :lol: )

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  :lol:

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 :D

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 :)

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Having a good look around

 

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 ;)

 

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Checking out his bed :)

 

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 :)

 

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Spike and his 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 :lol:

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 :lol: 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 :shock: )

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 :)

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Annie and her rosettes

 

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 :)

 

Debbie Rawlinson's Ragnar
Debbie Rawlinson’s Ragnar

(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 :)

Take care my friends!
Love from

Spot

xxxxxxx

 

Funtime in our Garden :)

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Hello my friends, Spot here!

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…

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Chillin’

 

And we can sometimes get a little carried away and go even higher by climbing on the roof!

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Lula on the roof

 

Though of course Lula usually prefers to have a little snooze inside the house rather than on top of it :)

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Zzzz… Zzzz… Zzzz…

 

There’s things to keep us in tip top condition, like lots of scratchers

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Lula having a pawdicure

 

And we never go hungry as we can eat al fresco!

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Yummy!

 

There’s lots of grasses for us to hide and play in

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Spike in the grass

 

And Lula in particular adores the patches of catmint that are dotted around

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Lula in the catmint

 

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

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Helpful Annie

 

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!

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‘Snow’ on our perch

 

…. though they said it was to make it more comfy for us :lol:

 

If we ever want to be extra comfy, we can of course keep an eye on our cat garden from inside mummy’s office :)

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Lula keeping an eye on the cat garden

 

And we’re so excited about our new addition, which is still to be finished – our new waterfall!

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Annie and Spike testing out the 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 ;)

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Me chillin’ (again)

 

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 :lol:

Take care my friends!
Love from

Spot

xxxxxxx

Lazy Sunday! :)

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Hello my friends, Spot here!

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….

 

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Listening out for Lula

 

… and when I know she’s coming, I make a quick exit ….

 

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Making a quick exit

 

… and she’s none the wiser! :lol:

 

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Settling down for a nice nap

 

Meanwhile, Spike was chillin’ out on the old cat house that daddy was doing some maintenance on, or trying to at least :shock:

 

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Spike: Chillin’

 

And Friday was having a nice sleep in mummy’s office :)

 

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Zzzz… Zzzz… Zzzz…

 

Annie also wanted to have a snooze in there, her favourite place at the moment seems to be Geoff the catnip Giraffe cushion :)

 

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Let me in! :)

 

So Spike took advantage and decided to check out Annie’s favourite mouse in a ball toy :)

 

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What’s all this about then?

 

But soon decided that he preferred the grass instead :)

 

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Yummy grass

 

Meanwhile, Lula had wandered off back indoors, so I took full advantage of that and settled down for a nice snooze of my own :)

 

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Zzzz… Zzzz… Zzzz…

 

So that was our day today :)

Take care my friends!

Love from

Spot

xxxxxxx

Another Show Day!

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Hello my friends, Spot here!

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…

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Annie tellling daddy about her pen

 

… Whilst Spike was next to Harley in the Pedigree section (pic taken a little later in the day).

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Spike and Harley

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 :lol: (I blame her age :shock: )

Here’s some more pics :)

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Annie telling daddy about her Olympian rosette

 

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Spike chilled out

 

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 :lol:

Take care my friends!
Love from

Spot

xxxxxxx

A tale of twos

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Hello my friends, Spot here!

Can you believe it? In two days time, there are two particular Peskies, aka Spike and Annie, who will be two years old! Doesn’t time fly?

So let’s have a look at what life’s been like with these two in our World!

Before they joined us, they were of course at Sue the breeder’s house, along with their brother, Vladimir and their Snow sister, Mia.

 

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Spike (far right) and Annie next to Spike

 

Annie had a naughty glint in her eye even then, don’t you think?

Once they reached 13 weeks old, they came to live with us, and a few weeks after that, they were allowed out into MY cat garden! (and Lula’s… she made me say that :shock: )

 

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First tentative steps

 

It didn’t take long for them to treat the garden like their own, exploring where they shouldn’t!

 

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Spike and Annie exploring

 

And making the most of all the fun things to play with!

 

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Spike and Annie having fun

 

They also found places to have a catnap, including Lula’s hammock :shock:

 

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Spike and Annie in Lula’s hammock

 

I also passed on the fruits of my wisdom when they were young :)

 

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Teaching Annie all I know

 

They of course have both had successful show careers so far!

Spike competes in the Pedigree classes and has reached Grand Premier level…

 

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Grand Premier Spike

 

… and been Best in Show Foreign once at the Tabby Cat Club Show in October 2015 :)

 

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Best in Show

 

Annie competes in the Household Pet section which is equally as competitive and has achieved spectacular success!

 

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Annie at a show

 

She’s now an Olympian Bronze Imperial Grand Master Cat – something she achieved in just over a year (very few cats achieve Olympian that quickly) and she’s been Best in Show as follows:

Best in Show Pedigree Pet, Tabby Cat Club, October 2014

Overall Best in Show Household Pet, Bengal Cat Club, November 2014

Best in Show Pedigree Pet, Manchester Cat Show, September 2015

Best in Show Pedigree Pet, Egyptian Mau Cat Club, October 2015

Best in Show Pedigree Pet, Bengal Cat Club, November 2015

Overall Best in Show Household Pet, Shropshire Cat Club, February  2016

 

Phew! What a clever poppet :)  Here’s one of my mummy’s favourite rosettes from all of those (though they’re all lovely)

 

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One of our favourite rosettes

 

But aside from the show bench, they have matured into gorgeous sweeties! (my mummy made me say that :shock: )

 

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Annie

 

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Spike

 

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Annie in the apple tree

 

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Spike’s gorgeous coat

 

They also brush up well for posh pics :)

 

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Annie’s posh pic

 

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Spike’s posh pic

 

Meanwhile, they’re still naughty and manage to escape from the cat garden whenever they can!

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Annie looking for birdies

 

But they still enjoy a nice catnap. Often in ‘Lula’s’ hammock! (don’t think Lula gets much time in there these days ;) )

 

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Spike and Annie

 

So that’s that. Here’s to many more years of Peskiness!

Take care my friends!

Love from

Spot

xxxxxxx

 

Boys’ Day Out!

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Hello my friends, Spot here!

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! :lol: 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 … :shock: Perhaps not quite the middle of the night but it was very early for me to have my sleep disturbed :shock:

 

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 ;)

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Comfy!

 

Spike, on the other paw, liked to have a good look round his pen and make sure it was up to his standards!

 

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Spike checking out his pen

 

So mummy had to fuss around him quite a lot – he’s very loud and insistent when he wants to be!

 

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Mummy looking after Spike and me snoozing

 

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! :lol: )

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 :lol: :lol: ) 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!

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Naughty Spike!

 

I wasn’t impressed by this :)

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Not impressed

 

So I made him get up and look at my nice pink rosette (though he seemed much more interested in something else  :)  )

 

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Spike getting up

 

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! :lol:

The next show is in a few weeks, which will be attended by Spike and Annie :)

Take care my friends!

Love from

Spot

xxxxxxx