We’re going to be taking a trip down memory lane today My mummy says we have lots of new followers who’ve not seen some of our baby pics before, and indeed a lot of the photos I’m going to share have not been seen by even the longest standing of our friends
So it’s all about me today! But my mummy said I need to include Lula too, so I suppose it would be nice to do that
Lula and I were born on 14th May 2011, we were the only two in our litter and we’ve not spent a night apart ever
We came to live with mummy and daddy in August 2011 and we soon settled in.
We found lots of new games to play like “playing with the scratching post that doubled up as a door post” – I bet you’ve not heard of that game before have you?
We also soon discovered the lovely new tunnel that the hoomins had bought for us
We loved our scratching post too, though it didn’t last all that long and is now replaced by our Tigga Towers
It was also good for snoozing on… at least I liked to snooze, Lula always has been the more alert out of the two of us
Even when she lay down, she didn’t always sleep!
But she did give in and have a nice catnap now and again, and we both looked so innocent!
When we weren’t sleeping, we explored around the house, Lula liked the bath
When the water wasn’t switched on, she found a more conventional way to have a drink
Meanwhile, I liked to practise the camouflage look in the houseplants!
Sometimes I spent some time alone on the cat tree
And Lula snoozed on the sofa!
At the end of the day, it was all about being cute, and here I am trying to be just that!
So I thought I’d let you know all about my big day out yesterday. Oh, and Spike’s too I guess
I knew something was a-happening on Friday evening as my mummy first of all trimmed my claws, then cleaned my face and ears – I don’t mind the ears, it’s when she does my eyes and nose that I complain about the indignity of it all – then she spruced up my coat! As if it needed sprucing!
Then she did the same to Spike but not Annie so I guessed it was to be a boys’ day out I heard mummy say something to daddy about Annie having a little summer holiday from shows, so it was up to us to fly the Bengal Cat World flag!
And I was right! At some unearthly hour in the middle of the night yesterday, the hoomins awoke from their slumber and put every single light on in the house they could find (or at least it seemed like that, they should learn to have better night vision, it would be so beneficial for them ) – then once they had finished preening themselves, they hoisted me and Spike into our carrier and off we went to a show many miles away….
We were there very early, as usual, so there were no actual vets even there yet for vetting in, so daddy stayed with us whilst mummy started to set up her stall.
After a while, daddy took us to vetting in but it wasn’t our breeder, Sue, like it usually is (she was at a different show). It was a man vet! Spike decided he didn’t like him very much and actually hissed at him! Can you believe it? I don’t think I’ve ever heard him hiss before, so he was showing a bit of a new side
But as soon as we were into the show hall, he was his old self again and daddy set about cleaning and preparing our pens. We soon settled in though I think I might need a bigger bed
Spike was back to his usual laid back self, and was in the pen right next door to me. He decided he preferred not being in the bed at all!
After a while, it was time for us to be nice to all the judges who came along to see us We are both at the same level, so we were both competing to get the Imperial certificate with whoever else was in the class, and of course we are both the same breed so we were both competing for Best of Breed with any other brown spotties who were there
Luckily, my mummy wasn’t in the dark as she had the show catalogue, so she could see that there were 7 cats in total going for the Imperial – alongside myself and Spike there were some Cornish Rexes and some Asian tabbies too and some others that I can’t remember.
But only one would get the desired Imperial certificate, and one would get Reserve and the others would get nothing…
For Best of Breed, myself and Spike were up against a girl Bengal who herself was very lovely so that would be tough as only one of us would win!
We had a long long wait for the results to come out…. Best of breed was first and the winner was ……. Spike! Yay! ( <—- my mummy made me say that )
Then there was a long gap to wait for the Imperial which was a good job as my mummy’s stall was absolutely hectic with lots of people buying lots of lovely kitty things from there
But then the result was finally up though we weren’t expecting to win….. so we were really pleasantly surprised when we found out that the winner was Spike! Yay again!
Here’s his lovely rosette
After all that excitement, we then had another lovely treat in that our good page friend, Izzy, and her friend, Janina, came to visit me! (and Spike, but I am her favourite ) It was so lovely to see you Izzy at last, you have been a very loyal friend of the page pretty much as soon as it began, so thank you! And Janina was a lovely smiley lady too!
The only thing left to wait for now was the side class results.
I came 2nd out of 4 in one of mine, and was unplaced in the other.
Spike came 1st out of 2 in one of his and 2nd out of 6 in the other, so yet more great results for the golden boy!
Then it was time to pack up and drive home. I did supervise my daddy quite closely on the drive back to make sure his driving was up to my strict standards
And in between times, I had a snooze in the carrier which I kind of let Spikey share but he was only allowed to have a little bit Though I did allow him to use me as a pillow (I am nice like that)
Then we got home and little Annie in particular was so pleased to see us! She had missed her favourite boy (me) and her brother and the hoomins! She was very clingy for the rest of the evening and today as well! (note to self: “don’t go out again without the little pesky”)
But I don’t think I will be going to any more shows anyways, my friends, as my mummy said she will probably retire me and let the two youngsters represent us which they do so well. I must admit, I do get much better catnaps when I’m at home, so that’s fine by me
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 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
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
Quite often, though, I have a little person helping me with my “research”…
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!
Mind you, it didn’t take long for the little pesky to join me – it’s a good job there’s room for two!
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…
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
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
And then Annie decided it was time for some fresh air, so she went to catch some rays
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
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
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
Meanwhile, I settled down for a nice snooze. Accompanied by you-know-who
So that’s a week in our World, my friends! I hope you enjoyed catching up with all seven of us
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!
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
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! )
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
In fact, I was so settled that daddy took another couple of pics of me to prove it
So there. That’s that settled then
Annie was equally at home in her pen
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
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
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!
So, apart from not winning the Olympian, Annie had a great day, and here she is with all her ribbons/rosettes to prove it!
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!
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…
And we can sometimes get a little carried away and go even higher by climbing on the roof!
Though of course Lula usually prefers to have a little snooze inside the house rather than on top of it
There’s things to keep us in tip top condition, like lots of scratchers
And we never go hungry as we can eat al fresco!
There’s lots of grasses for us to hide and play in
And Lula in particular adores the patches of catmint that are dotted around
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
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!
…. though they said it was to make it more comfy for us
If we ever want to be extra comfy, we can of course keep an eye on our cat garden from inside mummy’s office
And we’re so excited about our new addition, which is still to be finished – our new 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
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