Hello my friends, Spot here!
Wow and wow! What a day Annie had at the show yesterday! The little pesky did good!
So, as usual for a show day, we all got rudely awakened in the middle of the night when the hoomins came traipsing downstairs, disturbing our nice catnaps, putting all the lights on and serving breakfast at an unearthly hour! They are soooo inconsiderate sometimes!
But soon enough, they left the house with one little Annie pesky, and we could all go back to sleep and think about breakfast at a much more reasonable time
Little Annie didn’t like being in the carrier by herself, though – she’s used to having a companion with her: usually Spike but sometimes me (she’s not fussy). So she miaowed and miaowed and miaowed until mummy relented and let her sit on her lap for most of the journey where she purred and looked out of the window and tried to lick daddy’s nose whilst he was driving
But this was our ‘home’ show so it didn’t last for too long! In fact this was a double show! The Shropshire show (our home county) and the Gwynedd Show (this is a county in Wales), and to confuse it all, the show takes place in Staffordshire which is next door to Shropshire, but we don’t really need to worry about all that
So Annie was soon settled into her pen which was close to the hoomins’ trade stand so they could sort of keep an eye on her throughout morning judging when the hoomin exhibitors have to leave the pens.
Annie is now of course competing in the very top class – the Olympian. She needs 5 Olympian awards at different shows to earn the title, Olympian Bronze. She already has two, and with it being a double show yesterday, she had two opportunities to earn the award. But when the hoomins looked in the catalogue, they could see she was up against a cat that was already Olympian Bronze in one show and a cat that was already Olympian Silver in the other, so they knew it would be tough….
…. But Annie only went and won it, didn’t she? And not just in one show, but in BOTH! The hoomins leapt up and down for joy (or at least mummy did, daddy doesn’t do such frivolities. At least not in public anyways). They said they would have been happy if that was all she won all day because that is the ‘main’ class that you are competing for.
It looked like that might be the case when the Best in Colour results were published as Annie was beaten in both shows by a wonderful marbled Bengal boy who is absolutely adorable and is an Olympian Gold cat! An old friend who beats her sometimes, but she has also beaten too. Mummy and daddy were cool about that.
Then the side classes came out and Annie won first in all of those! Including mummy’s favourite side class – prettiest female!
There was a bit of confusion at one point as there was a 2nd place certificate put on Annie’s pen, so mummy thought she had been beaten in that class. Upon closer inspection, though, mummy saw that she had both a first place and a second place for the same class! So she went and checked and the 2nd place was a mistake, Annie had in fact come first
This is how her pen should have looked (with yet another rosette added on)
At one point when the afternoon side classes were being judged, my daddy managed to get a picture of Annie with the judge and her steward
What a good little pickle she was being while they talked about her
Then the day was drawing to a close with only Best in Show to do. Mummy and daddy knew she had stiff competition from the marbled boy, Sanjay, and from others too, so they weren’t counting any chickens.
But then! Yet another rosette appeared on Annie’s pen – a big blue one with the fabulous words: “Best of Variety. Pedigree Household Pet”! This meant that for the Shropshire show, Annie had won Best in Show out of all the Pedigree cats! (27 in total were entered, though a few may have been absent).
This also meant that Annie would be going up to the posh pens – the Best in Show pens – where she would compete against the winner of the Non-Pedigree Pets for Overall Best in Show Household Pet!
Then the judge came along to decide which was the winner and our Annie won it! Very exciting and all the more sweet as it was our home show! What a fabulous day
Here’s all her winnings, pic taken at home today
And these are all her rosettes – what a haul for one little girl!
So after all that excitement, it was time to hurry on home and give me my dinner and some of my favourite chicken treats. And perhaps feed the others too And then Annie had a nice catnap on mummy’s lap
Take care my friends!