Aby-a-Day – August 11: “A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon”

I’ll apologise right up front for these photos; I didn’t have the flash on, and they’re a little blurry.

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But when Meg Lambert saw them on my camera at the show, she thought that Jacoby had impressed his last judge, Barbara Sumner, and she was right. As she put it: “Sure ’nuff; when I saw the photo of Barbara judging him, I could tell she was pleased. That’s how to win her over; stand up nice and tall and look imperial (but don’t hiss)!”

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As Barbara put it, Jake strutted out as if to say, “I’m no amateur! I’ve done this a million times. I know what I’m doing.” She had just chided another cat for grumbling and hissing at her, and Jake’s composure and grace, I think, impressed her.

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Of course, she didn’t know he had been a little cranky most of the day, or that this was actually only his second cat show. When it comes to cat shows, what really matters is attitude and composure…qualities which, as you well know, Jake has in spades!