Can a cat named Jacoby go to a “Damn Yankees” cat show?

Jacoby and I are going to another cat show this weekend. It’s the Damn Yankees Cat Club’s 2-day CFA allbreed show in Groton, CT. I’m amused that the name of the sponsoring cat club is “Damn Yankees,” but since Groton is east of the Connecticut River, I think it’ll be okay.

However, speaking of cat shows, I recently got this email from Sherry (Jake’s breeder):

Just wanted to share the good news with you about the 2-day ACFA show in Parrsboro, NS.

I had 4 cats with me:
– Dillin
[Pellburn Johnny Dillinger, Jake’s brother and littermate], Grand Champion in the Cat class,
– Jasmine, Catalina
[Instincts Santa Catalina of Pellburn, Jake’s mother] and Buddy Guy’s daughter born May 11, 2010 in the Alter class (aka Falafel – going to her new home at the end of the month)
– Koto (Ginger and Dillin’s boy) in the Kitten class (his brother Katana came along to keep him company)
[Jake’s nephews!]

Koto got in all 8 finals out of 12 kittens, although usually around the middle of the pack. He was rather nervous. It’s too bad I had not entered his brother Katana instead as he, as it turns out, is far more comfortable with new situations.

This was Jasmine’s 3rd show and she earned the Winner’s ribbons and finals she needed to Grand. In ACFA, they need 16 Winner’s ribbons plus 6 Finals, 2 of which must be top 5 Allbreed (this 2 top 5 Allbreed rule only applies to Alters which can make it difficult for some to ever Grand). There were only 5 Rings at the Dartmouth and Fredericton shows, so she needed 6 more Rings after those shows.

In ACFA there are 4 levels of Grand Champion. Once a Cat or Alter reaches Grand, they compete against other Grands for points, one point for each Grand they beat in a Ring, max of 5 points per Ring. Once they reach Quadruple Grand, they get the title of “Supreme Grand Champion”. Dillin earned his Grand last year in Fredericton, and this weekend in Parrsboro, earned the remaining points need to QUADRUPLE! YAY! BTW, Scar’s dad TJ is a Quadruple Grand too 🙂 [Scar is Pellburn Scarface Cat Pacino, Jake’s father, and TJ is Haro’s Jake of Eszencia, Jake’s grandfather – the name Jake kind of runs in the family] Oh yeah, Dillin also ended up 2nd Best Cat in Show for the 2 days 🙂

We attended the Regional Awards Saturday night where Dillin was Best Cat for the 2010-2011 Show Season – he got a super big purple and black rosette 🙂

I so want to bring Dillin to a CFA show in New England!


Wouldn’t that be fun? I wonder if Jake would remember his brother? Sherry and I went to two shows together when I had Gun-Hee and she had Scar, so father and son were reunited. But we haven’t managed to be at the same show since 2007. Still, I’m sure we’ll manage it at some point. The Aby world just isn’t that vast!

Aby-a-Day – September 6: Having a ball

Angel is so cute when she’s playing with a toy.


This wool ball is something I brought her back from our last trip to Florida. She seems as though she’s not quite sure it’s not a trap.


She just sort of studies new toys before she trusts them enough to play with them.


Of course, not everyone is as tentative as Angel is when it comes to new toys.


“Hey, look! Toys! Cool!”


I think Angel looks a little angry at Jacoby’s taking over her toy pile. Maybe someday she’ll teach him a lesson? Probably not, but it’s a pretty dream.