Aby-a-Day – September 11: The smell of the bay rum, the roar of the ring announcements

Two-day cat shows are a lot of fun, but they’re also a lot of work, and they pretty much dominate your whole weekend.

The second day of this show began with a moment of silence for that other September 11, 10 years ago; being in Connecticut, we were rather closer to Ground Zero than we would have been at home. It was a somber way to start our morning.

As I tweeted, the first ring, judge Lorraine Rivard’s Shorthair Specialty ring, the Premiers came down to a classic match-up between Pellburn Jacoby Stealin’ Home, the the ruddy Abyssinian, and Chocolado’s Madeline of Tayhome, the Seal-Point Siamese…and in that ring, the Aby was awarded the Best Shorthair Premier ribbon.

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Later, in judge Gary Veach’s Allbreed ring, the two best Shorthair Premiers came down to the exact same pairing…but this time, the Siamese was the Best Allbreed Premier. In that ring, Jake was awarded 2nd Best Shorthair Premier, 2nd Best Allbreed Premier and 9th Best Cat in Premiership.

I loved that out of all the breeds entered in the show, in two different rings it came down to a Siamese and an Abyssinian, two of the featured breeds that were shown at the storied first show at the Crystal Palace in London in 1887. Classic, classic Shorthair Rivalry (kind of like two eastern American League baseball teams I can think of).

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I was thrilled he did so well in Gary Veach’s ring, since back at Jake’s first show in February, his advice to me was, “He’s stunning..get the weight off. I haven’t worked out how many points he earned this weekend yet (I think he’s got 66, but I am not at all sure if I’ve done the math right), or how close he is to his Grand, but he did respectably well.

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I’m so proud of him! And I’ll have many, many photos coming in the next few days, too.

Oh, and a special PS to Sparkle: Toby the handsome Grand Premier Somali placed in the finals in all 10 rings, which just goes to show you how impressive Abys’ longhaired cousins are!