Aby-a-Day – August 5: Part of show business is magic

I love the Mansfield cat show. It’s in a hotel, it’s only one day, and it’s easy to get to on the Commuter Rail.

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And, it’s fun. It’s like a little local block party. Because it’s one day, it’s not the sort of show people come from great distances to enter.

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We had a great little Aby party going on. Meg brought Taz, Chris (from Instincts) brought her little female Cupcake, and Stan (of Jazzy Abbys) brought his Premier Buddy Rich, who only needed 6 points to Grand.

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Stan and Buddy were at the show in Concord back in May, too…and still needed those elusive 6 points. We were all rooting for them to final.

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It made the finals much more exciting than usual, too, which was fun. And I am happy to report that Jazzy Abbys Buddy Rich is now a Grand Premier!

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Hurrah!

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Russell Webb’s ring was a good one for Aby premiers. It was his first time judging Allbreed (he’s usually a Specialty judge), and both Jacoby and Taz were in his top 10.

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Jake won his one rosette and was named 4th Best Cat in Premiership.

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Cousin Taz was named Best Cat in Premiership in that same ring.

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(I love these photos of Russell describing Taz’s earset.)

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Meg had a plan for Taz and Jake to wear collars if they made a final together…but it was stymied by the rug in the show hall. The collar Meg got Jake was a camouflage pattern, and it fell on the floor…and blended in. We couldn’t find it in time to get up to the ring (luckily, I stepped on it later). But you can see Taz’s collar in this “formal portrait.”

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Sassy little Cupcake was the Aby star of the show, though. Only 9 months old, this was already her third show in the Championship class.

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Look at that attitude! You can see how awesome she thinks she is…and she’s right.

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Even other cats wanted to be her friend.

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At the end of the day, Cuppy had so many ribbons and rosettes that you couldn’t even see her cage. She Granded at this show, as you might have guessed.

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Congratulations, Grand Champion Cupcake!

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Jacoby just won one rosette, but that’s all we were after. The best part of the show was just being at the show and meeting the “cat kids.”

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We met this boy, Matthew and he and Jake really connected. Matthew is 9 years old and loves cats.

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He wants to show cats someday. His family actually owns a Siberian female with papers, so it’s not beyond the realm of possibity. He’s so enthusiastic that when I mentioned that he was old enough to steward (basically, clean the show cages after the cats have been judged), his reaction was “WOW! REALLY!?” You have to love a kid who gets excited about cleaning cages.

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It was so awesome.

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I gave him my extra copy of Conversations with Amber because he said he likes Abys and he likes to read (and there’s not a lot of books about Abys out there) and told him he’d really enjoy reading the Barque Cats books since they’re mainly about cats (including Abys) and a 10-year-old boy. I know if I had a book like those when I was his age, it would have been huge.

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I think Matthew made an impact on me, too. I had such a great time talking to him and watching him and Jake together that I decided submit our application to become a CFA Ambassador team…and we were accepted! To me, it seems to be the perfect blend of cat shows and our therapy training.