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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Jake won his one rosette and was named 4th Best Cat in Premiership.
Cousin Taz was named Best Cat in Premiership in that same ring.
(I love these photos of Russell describing Taz’s earset.)
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.”
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.
Look at that attitude! You can see how awesome she thinks she is…and she’s right.
Even other cats wanted to be her friend.
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.
Congratulations, Grand Champion Cupcake!
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.”
We met this boy, Matthew and he and Jake really connected. Matthew is 9 years old and loves cats.
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.
It was so awesome.
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.
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.