Aby-a-Day – September 30: Brushin’ off my tails

The cat show this weekend is actually two separate, individual shows, sponsored by different clubs, and with different entry fees and registrations. Kylie was only entered in yesterday’s show, and Jacoby was only issued in today’s.

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Today’s show was sponsored by the Touch of Class cat club, so I thought Jacoby should dress accordingly.

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Of course, today he was actually competing, so he couldn’t just hang out all day in his outfit, but he did make a grand entrance.

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I’m just sorry I didn’t have room to pack his top hat.

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Such a schmoozer! Jake did great today, too! He was Best of Breed in two rings, and he finalled in three of the six rings, taking 8th, 9th, and 10th Best Cat in Premiership.

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Cousin Taz was the only other Aby in Premiership today (there was a female entered yesterday, but both Jake and Taz were only entered today), and he took 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th and 9th Best Cat in Premiership. Not a bad day’s work, if you ask me.

Aby-a-Day – September 29: “An ambassador is not simply an agent; he is also a spectacle.”

It’s late, and I haven’t had a chance to go through all the photos, but Jacoby’s and my first experience as a CFA Ambassador team went pretty well. It was a cold and rainy day, and there weren’t very many spectators or very many children, but we still managed to charm a few people and have some interesting conversations.

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We also went out in the travel stroller and visited the shelter kitties.

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Since today’s show was sponsored by the Damn Yankees Cat Club, Jake spent much of the day in his Red Sox uniform.

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Including his hat, which charmed quite a few people at the show…mostly because he was so good about wearing it!

Aby-a-Day – September 28: It’s show time again! (Friday Flashback)

Jacoby and Kylie are off to Connecticut this weekend to attend the Damn Yankees and Touch of Class CFA shows in Groton, CT. This is a new type of show for us: each club’s show is a one-day, 6-ring show, and they’re held back-to-back, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Kylie’s only entered in the Saturday show, sponsored by Damn Yankees, and Jake is only entered in the Sunday show, sponsored by Touch of Class. On Saturday, Jake and I will spend the day acting as CFA Ambassadors for the first time. To make things more interesting, 5 of the 6 judges at the show on Sunday haven’t ever seen Jake in their rings before.

I always get excited before a show. I love them: the cats, the thrill of getting called into a final, meeting up with friends…and I always think back to where this love affair started, the cat shows I visited and later entered in my teens.

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We didn’t have the snazzy portable show cages that we have now. All we had (unless you wanted to spend a bomb for a custom-made wooden and plexiglas show cage) were the wire CFA cages. When my sister and I started entering our cats in the Household Pet class, we used bed sheets to cover our cages.

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Later on, my mom made us special show curtains with hooks to attach to the cage frame. The curtains for my sister’s cat, Paul, were a brown calico print that complemented his brown mackerel tabby fur, and the curtains for my cat, Sgt. Pepper, were pale blue satin, to match his Siamese-mix eyes.

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I loved those curtains; I wish I could find them now. And our rosettes, too; I don’t know if my mom still has them, but I’ll have to ask her. Back in Sacramento, in the 80’s, the HHP class was huge. I remember there being upwards of 40 cats entered, so winning a rosette was especially sweet. There were also fewer rings; at a two-day show today, there can be ten or twelve rings, but then there were only four rings per day. For us kids to go to a big show like that, at Cal Expo, and come home with a rosette was a great accomplishment!

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When I went to my first show in New England with Gun-Hee, about 25 years later, it was a very different experience in some ways.

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For one thing, we had our own cage for the first time.

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The shows here, at least the ones I’ve entered, are much smaller than the shows we went to at Cal Expo. I think I like that better, though; the show feels more intimate when it’s held in a school gym or a town hockey rink than when it’s held in a major concert venue and the site of California’s state fair.

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And showing a purebred cat is a lot different than showing a HHP! For one thing, the ribbons are more complicated, and the way they’re awarded is more involved

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But the essence of the show is the same whether you’re on the west coast or the east coast, whether you’re showing HHP, Kitten, Championship or Premiership: It’s all about the cats, and waiting to hear your number called to a ring…hopefully more than once!

Aby-a-Day – September 27: See Food

We’ve had an aquarium with African Dwarf Frogs nearly as long as Jacoby’s been alive. It’s always had frogs in it, it’s usually had a snail and there have been different types of fish over the past three years.

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He loved it when he was a kitten.

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Loved it.

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We kept the tank in the bedroom on a shelf of our tall wardrobe. To this day, one of his favourite napping places is in a basket on the shelf beneath the tank’s shelf.

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We recently downsized the tank and moved it from the wardrobe to the television stand.

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As it happens, Jake’s love affair with the little animals moving around in the water has not waned. Currently, it’s just two frogs, a snail and a ghost shrimp in there, none of which are quite as flashy as the barbs, guppies and gourami fish…but evidently, they’re still interesting.

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And I can’t really blame him…this is Harold and Kumar, the frogs, with Tiger, the snail.

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I know, a snail sounds kind of boring, but Tiger’s pretty cool…

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He can juggle!

But possibly the most interesting resident of our tank is the tiny little ghost shrimp. For a tiny transparent creature, he is very active!

Jake isn’t quite sure what to make of the little guy…but he can’t take his eyes off him! This video is a little long, but it’s actually edited…the shrimp had Jake’s attention for quite a while!

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Although I do wonder what the frogs think when they see big cat eyes looking in, watching them…

Abys in Need – “Cat” in Colorado needs a home ASAP

I always find these stories so sad…

This cat belongs to an 84 year old man who has to move out of state for health reasons. The cat is not welcome where his owner is moving. “CAT” doesn’t like strangers but I have been visiting the family for 2 months now and after 3 weeks of giving him treats every day and talking to him he is receptive to me and will allow 3 strokes on his back as he eats his crunchies. I would not advise trying to make contact before then. He is house-broken and quiet except when he asks for treats. He now waiting at the door for me when I come. The cat has to be placed before the end of October or he will have to be euthanized. He is a beautiful cat.

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Even poor Cat (poor slob without a name…) looks sad, doesn’t he? He’s in Ignacio, CO (La Plata County); Contact Nobleese Martinez at 970-883-2658 or through the Rescue Me website.

Aby-a-Day – September 26: Wordless Wednesday (Oh, you did NOT just take my photo…)

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Aby-a-Day – September 25: Paw & (dis)Order: Discovery (Cartoon Tuesday)

One little joke at a cat show blossoms into a four-panel cartoon story arc.

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This is based (loosely) on Goren and Eames. When I told her the plot, Meg said that “Lili will probably insist that it be all about her.” So, we’ll see.

(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)