I took a ton of photos at the cat show this past weekend, of Jacoby, of his cousin Instincts Columbia (who Meg nicknamed “Gumby”), and of the other cats.
Breeds are called to their rings in alphabetical order, usually longhairs first, then shorthairs. Abyssinians, of course, are the first ones up when shorthairs are called. They’re called up by number, so it’s important to memorise yours as quickly as possible…or, just write it on your wrist.
Russell Webb was Jake’s first ring of the weekend. Russell seems to like Jake, and generally uses him in his finals. At the show in New Hampshire back in May, Russell named him his Best Cat in Premiership!
Since Jake was the only Abyssinian in the Premiership class, he automatically was best of class, colour and breed.
Jake was called back to Russell’s final at this show, too.
I just love it when Russell describes Abys’ earset with his hands.
Russell was torn between Jake and a lovely Bombay named after Shemar Moore as his Best Cat; this time, Jake came in second. Hey, I can handle coming in second to Derek Morgan!
Jake’s second judge was Iris Zinck. He’s seen her many times, too, since she is local. She even came to the Copy Cat Festival in Somerville!
I think I’m going to start paying closer attention and see if Jake behaves better in rings where he’s familiar with the judges.
The other cats tend to make Jake a little cranky.
But not so cranky that he wouldn’t play with Iris’ wind-up caterpillar.
Iris used him in her final, too.
Say what you will about our boy Jake, but one thing he definitely is not is a kiss-up.
The kitten in yesterday’s post is Instincts Columbia. She’s some sort of second- or third- cousin, and she is from the same cattery as Jake’s mother Catalina.
Her mother, Instincts Cupcake, was at this same show last year as a kitten! Her grandfather is Meg’s heart cat, GC,BW,NW Bastis Theenvelopeplease of Anubis, DM (Envy to his friends).
Gumby, as Meg nicknamed her, is only four months old, but she’s destined for stardom.
She has the sweetest disposition!
Gumby was up against a gorgeous black smoke Cornish Rex in the kitten class…
…as well as a sweet, odd-eyed white Manx,
a lovely cinnamon silver tabby Oriental Longhair,
a charming Russian Blue (who, yes, is kneading the air in this photo),
six Singapura kittens (this is just one of them),
and, of course, that gigantic Maine Coon!
Sharon Roy’s ring had a trainee judge. I’ve never watched a trainee judge at work before.
Jake didn’t take it easy on the new guy, not at all!
First the trainee gave each cat the once-over…
…and then Sharon took a look as well.
Jake sailed through the rest of his rings on Saturday. He didn’t make any more finals, but he did well regardless.
Meanwhile, Gumby was making Gary Veach fall head over heels in love with her.
True to her name, she’s very pliable in the show ring. One of the most laid-back kittens I’ve seen!
Gary was completely enchanted with Gumby’s coat and ticking.
He discussed at great length how mature her coat and colour are. “She has no business having a coat like this at her age!” he told the audience.
She was Gary’s Best Kitten!
Little Columbia ended up making the finals in five out of six rings on Saturday, and Jake made two finals. Not a bad day for Team Aby!
(to be continued…)