Aby-a-Day – 7 April: Another city, another StrollerCat

If we lived in Göteborg instead of Skövde, Logan would be every inch the StrollerCat that Jacoby was in Boston. (Actually, Jake might be every inch the StrollerCat he was in Boston if we lived in Göteborg…but we digress.)

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He is barely a year old, but Logan has this riding-a-train-in-a-stroller thing down cold.

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To the point that he was so blasé about the whole stroller-on-a-tram thing that he hopped out of the stroller and rode at the back exit door.

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In fact, he seemed much happier riding there than in the stroller.

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I didn’t mean to take this short video (which is why it’s vertical and not horizontal) (click on still to see video on Flickr), but I am ultimately glad I did. Look what a cool public transport customer Logan is! As I told Peter Hasselbom: I guess I do have a trademark with cats I raise. And that trademark is…bulletproofness. I raise cats that can ride a train or stay in a show cage with the door open.

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And that’s not bad.

Aby-a-Day – 31 March: Scandinavian Winners Show (Cat Show Saturday)

Today we are entered in the 2018 Scandinavian Winners Show in Göteborg, Sweden.

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It’s kind of a big deal. Cats exhibited at the FIFe Scandinavian Winner Show must satisfy one of the requirements in the 13 month period prior to the Scandinavian Winner Show:
Adult cats in classes 7-10 must have achieved:
Best in Variety (BIV) or
Best in Show nomination (NOM) or
Each cat qualified in Class 12 or 11 within 13 months prior to Show

Luckily, Logan has qualified in Classes 12 and 11 (Kitten and Junior) and was NOM in his first class 7 (Open Champion) show.

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The show is conveniently located in Gothia Towers. This weekend (Easter weekend), Göteborg also hosts GothCon, a gaming convention Björn has attended regularly for 34 years. It’s rather nice that both big events fell on the same weekend. We booked a hotel in between the two venues, which is perfect.

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The Winners show is different from regular shows. The first day is a regular show, but the second day is a sort of “Best of the Best,” as I understand it. This is also a much larger show than most of the shows we go to. There are over 800 cats representing 37 different breeds and 14 different countries.

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Before the show, there was an official opening ceremony. Stellan, one of Sweden’s Singapura breeders, lives in Göteborg and was the main emcee for the day.

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After the introduction, there was a demonstration of typical Swedish “Bug” dancing. I don’t know from bugs, but it looked a lot like the swing and rockabilly dancing I did in the late 90’s. It looked like fun!

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Then they had a second dance and invited the audience to join in. You can see Stellan cutting a rug there in the middle.

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Then there was the Parade of Nations. Naturally, Sweden was the first, since they are the host country.

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When the stewards carrying flags from all 14 participating countries were on the stage, it was pretty impressive. There are even cats here from as far away as Brazil!

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After the Parade of Nations, the 14 judges were presented to the exhibitors.

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As you might imagine, there are a LOT of rosettes and prizes to be awarded to the top winners.

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Many of the cages in the benching area are decorated in a nationalistic theme for this show.

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Of course, most of the entries are Swedish.

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This Oriental Shorthair breeder had a very Swedish-themed cage along with two really cute crocheted blå och gul crocheted Oriental dolls.

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This cat has a lighted chandelier in his cage!

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These are cats from Denmark.

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And these kitties are obviously from Finland.

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But guess what? These Finnish entries aren’t just “cats”…they’re all Somalis!

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Logan’s cage wasn’t decorated to any theme apart from the regular one we always use at shows. It includes fake pussy willows, because his registered name is Vide, which is the Swedish word for pussy willow.

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If you’re thinking it looks a lot like Jacoby’s show curtains, well….you’re right. They are the same.

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Aby-a-Day – 24 March: Cat-apulted into a new life (Swedish Saturday)

Björn has written another post for me, this time about our cat show career. He is such a great help to me at shows, and he’s better at talking to the spectators than I am! I am so glad he doesn’t hate going to shows with me.

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Dogs have masters. Cats have servants. And show cats have an entourage. Since Koshka moved to Sweden, I’ve become sort of her tour manager.

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We’ve been to shows both in Sweden and abroad (Finland and Estonia thus far) with both Logan and Jacoby, and I’m usually the one who books hotels, tickets for trains and ferries, and rent and drive a car if one is needed.

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Hauling all that luggage (one big bag for the cat, and one for us, plus a few smaller bags) is too much for one person, so that’s another task.

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Then, at the shows, it’s the usual setting up to do. That’s pretty much Koshka’s thing, as she has done it so many more times before. Once the show starts, I’m still bewildered by what and when things are supposed to happen, but I think I’m getting the hang of it.

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I take it that men are in minority in the world of cat shows. There are the judges and breeders, the spouses (enthusiastic or suffering), and the occasional single guy with his cat. As we go to a show on average once every two months, it doesn’t get boring. What is fun is to go to new places, meet new people, and to stay at a nice hotel and go to a good restaurant.

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Also, as I have come to know Jake and Logan, I have become more invested in their success. After all, no one goes to a show just to display your cat and chat with the neighbor!

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While I’ll never have the cat show circuit as a lifestyle, I’m not doing this to indulge my wife, but to do something that I’ve come to enjoy.

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After all, we do this at the pleasure of our feline overlords, right?

Aby-a-Day – 20 January: Report from the road (Cat Show Saturday)

Logan is entered in a cat show this weekend in Örebro, a town about 146 km northeast of Skövde. I will do more in-depth posts about the FIFe shows that Jacoby and Logan have gone to, but for now, here are a few snaps of Logan’s budding show career.

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Here is Logan at his very first show in Stockholm, back in August. He was just five months old, entered in the Kitten class (4-7 months old), of course. You can see how stressed out he was by the experience.

At his second show, in Västra Frölunda (near Göteborg), he got to see his sister Iris again!

That was a lot of fun.

Well…mostly.

Then in November, he went to his first and only show as a Junior (7-10 months old), and it was also his first international show. We took the ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki.

He also got his first Nomination! It’s kind of like going to the finals. It’s hard to explain.

At this show, though, we happened to meet a lovely Maine Coon…who was around the same age as Logan! Yes. These guys were both showing in the Junior class. This is what the largest breed of cat and the smallest breed of cat look like next to each other.

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This weekend’s show is Logan’s first as an Open, which means now he starts earning points towards his Championship, Grand Championship and beyond!

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Pretty exciting!

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At the end of the day, Logan was not named Best in Show by the panel of judges, losing to an International Champion black-spotted Bengal. To put that into perspective, Jake is an International Premier, the alter version of the same level; basically rookie Logan went up against a cat like Jake. But he beat two British Shorthairs to get there (one of which was a lilac International Grand Champion, so a level higher than Jake), so as a representative of the newest breed in FIFe, that is not at all bad.