Last Saturday, as I posted, Lorelai made her first show appearance.
What was interesting, though, was that her half brother Lord was being judged at the same time on the judging table next to ours. The ruddies and the blues were judged separately on Saturday, and together on Sunday.
It was fun to watch him be judged while Rory was being judged.
Rory is a cat show natural! She was fearless, playful, and utterly charming.
The judge, Marie Westerlund, actually breeds Abys (her cattery name is S*Rackarkattens) and she fell in love with Rory.
In FIFe, the owner displays the cat to the judge, and the judge talks to the owner and explains what she’s looking for and how the cat meets the standard. It’s a bit different from CFA, where of course the judges know who the owners are, but there’s a sort of invisible wall of tacit anonymity. A show judge is not supposed to see or even know what cat is entered in the show. After the cat is judged, it’s okay to hang out with the judge. Also, in CFA, judges dress up. Men wear ties, and women wear nice suits and dresses. In FIFe, the judges seem to wear whatever they want. Men wearing jeans and a polo shirt is not uncommon.
Marie seemed to examine Rory for ages
Meanwhile, Rory’s half-brother was still on his judging table.
Then something odd happened. Rory’s judge went over to talk to Lord’s judge! I hadn’t ever seen that happen before. Not sure what they were talking about, but it was cool to see them close together!
As you can see, Rory is a natural star. And you can see how smitten Marie was by her.
I also shot a movie of her being judged. As I said, she was on the table a really long time!