Aby-a-Day – 6 October: Izaak and Lorelai at the show in Vårgårda (Cat Show Saturday)

Quick show report from Vårgårda today.

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Because of the funeral yesteday, we decided to cancel our motel reservation and just stay at home Friday and Saturday night. This meant a long, speedy, frenzied drive to the show hall this morning…only to face a long, slow line at check in. Of course.

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Of course, once we got the cage set up, Lorelai and Izaak were their usual, over-stressed selves.

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Although we did have a bit of excitement over the dried beefheart samples…

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We were benched next to our friends Anna, Peter and Bonk. That was pleasant.

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The big surprise was that Rory’s half-sister was entered in the show! They have the same mother, Kajza, but Adela was born in January 2017.

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Here is Rory’s half-sister Adela up for judging.

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Rory was up for judging first, before Zak.

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The judge, Ulrika Eriksson, liked her well enough to call her back for the nominations.

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She was up against this tabby-point and white Siamese…

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…who ultimately ended up getting the nomination.

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Then it was Izaak’s turn.

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He was the only cat Jaana Jyrkinen judged today in his class (11 – Juniors, 7-10 months), so he got the nomination by default…but she loved him and would have had him in her final decision regardless.

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Here’s Zak with his little Nom trophy.

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…No, Zak…nothing to eat here…

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We were so excited! This was Zak’s first nomination! Okay, it may have been by default…but still, it’s a nomination and it counts!

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In the panel, Zak was up against a Bengal and a blue-spotted Ocicat.

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It was close…but the Ocicat ended up being Best in Show today. But still, it was a good day for the only Singapura entered in the show!

Aby-a-Day – 15 September: Full court press (Cat Show Saturday)

We’re at a cat show this weekend in a basketball arena in Västra Frölunda, a suburb of Göteborg.

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We took the train last night. Izaak and Lorelai once again proved themselves to be excellent travellers.

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They had to explore the luggage rack, though.

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We were in the nine-seat pet compartment with a group of four young gamer geeks. One of them was allergic to cats and complained when we let them play on the luggage. On Swedish trains, there are only a limited number of pet compartment seats, so you would think people without pets would choose to sit elsewhere. But that just goes to show you that Sweden ain’t perfect…we have our share of entitled jerks who sit in the pet compartment and then complain when someone who has a pet he’s allergic to happens to sit in there with him…it’s just like home!

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When we got to our hotel, the kittens – excuse me, juniors, set about proving the axiom about cats loving hotel rooms correct once again.

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Like Logan before her, Rory discovered the joy of heated bathroom floors.

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And both Zak and Rory were unbearably cute cuddling on the bed.

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One thing we got to do was get some professional photos done.

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We got some of them done with both of them together, and then some of each of them on their own. I ended up buying four of each: Zak, Rory, and then both together.

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As with their first show together, the two of them were remarkably relaxed.

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And we got to see our Göteborg friends at this show! We got to see Peter, Anna and Bonk…

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…and Jasper…

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…As well as Stellan with Oskar and two other Singas.

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I didn’t notice the beauty of this photo until long after I had taken it.

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This, though…this is awesome. Across from where we are benched is Arextocats. You remember from my my post about my finger surgery, when I ran into a nurse named Göran in Recovery whose fiancée had Rexes..? Yeah…this is her. She doesn’t have a cat fromArextocats…she is Arextocats! And Göran will be at the show tomorrow…which for some reason makes me stupidly happy.

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But onto the results. Zak was up against a pretty chocolate Burmese and didn’t get nominated to the panel. But Rory was nominated!

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In the panel, first the judge who nominated a cat looks him or her over.

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Then the judge looks at the cat or cats that the other judges nominated.

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Rory was up against a slightly older, male Oriental Shorthair…and he was Best in Show. This time.

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Here they are on the bus back to our hotel. What will tomorrow hold? We’ll find out!

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 – 5 April: Hanging out in the benching area

At a cat show, your cat’s cage is your “home.”

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Shows in Sweden are different than the ones in the States in that everyone uses the metal cages provided by the show and decorates them with curtains. I bought this gorgeous green set from Burgardin, a Danish couple who make the best curtains I have ever seen. I even got this set on sale! We also decorate the cage with artificial pussy willows, because Logan’s registered name, Vide, means pussy willow in Swedish.

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A lot of people also have these tables that hook onto the cage with chains and the little lip on the edge of the table. Björn and I made this one ourselves out of a plastic cutting board…which just happened to be the exact right colour to match the curtains!

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As the tops of the metal are nice and flat, we have business cards for Lisa’s cattery and my blog, as well as a stand-up with a photo of Logan on one side and a CFA brochure on Singas on the other.

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The table is not only incredibly handy, but it gives your cage a little more space. On Sunday, Björn’s friend Janne stopped by to meet Logan. Another difference with Swedish shows, as you may notice in the background, is that chairs are NOT provided by the show. Most people bring folding canvas camp chairs, and both Royal Canin and Orijen have chairs available for purchase at their ever-present booths.

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This was probably the best-located show I have ever been to. It was held in Gothia Towers across the street from Liseberg, Göteborg’s amusement park music venue.

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This show was also unique in that it had an online system of calling you up to the ring which they named “Call of Cat.”

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The show hall had free wifi, so all we had to do was log in, find your judge, and then just wait for our number. It. Was. AWESOME.

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Oh, but wait. It gets better, You all know I am a huge fan of Peter Hasselbom‘s Abyssinian photos…well…

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…Now I am friends with Peter and his partner, Anna! We all had sushi together back in September 2016. This is Peter and Bonk.

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Okay, Peter and I may be friends…but dude, we gotta talk about that Yankees hat…

Aby-a-Day – 16 February: Office sketching – Part 2 (Cartoon Tuesday)

Here are some more sketches of Gun-Hee that I did during meetings at work.

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I really like this one. I think I actually used it as an icon back when I was active on LiveJournal.

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Not sure what this is…I think I was trying to draw Gun-Hee as Peter Hasselbom’s infamous Raptor Kitten.

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A little drawing of Gun-Hee with a ball.

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And then there’s this one – before I got married and before Gun-Hee died – with me and my Best Cat in our wedding finery. I never got the chance to do this, though. Maybe I will with Jacoby when Björn and I have our Swedish wedding.

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Last but not least, this little scene – which actually happened. Gun-Hee was standing over my head while I was sleeping and he sneezed all over me…Thanks, kitten.

Cyoot Kitten Alert! Peter Hasselbom featured on I Can Has Cheezburger

What a nice thing to see first thing this morning!

I knew this was Peter Hasselbom‘s without even looking at the credit. This is Freddo (the blue) and Brina (the fawn), from his blue girl Aella’s litter.

Adorable!

Peter Hasselbom can has Cheezburger!

One of his photos was featured yesterday on I Can Has Cheezburger…

It’s a photo of either Belle or Kolan, and you can see the original here, on his Flickr site.