Russell Webb is one of my favourite judges. Not only is he a lot of fun to watch – especially his finals – but he likes Jacoby.
In fact, I think that Russell has never not used Jake in a final when he was judging – at least not yet (knock on wood). Even before Jake Granded, Russell named him 9th Best Cat in Premiership.
Russell also likes Abys, and it’s not unusual for him to choose Jake and another Aby for a final, like he did in 2012 when he had Jake and his cousin Taz in his final at Seacoast. Judges do have some cats they just like, and when they see them, they tend to use them in their finals. Danny the Siamese is one of these cats that a lot of judges like.
(Of course, him hugging the judge when they come to get him from his cage doesn’t hurt!)
This was the Mansfield show in 2012.
At the Seacoast show in 2013, Russell gave him a Best Allbreed Cat in Premiership rosette.
I was thrilled! Russell has actually placed Jake 1st, 2nd and 3rd at Seacoast shows.
Sometimes I wonder if Jake remembers Russell.
I think he does.
I know he remembers Iris Zinck, and he’s seen Russell so many times I’m sure he knows him.
This was Boxborough, and Russell placed him Second in his ring (which I believe was an Allbreed ring).
At the first Nemo show, Russell again named Jake his Best Cat in Premiership, this time in a Specialty (shorthairs only) ring.
(These photos were taken by Bille Axell – I love them!)
Then, last year at Seacoast, we ran into Russell again.
And, once again, Jake did well in his ring.
He was Second Best Allbreed Cat in Premiership! He was also Second Best Shorthair Cat in Premiership at the second Nemo show, but I seem not to have gotten any photos of that.
It was a pretty busy show.
Which brings us to the most recent Seacoast show. You can tell Jake and Russell are old pals by now.
Notice Russell’s hands-off presentation.
I just adore watching Russell describe Jake and Abyssinians. I actually love watching him describe all the breeds.
I think they’re both superstars!