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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Other People’s Abys – Calendar Cats

Look who was on my Page-a-Day Calendar today! Luna, the lovely Somali from Belmont, MA (not too far from Boston)!

Somalis like to engage. Alert and curious, the breed’s dramatic, foxlike appearance, with big ears and bushy tails, is complimented by their zest for fun and play. And much like their Abyssinian cousins, Somalis look both elegant and untamed. They also love their people and flourish when affection is returned.

I know Summer will agree with all of this!

Aby-a-Day – December 10: What happened to your hair!?

A really funny thing happened at the New Hampshire Feline Fanciers show that Jacoby and I went to last month.

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A wonderful Grand Premier Somali named Ameusin Sir Galahad was entered in Premiership and he and Jake both happened to final in the same ring.

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In CFA, Abyssinians and Somalis are both considered shorthairs (yes, I know. Stay with me here). Cats are judged in alphabetical order, and Abys are at the beginning of the list while Somalis are at the end. Somalis and Abys almost never see each other in judging rings unless it’s in a final. And, in this particular final, Jake and Galahad were in cages where they could actually see one another.

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Galahad was fascinated with Jake. He could not stop looking at him! I think it must have been because he hasn’t ever seen a Somali with short fur before!

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“OMG…you look like me, but not…what happened to you!?”

Other People’s Abys – Calendar Cats

Check this out – today’s Page-a-Day Cat Calendar page features a Somali on a leash!

“Like their short-haired Abyssinian cousins, Somalis are both wild-looking and elegant, sporting colors from a traditional ruddy hue to a more unusual blue, all with the characteristic ticked fur that gives them their exotic appearance. Playful and athletic, Somalis can turn anything into a jungle gym – even your drapes – but if you take them outside for some R & R, keep them on a leash or watch out! These cats can be up a tree, or out of the yard, faster than you can shout their name!”

This lovely lady is Luna, and she lives in Massachusetts – Belmont, to be exact! I wonder if this photo was taken last year during all our snow?

Aby-a-Day – December 1: Behind what Somalis say (Cartoon Tuesday)

Another in my series of the sketches behind some of my favourite cartoons…in honour of Abyfriend Wendy’s blue girl Wren, whose birthday was yesterday, I thought I’d share the sketch behind last year’s April Fools Day cartoon.

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It’s rare for an artist to really like something they’ve drawn, but I’m extremely please with how the Somali versions of Vegard and Bård Ylvisaker turned out. They needed almost no changes from the original sketches to the final cartoon – that almost never happens!

Also, notice how Leo’s arm was not drawn around Wren’s shoulder. I drew each Aby separately, and put them together in Photoshop.

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Here’s the final cartoon. See how little Vegard and Bård changed from the sketch?

And if you still haven’t seen Ylvis‘ awesome video, well… you probably should:

Abys in Need: Northeast Aby Rescue (NEAR)

Filling a need that’s long needed filling, Northeast Aby Rescue (NEAR) started up early this year to rescue, foster and find homes for abandoned or otherwise needful Abyssinians and Somalis in the northeastern United States. I’m meant to be working on a logo for them, but so far have only completed a sketch…

All of these lovely Abyssinians (and one Somali) are currently available:

Sasha age 13 in Chicago, IL; ruddy female with special needs (blind). Adoption Pending


Cri Cri

Cri Cri age 12 in Chicago, IL; ruddy male. Adoption Pending

Darby age 6 in Philadelphia, PA; red female. Adopted Today!


Downton Abby

Downton Abby age 12 in Washington, DC; red female.

Elsa age 10 near Hartford, CT; black silver female. Speacial needs: No other female cats.


Eilonwy

Eilonwy age 3 in Philadelphia, PA; red Somali female with special needs (urinary). Adopted Today!

Other People’s Abys – Calendar Cats

Today’s Page-a-Day Cat Calendar page was a nice surprise – a bevy of Somalis!

“AROUND THE WORLD – Ahrensburg, Germany, is a proud town that dates back to the 13th century, and Kalahan, a Somali, is the proudest mama around, says her person, Edda Dalank. Her four kittens, ten-week-old sisters Massary and Makeda, and brothers Montoya and Matou, are beautiful, bright, and very active. It was a real challenge to get them all together for a group portrait.”

Another of Edda Dalank’s Somalis was featured in the Page-a-Day Calendar back in January 2012