Aby-a-Day – February 5: Abys at the World Show

It occurred to me that I never finished sharing photos from the World Show in Philadelphia, which Jacoby and I entered last November.

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There was a good showing of Abyssinians at the show, representing all four colours. There were a couple of other Abys, like Racy Mooner and her mother, Twyla, who were at the show but who weren’t actually entered in competition.

Also present was the 2012-13 CFA show season’s Best Cat in Premiership GP, NW Zhender’s Roger Vivier of NuDawnz. I forgot to take a photo of him (despite his being benched just behind the Aby breed booth), but I did get his card.

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There were a LOT of Aby kittens entered – Five were entered in the Red Show, and four were in the Purple Show.

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One of the kittens in the Red Show was Vasil’s little red girl, Greenville Deja Vu.

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Deja Vu was the Best Aby Kitten in the Red show with 4 finals.

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Vasil’s fawn girl, GC Childofsun Nammi of Greenville, was entered in the Purple Show.

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She didn’t earn a breed win, but she was a ONE-SHOW GRAND, maiking seven Championship finals and earing 245 grand points!

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Vasil and his girls weren’t the only breeders to bring cats from Russia. Here is Olga Beresneva with her ruddy Aby boy, GC Instincts Espresso of Omnia Mea. Espresso was the Second Best Aby Champion in the Red Show. He’s also a cousin of Jake’s, since he’s from the same cattery, Instincts, as Jake’s mother Santa Catalina.

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There were also several Aby breeders from Japan, although they didn’t bring their cats (Japan, being an island, would impose a 180-day quarantine on them when they returned). This is Kiyomi Kondo talking to Jake.

We actually had dinner with the Japanese breeders, and they all gave me their cards.

While the Japanese breeders couldn’t easily bring their cats, they did bring cat toys!

This is a stick toy that Jake was given. I think the cartoon kitty on the packaging is supposed to make you think of Chi.

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It was wonderful to meet so many Aby breeders from all over the world, but it was also great to see American breeders, too. Of course, Meg and GP Anubis Chai Latte (aka Garçon) were there.

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Garçon was entered in the Purple Show, and he was the Best Aby in Premiership.

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Lauren Castle Flynn of Abycastle was there with her red boy, GC Abycastle Kathmandu.

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I also got to meet Suzie Kidder, a breeder who lives in Northern California but who grew up in Massachusetts! we actually had an interesting conversation about how we’d traded places. Here she is talking to spectators with her Open Champion Abyko’s Sparks Upon The Wind.

Suzie’s cattery, Abyko, is in Mill Valley.

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Carolyn Osier and her Aby GC Wil-o-glen’s Si Se Puede, from Orange County in Southern California, were also entered in the Purple Show. Si Se Puede had a great time riding on Susan’s scooter to get to and from the rings.

Wil-o-glen is one of those cattery names that appears in most modern Abyssinians’ pedigrees. Carolyn has been breeding since the late 1960’s, and even had an Aby who screen-tested for Disney’s The Cat From Outer Space! In fact, that Aby, GC Ruddy Raider of Wil-o-glen, appears in Jake’s pedigree along with several other Wil-o-glen cats on his mother’s side.

One of the highlights of the weekend, however, was meeting Rae Ann Christ of El Qahira Abyssininans. She took one look at Jake and knew that he was descended from her lines – he has several El Qahira cats in his ancestry on both his mother and his father’s side of the family! In fact, El Qahira is a name that shows up a LOT in Jake’s pedigree, as recently as his great grandfather, El Qahira Tamas!

Aby-a-Day – December 18: Hoop-De-Do!

Racy Mooner was literally jumping through hoops to entertain her fans at the World Show last month.

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She did it several times, and I was lucky enough to be able to capture her on camera.

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Sort of, even with my rapid-fire SLT camera, Racy is fast! These last three were taken about 1/8th of a second apart…and she’s still a blur.

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After her landing, she composes herself…

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…and then she’s ready for a treat and another go.

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Of course, it must be remembered that Racy is a cat.

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And cats…

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…don’t…

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…always…

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…Perform on command.

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Sometimes, Racy didn’t feel like going through the hoop and just walked on by. It was pretty funny.

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Lisa-Maria just asked Racy to do it again.

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Come on, Racy, let’s go!

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Perfect landing!

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And now you get your treat! Good girl, Racy!

Aby-a-Day – December 17: Wordless Wednesday (Racy Rolls)

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Aby-a-Day – December 14: Racy Mooner at the World Show

One great thing about the World Show was seeing old friends again.

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Like Racy Mooner, her mother Twyla, and their human, Lisa-Maria.

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Racy, Twyla and Lisa-Maria were actually working at the show.

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Lisa-Maria was selling the Sturdi Walking Vests she and Racy helped design.

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Racy and Twyla were the models.

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Racy seemed a little dismayed that her mom was sharing the spotlight with her.

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She needn’t have worried.

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Racy is always the star!

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Besides, modelling isn’t as glamourous as it’s cracked up to be

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Racy sat on the table with the merchandise and basically did what Abys do.

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She helped.

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At least, I think she was helping.

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Lisa-Maria was busy explaining the harnesses, helping people find the right size for their cats, and selling them to a steady stream of customers.

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Meanwhile, Racy showed off how great the harnesses are.

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Together, they make a great team!

Aby-a-Day – December 13: “Beauty” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

This week’s Photo Hunt subject is “Beauty.”

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There are those who say cat shows are basically just beauty contests.

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They are, to a degree. But cat shows are more about conformation and adhering to a written standard than they are about physical beauty. And, of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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Some cat fanciers find this to be the epitome of feline beauty.

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Meanwhile, other think that body type is “ugly” and consider the rounded features of the Persian to be “beautiful.”

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I think most cats are beautiful in their own way, and I can appreciate when a cat embodies perfection according to the breed standard, regardless of the breed.

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The “beauty contest” part of a cat show really comes into play when it’s time to put up the cats in the finals, because how can you compare a Maine Coon to a Sphynx to a Persian to an Oriental Shorthair to a Scottish Fold to an Abyssinian…and come up with a “Best Cat” overall? In that, it comes down to personality and, yes, beauty.

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While Jacoby scores highly in the “beauty” category, I doubt he’ll ever be named “Miss Congeniality.” He doesn’t kiss up to the judges. He doesn’t like to play around on the judges’ tables. He rarely climbs the pole, even if they ask him nicely.

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He doesn’t play with toys, either.

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No, Jake just prefers to stand there and look awesome.

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And some judges really love that he just poses majestically on his table so they can step back and examine him “hands off.” So there.

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Of course, even the most handsome cat can be made to look awkward in a well-timed photo…

Aby-a-Day – December 11: Toby the CFA-Iams Ambassador Cat

As I mentioned on Sunday, GPr Kimbelot’s Toberone was at the World Show as a CFA-Iams Ambassador Cat.

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It was nice to see him again!

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He was very welcoming, even inside his special Iams enclosure.

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“Open the door so I can do my job! I can’t be a proper ambassador in here!”

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Toby had quite a nice set-up, in a prime location in the vendor’s area just in front of the entrance to the main showhall.

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Also,since the cats were benched alphabetically by breed, he also happened to be fairly close to the other Somalis who were entered in the show.

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Toby reminds me of a longhaired Jacoby. He’s about seven years old now, if I remember correctly.

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At least, he talks like Jake does!

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He poses for the camera like Jake does too.

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He is such a sweet cat.

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He even tried to headbutt my camera lens the way Jake likes to!

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Boop!

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The funny thing is, I was so busy taking Toby’s photos that I think I forgot to pet him…and he is a “Pet-Me” cat!

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I think he was a little disappointed. Sorry, Toby – next time, I’ll remember to pet you!

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Here’s Toby’s display area – he even has his own trading cards!

Here’s the front of his card – it’s the same photo he has hanging on the back wall of his display.

And here’s the back, with some general information about Somalis. If only I was able to commit to going to 24 shows in a year, I would love to do this with Jake. He is a Pet-Me Cat Ambassador, but that gets hectic when you’re also entered in the show. Maybe someday.

Aby-a- Day – December 10: Wordless Wednesday (Gimme some fries!)

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