Age: 5 Years Sex: Male Weight: 18 lbs.
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Lowell. The name on his pedigree is Veritas Lowell, Veritas being the name of my cattery.
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Hanging out with the Human and with Harvard. Playing. Eating snacks.
Being taken out of the holding cage at cat shows. The Demon Hair Dryer. Otherwise, nothing that I can tell.
Wand toys, fishing rod toys, feathers, anything.
Favorite Nap Spot:
On the desk next to the computer.
Dried squid strips, freeze dried chicken, dried baby sardines, bonito flakes.
Looking beautiful. Aiding and abetting Harvard in acts of wanton destruction.
Lowell is Harvard's brother, one of four kittens to survive Chibi's difficult childbirth last year. I meant to sell him, but was too lazy to advertise while he was still a kitten, so I had him neutered and since he's such a sweetheart I decided to keep him.
All of my kittens have names related to Harvard University. Lowell House is a dormitory (the House where the Crown Princess of Japan lived, by the way). Lowell is a very good example of a brown tabby and white Maine Coon. He has nice ears, lovely eyes (larger, more oval, and more widely spaced than Harvard's), a strong muzzle, and a big body. He's almost 18 pounds and still has some more growing to do, although he's got a rather fat belly and may need to go on a diet at some point. Update: as of November 28, 2010, Lowell became a Grand Premier with the CFA. Following Harvard, he's the second cat I've bred myself to become a Grand. He made in 18 rings (total four show days), beating Harvard's record of granding in three shows. Everyone says it's too bad that he didn't become a Grand Champion and then a stud, but too late now! He's popular with cat show people and judges alike because he is so big, has such a sweet face, and such a curious, lively personality.
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November 19th 2010 10:24 pm
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Checked Herman OnLine yesterday and found out that I now have 60 of the 75 points necessary to become a Grand Premier. Harvard made it in three shows; I've been in one and a half shows (we ditched one show and one day of another show because we were tired), and I'm pretty sure to get my points in the next show, which is a one-day show with six rings. Thus, I will have gotten my points faster than Harvard did, nyah nyah nyah. Of course, this is all speculation.
Someone opined at the last show that it was a shame I hadn't been left intact so I could have become a Grand Champion. Well, it's a little bit late to worry about that now, isn't it? True, I probably could have made GC, and I would have made a good stud, but since all the females in our cattery are related to me, either we'd have to get another female, or turn me into a Rent-A-Stud for other catteries. And I would have had to stay apart from the intact females until I was neutered. I prefer to roam free. (Heh heh, I was caught in a compromising position with Radcliffe the other day, but that's not going to produce any kittens.)
Right now, Harvard is #16 in the Premiership Class, and I'm #28, but that's not including the scores from the last show. Not much competition this year, I must say. Harvard is #16 with only 145 points. Harvey had many more points than that at this point in the show year, and was ranked about the same as Harvard. Right now, there are two Maine Coons who are the main contenders to be Regional Winners, and one of them is neck to neck with an Oriental Shorthair to be Best Cat. I suppose Harvard and/or I could be thrown into the mix to spice things up, but it's better to start as a Grand Premier at the beginning of the show season in May, and get all your e-points while the other cats are all Premiers. (Don't worry if you don't understand this.)
Actually, I'm getting used to shows. At the last show, Leila came along so that she could have her picture taken by Helmi Flick. We were in the same cage, and it was nice to have a cat I know in there with me. I rolled on my back and showed my tummy, and visitors were duly impressed by my size. For some reason, I only made one final, although I got those purple ribbons for Best Premier in all the rings. I like to reach up to the top of the cage and knock them off when the judge isn't looking. I'm also a lot more responsive than other cats (like Haaarvey) when the judge passes by my cage and waves a wand toy. I always make eye contact. Judges like that.
Next cat show November 28. We have new show curtains--pink, which isn't exactly my thing, but they're pretty snazzy, which makes the Human happy.
October 28th 2010 9:18 pm
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Harvard started to write about my first cat show after becoming a Premier, with the title "Lowell Lays an Egg." Yeah, sibling rivalry and all that. But I did not lay an egg. I made all eight finals (something neither Harvard or Harvey has ever done), and because there were no Persians competing that day in the Premiership ring, I was guaranteed to get at least one of those purple ribbons that count toward my becoming a Grand Premier. It was a rather small show (only 70 or so cats), but I was able to get 40 out of the 75 I need to become a Grand Premier. At this rate, it should only take me one or two more shows to become a GP.
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