October 19th 2009 5:39 pm
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Mom took me to the Illinois Feline Fancier's CFA cat show in Springfield, IL this weekend. I made the Shorthair Specialty final on Saturday, 8th Best Shorthair in Premiership. Sunday in my last ring I got called back for another final! That judge really liked me and made me his Best Shorthair Premier and Best All-Breed Premier! With the ribbons I got on Sat. and Sun. Mom is guessing I'll probably get about 9 or 10 more points. We'll know for sure in a few days when we can check online.
There was also a photographer at the show so Mom decided to try to get some professional pictures of me... Ha! I was AWFUL! Mom and the photographer got me relaxed on the table and I was even playing with a feather and posing beautifully up on my hind legs and turning. I even liked the photographer and gave her a headbonk and kiss... but as soon as her camera came out - I FREAKED! I HATED the click and flash and I was absolutely convinced that camera was going to get me! I kept freaking out and trying to climb and hang on Mom! We tried a few times Sat. and Sun. with no improvement - as soon as I saw or heard the camera - it was all over! Finally, Mom HAD to be in the photos with me. Mom wasn't exactly planning to be in the photos and didn't really want to be - but I insisted! She did get two pretty nice shots of Mom and I together and Mom says in hindsight that's good. She has a lot of pictures of me (I could care less if Mom takes out her camera!) but none of us together. We finally did get one head shot the photographer is going to try to work with. Mom finally had to hold me up against the background and we got someone to try to distract me while the photographer got a couple shots in between my protests! She will have to photoshop out Mom's arms though! Mom and the photographer were dumbfounded though and could not figure out why the camera scared me so much! The photographer said she's never had a cat that was just scared of the camera before - usually it the location (the cat's scared away from home) or sometimes she said they're afraid of her (someone they don't know) or sometimes it's a cat's first show and they are just generally scared. None of that applied to me though - it was her camera and equipment! Should get the photos in about 2-3 weeks...
*Update* I received 12 Grand Premier points at this show. This brings my cumulative total points to 68. I need 75 points for the title of Grand Premier. Only 7 more points to go!
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Concatulations on your finals, Linus!