November 6th 2008 3:26 am
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We were a bit derailed in September. Work started again for Meowmy, who just got too stressed out by that AND Leila's impending birth to take me to cat shows, even though she'd paid the entry fees. Meowmy is not so skilled with managing money, in my opinion. Personally, I'm into mutual funds.
Anyway, that missed month was crucial, because there were still so many Premiers appearing, and Grand Premiers always get the Best of Breed and Second Best of Breed ribbons, and then go on to the Finals (well, not always, but it's basically the way it goes). Now all the contenders, not just in the Maine Coon division, are Grand Premiers, and the competition is really heating up. I went from being the #1 cat in the Premiership Class in Japan in August and September to being #7. Meowmy doesn't care, as long as I get into the top 25 by year's end, and become a Regional Winner. I could give two hoots about the whole thing, but it seems to make Meowmy happy. Whatever. Still, I've about had enough of being put in one cage, taken out, put into another cage, taken out...My new skill is trying to gouge out the eyes of the judges as they close the cage door after judging me (I'm always the model of decorum on the judging table, however). This often causes me to lose points, but not always. Anyway, I'm not only the #7 Premiership Class cat in Japan, but as of this week, the #13 Maine Coon internationally. Does this mean I'm REALLY the 13th best MC in the world? Of course not. It just means that Meowmy is putting me in a lot of shows, and the world of the CFA, that's where I stand. However, I do think I'm a pretty handsome dude, and except for the judges who I try to kill, everyone loves me--my color, my spaciness, whatever.
As Meowmy wrote on the Forums, surprisingly Chibi got three Best of Breed ribbons in her latest show--surprising because she is a Champion (intact) and not a Premier (easier to get ribbons), a female, and competing against cats from very famous catteries. Personally, I've grown a more manly muzzle, and my profile has improved (this happens when a cat matures and the forehead becomes more prominent), but that little squirt Chibi has this big square muzzle, a relatively good noseline, an ear set to die for, and is not as small for a female as Meowmy had thought. Well, I was pretty put out. The whole time I was competing as a Premier (the neutered equivalent of Champion), no one EVER gave me any Best of Breed or Second Best of Breed ribbons, even when I was a kitten, but Chibi has gotten them enough times to make it obvious that she's a contender. Grrr. However, Meowmy doesn't have enough money to make me a Regional Winner and push Chibi into making Grand Champion at the same time. Unfortunately, Premiers are usually "mature" cats (over two years); Champions usually compete between the ages of one and two. And there's that stupid pregnancy thing. Leila just went and dumped seven brats under the bed one day, and apparently Chibi's supposed to do the same, ideally before she's two years old. Har har, a show biz career looks dim for Ms. Chibi. However, even I have to admire the fact that she is totally at ease in the holding cages and on the judging stand--this is particularly rare among females, as males tend to be self-centered, and females are instinctively attuned to possible dangers in the environment. Well, we'll just have to see. Ahh...whatever makes Meowmy happy makes me happy, but really, all I want out of life is: endless nappy time, stinky El Cheapo fishy canned food, and being able to look out the window when it rains or snows. I'm a simple boy at heart.
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