This past Saturday, April 20, I attended the Kitties ‘n Blooms, Championship and Household Pet CAT SHOW put on by the Calgary Cat Association and governed by TICA (The International Cat Association Inc.).I wasn’t really sure what to expect having only ever attended a Dog Show as a spectator but I was more than happy to meet some kitties and their people, and, get educated on the world of cat shows.
The way the rings are set up is quite different than a dog show, There are chairs in front of the judging tables and the spectators are welcome to sit and watch the judges handle the cats.Questions are welcome in the ‘final’ rings when judges are describing the merits of the cats and awarding the plaques, but some of the judges do interact with the spectators during the initial judging process and some are quite entertaining and informative. There is a Judge, a Clerk and a Steward in each ring. The Clerk tracks the Judge’s decisions and the Stewards disinfect the cages after each cat is judged. The Judge cleans the table and his/her hands after each cat is handled as well to prevent the possible spread of disease.
Numbers on cards in the Benching area (where the cat lives during the show when not being judged) and Judging rings indicate the cats’ classification (pink cards for females, blue for males). Classifications are divided for pedigreed kittens (4-8 months), pedigreed cats that can be bred, pedigreed cats that have been neutered or spayed and household pets. Each group is further divided into long or short hair cats or kittens. There is also a division for preliminary new breeds. (I know, seems all very confusing; I was confused for about the first hour I was there until some kind people took the time to explain everything to me. A more detailed explanation of how the judging process works can be found on the Calgary Cat Show or TICA websites.
I loved the way the Judges interacted with the Spectators. I have to say my favorite was Mark Coleman of California (pictured above). He was engaging, entertaining and very informative about all the different breeds he was judging at the Show.I was amazed at how laid back and tolerant most of the kittens and cats were at being handled so much however not all of them were in the mood to be handled and you did hear the occasional hissing, yowling and spitting going on.
I met lots of great people and their cats here and you will meet some of them over the next week or so. Today I wanted to talk about the show a little and also introduce you to three very special kitties that were at the show with the Calgary Humane Society and are up for adoption.
Tris Ref. #19623119is an adorable 7 month old tortoiseshell female. She had just won a 3rd Place award in the Household Pet class when I met her. Tris was found wandering as a stray. She is so sweet and had her little stuffed owl with her that she just loves. I am sure she would love to meet you, she is available for adoption at the Calgary Shawnessy Pet Value store.
Meet two brothers Misty Ref. #19631640
These two big boys are 10 months old and were surrendered by their owner. The Humane Society would prefer that these boys stay together if possible. They are beautiful, calm relaxed cats and are very bonded. They would love to come live with you!
I am so glad that Trinity and Trevor decided to change up their regular routine of walking at River Park Off Leash area and come to Southland Park, otherwise I never would have had the chance to meet and photograph them for my project!I knew right away there was something special going on between the two of them. Trinity got a real bounce in her step meeting all the dogs we had with us (my four, Emma & Rudy, two of my old dog walking clients, and Ron with his Molly, Max, Hector & Sadie). Trinity walked right in and said hello with confidence and a wag of her tail not the least bit intimidated by our 10! Not that our Pack are anything to be intimidated by. She wasn’t completely happy about all the fuss required to pose for a picture until it was time to show Trevor some love, but she certainly was happy to have a play with Max. The years dropped away when they did their little getting to know each other dance, it was wonderful to see. I believe the word ‘cougar’ crossed our lips when we saw her get her flirt on with the much younger Max. I got to capture a few special moments between both Trinity and Trevor as well as Trinity letting the years melt away, if only for a short while. Stop on over to my 100 Pets and The People They Love page to meet Trinity and her special guy, Trevor. So good to see Trinity living out her life in luxury with her best friend.
It is with great sadness that I must report the sudden loss of a beautiful little soul from our 100 Pets and Their People community. Dulcie, the Cookie Lady of Southland Off Leash Park lost her partner, Bella, on Friday, April 12. The vet found that Bella had an abdominal tumour that was inoperable and Dulcie made the difficult decision to have her put down. This news will affect the entire Southland Off Leash community as both Bella and Dulcie are thought of so fondly and held in such high regard. Bella will be missed by us all.
“After a dog dies, her soul is released into the world around us.
Her soul is released to run in the world, run through the fields,
enjoy the earth, the wind, the rivers, the sun, the woods.
Bella, has been released.”
Adapted from The Art of Racing in the Rain
Say hello to sweet little Mandy and her special someone, Irene.We met out in Black Diamond while they were out walking with friends. Mandy is such a friendly little dog and really so lucky to be here with us today. Come over and read her story on my 100 Pets and Their People page. She and Irene are No. 25 of my 100 pets and people! Woot! Woot! I am 1/4 of the way to my goal of 100 and just in case you couldn’t tell, I am having the time of my life! Cheers! Sheila
It was so nice to meet this family at Southland Dog Park two Saturdays ago. (yes, I am behind!) Fosterand Maddie are two wonderful dogs and Corinne and Brian their nice people. Tashi loved them and gave her tough to earn ‘paw of approval’. Tashi, Bella and Buddah had a good romp in the mud with Maddie and Foster (the state of my vehicle will attest to how much fun they really had). Click on over to my Pets and Their People Page to meet them officially and read more of their story. I have three more great stories coming up this week! Cheers! Sheila
Meet Xena and Rambo, two adorable little Chihuahuas out for their first big off leash adventure of the season.It was a typical Calgary, windy Spring day…or as I like to call Mud, Ice, Dead Grass and Dirty Dog Season. It was a very busy Saturday at Southland Dog Park, lots of people getting out to enjoy the sunny day. I ran into some new friends that I took photos of earlier for my project, Brian with Shayla and Brody, it’s so nice to be able to go there now and wave and chat with people I now know a little. Shayla wasn’t feeling that great the day I took her photo but I noticed instantly that she was had more of a spring in her step and her little tail was a wagging. It was great to see! Please head on over to my 100 Pets and Their People page to meet, and learn more about my newest friends. Cheers!