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29 October 2013 @ 09:57 pm
And on the weekend....  
I was invited to judge at the Hinterland Allbreeds show on Sunday, and also invited to their pre-show dinner on Saturday night. I tossed up whether to attend the dinner, or stay home and get an early night, but in the end my sociable instincts won out and I went along.

And I am SO glad I did! The show organisers had prepared a little surprise for me, in the person of anonpussynamer who had driven up, along with her husband and friends, for five hours to attend the dinner and show. I had no idea they were coming up; they managed to keep the secret for a couple of months, apparently. Earlier on Saturday I had been replying to comments on APN's facebook page, still with no clue I'd be seeing her later that night.

It was a brilliant surprise, a good dinner, and a lovely day the next day. I had thirteen cats to judge; not a huge amount but enough to provide a bit of competition while still allowing me enough time to talk about each one. Fell in love with my Best Kitten, a gorgeous little cream mackeral tabby boy with a solid body and a smug expression, whose father was a British Shorthair who managed to find his way into an Exotic girl's pen. Oops! So he's a Companion cat, not a pedigree, but the cutest little guy ever.

And got kissed all over my face my anonpussynamer's wild child, a Turkish Van/La Perm cross with the wildest coat and a nature to die for :-) . What a little purr-bucket.
 
 
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anonpussynamer: cat showanonpussynamer on October 29th, 2013 01:30 pm (UTC)
Re: And on the weekend....
It was hard to keep the secret but LP was under oath to not say A WORD about us coming up - you did know that the judge was coming of course, but no idea HOW she'd be travelling. It was so great to see you and catch up - been too long - and the weekend was fabulous. Of course I had been on FB too - makes it all look good. :)

Yep, the wild child - the big boofhead doesn't do what he did to everyone so you are blessed ... we reckon that Snappy has come back (he'd do that trick as well - yes have photos) due to Curly's great nature ... very similar that way, in looks not at all. The kitten was lovely wasn't he - so was his little dot sister ... saw some beautiful cats/kittens there and our Jasper (aka Sexy Legs *g*) didn't do too badly - I was honestly thinking he'd be withheld on as his coat is a bit "rough" at the moment, but it was a pleasant surprise that he got all 4 challenges and enjoyed himself too.

All in all, a wonderful weekend - and now, back to the daily grind. :P Just about finished the judges slips for next weekend in Sydney and I'm knackered ... *yawn*
miwahni: Cats Showing offmiwahni on October 31st, 2013 10:01 am (UTC)
Re: And on the weekend....
Les did a brilliant job of keeping the secret, as did you :-)

Curling Dervish is a honey! He's a keeper, that boy. I'm glad Jasper did well for you too, taking home all of his challenges.

Glad you got home safely, too. Have fun at the Desexed show!
anonpussynamer: Buttonsanonpussynamer on October 31st, 2013 12:42 pm (UTC)
Re: And on the weekend....
Les was under strict instructions to say Nuffink! LOL I wasn't going to say a word - notice I didn't mention about going anywhere last weekend on FB (don't normally do that anyway as who knows who reads the palaver that I write?) ... all a complete surprise. *g*

Yep, CD certainly is a keeper - I reckon he is just happy to be alive as the alternative is too sad to think about. I have his mum as well (Mumma Turk) and she's a honey, although nothing like her son's nature ... he is definitely unique in both temperament and looks (but I'm slightly biased, I guess). Jasper has to be almost Bronze now, with the challenges from Hinterland - must go thru and fix up their titles after this weekend is over (Curly has 2 more shows and that's it) but have been too busy ... have the Aby show to process now and it's over for 2013. Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ... I'm exhausted. :)

Thanks, will try to have fun - am show secretary at Desexed, so they'll have me running ragged, I guess. LOL
moonlightmead on October 29th, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
So this is what you do at weekends? You actually judge the kitties? Wow.

Well done to the conspiracy members for keeping the secret. It can be really hard, but the results can be spectacular :)
miwahni: Cats Showing offmiwahni on October 31st, 2013 10:03 am (UTC)
I have a Companion licence which means I can judge the non-pedigreed cats. Working towards eventually having a Group 1 (longhair) licence - in a bit of a hiatus at present but I'll get back to it.

I used to live within driving distance of anonpussynamer and we shared many a Saturday night pizza (why yes, I do set my culinary sights high, thanks for noticing!) but nine years ago I moved away, and now it's over five hours' travel from hers to mine, so we don't see each other too often. So this was a marvellous surprise!
anonpussynamer: Aussie Iconanonpussynamer on October 31st, 2013 12:46 pm (UTC)
When (note I said "when") you get your Group 1 licence, you'll have to come judge for us down here, hey? :D

Yep, not far at all from each other - and those nights were so good. However, whenever we feel like Chinese, we seem to always creep across the border, don't we? *VBG* Long drive but always worth it to see you. :)
miwahni: Random Doesn't play well with othersmiwahni on October 31st, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
Awww.... I feel honoured now!
anonpussynameranonpussynamer on October 31st, 2013 12:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you and yes, the results were spectacular. :)