So it turns out that having the app on my phone still doesn’t mean I find time to write regular updates. Well, it was worth a shot! It’s almost three months since I last found time to sit and write a post and the only reason I’m finding time now is because I’m sitting in the kitten room, keeping Lhasa company while she delivers her kittens.
We had an AGCS Committee meeting at the end of July, and Lhasa went home with Sarndra Devereux afterwards. She had been in call when we left home but the journey knocked her off and it took her a couple of weeks to come back on, so instead of getting her back whilst down for the Chester show, we met up with Sarndra at the Teesside (I managed to persuade Richard to do two shows in August, since we wouldn’t be doing one in September).
Lhasa pinked up a few days later and for the past fortnight has looked about ready to burst. As always, though, she makes a very happy pregnant cat, with lots of purring and padding.
The boy she visited was Sarndra’s Tarby (GR CH Rainsong Jolly Jack Tar), who is a Bombay carrying chocolate, Burmese pattern and dilute, though most likely not longhair. Since he’s a self, this mating can only produce selfs and smokes, which is a first for us. Black and brown are the most likely colours, with chocolate also possible. Blue and lilac might also be possibilities, depending whether Lhasa carries the dilute gene.
As it stands at the moment, we have four: two definitely black and the other two probably brown (maybe one self and two smokes but who really knows!). It’ll be nice to have a Bombay (self black), because we haven’t had one before.
Tilly and Tia’s kittens both went for their second vaccinations last week (we held Tilly’s back so that they could be done at the same time) and will start going to their new homes shortly. We’ve just done the DNA tests on Tia’s, so we don’t yet know which of those will be staying (it depends who carries cinnamon), though I know which I’d like to be keeping.
Tilly’s all turned out to be shorthairs, in spite of three being obviously shorthair and the other three much hairier. They’re obviously just fluffy shorthairs, much like their daddy, Donny, was. We’re keeping the girl that I originally thought was lilac, but is actually chocolate BCR, and have called her Niamh (Gaelic for beautiful).
I haven’t had time to work out where most of the others will be going, but I do know that the black smoke (now called Storm) and the brown (now called Daisy) are going together and will be only about twenty minutes away. One of Tia’s is reserved for the family who previously had Jock and Mischka from us but Mischka was unfortunately killed on the road last week, so I don’t know what difference that will make to their plans.
We had the Asian BAC meeting last weekend and Keeker and Hailey represented Tiffanies and Asian classic tabbies at the BAC seminar the weekend before. I was particularly delighted with Hailey, who had never even been to a show before, but was an absolute superstar, calmly allowing all the seminar attendees to handle her.
Our next outing is to the Supreme, around 10 days from now, where we’re manning the Asian club table and have all five Asian breeds on exhibition. As far as we can ascertain, that will be a first. We have one of Jackie McCarten’s Bombays for the selfs, Julie for the Burmillas, Ayla for the Tiffanies, Donny for the Smokes and Zuko for the tabbies. We’re also taking one in competition but you’ll just have to come and see us at the show if you want to know who it is before I next get a chance to post!