Ghost has now gone to a new home, with a lovely couple south of Manchester. They have three other cats, and work from home, so there will be plenty of company for him. Plus, they treat their cats the same way we do – they are the centre of their universe, so they are perfect! He seems to be settling in well, though it didn’t quite go according to plan – when does it ever?!
We’ve also just had the pleasure of having two of Lynsey Thomas’ (Seysiana Somalis & Tiffanies) kittens stay over night with us. Their new owners weren’t going to have a chance to meet up with Lynsey, so we looked after the kittens to give their new owners a chance to pick them up. The kittens were completely adorable, and reminded me just why we wanted to breed!
Last weekend was the Lakeland Show in Kendal, and we took two of our own cats, plus Elisabeth and four of hers. Karen was also there with her two Dushenka boys, whom we took to the Durham a few weeks ago.
Fiona handled for all her judges again, but is still shouting loudly whenever she is taken out of the pen, so once again had all awards withheld in her Open classes. The only time she handled nicely was for Steve Crow (perhaps she knows that he’s her ‘grandpa’!), and he placed her first in a large and competitive class. If only she would keep her voice down, she could be winning so well, frustrating animal!
Dàrna did us proud, by winning her third (and qualifying) Grand Challenge certificate (from Joyce Green), making her up to Grand Champion! A little over a year ago, she made up to Champion the day that Steve and Tommy first took her home to Pippin. After the Lakeland, she went home with the stud owners, so that’s two years in a row that she’s won a new title the day she’s gone to stud!
The real stars of the show, however, were Elisabeth’s cats. Her stud boy won the Reserve Imperial, and Best of Breed Russian Adult. Zach, one of the neuter boys owned by Karen, won another Premier Certificate, and Best of Breed Russian Neuter. Lucy, who is Zach’s daughter (he fathered one litter before being neutered), won her kitten class and Best of Breed Russian Kitten (her brother won his kitten class) – that’s two years in a row that Elisabeth’s cats have won Best of Breed Adult, Kitten and Neuter at this show!
Tasha, who is (our Russian girl) Xaria’s mum, also won her third Grand, qualifying her for her Grand title, after a string of Reserves – she is now Grand Champion Dushenka Tashabella, and the eighth Dushenka to hold the Grand title! Little Lucy didn’t just stop with winning her open and Best of Breed, though, going on to take first Best Foreign Kitten, and then Overall Best Foreign! Her daddy, Zach, won Overall Best in Show at the Scottish Shorthair Show a couple of months ago – on top of Xaria’s Best Foreign win at the Durham, the Dushenka prefix isn’t exactly having a bad year so far!
Kia and Katie both still seem to be holding their pregnancies at the moment. Katie should be due in about 10 days, and Kia another 10 days after that. Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly, and I can soon be writing those magic words again – “we have kittens”!!