Show weekend

Hello everyone,

Well the Rangsdorf show weekend is over. It was a long but a good weekend. First of all the show was a good one. It is not to big and not to small. We decided to go only on Saturday  and Sunday and leave the Friday as is. After the long drive we think it’s better to give the cat some time to get accustomed to his temporary home. On Saturday we had Steven Savant, Linda Kay Ashley, Lisette de Landtsheer, Harley DeVilbiss and Pascal Remy as judges. On Sunday we had the same judges except for Harley DeVilbiss. Instead of Harley we had Jean-Marc Lagarde.

All judges judged our Poly on both days and we also got compliments on him. The best compliment came from Harley who said that Baba would have a good chance in the standard Maine Coon ring. And that’s obviously our (long term) purpose.

The advantage of the show in Rangsdorf is that when the show day is over you can have a little walk outside and have a look on the Weihnachtsmarkt. Friday was a bit empty, but the Saturday was really crowded.

By the way, what we noticed is that there is a relatively large number of Bengals at the show. It looks like Bengals are progressing towards the next Hype.

Well and now finally, our view from our room.

View

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Sunday bloody Sunday

Hello everyone,

We now had 4 out of 5 rings we are supposed to do. Just one to go.

As expected we are best new trait in all of them ;-). That means the ribbon is almost to small. Even Steven Savant was positive and we agreed to meet again next year 🙂
And then with some snow as Rangsdorf is so much nicer when there is a lot of snow.

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Last three

Hello everyone,

A bit of a late update, but we were having some “it” issues yesterday. The network was very poor yesterday and apparently our facebook account was (b)locked. Anyway we did all 5 rings and we got 5 first places. Steven Savant also judged our Baba and also liked him he said. The only thing is that due to the steward we almost missed Stevens judging because they thought he was absent. Fortunately we were sitting at that ring so we noticed.

After the judging we went to the weihnachtmarkt and got some fresh air and then it was time fore the judges dinner.

Today we do the next 5 rings and most likely all the plaques wont fit on the ribbon 😉

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First two

Hello everyone,

First two are done now. First we had to go to Pascal Remy and secondly we had to go to Harvey DeVilbiss. Obviously we had two firsts ;-).

Harvey said he liked Baba a lot and that he looked like a Maine Coon should look like.
In Harvey’s opinion Baba would also do very well in a regular Maine Coon ring. We think that is a very nice compliment.

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Rangsdorf

Hello everyone,

As our ladies are not pregnant we decided to enter for the TICA show in Rangsdorf 9, 10 and 11 December. We called the hotel which proved to be a lucky thing as they apparently forgot to enter our reservation in the system last year. We are getting the last room they have. We always have a view at the lake and that is really nice in the hotel 😉

View of lake

View of lake

Unfortunately ……

Hello everyone,

As already mentioned yesterday, we have some news.

As you all know we have two ladies pregnant being Charlotte and Layla. We already bought all the stuff needed for delivering kittens and also we bought a new webcam and a new delivery box.

And now the unfortunate part. Both are now not pregnant. They were or fooling us ore the kittens were resorbed. In both cases the result is the same …… no kittens.

Although we think it is a pity, as both ladies are beauties and the kittens obviously would have been very handsome 😉 there is also an upside effect.

We can enter for the show in Rangsdorf, Germany for the Christmas show :-).

 

Frankfurt exhibition, the show down

Hello everyone,

The weekend is over and so is the show ;-). After we arrived on Friday, we went to the show on Saturday. We were allowed to come somewhere between 9 and 9.30, which extremely late for “us showpeople”

It turned out there were 8 poly coons. Number 9 did not show up.

The show was a good one, The judges looked good at them and were quiet elaborate in there comments, which I think is a good thing. Unfortunately a number of judges mentioned that if someone shows poly coons, they should look like maine coons and also be prepared as Maine Coons. One lucky thing in this matter is that we bathed our coons extensively as you all read in the previous mail 😉 so they were not talking about us.

One other request was to register as many as possible poly coons in TICA and besides that there should also be as many as possible poly coons on shows. Well and as we all know, that could improve a bit. We go to a lot of shows all over Europe, maybe we can get some accomplices. The number of poly coons is mostly very limited, besides ours.

Well and the finally the results.

Vaskebjorns Babangida P. :

  • Kurt Vlach, first place
  • Jean Marc Lagarde, second place
  • Katharina Krenn, third place

Vaskebjorns Layla P. :

  • Franziska Gagern, first place
  • Kurt Vlach, second place
  • Philippa Holmes, third place

And if you are interested in a couple of pictures :

Vaskebjorns Layla P & Kurt Vlach

Vaskebjorns Layla P & Kurt Vlach

Vaskebjorns Layla P & Franziska Gagern

Vaskebjorns Layla P & Franziska Gagern

Vaskebjorns Babangida P & Kurt Flach

Vaskebjorns Babangida P & Kurt Flach

Vaskebjorns Babangida P & Jean Marc Lagarde

Vaskebjorns Babangida P & Jean Marc Lagarde

Preparing for the Frankfurt exhibition – Bathing time

Hello everyone,

The Frankfurt exhibition is coming closer and closer.

That means that our show cats have to take a bath. Both Layla and Baba were completely excited 😉

To give you all an idea of the washingroutine we will shaer our secret washing program.

  1. Special degreasing shampoo out of Denmark (dry)
  2. Flush out the shampoo
  3. The Danish shampoo again but then wet. (in case of Baba a special strong degreasing shampoo because of his stud tail)
  4. Flush out the shampoo
  5. Rinse with Woolite (yes you are reading that correct)
  6. Flush out the Woolite
  7. Conditioner
  8. Flush again
  9. Special shampoo to enhance the color
  10. Flush again and when it looks like the shampoo is gone flush for 5 more minutes

You see it takes some time, but the cat looks very good (normally)

Tomorrow we pack the car and drive to Frankfurt. Amy our catsitter will be here to watch the other cats and walk the dogs for a couple of days. Sunday we are back and know what the result of the washing has been ;-).

By the way, it looks like the hotel has wifi so when the possibility is there we will keep you posted about the results

Preparing for the Frankfurt exhibition

Hello everyone,

just a small update from our cats here in Almere. The weather is not so good today, so the poor ones have to stay inside. They are of course protesting but know the drill in the meantime ;-). Tomorrow and the day after spring will arrive in the Netherlands (accoding to the weatherforecast) and then they allowed to roam in our (fenced) garden.

Baba (Vaskebjorns Babangida P) and Layla (Vaskebjorns Layla P) are also mentally preparing for their next adventure. On the th they are expected to show up in Frankfurt. They will be participating in the Cat-4-Us show.

The judges are :

  •  Kurt Vlach – Austria
  •  Tomoko Vlach – Japan
  •  Jean Marc Lagarde – France
  •  Francesca Gagern – Austria
  •  Katharina Krenn – Austria
  •  Phillipa Homes – UK

We think this is a very nice set of judges and we will see how we will come out. On the first day of the show there will be 8 poly maine coons (so far). Of course we expect all of you to cross your fingers and wish us luck ;-).

Vaskebjorns Babangida P

Vaskebjorns Babangida P

Vaskebjorns Layla P

Vaskebjorns Layla P