Snow in March!
Well, I knew it felt cold at Bingley Hall last week, but we weren’t quite ready for the snow in Manchester a few days ago... and neither was my British Shorthair, Minky to his friends; he looks decidedly unsure about where to plonk his paws in this photo!
Mind you, I was a bit frostbitten taking the picture. Hope all your cats enjoyed the white stuff, if they are outdoor types like mine. More words and photos appear in this issue on Cov and Leics, but this weekend the attention swings north to good old Wigan. Our best wishes for a great show go to Chris Titterington and all the team at Robin Park; sorry we can’t be with you, but we will all be at Crufts, with copies of OUR CATS and The Annual of course! Following on in the show schedule will be Surrey and Sussex on the 18th and Preston and Blackpool on the 25th.
Talking about shows, a gentle reminder to all judges to remember to put their names on their reports, at the top and with the show name and date. Thanks from me and Rob Dean, our new Editorial Assistant in the office... that will help us considerably in checking your reports when they come in. And how about that E-mail section we started two issues ago? Talk about fast turn around of show reports... even more good reasons to maintain your subscription to the paper.
Give youth a chance
Morgan Lee - the youngest member of Cov & Leics - helps out in the rosette section, together with Neal Lewis (son of Mark Lewis).
Good to see at Cov and Leics that the junior members of the Club were involved by Lesley and Mark and the team. (see photo).
As with many things in life, you have to start somewhere and whether it’s supporting your first ever football team or whatever, the early years can be crucial. So let’s see a bit more of involvement of young people; have them shadow a good committee member so they can see what needs to be done. They could be tomorrow’s exhibitors, judges or organisers. The Kennel Club have shown the way in dogs with their Young Kennel Club organisation... much to learn there.
WE ARE sorry to learn that Michael Boothroyd (Roydwood) died on Tuesday, 28 February after a very short illness.
At the time of going to press we have no other details. Michael was a well known judge of both cats and dogs.
Cat people in car crashes
TWO well-known people from the world of cats are currently recovering from two recent car accidents.
Dorothy Tomlinson of the Manchester & District Cat Club is recovering in Warrington General Hospital after a serious crash.
Dorothy suffered injuries to her back and legs, to which she is currently receiving physiotherapy, besides being generally shaken and sustaining various bruises. She is said to be feeling well considering her ordeal, as her car is a write-off and the situation could potentially have been much worse.
Jenny Bauerfeind (pictured right) of the Shimileeta Foreign Whites and Seal Point Siamese also suffered several injuries in a separate accident. She has sustained a double fracture of an arm and head injuries. Jenny is in hospital and had an operation on Wednesday, 1 March, as the arm needs to be pinned. She is likely to remain in hospital for another week. She is still quite poorly.
OUR CATS sends best wishes to both ladies and hopes that they will both make a speedy recovery.
(Royal Canin Breeder Manager)
WE would like to let readers know that the points for the Royal Canin Competitions are currently being keyed into a new spreadsheet by our compiler, Liz Prescott.
Therefore, the current positions will be announced in a forthcoming issue. In the meantime, could we remind winners of last year’s competitions that rosettes can be collected from Christian Romeril on the Royal Canin stand at the shows... and if you don’t know him by now, that’s him on the right!