Humility and generosity need to be shown at times
I READ with interest the two letters in Viewpoint (Issue 1111, 9 March), “Has this happened to anyone else?” and “Is winning so important?”, and feel that it was perhaps not a coincidence that you printed these two side by side.
To the Birman breeder, congratulations on your double Best of Variety win at the Bristol and District show. I am not a Birman breeder so do not recognise the prefix, but I wonder if the lady has been a breeder and exhibitor for very long.
This lady is not alone in her double Best of Variety wins. Over the years other exhibitors/breeders have done this; we have, and each time with our own-bred cats. On one occasion, we took all three Best of Variety in the Longhair Section of one show, Adult, Kitten and Neuter. Again, all of our own-bred prefix.
It’s a great feeling to win with one’s cats, and winning has to be earned, but there are times when other people’s cats win, and one has to face up to this with humility and generosity and display these attributes on a day when your exhibits are not so fortunate.
The lady who was referred to in the second Viewpoint letter was so eager to win that she made her feelings obvious, not only to the steward and judge, but to her fellow exhibitors, who will no doubt remember that, and she may not find herself very popular at other shows.
In response to Tina Mason’s letter
IN RESPONSE to a letter from Tina Mason, Felonie Birmans (OUR CATS, 9 March).
I know exactly how you feel. At the West Country Cat Club show a couple of years ago, my lovely girl, Shungshu Nickotenellie, had a Red Card Day, BOV Adult and Best Oriental in Show.
Her daughter, Shungshu Freespirit, had a Red Card Day and BOV Kitten and was beaten by her mother in the last stage. It is impossible to put into words how you feel when it happens.
Good luck in the future.
Anne Stephens, Shungshu Orientals
Re. RSPCA to take on police role
IS THIS “normal behaviour” for a species referred to in the Animal Welfare Act before or after it has been domesticated?
Should I stop feeding my cats and make them hunt for food? There are plenty of birds, rabbits and other small animals in my garden; but then I would be guilty of not protecting them from suffering and injury as I live next to a main road and they would be road-kill within a few weeks.
Clive Waller, K-Wood Cattery
Re. Nick Mays editorial
I AM all for controlling disease and heartily agree with rabies control, but I think there should be exceptions/alternative control for breeding/cattery cats. In my own case, returning from South Africa, a rabies-infested country, my cats were quarantined for six months. They have always had a rabies injection since being 16-weeks-old, renewed annually, and never been allowed out of the house, except to the vet or cat shows.
The quarantine cattery in the UK, a very good one, exposed my cats to all sorts of infections - fleas, mites, whatever - simply by the carers coming and going out of the quarantine area (to their own homes!) and then going from one cat to another. All the animals there were obviously under extreme stress with resultant lowered immunity. I kept a stable population with no newcomers, but my cats in quarantine found themselves in a cattery with strange cats around them.
There must be a way that, with modern medicine, in certain circumstances, my cats needn’t have been exposed to viruses, bacteria, fleas, etc, etc, when they were fully covered against rabies.
IT IS with a very great sense of sadness I write of the passing of my friend June Powell.
She showed many Siamese Tabby Points and Siamese Seal Points. Her prefix was the well known Beaufoys, and she had many successes and was a well known breeder. It is no exageration to say she lived for her feline family, they were her life.
It was my privilege to be her friend, and I spent many happy days at her home in Ferndown. My constant companion today is a Chocolate Tabby Point which she gave me nearly eight years ago, and is typical of her breeding, which I’m sure many of you are familiar with. She was a very special person with a ‘larger than life personality’ and a terrific sense of humour. She was a joy to know, as her many friends in the Cat Fancy would confirm.
Rest in peace June.
IT WAS with great sadness that I heard of John’s passing. He has been part of the Midland Counties Cat Club for too many years to remember. He held several positions over the years, but just recently he had decided to take a step backwards and leave some of the work to younger members.
He will be greatly missed for his knowledge and understanding of the Cat Fancy, including his love of Siamese. He always had a good head for the protocol of the Cat Fancy and would give you his thoughts from his wealth of experience within it.
Our thoughts are with Patsy. Rest in peace John.
The Committee of Midland Counties Cat Club
JOHN Knight will be sadly missed by friends, Committee Members, and all those whose lives he touched.
John was a quiet man, but he carried out his duties as Hon Treasurer for the Club thoughtfully and with little complaint. A Life Member, and up to recently, a Committee Member, he worked hard for the Club, his reward being that things were going along the right road. Many times I have rung John with a problem and he very calmly sorted it out and explained where I had gone wrong. I will miss his wisdom and knowledge.
Our thoughts go out to Patsy on her very sad loss. John was one of life’s true gentlemen.
Lesley Szwed, Chairman & Joint Show Manager, Coventry & Leicester Cat Club