Smile! It’s Slack-Off Friday

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We went to a cat show once. I loved it.

Not because of the cats, although some them were cute. Not because it kept our then three-year-olds amused in a pretty low maintenance way for a couple of hours. Which was pretty awesome.

But because of the people that go to cat shows.

There was the lady with purple-rinsed bouffant hair, done up to the nines, dripping with jewelry who commanded the people around her probably in compensation for her cat who took no notice of her whatsoever.

There was the young couple, both of them rather slight and mousy, grooming their cat on a podium with such sensuality that I don’t even want to imagine what their sex life was like.

There was the male judge, mincing about, patting his little kitty, scathingly assessing the other cats and pronouncing winners with an air of seriousness that belied the fact that he was declaring the winners in a local cat show rather than some earth-shattering-changing-the-universe-as-we-know-it-services-to-humanity award.

And there were Hell’s Angels.

Really.

What shocked me was not that these people were there, but that they were there, if you follow me.

We are told not to stereotype people but stereotypes do exist – that’s how they come into being – and boy, they existed at Cow Palace one January a few years ago.

When the boys got bored with the judging, we looked around at the kittens. Sebastian, who was mad about cats and had recently got a book out from the library on the various breeds, knew them all. He was particularly interested in the Scottish Fold kittens. Scottish Folds are so named because their ears fold over (and presumably they originate from Scotland.)

I have had a fondness for the breed ever since and so I’m delighted to introduce you to my favorite YouTube kitten video to make you smile on a slack off Friday.

BonkBonkBonkBonk is a ridiculous name.

But you will not find a cuter kitten

Her antics to the sound of some rock riff of the Sugar Plum Fairy is hilarious.

Now didn’t that make you smile?

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CathyP
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October 1, 2010 at 9:13 am

lol Alison ! I know the feeling – I once did a dog show because I have a beautiful dog and the breeder insisted we (well she) show him. Once was enough for me with those peeps. Love the dogs but need to take the people in small doses!
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Alison Golden October 1, 2010 at 10:39 am

Oh, interesting, Cathy. I thought it was just the cat fraternity.

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Minnesota Mamaleh October 1, 2010 at 1:01 pm

oh my! i don’t know if i’ll *ever* be the pet show type! although the people watching sounds quite up there on the worth-it scale!
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Alison Golden October 1, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Oh, you should definitely go. Just the once. For the experience. 🙂

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Mary E. Ulrich
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October 2, 2010 at 4:28 am

Okay, so do your boys have cats? Anything that would keep them interested for that long–plus getting books from the library must be special.

What a hoot! er, Meow!
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