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July 2022 - Scotia Cat Fanciers show

I wasn't entered at this show, but was delighted to see that six Dushenka cats won certificates on the day.

- Olympian Bronze Imperial Grand MasterCat Mac did it again! He won his fifth Olympian certificate, Best in Colour and 1st in both his side classes too. I am just so proud of this handsome gentleman xxx
- Gr Pr Dushenka Vanda Blue-Orchid
won the Imperial certificate
- Gr Pr Dushenka Zelenka won the reserve Imperial certificate
-
Pr Dushenka Zelazny won the Grand Premier certificate
- Dushenka Blue Oberon won his first Premier cerrtificate
- Dushenka Honey-Blossom won her second Premier certificate

Special congratulations yet again to Laura's beautiful girl Gr Ch Lapochka Alyana-Lilly, who won her second Imperial certificate too x

Thank you all all my lovely kitten owners for showing their cats and for giving them just the very best homes too x


June 2022 - Herts & Middlesex/Kensington shows

Time to pack up the people-carrier again with four of us, and seven cats off to another double show, this one in teh Midlands, and yes it was another great day!

- UK & OBIGrCh Dushenka Rafael won his fourth Silver Olympian certificate in one show, and the reserve Olympian in the other, and was on sparkling, purry, cuddly form x
- Rafa's grandson, Dushenka Oskar Kokoschka, won Best of Breed in both shows, and was a disgracefully cute little flirt again too!
- Gr Pr Dushenka Zelenka won the Imperial certificate in both shows, clever girl x

Special congratulations again to Laura's beautiful girl, Rafa's granddaughter, Gr Ch Lapochka Alyana-Lilly, who won the Imperial, and reserve Imperial certificates, Best of Breed in both shows, Best Section 4 Adult and Best in Show Section 4 Exhibit in the Kensington show!



28 May 2022 - Durham / Northern Counties shows, South Shields

Just me, Laura, Amara and five cats at this double show in the north east of England, and another great day!

- UK & OBIGrCh Dushenka Rafael won his third Silver Olympian certificate in one show, and the reserve Olympian in the other, against really good competition too, and was his usual adorable teddy-bearish self x
- Rafa's grandson, Dushenka Oskar Kokoschka, made his show debut, winning Best of Breed in both shows, and had an absolute whale of a time, making up to everyone he could get his little paws on
- IGMC Mac won both his BIC awards, a reserve Olympian and 1st in all his side classes, clever, handsome boy

Special congratulations again to Laura's beautiful girl, Rafa's granddaughter, Grand Champion Lapochka Alyana-Lilly, who won the Grand Challenge certificate in both shows and her new title, plus a red card day in the Northern Counties - 1st in each of her classes, and Best of Breed too!

My sweet Viola was there too, cheering on her dad and son, and practising her favourite yoga poses!

14 May 2022 - Nor'East of Scotland Cat Club show, Perth

What a day we had at this show! There were thirteen Dushenka cats and two more with a Dushenka mother at the show, and the whole day was just a glorious, big, happy family reunion, with other Dushenka owners also just coming along to visit and catch up with everyone. We had some pretty fantastic show results too! Congratulations to all our winners on the day:

- UK & OBIGrCh Dushenka Rafael had another lovely day, winning the reserve Olympian certificate, getting loads of cuddles, and seeing more good wins for his eight children, granddaughter and three great-grandchildren :)

Special congratulations go to his three daughters from his first-ever litter, who between them received five nominations for BIS!
- IGr Ch Dushenka Viola Heartsease won her first Olympian certificate, Best of Breed, was nominated for BIS by two different judges and was Best Section 4 Adult, then Best in Show Section 4 Exhibit!
- Gr Pr Dushenka Vanda Blue-Orchid won her second Imperial certificate, was nominated for BIS by two different judges and won Best of Variety Section 4 Neuter
- Gr Pr Dushenka Veronica Speedwell won two 1st prizes and was also nominated for BIS!

Their younger relatives also had a good day:
- Gr Pr Dushenka Zelenka won the reserve Imperial
- Dushenka Delukiel won his second Challenge certificate, gorgeous boy
- Gr Ch Dushenka Hollyhock won her second Imperial certificate
- IGMC Mac was able to enter two shows on the day as a pedigree pet, and won both Olympian certificates and Best in Colour in both his shows, and as usual rolled around for tummy-tickles all day!

Roger, Loki, Robin, Obi and Honey
all achieved some excellent placings too, in some strong competition.

Special congratulations to Jack's daughter and Rafa's granddaughter, Champion Lapochka Alyana-Lilly, who won her first Grand Challenge certificate and was nominated for best in show by three different judges! Lilly is owned and bred by Laura Still of Lapochka Russian Blues. Congratulations also to Jack and NJ's son Makima Water Sapphire, who won his second Premier Certificate and Best of Breed in an amazing line-up of 12 Russian Blue neuters. Harald is owned and bred by Margaret Mather of Makima Abyssinians and Russian Blues.


Thank you again to all our proud kitten-owners: Laura and Amara; Caryl; Margaret; Heather; Linda; Karen; and Lauren and Shelley - love you all!


2 April 2022 - Shorthair & All Breed Cat Club of Scotland show, Glenrothes

This was the first GCCF show in Scotland in over 2 years and I was so proud to see nine Dushenka cats and two more with a Dushenka mother at the show, with some great wins between them. Congratulations to all our winners on the day:

- UK & OBIGrCh Dushenka Rafael had another lovely day, winning the Olympian certificate, getting loads of cuddles, and seeing more good wins for his son, three daughters, granddaughter and two great-granddaughters :)
- Gr Pr Dushenka Vanda Blue-Orchid won her first Imperial certificate, Best of Breed out of 10 neuters, Best of Variety Section 4 Neuter and Best in Show Section 4 Exhibit!
- Gr Ch Dushenka Hollyhock won her first Imperial certificate
- Gr Pr Dushenka Veronica Speedwell won the reserve Imperial
- Pr Dushenka Zelazny won his first Grand certificate
- Dushenka Honey-Blossom won her first Premier certificate on her show debut
- IGMC Mac won his second Olympian certificate and Best in Colour again, and as always had the very best of times!

Special congratulations to Jack's daughter and Rafa's granddaughter, Champion Lapochka Alyana-Lilly, who won her qualifying Challenge certificate at just 11 months old. Lilly is owned and bred by Laura Still of Lapochka Russian Blues. Congratulations also to Jack and NJ's son Makima Water Sapphire, who won his first Premier Certificate on his show debut. Harald is owned and bred by Margaret Mather of Makima Abyssinians and Russian Blues.

Zizi and Obi were both there too, looking as lovely as ever x With thanks again to Laura, Caryl and Heather for bringing their Dushenka cats to the show.

Special congratulations also go to our family connections competing in a show in W Australia the following day, these cats owned and bred by Corinne Page of Bluebebop Russians. This included Bowie's mother Sadie, who qualified as an Emerald Double Grand Champion; and Jack's daughter Bliss who qualified as a Sapphire Grand Champion, and his son Dennis who won a Best Entire cat in Show, making it a grand total of six Jack-babies who won during this weekend!

 


12 March 2022 - Lancashire show

Another great day, with me, Laura and Caryl taking the same five cats as at our previous show. Congratulations to all our winners on the day:

- UK & OBIGrCh Dushenka Rafael had another lovely day, winning the reserve Olympian certificate, eating three tins of his favourite chicken, and seeing more good wins for his daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter :)
Caryl's girls both had another great day:
- Grand Premier Dushenka Zelenka won her first Imperial certificate at her first try - ZiZi was definitely channelling her daddy Rafa today!
- Grand Champion Dushenka Hollyhock won her third Grand certificate and new title - Holly is Rafa's great-granddaughter and Big Jack's first kitten to win a GCCF grand title
And Laura's cats did well again too:
- Lapochka Alyana-Lilly
, won her second Challenge certificate and Best of Breed in a lovely line-up of adults, including her own grandfather Rafa!
- IGMC Mac won Best in Colour again, and as usual had the very best of times!

 


5 February 2022 - Shropshire show

Our first show of 2022, and what a great day we had! I just took the one cat, and Laura & Amara, and Caryl took two each. Huge congratulations to all our winners on the day:

- UK & OBIGrCh Dushenka Rafael had a lovely day, winning his first Silver Olympian certificate, Best of Breed, and 1st in both his side classes. So very proud of my big cuddly lump! Rafa also saw good wins for his daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter :)
Caryl's girls both had a great day:
- Grand Premier Dushenka Zelenka won her third Grand certificate, her new title, and Best of Breed - ZiZi is Rafa's daughter
- Ch Dushenka Hollyhock won her second Grand certificate - Holly is Rafa's great-granddaughter and Big Jack's daughter
And Laura and Amara had a fabulous day with their two cats too! Huge congratulations on the first Lapochka certificate to Laura and Lapochka Alyana-Lilly, just 9 months old.
But the wins that had me in total happy-tears were for Mac:
- Imperial Grand MasterCat Mac who won everything!! 'Everything' being his fifth Imperial certificate, his new title, Best in Colour, 1st in both his side classes, Best Pedigree Pet .... and Overall Best in Show Pet! I am beyond proud of this sweet boy, competing purely on temperament and condition and winning over the hearts of the pet judges against the most amazing competition x


1 January 2022 - Happy New Year!

With special hugs to all my wonderful kitten owners and their beloved pets x


Looking back over 2021

Even though there were only three show days for us last year it was still a great show year for Dushenka cats who won 6 new titles; 22 certificates; and 5 best in show/best of variety wins.
Special congratulations again to my new title holders:

- UK & Olympian Bronze IGrCh Dushenka Rafael
- Imperial Grand Champion Dushenka Viola Heartsease
- Grand Premier Dushenka Veronica Speedwell (Veronica also won her first Imperial certificate)
- Pr Dushenka Zelenka
(Zizi also won her first two grand certificates)
- Champion Dushenka Hollyhock (Holly also won her first Grand certificate)
-
Champion Bluebebop Blackstar Bowie


Congratulations also to Dushenka Delukiel who won his first Challenge Certificate at his first try and GMC Mac who won 4 Imperial certificates, clever boys!

Many thanks to Laura, Caryl, Amara, Karen and Darren for showing their lovely cats so well, giving them the perfect homes and also helping me so much x

2021 was another hard year in so many ways, but hardest of all for me was losing Xander, my 'heart and soul' cat, my very best boy, and proud ancestor of all my cats and kittens. My heart aches for him. He would always sit at the side of my keyboard when I was updating my website, purring away happily, resting one paw delicately on my hand, leaving it there even as I typed. The gap he leaves is enormous.