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Looking Back; Looking Forward

The show season is finished — a new season begins. And kitten season is in full flood. It is an exciting time in the cat fancy. The big winners of the season past have a lot on their plate from ordering show photos for awards booklets and to buying fancy duds for the banquets. At the regional and national levels, committees are preparing trophies, booking hotel ballrooms, deciding on menus. Some exhibitors hunting for the last few points to finish off a Grand, or primping a promising kitten for the shows… and some are already making plans for their NEXT campaign. Some exhibitors have reached the heights, their goals fulfilled. Some didn’t quite make it — not because their cats were not deserving, but just because of circumstances… low count shows, a hiccup on the campaign trail, or an unexpected illness.

Looking Back

If you have had a great season, looking back with enjoyment and satisfaction is easy — and a joy. If you have not met your goals, looking back it may have seemed a waste of your time and money and emotions — just disappointments and bitterness — but wait. Weren’t there things you gained from even an unsuccessful show campaign?

  • The Judges: You probably know more about the judges. Which ones loved your cat. Which ones didn’t. Which ones you might give another try. Perhaps a judge you will try to avoid in the future. You have information that will help you during your next campaign.
  • Competitors: Did you learn more about your competitors? Did you make a new friend or two? Did you help someone when they needed it?
  • Socializing: Even the most disappointing show campaign still includes good times shared with friends. Dinners. Laughter. Interesting conversations. Take time to remember the good times (not just the missed finals).
  • Grooming: Perhaps you picked up a special tip about how to groom your cat better. This is something that will benefit you and you cats for years to come.
  • Self-Confidence: Did you overcome a new challenge during the campaign? A flat tire? Hotel mix-up? A night spent in an airport when a flight was delayed? Take pride in you ability to handle the unexpected problem.

Looking Forward

Now look forward to the new season. It is always an exciting. You have a clean slate… now go write on it.

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* Dr. Evil speaking about his cat, from the film “Austin Powers”.

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