CFAs Best Siamese & 15th Best Cat 1998-99
GL Regions 2nd Best Cat 1998-99
1995-96, I showed a lilac point female named Thaifong
Spirit Song to Best Siamese and 30th Best Cat in CFA.
Due to her frequent heat cycles, Mousey needed time out
to be bred halfway through the show season. Had she been
shown throughout the year, she just might have gone on to
achieve a top 25 national win. But she almost certainly
would not have produced her daughter who in the 1999 show
season was CFAs Best Siamese and 15th Best Cat...
GC, NW Thaifong Dancin' in the Dark.
was the lone female in a litter of five sired by GC Rocee's
Stiletto of Thaifong (bred by Staci Miller). Although
the litter was exceptionally healthy and even in quality,
the kittens were rather ordinary in type early on.
order to keep numbers down, I made the decision to let
the litter go as pets. Fortunately boys were the flavor
of the month and while her brothers found loving pet homes,
Dancer stuck around.
she matured, I began to see little flashes of what she
might become. I put off selling her, thinking I might
try showing her in premiership.
one day, when she was about seven months old, I picked
her up and stretched her. She turned her head and looked
at me, and I got shivers all over. The duckling had matured
into a swan.
her first show (as an open) she took Best of Breed in
all but one ring and made an allbreed final against many
of the top campaign cats of the season. When I thanked
judge Liz Watson for the unexpected win, she told me how
wonderful she thought Dancer was, saying, "You look
at her and she's everything you want a Siamese to be."
went on to grand in two shows with points to spare. I
took her to a few local shows for fun, but it was too
late in the season to run her for any awards.
the start of the new season, she was almost a year old
and I made plans to breed her as soon as she came into
heat. When she didn't come into season by May I entered her in a
did so well that I decided to try running her over the
summer to try for a quick regional win. By the end of
August she had accumulated enough points for the regional,
and I was being encouraged to try for bigger things.
talked me into going to National Capital. It was my first
trip to"Nasty Cap" and I was scared to death.
I honestly thought people were wondering who the heck
I thought I was and I expected to fall flat on my face.
Then I pulled Dancer out of her carrier and she turned
and looked at me giving me her guaranteed to produce goose
bumps I own the world look. I knew it would
be all right. Seven out of eight finals including three
allbreed Best Cat wins, Best Shorthair in Show and 2nd
Best Cat in Show to the future Cat of the Year were more
than all right."
Larry Adkison remarjed during his final, "She gives
me chills." I cried all the way home.
had never aspired to a national win as I had always felt
that such a win would be well beyond my energy and resources.
Now there could be no turning back.
made the decision to show her as best I could. Initially
nicknamed "The Impossible Dream," the campaign
soon became known as "With a Little Help From My
Friends." I could never have achieved my goal without
the overwhelming support I received from friends, fellow
breeders and judges.
will always be grateful to each and every person who helped
in any way, large or small. The warmth and generosity
touched my heart and reaffirmed my feelings about what
is good in the cat fancy.
Dancer did extremely well with fairly limited showing.
She was shown an average of twice a month and we drove
to all but one of her shows. She was Best in Show ten
times and Best Cat in 59 rings.
virtually every Siamese breeder judge who handled her
gave her Best Cat at one time or another.
picked up points steadily and by March I knew she had
enough points to stay in the national standings. We were
then able to slow the pace and even attended a couple
of smaller shows for fun.
always had it in the back of my mind that if she started
having frequent heats she would be pulled and bred, no
matter what her standing.
Dancer cooperated and only cycled three times during the
entire show season.
is a regal and elegant cat, with captivating deep blue
eyes, a dramatic wedge and superb color contrast.
her mother, Dancer defied the norm for Siamese and continued
to improve with age. At eight months she was black and
white and although she did eventually develop a bit of
shading as she got older, it was very subtle.
the end of the season she was holding her own in class
against cats more than a full year younger. Donna Davis
had judged her in September and made her best cat. In
March she saw her again and brought tears to my eyes when
she again made her best, stating "Nothing has changed!"
went on to explain how rare it is to find a Siamese holding
color and type so well at close to two years of age.
In fact, Dancer
would be featured on the cover of the CFA Almanac and
her photo was used to illustrate the official Siamese
Breed pamplet for CFA in 2002 (left) and on the cover of The Cat Fanciers' Association Complete Cat Book (below).
was a great traveler, enduring long drives without complaint.
She especially enjoyed the motel stays with all the extra
learned early on in the season that she expected me to
order prime rib at dinner on Saturday nights so she could
finish off the leftovers.
the show hall she would jump down from the grooming table
and root around in the show bag looking for her treats.
was always a princess and it did not take her long to
decide that she was above juvenile feather antics on the
judging table (much to the frustration of some judges).
was an emotional roller coaster of a year, but the memories
will last a lifetime.
GC, BW, NW Thaifong Dancin' in
Seal Point Siamese Female 0273-1164443
Born May 25, 1997
Rocee's Stiletto of Thaifong
RW Rocee's Sabino
CSA's Tadley of Rocee
Chocolate Point 0270-830292
Rocee's Avra, DM
Seal Point 0273-791874
Sydney Dundee of Rocee
Seal Point 0272-791873
Rocee's Rietta, DM
Seal Point 0273-626143
BW, RW Thaifong Spirit Song, DM
Samcari Spirit Dancer of Thaifong
Begbie's Mister Magoo
Lilac Point 0274-812104
Samcari's Oh Vannah, DM
Seal Point 0273-668448
Gicomel Tan-Django of Thaifong
Chocolate Point 0270-509790
Bojen Mocarra of Thaifong
Chocolate Point 0271-523001
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