siblings were chocolate (my favorite color), but I decided
to keep the tiny lilac because she had intense blue eye
color, a straight profile and the best overall balance.
Those qualities aside, she was a late bloomer and didn't
show promise early on. She was just a small white mousy
thing, hence her nickname.
the little mouse was five and a half months old, I decided
to take her to a show. I entered her in a Long Island show
along with a young seal point male I was showing. The week
before the show, I started picking her up and stretching
her, getting her used to the routine
It was then I
noticed what a pretty cat she was developing into and I
began to get excited. At that first show, she made four
finals including two best kitten wins. I took her to three
more kitten shows, and she was highest scoring at two of
them. I then began planning where to take her for her first
show as a champion. There was wonderful lineup of judges
at a Rochester show in April and I was able to get her winners
ribbons the weekend before. And then - crisis! During the
week between shows she managed to hurt her tail and had
a bump at the end. Sadly, I kept her home, waiting for the
swelling to go down. Finally, when she was back in shape,
we went to a show in Toronto where she was my first one
had never had a young grand out at the beginning of a new
show season, and I thought it might be fun to show a bit
and see how things went. With a bit of luck, I hoped she
could get a national color win or perhaps a regional award.
Despite going head to head most weekends with a striking
young seal point male named Raffles, she picked up points
consistently through May and June. Then, in July, we had
another crisis. Mousey had been in heat a couple of times
at around eight months of age and then stopped. As it turned
out, the reason she had stopped was because she was having
a false pregnancy. Before I knew it, she had milk come in.
Lots of milk! I agonized over whether to show a cat in less
than optimum condition, but in the end I kept her out because
she continued to final. At that point I didn't think we'd
get a 100 rings in, so any points gained could be kept.
the end of July, her body came back into condition and,
you guessed it, another crisis. I had given her a post show
bath and she had a reaction to the shampoo. In one night
she managed to scratch patches of hair out of her face and
neck. I began to call her my "incident prone"
cat. More agonizing
I took her to a show and then
decided not to put her in the rings. A friend talked me
into at least trying her in the first ring, and when she
took Best of Breed and finalled, I decided to go head and
show her. Ultimately she had her lowest ring point averages
during those August shows, but she still picked up some
points. We were closing in on that magical number that we
felt would assure a regional win.
September everything had fallen into place. The body was
lean and hard and her coat was back in condition. But unfortunately
by then she was cycling again - one week on and one week
off. I took her to two more shows where she did very well
-- including five Best Cats and highest scoring cat in Schenectady
-- then pulled her to breed her. She had well over enough
points to secure a spot in the top 25 regionally and a good
chance at hanging on to a national color win. I was pleased
with that and figured that the season was still young and
other Siamese would be out running for the national breed
the New Year came and Mousey was still best Siamese with
less than 100 rings, I decided to take her out for another
show or two. The breeding had not been successful (that
was another whole story; and we would try again). She had
improved with maturity. and I felt she looked better than
ever. We tested the waters at a local show. When she finalled
in all six rings including two bests, I figured we were
off and running. Except my work schedule prevented me from
attending another show for over a month. Other cats were
out showing and were close to passing her in the standings.
It didn't look too hopeful. We were finally able to get
serious again in March. She had good shows almost every
weekend throughout the remainder of the season. And by some
miracle she had no more incidents. She even held off going
into heat until after her last show in April.
aside, the Mouse was a joy to show. She was not an extreme
Siamese, but she was pretty, totally balanced and extremely
difficult to fault. She was also a very sweet cat, putting
up with weekend after weekend of "midnight runs"
to shows where we would leave in the wee hours of Saturday
morning to drive six or more hours to a show. Even after
a night of confinement in a carrier, she would hit the first
ring Saturday morning chattering away and in the mood to
thanks to Sammie Iago for Spirit Dancer without whom there
would have been no Mousey. Thanks to the friends who encouraged
me to take her back out and go for it, and to the judges
who appreciated her beauty and balance. Most of all, thanks
to Mousey for making my dreams come true.
went on to produce many fine litters. Her daughter, GC,
BW, NW Thaifong Dancin' in the Dark, was Best Siamese
nationally for the 1998-99 show season. Dancer's brother,
Broken Arrow, was never shown but produced six grands in
his first year of breeding.
other grands are Spirit in the Night (seal point female),
Starry, Starry Night (seal point male), Straight From the
Heart (lilac point female), Never Surrender! (seal point
neuter) and If I Can't Have You... (seal point male). The
latter two cats are litter brothers from Mousey's last litter.
They granded at the same show on the same day thus making
Spirit Song a DM with six qualifying grand offspring.
March 2000, Mousey became ill while carrying her last litter.
blood work showed an elevated white count and we suspected
a reoccurrence of the low-grade uterine infection that had
plagued her over the years. With intense supportive care,
Mousey delivered a litter of four healthy kittens in April.
She appeared well again and nursed the kittens until weaning
we discovered the tumor which a biopsy confirmed as cancerous. Mousey was spayed and the tumor
was removed but she never really recovered from the surgery. After several months of heartbreak and supportive care, I made the extremely painful decision to let her
still miss her every day but her legacy lives on in her
descendents who grace my home and the show rings.
BW, RW Thaifong Spirit Song, DM
Lilac Point Siamese Female 0275-959082
Samcari Spirit Dancer of Thaifong
Begbie's Mister Magoo
CSA's Telstar Of Begbie
Tosha Of Begbie
Samcari's Oh Vannah, DM
Gicomel Tan-Django of Thaifong
CH K-M'Ling Tanay Of Thaifong
Miss Billi B. Packer
Bojen Mocarra of Thaifong
Singa Calypso Of Fentra
Angkor Rose Kiliki Of Bojen
Music: Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler