Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, May 23, 2009

BOB Is Everywhere

Betty says,

"We take for granted that BOB stands for Best Of Breed. We all like to get BOB; I recall some new people asking about why everyone likes this BOB guy!

I shop at Safeway. A few weeks ago, I started seeing this sign with BOB repeated seven times in bold letters on catchy color paper. When I first saw it, I thought, this BOB guy must be very forgetful, or very overweight, and that the management was reminding him to walk around!

Then I saw the same sign on all checkout stations. There are way more lady checkers than guy checkers at Safeway, this could not be a reminder for this BOB guy!

Finally I asked what BOB meant. It's 'Bottom Of Basket'. The checkers are supposed to walk out of their stations to check on customers' carts and baskets.

BOB is certainly everywhere."

Friday, May 22, 2009

Kathy Knits Baby Sweaters

Our wonderful newsletter editor Kathy says,

"After years without knitting baby things, it's raining babies. There's still one sweaterin the works, but here are the first three. The pattern, a free downloadfrom Knitting Daily, is the Cabled Raglan Baby Sweater by Rebecca L.Daniels. The pattern called for baby alpaca, but for the sake of the parents I went with superwash merino, which is machine-washable and cooler. The yarnis self-striping, making for fun knitting and, hopefully, fun wearing. This is an easy pattern, and a terrific way to learn about sweater construction."

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Katianna Wins Specialty Best In Show

Katianna in her sitting pose.

Judge Allen judges English Angora in the specialty show, Casey writes. In the far right, Judge Keelyn judges French Angora in show B.

Even the building has AC, it's so hot that a fan is blowing behind the judge's table.

NCAG sponsored an Angora specialty show in conjunction with the all breed shows, judged by Allen. Specialty shows are usually done at the end of the day. By then, the temperature in the showroom was in the 90s. People changed into shorts and sandles and the fans are on in addition to the AC.

Katianna was awarded specialty BIS; BOB French Angora went to Menn family's white doe and BOB Satin Angora went to Oscar's white junior doe.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Caitlin And Her Proud Mom Jacquie

Caitlin won Best In Show with her Mini Lop in show B at Stockton last Saturday. She won the BOB in the youth Mini Lop National in late April and also won two BIS the same weekend. She won these shows with four different rabbits.

Mom Jacquie is very involved in the rabbit activities. She not only takes Caitlin to shows, she works as show superintendent and assistant secretary and whatever job that needs a volunteer. Jacquie is very proud of Caitlin and Caitlin is also very proud of her mom.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Katianna Wins All Breed Reserve In Show

Left to right: Betty with RIS winner English Angora doe Katianna, judge Joe and Julie with BIS winner solid black Havana.

Judge Joe turns Katianna over to check on her tummy during BIS judging.

The two winners in show B look quite familiar: they are the same two breeders that won in show A except that the Best In Show and Reserve In Show switched place. Betty's English Angora tort doe Katianna took Reserve while Julie's Havana, a different one from show A, took Best In Show in show B.

Betty and Julie certainly had a great day, look how happy they are in the pictures. They are also sort of neighbors, both live in the same general area of South Santa Clara County.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Katianna Wins All Breed Best In Show

Left to right, Betty with BIS winner English Angora Katianna, judge Leslie and Julie with RIS winner broken Havana doe.

Katianna relaxes in the coop while waiting for the BIS judging.

Judge Leslie picks the Best In Show and Reserve In Show rabbits.


This is not Paris Hilton saying her catch phrase; this is the description of the temperature on this show day. The day started in the morning in the 60s to 70s; then the temperature kept on climbing; by the time the show ended around 5 pm, the outside temperature was 105 degrees. The inside temperature, even with air-conditioning, was in the 90s because hot air coming in through some of the open doors when people packed to leave.

California Rabbit and Cavy Shows put on double open and double youth shows at Stockton. The original location was the Beef Barn; due to the weather forecast, the shows were moved to the air-conditioned building. Such move would set the club back at least a thousand dollars. Exhibitors appreciate it.

In show A, Betty's English Angora Chu's Katianna won all breed Best In Show and Julie's broken Havana doe took Reserve In Show. Judge Leslie did the picking.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Friends Are Forever

Samantha holding Katianna.

Left to right, Ruth D., Samatha with Katianna and Anna D.

Samantha writes for Ruth during her judging.

Samantha grew up in MN breeding and showing Holland Lop. She and Ruth and Anna were good friends and fellow exhibitors of Holland Lop. A few years ago Samantha moved to So. CA. When she heard that Ruth and Anna and their mom Susie were judging in Monterey, she flew to Monterey to visit.

Samantha wrote for Ruth during judging and English Angora fascinated her. Katianna got to take a picture with her and Anna and Ruth.

Friends are forever, no matter where they live.