SAVE THE DATE! WORLD'S LARGEST GATHERING OF DOGS AND
AKC Meet the Breeds® comes early this year to the
Javits Center, September 28 & 29, 2013. New York City
is going to the dogs and cats once again when the American
Kennel Club® (AKC®) and The International Cat Association,
Inc. (TICA) join forces to host this Fifth Annual event.
AKC Meet the Breeds® showcase of dogs and cats offers
pet lovers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal
with some of the country's rarest dog and cat breeds.
So don't miss out on this spectacular event. For more
information on entering your breed booth for this spectacular
event, please contact your
Breed Chairperson or
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CHECK IT OUT!
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STAPLES OFFERS TICA BUSINESS DISCOUNT PROGRAM
A letter from Angel Richardson at Staples:
We would love for any members to lean on me for needs
in printing and copying. If you are new to this Staples
offering, you will need to contact me directly and provide
your own personal Rewards# you have currently with Staples
or I can create one for you. We would then link your Rewards#
to the TICA master so you can as well benefit from the pricing
structure. Each member will earn their own 10% back in Staples
cash on these purchases.
To offer this special program, we only require a certain
volume. To maintain that volume and share the great prices
with you, I am here to assist you with any awareness or
for projects and event assistance needed.
Don't lose out on saving your clubs printing and copying
expenses. Many of our production centers offer custom items
such as labels, clothing, mugs, pens, forms, signs, banners,
name tags, offset printing for high quality work on catalogs
with great price breaks. I do look forward to supporting
TICA in 2013. Please contact me for more information.
Angel Richardson (Senior Account Manager)
Staples Business Discount Program
Phone: 888-224-3684 Ext. 1196
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Elaine Zalewski from
Furry Agape Pet Therapy, in Grove City, Pennsylvania
presents seminars during lunch at cat shows. She discusses
cats as therapy pets and introduces everyone to her certified
therapy and service cat, Cocoa Marbles of Marbleglen.
Ms. Zalewski and Marbles have been working as a therapy
team for the past 5 years serving and conducting an average
of 25 animal-assisted therapy visits per month at numerous
nursing homes, personal care and assisted-living homes,
hospitals and day care programs throughout Northwestern
Pennsylvania. Elaine has taken more than 30 years of experience
in animal behavior and training to help those who can no
longer care for pets of their own through a meet and greet
visit with her cat, Marbles.
Ms. Zalewski and Marbles also travel extensively educating
the public on the variety of animals that can service not
only as therapy pets but also as service animals. In addition
to her work as a therapy cat, Marbles also serves Elaine
as her own service cat, helping Elaine maintain a healthy
blood sugar level.
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Francine Madison Hicks, Northeast (NE) Regional Director
I live in Maine, USA. The Region consists of 468 members
and 5-6 juniors. There are 9 clubs in the Region. For the
shows many raffles, Baskets and Bags of Joy consisting of
chocolates, wines, etc. are put together and designed for
both men and women.
I was a breeder of Italian Greyhounds and currently have
2 along with one African grey who loves to imitate all his
housemates. I also enjoy gardening, swimming, travel, hiking
and a whole lot of outdoor activities.
Rene Knapp, Southeast (SE) Judge
I live in sunny Florida. Clint and I went to our first
TICA cat show together (a long time ago) in Cape Cod. Friends
convinced us that we would love it. I showed a pretty little
HHPK blue lynx point rescue. The kitten didn't like being
shown and every time we checked, she was not in any finals.
Clint and I were very upset because exhibitors were not
happy with us because our cat was upsetting their cats.
We decided that it would be our last cat show. But the last
day and last ring of the day, she was put into a final (her
only one) by Steven Savant. We both were so proud of her
and looking at that rosette made us realize that, "it wasn't
so bad." We then decided we should get a cat who likes to
show. That was such a thrill, and it is one of the best
memories of my cat show journey.
This is why I am in the cat fancy today. It was a while
longer after that show before I decided to become a judge.
I asked to train with Steven and shared with him how he
changed my life because of that one ninth best HHPK. I have
never forgotten that kindness and I try to bring it with
me every time I judge.
Ana Ferreyra, South America Committee for Junior Exhibitors
I have loved felines since childhood and have always
had them around me in the house. I started to show one beautiful
white HHP LG, his name was Osiris, 12 years ago. Then I
went on to showing Siamese and Orientals, which I still
show. I breed Orientals and Siamese and someday perhaps
I would like to work with the Peterbald breed.
My hobbies include cooking, baking, and music. After
much work, I found some SA members who are interested in
the JE Program for their children. The juniors are joining
the program this month and will look forward to working
Dasha Marinets, Northwest Region Junior Exhibitor
I live in British Columbia, Canada, and I am at the Senior
Novice level of the JE program. I am 11 years old and have
had cats since the age of 4. I show Ragdolls and Kurilian
Bobtails (LH), and have shown the Abyssinian, the British
Shorthair, and the American Shorthair. The best thing about
showing cats is meeting people and seeing all the wonderful
cats. I want to be a judge one day in the cat fancy.
I have 2 dogs at home. I participate in rhythmic gymnastics
(16 hours a week) and I love school because of all my friends.
I also write poetry.
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"MOO" VING ON!
I have only been showing in TICA for a little over a
year, but have thoroughly enjoyed the numerous shows and
wonderful people that I have met.
I happen to show a cat that looks like a mini-cow. I
have a blast with the people coming up with names for my
HHP. So far we have about 15 names for him such as "Gateway",
"Eat More Chicken", "Pastor Ized" (which we don't use too
often as it may be offensive), "Milk Dud", etc. He is a
touch overweight and in one ring when the judge pulled him
out they said "Holy Cow". I laughed and said yup another
name for him!
His true name is "Kirby's Making a Difference". My father
had a saying when he was alive that if you can make a difference
in one person's life, you have made a difference. He has
made a difference in our lives obviously, but through showing
we constantly discuss with spectators the difference that
they can make in Spaying / Neutering and adopting cats that
would otherwise not have a wonderful home.
I would like to comment that the Mystical Moon Show was
absolutely awesome and hope that it will be remembered for
how successful it was run. How about the Bingo Queen? Awesome
activity to raise funds for JE dinners at their SE Regional
banquet. There was huge spectator participation at the fashion
show. The show was flawless (at least from my perspective)
and all should be commended for the countless volunteer
hours that went into putting on the show.
So, I recommend "Moo"ving on and Making a Difference
today ... let's all register for the next TICA show! By
the way ... if you see me at the next show, stop by, give
me a cow name, and I'll give you a box of Milk Duds :)
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