The title Distiguished Merit is the most coveted title a Cat can earn in CFA. To qualify for the award a female cat must have five qualifying off-spring that have attained the title Grand Champion and/or Grand Premier and/or Distinguished Merit. A male cat must sire 15 qualifying off-spring that have attained the title Grand Champion and/or Grand Premier and/or Distiguished Merit.
CH, GP Wyndcreste Beloved, DM was born January 30, 1997 to GC Shadedknoll Sterling and CH Wyndcreste Liberty. She was the only female in a litter of three beautiful Chinchilla kittens. The two boys (Quince and Dante) were placed together as pets and are still being spoiled rotten by their doting dad in the city of San Francisco. However, at four months of age, those beautiful kittens changed. Their noses appeared fox like; beautiful blue eyes turned tobacco brown and those once tiny ears towered on their heads. I was so disappointed, as I wanted to show them.
I showed Lovey when she was about one year old, but split winners ribbons. Then romance bloomed and it was her time for motherhood. Bred to CH Limeridge Starry Nights, Lovey gave birth to two beautiful boys in her first litter, GC Wyndcreste Intrigue and Wyndcreste Disney. Intrigue, a flashy Chinchilla, had one of the flattest silver faces anyone had seen at the time. At age three, she found romance again with her 'husband,' CH Limeridge Starry Nights. Together they produced several beautiful Chinchilla and Shaded kittens.
I showed Lovey again in the summer of 2000 and she picked up the rest of the winners ribbons. I took her out again that winter and to my surprise she defeated a couple of Grands to win Best of Breed (BOB) in one ring and Best Allbreed (AB) and Best Long Hair (LH) Champion. She is more traditional in look but often placed over more extreme cats because of her balance, boning and gorgeous chinchilla coat. One judge remarked that she was the "chinniest" chin she had ever seen. Motherhood interrupted finishing her Grand.
She was spayed at eight years of age after losing her last litter prematurely. She was always an excellent, albeit, ferocious mother, zealously guarding her babies. She always let me know when it was 'time' and easily delivered each litter. She even produced milk a few months after she was spayed and happily nursed another mother's kittens with glee!
That fall, after being spayed, she competed in premiership where she quickly Granded. Even though I showed her only intermittently over the years, Lovey stood proudly on the judge's table for everyone to admire her. She even turned in anticipation for the judge to lift her from the cage, which really impressed Judge Joan Miller at one show. She was a diva on the judge's table; confidently earning more than one Best Cat in Premiership.
At home, she is the 'Grande Dame' of the household. She rules everyone with a firm paw, making sure the young mothers are cleaning the faces of their kittens well enough to pass her inspection. She routinely carries about a toy and then drops it at her feet and starts calling out to any young kittens, as if beckoning them to class to learn how to 'hunt.' She passed the baton to her daughter, GC Wyndcreste Ritzy Bitzy. Now Lovey prefers to "catch" my underwear if left about carelessly. There is nothing more embarrassing than to come home to find one's undergarments in the middle of the living room or dining room! It is even funnier to see my lacy black bra trailing between Lovey's legs as she waddles away with her 'catch.'
Lovey sleeps on a pillow beside my head nearly every night and is not averse to chasing off impudent kittens vying for the same spot. I am so proud of my beautiful Lovey Dovey and yes, I am at her beck and call.