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Cat fanciers gearing up for annual Towson show


Check out the Ragdolls, Siamese, Maine Coons, household pets and all-breeds when the Black Eyed Susan Cat Fanciers of Maryland hold their 1992 Southeast Regional Show July 4 and 5 at the Towson Sheraton on Dulaney Valley Road in Towson.

Lee Brown, Siamese fancier, club member and on the club's show committee, reports that the show hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and will include judging in five rings simultaneously each day.

Pedigree cats are judged according to a standard of perfection for their breeds while the household pet cat will be judged on health, personality and overall appearance, she says.

The club, affiliated with American Cat Fanciers Association, has some 20 members throughout Maryland. The club also holds an annual show in Annapolis each February.

"We have regular meetings monthly and also social gatherings. And we welcome anyone interested," says Mrs. Brown.

She and her husband Larry live in Annapolis, and he is treasurer of the club. "We love cats and always had them, but in 1990 we bought our first show cat named Rosecat [the cattery name] Milk BTC N'Honey. We showed her one year, then bred her and she will be at this show along with one of the kittens, Pulitzerprize [the Browns' cattery name] The Yearling. He is age 7 months and is a beautiful blue point Siamese," says Mrs. Brown, who is the administrative assistant at Eastport International, which is famous for its ROV (remotely operated vehicle, used for exploration in the ocean). Mr. Brown is an electrical engineer working with the Navy's research and development lab in Annapolis.

The Black Eyed Susan club meets each month and its purpose, says Mrs. Brown, is to promote cats. The money the group makes goes to feline charities.

Anyone who would like details of the club or show information should call Mrs. or Mr. Brown at (410) 757-1457 after 5 p.m.

Admission to the show is $5 general and $4 for children 12 and under and seniors 55 and over. Those who bring a canned food item for a cat will receive $1 off admission price. The food will be donated to local cat shelters.

Nineteen specialty vendors will offer all manner of items for cats, from designer furniture to fantastic toys and clothes, jewelry and even gift for the owners.

Also at the cat show, the local Callie Cat Adoptions, a group of volunteers who work to place homeless cats and kittens into permanent homes, will have a table with handmade cat toys, beds and dolls and other feline finery, plus literature available with photographs of cats awaiting adoption.

The number for Callie Cats is 426-1423 or 488-4493.

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