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Norwich Bulletin - 9/16/2007

Come Meet the Local Vendors

September 20 and 21, 2007, in the Holiday Inn Express ballroom, Helping Paws, under the rules and regulations of The International Cat Association, will host an allbreed cat show, open to the public from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

There will be about two hundred cats, dozens of different breeds, as well as household pets, all competing for rosettes, titles and international awards. Our twelve judges come from Seattle to Maine and lots of places in between.

Entry is $6 for an adult and $4 for seniors and kids twelve and under, but if you bring a donation of cat food for the rescue, you can take a dollar of your entry fee. You read about the Humane Society two weeks ago, the Savannah cats last week, and we also have some local vendors to tempt you with their wares.

Not Just Cats, owned an operated by Carl and Priscilla Eldridge of Mystic, offers a whole array of fun items. Cat purses, shirts and tees, beautiful platters, salt shakers and treat jars. Cat frames, address books, collectibles, and many more items too numerous to list, as well as every cat teaser imaginable.

Some are totally made for a Maine Coon type of cat, and others for felines that are fast and love to jump. There is something for everyone. The holidays are right around the corner and you can find a gift for your favorite cats or your cat loving friends, or better yet yourself!

Aruba Cats makes their home in Massachusetts and they are what we call a general vendor. Artie Mitchell specializes in feline furniture. Each piece is exquisitely made and comes with a lifetime guarantee. You can get a scratching post about twelve inches high or one over five feet tall with numerous beds and hiding places for your cats.

Artie is known in the cat world as having well made, dependable and safe cat furniture. There are also beds, all kinds, mats, carriers, bowls, shampoos, brushes, combs and all sorts of grooming supplies. Anything you might need, Artie will have or he will know where to get it. He also has the number one love of cats catnip!

I wrote an entire column on Tabbywalks and Bren Russo has decided to come to our show as a vendor for the first time! She is from Pennsylvania and so her one of a kind items are a rarity in this area. Her hand painted wine glasses, margarita sets, martini glasses and other glassware is a perfect gift for that hard to buy relative. She will also take special orders.

She has an upscale jewelry selection that includes dog breeds, cats, and semi precious gems. Many of her pieces are hand made and cannot be duplicated. There are also designer cat (and small dog) carriers that are on wheels, with the handle and wheels coming off so its the perfect travel carrier. It fits under your plane seat and yet you can attach the wheels when you are off the plane and not have to carry around your twelve pound furry friend!

Royal Canin is one of our main sponsors. They have donated money to help fund the show, as well as providing prizes for our best in show cats and kittens. They will be there to answer questions about nutrition and offer free samples of their products. This quality food is all you need for a well balanced diet for your cat or kitten (and they also have puppy and dog food too).

Pets Press, a Connecticut free paper whose subject matter is animals, will be there to offer their latest edition to the spectators.

And, we also have a local Reiki Master and Animal Communicator, who will not only be available to our exhibitors, but also to the general public. Bring pictures of your pet (it does not have to be a cat), and find out what your animal companion is telling you it needs.

And, if you have a sick or depressed animal, definitely come and learn how to relieve some of that pain and stress that both you and your pet may be suffering.

Please come and join us. Enjoy spending time looking at beautiful cats and then check out the different types of products we are able to offer you. And the bottom line is that you are attending a major fundraiser and helping homeless cats.

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