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Janet Rowse and 'Just a Dream' with rosettes
Janet Rowse and 'Just a Dream' with rosettes

There’s no disputing Beba is top cat after she won four awards at the Exotic Cat Society’s 14th Championship Show.

You may recognise her breed, but you might not quite be able to put your finger on where from. Just A dream – or Beba for short – is a Chinchilla cat, a breed featured as the pet of James Bond villain Blofeld.

Beba was named Best Adult Longhair amongst four awards she scooped at the show in Tydd St Giles.

It wass one of many championships which she has been entered into by owner Janet Rouse from Lutton.

Janet was over the moon to see her win. She said: “To see her held up at the end by the judges as the best in show was amazing – I was so choked up.

“She is a beautiful little girl who I had imported from Germany and she has exquisite green eyes.”

Beba, who is four-and-a- half years old, is one of many cats Janet has put into shows over several years.

Janet, who is a retired police officer, said: “I absolutely love animals and I am passionate about the breed.

“It’s sad, because cats of the Chinchilla breed are disappearing, but I hope that those who are involved in the shows now will still be breeding them for many years to come – we need new people otherwise these cats will die out.”

Janet began running a kennels and cattery business after she retired, which helped her with her love of animals, before she saw an advert for a Chinchilla and put her in for a competition, where she came fifth.

She went to more competitions as a judge’s steward where she learnt all that she needed to know about the winning formula for her cats.

She said: “One judge I worked with bred the cat that went on to become the cat in the James Bond film.

“I learnt a lot from her, but it’s also about listening to what the judges look out for, such as clean eyes and a good coat.

“Temperament is also very important. If a cat won’t come out of its pen, it isn’t going to be very good.”

Janet and her cats have won several titles at past shows, including best of variety as well as many show champion awards at large shows at Birmingham NEC and in Doncaster.

She said: “The show in Tydd St Giles was lovely. It was so great!

“It’s the first show I have done in a while and I really enjoyed it. The organisers should be proud.”