|Finn and his littermates explore the uses of toilet paper|
|Baron and Finn after a kitten final|
As Baron matured, he changed personalities. He tired of showing, especially riding in the car after dark and never grew into a lap cat. Although he achieved success in the show hall, his ear set became a challenge. Ideally, the Maine Coon's ears should be set up on their heads, at about 11 and 1 o'clock. Baron's spread out too much. Still, he earned the title of Grand Premier in CFA and Supreme Grand Champion Alter and Regional Winner in TICA. Finn achieved the same titles in CFA and TICA as well as in CFF, a third, smaller cat association. As he matured, his personality also flip-flopped from his youth. He became eternally patient and tolerant. A good thing because Finn also grew an enormous, deep red coat that required a lot of care to keep it in show condition. Finn's mane demanded that Tereasa keep a bib on him at shows except while being judged as it always got caught in his mouth when he felt compelled to groom over what his owner had just done. The bib protected his mane from becoming a wet mass. As adults, Baron and Finn could not have looked more different, their breed and color being their only commonality. Baron looked more like his mother and Finn looked more his father, Bugger, but with shorter ears and more coat. We often remarked on how a Persian must have snuck into the house.
|Finn and his fur coat|
|Tereasa at the Regional Awards Banquet this past weekend|