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Portage cat show draws both pampered pets and stars

'He's not bravest' said LylFauble MinnesotPatches blue white British shorthair who was comfortable watching camerfrom inside his cage during Dunes

"He's not the bravest," said Lyla Fauble of Minnesota of Patches, a blue and white British shorthair who was comfortable watching a camera from inside his cage during the Dunes Cat Fancier cat show at Woodland Park in Portage, Ind. Saturday March 10, 2012. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: April 12, 2012 10:04AM



PORTAGE — Shirley Filipello has been showing cats for about 17 years now, and since the beginning, that included the show sponsored by the Dunes Cat Fanciers Cat Club.

“It was one of the first shows I came to because it was real close and they do a nice job,” Filipello, who lives in Crete, Ill., said Saturday during the show, at Woodland Park.

More than 100 cats representing a wide array of breeds — as well as household cats — took part in the show, which continues from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the park, 2100 Willowcreek Road. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and children ages 6 to 15, and free for children 5 and under. The family rate is $10 for up to five people.

The local cat club, which is affiliated with the American Cat Fanciers Association, has been putting cat shows on in the region since the early 1980s, and moved it to Woodland Park about 12 years ago, said Karly Chnupa, who is show manager with her mom, Juanita Chnupa. The two live in Portage.

The show draws cat owners from as far away as Florida and New Jersey, Chnupa said, adding the event draws hundreds of visitors over the weekend. It also includes an assortment of vendors, offering everything from cat beds and carriers to jewelry.

Because the show falls late in the cat show season, which ends in May, it draws a lot of high-ranking cats, as owners want to show them before the season ends, Chnupa said.

The show also is open to more than just pedigreed cats, which must meet breed standards; household cats are welcome as well.

“Everyone should be able to show a cat, so there’s a class for everyone,” Chnupa said.

Filipello, who admitted she has “more cats than I should,” brought two with her Saturday, a Balinese named Foxy that’s 9 months old, and a Balinese/Siamese mix, Harry Carey, that’s 14. Harry competed in the household category.

“A lot of people who show start with household (cats),” she said.



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