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1939 1952 1962
1973 1982 1992
2000 2011 2019
Taro's young brother, was born on 2 January 2000 His name was Kittycoonz Kumar Khan, normally called Kumar, an Indian word meaning Prince. He was a red classic tabby with white, pictured right when he was just three months old. He came to live with us at the beginning of April 2000 and while Taro is a typical 'laid back' Maine Coons, Kumar was not. He was always 'up front' and cheeky, living and loving life to the full.
During the evening of 22 March 2001 he had been asleep but woke up just before ten o'clock. He went over to Clive to 'ask' him to play. Clive threw his favourite toy and he chased it and brought it back to hide round the side of Clive's chair. Then Clive threw it again and he chased it and picked it up but instead of bringing it back he gasped and fell over and lay twitching. We rushed off immediately with him to see the all night vet but it was too late. She thought he had died within a few seconds from a heart attack.
He was such a loving kitten and wanted to be with someone all the time, even when
the window cleaner called he would follow him from window to window, rubbing up against
the inside glass while the outside was being washed. When we were out he sat in
the window to watch us come home and was always first to the door. He purred constantly
and would come up to you and 'talk' whenever he wanted something -
As a show cat his first show was at East Grinstead on 9 April 2000, where he won
his class and was awarded an 'Excellent One', followed in May by a show in Worthing
where he again won his class and an 'Excellent One' and also received a 'Nomination'
to the final stages -
In 2001, at the end of January, he went to the Cat of the Year show at Stevenage. It was his first show as an adult but he only came second in his class, winning an Excellent Two. The judge did however give him a glowing report but said he wasn't yet fully matured. We subsequently found that the cat that beat him was in the wrong class and would lose its certificate. Unfortunately the rules meant there was no retrospective award of first place to Kumar.
After this however he went to two shows, at Bognor Regis and East Grinstead, where each time he won his class and secured a CAP certificate towards the three he need to become a 'Premier'. He was just staring to grow to a size that would have rewarded his full show potential.