Look who we met and photographed… Chester, the baby grey Scottish Fold cat! He made the news earlier this year for disappearing before an Air Canada cargo flight, and turning up a month later.
The Scottish Fold community has been helping Chester’s owner ever since he first went missing. Fortunately, he’s back safe and sound, and in great health.
Chester was participating in the TICA cat show in White Rock, British Columbia. We came by to meet him, and take these big-eyed photos!
This celebrity kitten is as sweet and soft as you’d expect. I wonder what happened to Chester during the month that he was missing.
His owner, Amanda Stewart, was reluctant to have Chester’s breeder send him from Montreal to Vancouver via Air Canada cargo. Unfortunately, her fears were justified… He was dropped off at Montreal Airport on May 21, 2014 at 10am. At 12 noon his cage was empty.
After a month of searching and frustration, Amanda finally heard the incredible news: the earless cat came back!
Air Canada Live Cargo found the grey kitten alive but thin in the airfield of Montreal Airport, exactly 4 weeks to the day he was lost.
The vet checked him out, and despite the lost weight, Chester was healthy and calm.
Once he got a clean bill of health, an Air Canada employee flew him to Vancouver in first class, and Chester got to sit on her knee like a little prince. He arrived at his new and final home on June 27th 2014.
I wish my fold, Basil, could ask Chester what happened! I’m dubious that Chester was able to survive on rainwater and moths for a month… Scottish Folds aren’t exactly the aggressive hunter types, especially kittens. They’re also so gentle and trusting, and wouldn’t hide from people (especially if there was food being put out).
My theory is that someone found and ‘borrowed’ him for a bit… but we’ll never know. The important thing is he’s back and happy.
How cute is Chester, on the cat show judging table? He was the only Fold so he took part in the general cat breed category.
The judge checked his big eyes, tiny ears and body! So sweet.
Chester’s “sister” Abby also took part in the cat show. (on the left)
Abby is a British Shorthair brown mackerel tabby.
Her lovely coloring and temperament earned her high marks.
She took home quite a few awards, including first place wins!
It was a lot of fun to see a cat show. So many different breeds – tailless, hairless, big and small — all treated like royalty by their doting owners.
There were a few British Shorthairs there (many Scottish Folds are cross-bred with this breed, including Basil Farrow).
They’re so kind and well-raised, these cats will never scratch!
It was lovely to meet Abby, Chester and Amanda! Their story has a happy ending, but it illustrates the dangers and discomforts of flying pets in cargo… We all hope that pet owners will consider other, safer alternatives to transporting cats and dogs.
You can see more adorable photos of this lost-and-found grey kitten, on Chester’s Facebook page
I often get asked the question: “What digital camera do you use to shoot photos on La Carmina blog?” Right now, the answer is the Sony Alpha 7, a mirrorless DSLR camera. I just got it (it came out in late 2013), and tested it out on my favorite plus-sized fashion model… Basil Farrow!
I got the Sony a7 body along with the kit lens, a 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6.
So far, I’m very happy with the camera functions. The shutter speed works well, and images turn out great in difficult lighting including backlit situations.
My Scottish Fold cat in motion. The auto white balance is better than my previous Sony DSLR.
Since the mirrorless camera has a body half the size of regular DSLRs, it is much lighter and easier to carry. That’s a “wahh!”
At the same time, it’s a full frame DSLR that uses interchangeable lenses – so you get top quality images.
Even though it’s just a kit lens, the images are very sharp. You can see all the hairs on Basil’s furry coat!
There is depth of field blur at the lowest f-stop. I usually shoot in aperture mode.
Proof of Basil’s athleticism.
My review of the Sony a7: so far, great for portraits. Eyes turn out nicely.
Lick, lick! All images here shot on the Sony Alpha 7.
It’s a good thing Basil enjoys posing for photos, even when he’s upside down.
Mirrorless cameras are ideal for people who travel a lot, like me.
So far, there’s nothing to complain about – it’s an excellent camera.
The only angry-face goes to the short battery life. However, if you get a separate external battery charger, this speeds up the process and is easier to use than the USB charge that they provide.
I also put the Sony a7 on Airplane Mode in an attempt to keep the battery running for longer.
Still lots of experimenting to do, but since I was using a Sony DSLR before (a700), the functions are intuitive.
Some people said that the color balances tends towards the blue/green side, but I actually prefer that.
Love the bokeh-blur in the background.
All the colors come out nicely.
I think Basil is a fan of this camera too!
Isn’t he cute when he cleans himself?
Scottish Folds are extra adorable when they wash their faces with their fat paws.
I hope you enjoyed this review of the camera I currently use. Here’s a link to purchase the exact Sony A7 mirrorless DSLR.
What camera do you use for travel and fashion blog photography? Which lenses do you prefer?
What’s Basil Farrow up to lately? Since it’s summer and he’s so furry, he spends a lot of time lying on his back, belly-up — in typical Scottish Fold fashion.
He also got a present from Asia: a Japanese robot Scottish Fold toy, which looks just like him! Watch his reaction in this new Scottish Fold cat video.
Isn’t it funny how this toy Scottish Fold moves and barks?
The toy originally had a pink nose, but we painted it brown to look more like Basil.
Like real folds, this robo-kitty has a short stiff tail, sideways feet and a round body…
… and of course, the signature folded ears.
It’s true, both robots and Scottish Folds are big in Japan!
Seems like Basil Farrow is bored of the doppleganger-clone already…