Cats who looked more like soft pillows and obedient dogs who never barked filled the State Fairgrounds in Timonium last weekend for competitions in two shows.
Marylanders dominated the wins, although a Texas cat and a New Jersey dog were the top winners.
A gorgeous black Persian, Wynden Neiman Marques, was chosen Best in Show Sunday from an entry of 366 cats at the finals of the 29th Chesapeake Cat Club's show in Exhibition Hall. The Persian, who will be 2 years old this month, is owned by Ann Pevey from Cat Spring, Texas.
During the two-day show, each purebred cat in the show was judged by six judges in six rings and Mrs. Pevey's Persian was chosen best by five of the judges.
The sixth judge chose a 9-month-old Scottish fold, BeeBop Silhoutte, owned by Becky Enzor of Edgewater, Md. According to club President Ron Swanson ,that makes Silhoutte second best in show.
Mrs. Enzor says, ''I spoil him.'' She also notes that Scottish fold kittens are expected in her cattery in a few weeks.
Silence was everywhere among the 345 entries in the Dog Owners Training Club's 55th obedience trials in the 4-H building. Obedience-trained dogs, unlike those at all-breed shows who put out a canine chorus, were quiet as they worked for points in classes with their owners or handlers.
Top winner was a black toy poodle, Tempe Wick Winning Colours, owned by Tatiana Nagro of Glen Garden, N.J. The tiny poodle, age 4, scored 198 out of a possible 200 points.
Steve Silberman of Carroll County took his 2-year-old Shetland sheepdog, Debendale Fire When Ready, to a score of 195 in Novice A. Don Shewbridge from Glen Burnie was handling his Belgian sheepdog, Solitaires Ariel Pelisse, for the second time. His training succeeded because they received a score of 192 in Novice A.
Other winners in the two shows included the cats of Barbara Caddick. Ms. Caddick entered two of her shaded silver Persians, 11-month-old Carisme' Zachary, called Zachary, and 18-month-old Joyvyn Indiana Joy of Carisme', called Heather.
''This was their first show and each reached championship by taking six ribbons from six different judges,'' says Mrs. Caddick, who, with her husband Richard has raised Persians for six years at their Carisme' Cattery in Baltimore County.
Marian Brooks, who breeds Somali's in her Somystic Cattery in Towson, entered 4-month-old Fifala's Blue Skye of Somystic. Called Skye, she is a blue female Somali and she took five Best of Breed ribbons and one best in color.
Mrs. Brooks also entered Snookums, a patched tabby and white household pet cat, who was abandoned at a veterinary hospital and brought home by her daughter Stephanie.
''Snookums is 2 years old and she took a best cat ribbon in one ring, second and third best cat in two other rings,'' says Mrs. Brooks, explaining that in the household pet cat competitions ''only 36 cats were entered and judged in only four rings with only five top awards given.''
In obedience, Whisperwind Mariner of D'Estes, owned by Don Paulus of Baltimore County, placed in Utility A. And Laurence Cooper, a professor at Towson State University, who lives in New Freedom, Pa., scored a 190 1/2 in Novice B with his tiny Yorkshire terrier, Daddy's Darling Phoebe.