I was only able to get one copy mailed to me because I’m not a subscriber. I tried using the “but that’s my photo of my cat” argument, but it didn’t work. So it was an unexpected boon to get a few more copies.
On our train ride home, Jake made a new friend.
This little girl was thrilled to see a kitty on the train.
And Jake was pretty happy to have a little girl pet him. He’s so great with kids.
Angel’s full name is Angelrose. I thought she needed something pretty after her rough beginnings, and “Angel” didn’t seem quite enough.
Her full name is Abytopia’s One-Eyed Angelrose of Purebreds Plus…but of course, that’s not really official. Neither is her Warrior name, Sharpeye. But what’s in a name? That which we call Angelrose by any other name would be as sweet…
You can find these on eBay for not too much money. My friend Wendy also sent me some for my birthday…I don’t really collect stamps, but I do collect these – I also have several examples of the US Abyssinian stamps that were issued in 1988.
And then, while I was Googling “Abyssinian Cat in Chinese” so I could get all fancy on the title up there, I found this…
Isn’t it exquisite? It’s by American artist Tracey Allyn Greene and is described as “An original Abyssinian cat Ahinese brush painting, by the artist, TAG, signed and stamped with my Chinese name characters and seal.” You can check out more of her cat art on her website.
Isn’t it funny how Google finds things like this for me?
This weekend, Jacoby and I need to go out to Grafton and get recertified with Pet Partners and Tufts Paws for People. Basically, every two years we need to have our skills and aptitude assesed so we can renew our documents and continue to visit.
I’m not too concerned about passing; after all, Jacoby is a bit of a natural.
But the first time we took the assessment…
…I’ll admit I was a little nervous.
I knew he’d be great with strangers.
But there’s one part of the test where he has to sit on someone’s lap for 30 seconds without anyone touching him. I wasn’t sure he could sit still that long.
I needn’t have worried.
We passed the first assessment as well as our reassessment in 2012. We should be just fine on Sunday.
I am so behind on my “extra” posts, because I’ve been concentrating quite a bit on the cartoons. I have a collection of “other Aby” things to share, and this is one I’ve been meaning to get to for some time.
Weather Whiskers is a smartphone app that my sister got me hooked on last year. It’s just a weather app like the default one all phones come with…but with cats. It’s free, and it’s much more charming than the usual clouds, suns and lightning bolts that regular weather apps give you.
This is another true story, courtesy of the Abyssinian Cat Club Facebook group and Max Boutelle. Moose E. was an awesome Abyssinian and a two-time cancer survivor who just recently passed away just 3½ months shy of his 19th birthday. He once left Max a heart-shaped pee ball in his litter box on Valentine’s Day, so you know he was a special boy, indeed.
I love this one reader comment, too: “Currently [I have] 3 cats, two of which we raised as four day old kittens abandoned a couple years back by their mom. They all have learned little tricks, most of which involve ways to interact with their favorite humans and/or to get the occasional treat. In fact, every one of them responds to “Doors Closing” when I say it like the Metro announcement.
This proves that my cats are at least in one way smarter than many of my fellow commuters.”
Gun-Hee was once disqualified in Wayne Trevathan’s ring because he said Gun-Hee had a gray undercoat.
This was when he was still collecting his six Winner’s Ribbons to become a Premier. As a result, he only got five at that show and didn’t become a Premier until his second show as an adult.
It was odd; Wayne was the only judge who ever said anything about Gun-Hee’s undercoat. Roger Lawrence gave him a Best of Colour at the same show, and three months earlier, Marge Collier made him her Best Kitten.
Unfortunately, Gun-Hee didn’t get to go to any more shows after that, so he never became a Grand Premier. That’s why it was so wonderful when Jacoby finally earned that title. Jake and Gun-Hee do look a lot alike…but Jake definitely has a more red undercoat.
The first time Jake was judged by Wayne (I think it was at the Seacoast show last year), I held my breath…but he passed with flying colours. I don’t think he finalled…but he passed!
It’s amazing how fast Jacoby can jump up on the counter between the time I open the can and the time I dump the food in the dish. I haven’t actually dumped it on his head…yet…but I’ve come close.
This is the first cartoon I drew entirely with my Wacom Intuos tablet. No paper at all. It’s not easy though; this cartoon was simple, but it seemed to take three times as long to finish as doing it the old-fashioned, paper and ink and scan way. I really want to use this thing, but it feels so clumsy. I’m not sure the drawing looks as good as it would have if I’d drawn it on paper, either, but the outlines are definitely cleaner than a scan would be. What do you think?