Aby-a-Day – September 15: Jacoby gets all the girls (Hipstamatic Monday)

The best thing about taking Jacoby to the SoWa Open Market on Sundays is watching him with children.


Like this little girl.


She absolutely loved Jake.



She was thrilled that there was a kitty at the market.



When her mother finally told her they had to go, she gave Jake a sweet goodbye hug. I think it made everyone’s day.

Aby-a-Day – September 14: Trip to Grafton

Jacoby and I took the Commuter Rail out to Grafton today for our recertification assessment.



It was a nice, uneventful trip, unlike last time.



He had a pretty good time exploring the lobby of the Tufts Veterinary administration building.


Despite all the dogs.


I was very happy to be able to get a few more copies of the Catnip newsletter with the article about therapy cats and Jake.


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.

Aby-a-Day – September 13: “Rose” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

This week’s Photo Hunt subject is “Rose.”


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…

Abys are Everywhere – 阿比西尼亚猫!

I’ve been meaning to post about this for a while…

China issued a series of cat stamps in 2013, one of which features an Abyssinian!

But this isn’t just any Abyssinian. This is Flynn, who is one of Jin Fa Gu’s Abys. Jin Fa Gu is a member of the Facebook Abyssinian Cat Club, and this is the first time China has ever issued a set of “special” stamps. Can you imagine, your cat on a stamp?

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?

Aby-a-Day – September 12: Certifiable (Friday Flashback)

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.

Aby-a-Day – September 11: Angel wants MEAT

Angel absolutely loves raw meat.


She can hear it being cut up from anywhere in the house and she comes running.



Just the thought of raw meat makes Angel brave. She’s not even afraid of Tessie!



She’ll do anything for raw meat.


Of course, Jacoby and Tessie are interested in raw meat, too…but not to the extent that Angel is.


Here comes the paper plate!


Angel knows what that means!






Unfortunately, she does have to share it with Jake and Tessie.


She has a way of coping with that, though.


She just drags it off a little way (not too far away, of course) and eats it off the floor.


“Do you have any more? Because I could totally eat it.”

Abys (and Somalis) are Everywhere – Weather Whiskers

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.

That’s right. Regular, as-accurate-as-any weather…

…just illustrated with cute, dressed up LOLcats.

Like this Oriental Shorthair.

And this Bombay.

But you know I wouldn’t be posting about this app if it was just random cats, no matter how awesome it was. Of course there’s an Aby connection.

I’ve seen this Somali for Fog and also for Hot & Sunny. I have not seen an actual Abyssinian yet, but…

…Weather Whiskers does feature this Frida Kahlo Aby on their Facebook page banner!

Aby-a-Day – September 9: Moose E. Puss – 11/30/95-8/15/14 (Cartoon Tuesday)

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.


Here’s a video of Moose just after his surgery last year and here is Moose’s eulogy (you’ll need to log into Facebook to see them).

(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)

Aby-a-Day – September 8: Open Market (Hipstamatic Monday)

Jacoby and I love stopping by the SoWa Open Market after a Sunday therapy visit at the Fuller Center.



There’s just so much to see!



And, of course, lots of people to pet Jake.



That’s his favourite part.


As long as the people are facing him, of course.


Even the people selling things at the market love to see Jake.





There’s so much going on at the market, so many sounds and smells – I wonder how regular indoor cats stand never going out to experience these kinds of things sometimes.

Aby-a-Day – September 7: Camouflage Swedish Style

We got a new IKEA Billy bookcase which we built today. It’s pretty tall, so we built it in our hallway.


Angel loves it. It’s exactly the same colour she is!


She blends right in. “Look at me – ha! You can’t! I’m invisible!” she says.


Wow…I guess it works! Jake didn’t even see her!

Abys are Everywhere: The Mooners in the Washington Post

Our friend Lisa Maria Padilla and Abys Racy and Twyla Mooner were recently featured in an article in the Washington Post

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.”

Aby-a-Day – September 6: “Gray” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

This week’s Photo Hunt subject is “Gray.”


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!

Aby-a-Day – September 5: Trapper Jake (Fashion Friday)

So last week we happened to be in Allston and I saw the Unleashed by Petco shop. Of course I had to check it out.


And I found this trapper hat, which of course I had to get for Jacoby.



I mean, just look at it.



It’s awesome.


And chicks really dig an awesome hat on a guy, you know.







…Okay, maybe not ALL chicks. I stand corrected.

Aby-a-Day – September 4: Hands free

It’s always so delightful when we’re at a cat show and a judge really appreciates Jacoby’s strengths.


Jake’s not a typical Aby on the judge’s table. He doesn’t play with toys. He doesn’t scratch the sisal post. He doesn’t act like a kitten.


No, Jake just stands there on the table, majestically proud, surveying the audience.


Pam Bassett, a judge from Louisana, was incredibly impressed by Jake’s show demeanour.


She was so impressed that she did something you will only rarely see a judge do with an Abyssinian: she took her hands off him and stepped away.


Far away – out-of-the-frame away!


“Well, if she’s just going to leave, I might as well sit.”


And she’s back.


She really liked the way Jake was so calm and confident on the table. She gave him Second Best Cat in Premiership in her ring.


Her best cat was this sable Burmese girl, GP Panthat Just One More of Burmay.


You’ll notice that Pam did not take her hands off of her or walk away like she did with Jake!

Aby-a-Day – September 2: “Waste not, want not” (Cartoon Tuesday)

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?

(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)

Aby-a-Day – September 1: Cityscape (Hipstamatic Monday)

Last Sunday after our therapy visit, Jacoby and I went to the SoWa Open Market and we saw this amazing painting by Maechevrette.


I love this so much because we live near the Boston Wharf Company building, and that 1899 is atop the Summer Street Bridge. I had to take a photo of Jake with it since I couldn’t afford to buy it!

Aby-a-Day – August 31: Room with a view

Our room at the NEMO show last weekend was a patio room – it had a sliding glass door overlooking the pool.


Jacoby was fascinated with the giant window.



I think he stayed awake all Friday night looking out at the rest of the hotel.


He was pretty cranky the next morning. But it was so cute watching him look out the window.



“Oh, yay! You’re back on my side of the window again!”