Aby-a-Day- 12 August: Cousins from another mother

When Izaak first arrived, Alfred was polite, but reserved.

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He didn’t seem to connect Zak to Logan at all, despite being only the second Singapura Freddy had ever seen in his life.

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But lately…

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…Freddy has taken a cuddly interest in little Zakky.

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While it is so reminiscent of Freddy and Logan, the “Brothers From Another Mother,” it is different, too.

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So maybe…”Cousins From Another Mother”? Is that a thing? I guess if we can have identical cousins, we can have that!

Aby-a-Day – 11 August: Thank heaven for little girls!

Yesterday was Lorelai’s six-month birthday!

When this little girl joined our family, she was like a beam of joyful sunshine piercing through dark stormclouds. We had intended her to be a show partner for Logan, and decided to get her before we realised he was sick. Her pickup day was a little less than a month after we lost Logan, and we did wonder if it was too soon. We know FIP isn’t contagious, but we cleaned everything anyway; we just wondered if it was too soon for us to deal with a new kitten so soon after dealing with two deaths.

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We should never have worried. From the moment we saw her in Eva’s motorhome, she loved us. She came into our home like she had always been there, purring and playing. She never had a litterbox issue, never hid or cried or seemed to miss her siblings or mother at all. She’s a happy, loving, active, fearless little cat, with a good-natured, sunny personality. She’s perfect.

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Happy half-birthday, little girl!

Aby-a-Day – 10 August: My humans went to Copenhagen and all I got was this lousy T-shirt (Fashion Friday)

Björn and I went to Copenhagen for a short holiday last week. We stayed in a nice (but HOT) hotel right next to Copenhagen’s Central Station. It was a perfect location, walking distance to everything, close to everything…including the famous Tivoli Gardens. It opened on 15 August 1843 and is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world (the oldest is also in Denmark. Apart from having the oldest wooden roller coaster, it has shows, Halloween and Christmas festivals, fireworks, an adjacent hotel, and a number of restaurants and shops.

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Including the only Build-a-Bear store in Scandinavia.

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As you may recall, Jacoby loved going to the Build-a-Bear shop in Faneuil Hall, so when I saw souvenir T-shirts there, I knew I had to get him one.

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It’s been a while since Jake’s worn any of his outfits, but as you can see, he’s still got it!

Aby-a-Day – 9 August: Jacoby is such a ham (Thursday Things)

Despite not feeling well, Jacoby is still on the constant lookout for anything edible.

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The other night we made some pasta sauce using some short-dated roasted ham bits in it. We rinsed out the bag it came packaged in and set it on the draining board to dry out for recycling…the same as we do for any plastic meat packaging.

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And, usually, that’s not a problem. While Jake does chew on plastic shopping bags, the bags meat comes sealed in is apparently not the right consistency for eating. He’s never bothered that plastic before.

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But this particular evening…

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…Jake was after something other than plastic.

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Evidently, he just really thought there was some meat left in the bag, and he went for it.

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And then he couldn’t seem to shake the packet off his face.

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But he didn’t panic or freak out or anything. He just sat there. Jake seemed resigned to wearing ham-scented plastic on his head for the rest of his life.

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Alfred and Lorelai seemed quite concerned. Either that, or they wanted to make sure that Jake wasn’t actually eating any ham…

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…whichever it was, Freddy jumped up to see what he could do.

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I don’t think you’re helping there, Fred. I finally helped Jake shake off his plastic porcine mask. What I love about Jake is how when something like this happens, he never panics. He remains dead calm. Like that time he got stuck in a plastic shopping bag, he just waits…he knows he’ll either get out of it himself, or a human will come along and help him. No worries.

Aby-a-Day – 8 August: Wordless Wednesday (Imma just help you pack, k?)

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Stockholm Arlanda Airport celebrates International Cat Day…with Jacoby!

In honour of International Cat Day, a representative of Arlanda International asked me if they could use this photo I took of Jacoby and Angel in their crate just when we arrived in Sweden two years ago. So today Jake is featured on their Facebook page and on their Instagram account! Be sure to like him!

Aby-a-Day – 7 August: Hela familjen (Cartoon Tuesday)

Björn’s daughter Emma came to visit us this past weekend, and she presented each of us with this drawing of all the cats. She’s just turned eight years old and is getting a bit clever: she only did one drawing and gave me, Björn and Kalle each a photocopy, saying it was “easier than doing three different drawings”!