Aby-a-Day – November 24 – Breed sketches (Cartoon Tuesday)

I found these sketches I did during a therapy visit at Tufts last year with Jacoby, probably around the time some patients did portraits of Jake.


On this one, I was explaining how different the body types and skulls of different breeds are. I also explained how ticking on an Abyssinian hair looks.


Then I was asked if I had any other cats, so I drew Angel, Kylie and Tessie and showed how different each of them look – both when compared to Jake and when compared to each other.

Aby-a-Day – November 23: Cat scratch fever (Miniature Monday)

A regular feature at almost every New England cat show is Arubacat‘s vendor’s booth. Arty is a great guy, and I’ve come to rely on him for so many things…I end up needing to buy something he has at every show.

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Of course, he was at the NEMO show. So mini-Jacoby and I went to check out the goods.

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These little barrel scratchers are awesome. Tessie won one at the Seacoast show in 2007 when she was Best Household Pet and it still gets daily use.

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Arty has cat trees in all shapes, sizes and colours…including patterns!

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But he has more than just cat trees. I get my chamois and bay rum to groom Jake from him, as well as various other grooming supplies. He also has treats, toys and other accessories. And it’s amazing…he shleps all this stuff all over New England nearly every weekend.

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I don’t know what we’d do without Arty. But I’m glad we have him. Thanks, Arty!

Abys in Need: Alaska in Staten Island, NY

Okay…brace yourself. This is a really sad one. Alaska is a seven-week-old Aby kitten who was left to be euthanised at a vet’s office because of birth defects.

This is what the posting says about her: “Alaska is a 7 week old Abyssinian female kitten that was brought into my vet office to be euthanized by her breeder because of her disability. She is partially paralyzed due to a congenital defect and has some physical deformity. Because of her paralysis, she has no bowel control and needs hr bladder manually expressed. Despite all that, she is the sweetest thing and has such a thirst for love and life. If someone would be willing to put in the time she needs for her care, she would enrich anyone’s life. Please give Alaska a chance!

LOOK AT HER! Okay, so…she needs a diaper now. She could grow out of that! But she’s gorgeous! Her adoption fee is $50, and since she’s a tiny kitten (I mean, too young to be away from her mother, tiny!) she’ll need to be spayed and get her shots. She’s still a beautiful girl and she needs the right home that will nurture her special needs. And who knows, she could be the next Buzzfeed sensation.

If you have fallen in love with Alaska, contact Kate Polese at 347-286-5124 or by email through the RescueMe.org website.

Aby-a-Day – November 22: Hey that’s MINE! (Selfish Sunday)

Yep, you read that right. Instead of Selfie Sunday, we’re having SELFISH Sunday.


I had put a package of delicious blueberry and maple syrup chicken breakfast sausages out on the counter to warm up before I cooked them. I thought that Jacoby would be in mid-afternoon nap mode, and wouldn’t notice them…and if he did, I figured the air-tight sealed package would have a fairly inert scent, and the blueberry and maple syrup would deter him. Yeah…right.


I was doing something in the bathroom when I heard Jake playing with something. It sounded like he was having fun and I wanted to see what he was doing…and I found my dinner on the carpet! The little fiend was trying to open the package!


I snatched it back and put it back in the kitchen. Do you think he was repentant?


Are you kidding?


He tried to steal it again, right in front of me! I ended up putting them inside the microwave (aka the Aby-proof food safe).


This is what they looked like when I took them out of the package to cook them.


MMMmmm…nothing like ABC* sausages! But it is funny…he is just like his brother Gun-Hee when it comes to sneaky thievery! The only difference is, Gun-Hee would take things to his house, while Jake’s safe place is the bedroom, apparently.

*Already Been Chewed.

Aby-a-Day – November 21: “Speedy” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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


Jacoby loves speed.


He just loves going fast.


Just look at these photos of him on the commuter rail. He had to sit up in the window and watch the world speed past him.


Typical Aby, always in a hurry.


“Can’t this thing go any faster!?”

Aby-a-Day – November 20: Jacoby’s first T-shirt (Fashion Friday Flashback)

When Jacoby was just a kitten, I got him a T-shirt, which was his very first article of clothing.


I got it because Angel is our pirate, so, naturally, Jake is our ninja.


Although, I have to say…He is the clumsiest ninja I’ve ever seen!

Aby-a-Day – November 19: Commuting to the cat show

When we went to the NEMO show, Jacoby and I took the Commuter Rail down to Attleboro to meet Meg, and then we drove to Sturbridge.


I love going places with Jake. Whether he’s sitting on the floor…




…relaxing on a seat…



…or watching out the window, Jake is a great little travel buddy!

Aby-a-Day – November 17: That’s how you know it’s really from me (Cartoon Tuesday)

People who get birthday cards from me also generally get a little Aby cartoon doodled or sketched somewhere on their card.


Sometimes on the inside…


…and sometimes on the envelope!

Aby-a-Day – November 16: Travelling in style (Miniature Monday)

One wonderful thing that happened at the NEMO show was Meg gave me an old Sturdi carrier of hers because the one I’d brought Jacoby to the show in was…er…destroyed in action, shall we say.

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I’d been thinking of getting one of these, so it was a welcome gift. Thank you, Meg! Both Jake and mini-Jake really like it.

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And best of all…this carrier is completely machine-washable if necessary!

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Hey, guys…don’t look at me like that!

Aby-a-Day – November 15: Silly show selfies (Selfie Sunday)

While at cat shows with Jacoby, I amuse myself by taking selfies of us to send to Björn.


Jake does not always approve of my attempts at taking selfies. I obviously look too goofy in this photo.


Okay, Jake…NOW who looks goofy?


That’s a little better.


This one is us being super cute (or a facsimile thereof).


This is my favourite though. It’s me and my friend Charlotte, Facetiming with Björn in the show hall. Charlotte lives in Astoria…I wish we were closer and could hang out more. I’ll miss her (and her lovely Siame…er, I mean, Colorpoint Shorthairs) when I finally get to move to Sweden.

Aby-a-Day – November 14: “Feline” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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


Hmmm…“Feline”…that’s like, another word for “cat,” right?


Gosh. I’m not sure I even have anything to post for this one.


This is really hard.


Cat pictures…a picture of a cat…


I think this may very well be the hardest Photo Hunt challenge ever!


Uhhhhh…yeah. I got nothing.

Aby-a-Day – November 13: Baby wrecking ball (Friday Flashback)

Jacoby’s nickname is Rivningskula, which is “Wrecking ball” in Swedish.


His clumsy brand of destructiveness started at a young age, as evidenced by this video Sherry made before he cam to live with me.


That is so obviously Jake, isn't it?

Aby-a-Day – November 12: Just don’t block the infrared remote sensor…

As I’ve posted before, the cable box in my hobby room is a highly sought-after and coveted napping spot.


Angel is always quick to claim it when she can.


I know she’s been a little out of the spotlight lately, what with all the cat show posts. I can’t imagine how Angel would handle a cat show…


Speaking of things I can’t imagine…I can’t imagine how this is a comfortable place to sleep.


Angel loves the cable box, though. Look – she’s even hugging it!


Sov sött, Angel!

Aby-a-Day – November 10: Rough Ideas (Cartoon Tuesday)

Back before the Big Reveal, back when I used to have time to spend 16 hours plus in Photoshop working on a cartoon…I used to make plushies. Specifically, plushie cats.


I was working on the perfect Jacoby doll. The problem is, I don’t really know how to make patterns. I can work with them, I can modify them…but I can’t make them from scratch. I was working on a couple of jointed doll concepts…but I have no idea how to implement them.

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Someday I’ll learn how. But for now, I have these idea sketches.

Aby-a-Day – November 9: Do you canoe? (Hipstamatic Monday)

At the cat show this weekend, there was a vendor selling Cat Balls and Cat Canoes, and I couldn’t resist picking one up for Jacoby.


Of course, I’ve seen the Balls and Canoes all over the internet on sites like Hauspanther, but this is the first time I got to see and handle them in person.


Although, truth be told…I really fell in love with the fabric print inside. It’s a marvelous retro atomic city print by Riley Blake and I wish I could find it online. I tried everything…if I can’t find something, it’s hard to find!


As you can see, it’s a pretty awesome bed. Jake got into his instantly.


In fact, I actually had a bit of trouble getting him out of it to go up to the rings!


“Nope. Don’t wanna.”


But seriously…awesome bed.

Mango hunts with StarClan now

Sad news…our friend Mango has gone to StarClan.

Randy, Mango’s human, posted on Facebook: “Sadly, we had to say goodbye to the wonderful Mango – the sweetest cat ever. Rest in Peace my adorable little Mango.
2/12/2001 – 11/4/2015
I miss you.”

My heart has joined The Thousand, for my friend stopped running today.

Aby-a-Day – November 8: Not a bad weekend at the show…

Just a quick post tonight, as Jacoby and I are exhausted, but…


At the New Hampshire Feline Fanciers’ CFA show this weekend, Jake finalled in 6 out of 8 rings! This is the best he’s ever done at a show, finals-wise. I’m not sure if it’s his best show points-wise, but there were 35 Premiers entered, so it might have been his best show ever.


Most of his finals were yesterday: 3rd (Kathy Calhoun), 5th (Don Williams), 8th (Karen Godwin) & 10th (John Collila) Best Allbreed and 9th (Doreann Naslin) Best Specialty. And today he was 3rd Best Specialty in Nancy Dodds’ ring. As you can see, he was beyond thrilled…