Aby-a-Day – 11 February: Angel’s spa day

On Sunday, I decided to give Angel a bath.

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The second I shut the bathroom door with her inside, she knew something was up.

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She hasn’t had a bath in a very long time…at least two years (and probably more like four or five). Her fur was starting to look and feel a little greasy in a way that Jacoby’s fur never does.

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Angel’s spa day started off with a mani-pedi, and then a good Furmination. I actually got this Furminator with an “eject button” as a free gift from Blog Paws, and I have to say, it’s much better than the non-ejecting model.

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Don’t worry, Angel. Your hair won’t go to waste. I have plans to make Jake a Trump wig out of it. It’s just the right colour!

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Then, I put her into the tub…she wasn’t thrilled with that. I have to say, though, having sliding glass doors on the bathtub really makes bathing cats a lot easier!

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See? She can’t escape!

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No matter how hard she tries…

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…she can’t get the doors open.

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It really makes a difference. I can bathe a cat without any help. It’s nice. When we move, we’ll be back to shower curtains…but we’ll also have a hand-held shower head, so rinsing will be easier. It’s a trade-off I can accept.

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Finally it was time to dry off.

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I usually blow-dry Jake, but if I tried that with Angel she would freak out.

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So with her, it’s towel dry, lick, and shake.

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Angel, doesn’t it feel good to be all clean and sparkly?

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Er…I’ll ask you again once you’re all dry.

Aby-a-Day – 9 February: Office sketching – Part 1 (Cartoon Tuesday)

A couple of weeks ago, I had to go to a meeting in our Manchester office, and I brought along my notebook in case I needed to write anything down. I’ve had this notebook ever since I started working at this company back in 2007, and, looking back through the pages, I discovered a lot of little margin sketches starring Gun-Hee and then Jacoby.

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Some of my little drawings are super simple. I’ve always done little drawings while taking notes. Somehow, looking at them helps me remember what was said. I wish I still had some of my old high school and college notebooks!

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Some are much more detailed. Tessie occasionally makes an appearance, too.

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This was doodled shortly after our first Seacoast show, where Tessie was the Best Household Pet in the show. She won a plaque.

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Apparently I had an editorial comment on one part of this meeting…

Aby-a-Day – 8 February: Floppy grooming (Hipstamatic Monday)

Sometimes, Jacoby can be so silly.

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I was on the bed, on my laptop…

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…and he just came in and sat next to me.

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He sat there in that elegant, majestic way that only an Aby can.

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And then, also in a way that only an Aby can, he just flopped over and started rolling around on the comforter like a goof.

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Then he started grooming, starting with his toes.

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Then he moved to more…er…

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…sensitive areas.

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Like his tail.

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No, really! I mean he was really working on his tail.

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The entire time he was grooming himself, though, I kept hearing growling. I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. He almost never growls.

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Then, I looked behind the screen of my laptop.

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And there was Angel, watching Jake groom himself, growling incessantly. Abys are weird.

Aby-a-Day – 7 February: Super Sunday

Well…there’s some big-deal sportsball game going on today. So you know what that means…

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It’s time to watch the Kitten Bowl!

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Angel is a longtime fan of Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl Kitty Halftime Show…

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…But with the introduction of an actual Kitten Bowl, with cats as the main attraction rather than just the “entertainment”…well, like everyone else around here, we’ve switched.

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Angel was rooting for the red tabby Bengals team…

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…And for a while, they were ahead.

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But the brown tabby Bobcats team ended up winning this game, only to lose to the black-and-white Felines. Better luck next year…oh, wait. Next year, we’ll be in Sweden, where the Super Bowl isn’t a thing.

Aby-a-Day – 6 February: “Now” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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This is what’s happening right now.

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Yes, you are seeing correctly…Jacoby and Angel are almost sleeping together on the bed!

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She’s on the blanket, and he’s under it…

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…But still. For them, this is cuddling!

Aby-a-Day – 5 February: Plaid madness (Friday Fashion Flashback)

I thought for today’s Friday Flashback, I’d see what photo I’d taken and posted a year ago…but it was another photo from the World Show. So I looked for the photos I did take last year closest to today…and wouldn’t you know it? It was a Saturday Photohunt for Plaid! So now, today’s post is not only a Friday Flashback, it’s also Fashion Friday!

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Angel modelled this little red dress with a plaid skirt.

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Who says redheads can’t wear red?

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Meanwhile, Jacoby wore his black mohawk hoodie…

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His Cat Scouts plaid shirt…

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And this festive summery plaid shirt. You know…Björn wears a lot of button-up shirts. He and Jake can be twins!

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Or not…Björn’s probably making that same exact face reading that, Jake.

Aby-a-Day – 2 February: Såna byxor vill jag ha (Cartoon Tuesday)

So after yesterday’s post, you know how much I love Findus the cat.

It’s pretty much my life’s dream now to get Jacoby a pair of green striped pants. And a hat to match.

Aby-a-Day – 1 February: Findus och Pettson (Miniature Monday)

While I was in Sweden, I got a set of Pettson and Findus figures.

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Pettson and Findus are the main characters in a series of children’s books written and illustrated by Sven Nordqvist. They are very popular – this photo is from a display in a book store in Göteborg. Pettson is an old farmer who live alone with his cat, Findus, some chickens and some little house creatures. Findus gets his name from a brand of frozen foods; when Pettson got Findus as a kitten, he was in a box labelled “Findus Green Peas.”

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I’ve had this small plush Findus since I visted Björn in 2000. He went back to Sweden with me for Christmas.

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Naturally, I adore Findus…

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…I mean, what’s not to like? He’s a cat, he can talk, and he’s a sassy troublemaker. Someday, I want to get Jacoby a pair of green striped pants like Findus wears.

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I think Jake would make a great Findus.

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But what does Jake think of Pettson and Findus?

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He likes them!

Aby-a-Day – January 31: Cat-like texting detected (Selfie Sunday)

Not technically a selfie, per se, but definitely related.

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I was messaging with Björn in the kitchen and set my phone down. Jacoby stepped on it, and typed:

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And he sent it! I’m not sure how he managed to do that with his toepads, but…

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…he seemed just way too proud of himself for it to have been completely accidental! Wonder what he was trying to say?

Aby-a-Day – 30 January: “Quick” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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Anyone who has ever clipped a cat’s claws knows all about not cutting into the quick!

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I’m pretty good at clipping claws, but one wrong move – on my part or on the cat’s – and you can cut one claw too short and the blood will flow.

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And claws can bleed a lot.

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It can happen to the best of us. And I swear – I did NOT cut Angel’s claw too short just to take a photo, either…however, you may recall I once cut one of Angel’s claws too short and had to bandage her foot for a few hours.

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If you do have a mishap and accidentally cut a claw too short, I found the best styptic gel at CVS of all places – Super Clot!

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It not only stops bleeding, but it has a disinfectant and lidocaine to relieve pain. Incredibly handy and the best product I’ve found yet.

Aby-a-Day – 29 January: When Irish Abys are Smiling (Fashion Friday)

My friend Leza posted this to an Aby group on Facebook with the comment “Of course the Aby is sitting like a tease. smh! lol. Never cease to amaze us do they?”

So of course I had to buy it.

It’s a vintage, circa 1970, Irish tea towel.

And yes, the Aby is the only cat on it that’s posing like a porn star.

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Jacoby has no comment.

Aby-a-Day – 28 January: Pile-up on the cat superhighway

This is why it’s so important to have a two-way cat superhighway.

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Angel is pretty much trapped up there in the top box while Jacoby (and Tessie) block her one way down. And don’t think it’s accidental. Jake just wants to be up there in that top spot…and Tessie is just “helping.”

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I had wanted to eventually create some kind of way down to the windowsill on the other side, but it never happened. However, Björn and I are already planning a walkway in his (our!) apartment what will be a two-way street. He also has a balcony that is going to be a cat paradise when I get finished with it. Now if I could only just move there!

Aby-a-Day – 26 January: Work in Progress (Cartoon Tuesday)

I’ve been postponing showing you all this one because I swore I’d finish it…but that was almost 8 months ago, so I thought I’d at least show you the sketch.

This goes back to when I met our friend Summer last May at BlogPaws.

As you may recall, I wasn’t allowed to bring Jacoby with me.

So I had to bring Flat Jake instead. This cartoon – which I had been planning to do about Jake and Summer finally meeting – is the result.

In some respect, Jake not going to BlogPaws is the reason I haven’t actually been able to finish this cartoon. Ever since I came back, things have been rather…interesting. But you know all about that.

Aby-a-Day – 25 January: Undercover cat (Hipstamatic Monday)

As I posted yesterday, Jacoby loves to cuddle with me. Sometimes, he likes to sleep on me…

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…and other times, he’d rather sleep with me. Under the covers.

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He usually uses my arm as a pillow. And he often falls asleep so deeply that he stops purring!

Aby-a-Day – 24 January: Someone to watch over me (Selfie Sunday)

When Björn and I FaceTime, we try to keep our connection going as long as possible.

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Usually either my wifi or his will crap out overnight, but we try to fall asleep “together” whenever we can. Since we’re six hours apart, we generally manage to do this most often on weekends.

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Of course, Björn wakes up before me, and yesterday morning he captured these shots of Jacoby sleeping on me while I slept.

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I have no idea why Jake likes to sleep perched on my back or shoulder instead of nestled up in the blankets behind my knees or along my side.

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He purrs when he sleeps on me like that, though. It’s very comforting.

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And even though he weighs 4.5kg and he’s lying on my ribs, it doesn’t seem to bother me at all.

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Do you think Jake knew that Björn was taking his photo?

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Oh, yeah. He knew.

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Buh-bye.

Aby-a-Day – 23 January: “Cat” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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Wow. I just don’t know what to do with words like this.

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While I was in Skövde, Björn and I visited our friend Tess, and her two cats Målle & Saga, a five-year-old brother and sister tabby pair. Målle is a big, goofy boycat, red classic tabby and white, who reminded me a lot of Jacoby.
He came right up to the door to greet us and when he wasn’t stampeding up and down the stairs, he was hanging out with us. Björn took photos of me with him and his sister.

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“Oh, a finger!”

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“Use it to pet me!”

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Målle was quite a character.

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His sister Saga was a little more reserved. She’s a petite little brown mackerel tabby and white.

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She was still very friendly, though. It was nice to have some attention from kitties around Jake’s age!