Aby-a-Day – Day 90 of 365

Another on of Jake rding the T. This seems like it’s just begging for a caption.


Aby-a-Day – Day 89 of 365

Jacoby surveys the tracks and people at Harvard Square Station.


Aby-a-Day – Day 88 of 365

Another shot of Jacoby riding on the T. I made sure he sat down on a seat near a pole in case there were any sudden stops…


Other People’s Abys – Calendar Cats

What could be sadder than a rainy Monday? However, today’s Page-a-Day Cat Calendar cat made it considerably more cheery:

Aby-a-Day – Day 87 of 365

Another shot of Jacoby riding the T. This is on the way into Cambrige. This is at Charles/MGH, where the train goes above-ground to cross the Charles River. Another Boston-bound train is passing, and Jake is watching it flash past our windows.


Aby-a-Day – Day 86 of 365

Today, I needed to run an errand to Beadworks in Harvard Square, and Jacoby came along with me to keep me company.

The funniest thing happened in the bead shop. I was looking at beads near the entrance door, and a woman walked into the store. She saw Jake, and said, “Oh, see? I wish my cat would walk on a leash like that!” She knelt down to pet him, and asked, “Is he an Abyssinian?” I said that she was, and she continued, “You know, the only other cat I’ve seen on a leash like that was an Abyssinian, too. It was a few years ago, and I remember it was so cool how calm he was.”

How many Abys on leashes can there be in the Boston area? “That might have been me,” I said. “Where was it?”

“Oh, Somerville, some festival or something.” I nodded. Thought so. “That was me,” I said. “That was me with his half-brother Gun-Hee! We went to ArtBeat, so you must have seen him there.”

Boston can be a very small world sometimes.

Aby-a-Day – Day 85 of 365

In a comment on my last post, asked me how I was liking my new camera.
Well, here’s your answer:


Aby-a-Day – Day 84 of 365

A well-timed convergence of a yawn and a shutter click.


Aby-a-Day – Day 83 of 363

I just got a new camera today, and here’s a couple of test shots of Angel’s tongue.



Aby-a-Day – Day 82 of 365

I have no idea why I took this photo…but it really cracks me up. Angel is definitely channeling Michael Scott.

It’s a little scary.


Aby-a-Day – Day 81 of 365

As I said in yesterday’s post, Jacoby and I had an encounter with an irresponsible Dachshund owner. She drove up with her two overweight, unneutered, unleashed dogs Leo and Wolfie. We’d had a run-in with her once before back in August, and knew she was one of those dog owners, so we packed up and started to walk away.

It did no good, because the dogs ran after us, barking like mad. I happened to have my video camera running at the time, though…

For the record, my husband never kicked her dog. He did yell at her to get her dogs away from Angel (who was panicking), though.

Despite all the stupid, I can’t help but point out what an awesome little cat Jacoby is. Watch him during the whole dachshund debacle; his ears are back, but he’s calm and not puffed up, hissing, or nervous at all, despite these dogs surrounding him and barking at him. He even continued to walk on home:

(Pardon my editorial comments…I was a pretty proud momma!)

Here’s Jake and those two dogs back in August when we first encountered them:

And here he is on Saturday, once again fearless in the face of canines:


Right now, I’m looking into what I can do about her (that park is not a dog park; the nearest one to our part of Boston is in the South End).

I will say this, though: It bodes well for Jake becoming a therapy cat.

Aby-a-Day – Day 80 of 365

This past week has seen glorious spring weather in Boston, so we took Jacoby out for his first walk of the year. Apart from a run-in with an irresponsible Dachshund owner (more on that later), it was a wonderul time. Considering that the last time it wasn’t too cold for him to go out was six months ago, he walked on his leash like a pro.


Jacoby seemed to love Binford Park as much as Gun-Hee did. Some of Gun-Hee’s ashes are scattered there, actually.


These are the same crocuses Gun-Hee enjoyed three years ago.


Kylie came along with us. It was a gorgeous day.
Here’s a rather long video, too:

Aby-a-Day – Day 79 of 365

Back in November, I commissioned a wood carving by Dick’s Good Wood, based on the “Ninja vs Pirate” photo in my icon. It was finished earlier this month and it arrived yesterday.


It’s much bigger than I expected!
I love that he left our hardwood floorboards in the base.


Here’s Jacoby posing with the carving.


Angel checks out her likeness…


It’s pretty realistic! I’d know that was Angel, wouldn’t you?

Aby-a-Day – Day 78 of 365

Gun-Hee seemed to keep growing after he passed his first birthday. I don’t know if it’s an Aby thing or a boycat thing, but Jacoby is already a full-sized cat at 11 months old. If he keeps growing the way Gun-Hee did, until he’s around a year and a half old or so, he’s going to be huge! I’m thinking he may turn out to be larger than Gun-Hee. I hope he doesn’t, though…If he grows too much, I’ll have to get him a new service harness, winter coat, and maybe even a carrier.

This photo was taken the first week he lived with us. He looks so small there! Now he’s taller than Angel (but she’s much huskier).

Although, even then, his ears and feet were about the same size as Angel’s…

Aby-a-Day – Day 77 of 365

I found these on my camera card yesterday; evidently I forgot to upload them to Flickr. It’s nice to know that Jacoby isn’t afraid of showing his softer side.


Pink tulle is a good look on him. Who knew?


Aby-a-Day – Day 76 of 365

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, and in Boston, it’s a huge city-wide party, especially in South Boston. Since it rained on the Parade last Sunday, the celebration in our neighbourhood was somewhat subdued…but that’s didn’t stop Jacoby from getting his Irish up.

I found this little T-shirt at a cart in Faneuil Hall today. I thought it was going to be too big for him, but he’s a bigger boy than I thought!

Aby-a-Day – Day 75 of 365

Angel gets brave when it’s time for the cats’ nightly can of cat food. She does this little dance and twitches her tail, as though she’s so excited she can’t contain herself.

She is such a solid little cat. We call her our “brick.” For an Aby she has short legs and a short tail, relatively speaking. She’s also kind of bow-legged. When she runs, she throws her legs out sideways like a boycat, rather than keeping her feet all inline like a girl. She’s the only female cat I’ve had who runs like that.

Aby-a-Day – Day 74 of 365

Jacoby’s started this cute new habit. He gets tired, goes into the bedroom all by himself, burrows under the comforter and goes to sleep. We say he’s “putting himself to bed.” It’s adorable.


Other People’s Abys – FireAby

Firefox has new “Personas” to dress up your browser. I found an Abyssinian-themed one. This is Samuka, created by Zsofiajudit.

Leave it to me to find the Aby in 211 pages of nature-themed backgrounds…

Aby-a-Day – Day 73 of 365

11 months ago today, Ch. Instincts Santa Catalina of Pellburn gave birth to three kittens, the last offspring of Gr. Ch. Pellburn Scarface Cat Pacino. Scar died in a tragic accident about a month before the kittens were born; in fact, when he died, it wasn’t known that Catalina was pregnant yet.

Today, those three kittens, Scarlett Cat Pacino, Johnny Dillinger and Jacoby Stealin’ Home, are 11 months old.

I haven’t seen Jake’s littermates, but if they’re anything like him, they’ve come a long way from this:

I don’t know who is who in this photo (taken by Sherry Pellerin), but I like to think that it’s Jake in the middle.