Aby-a-Day – Day 207 of 365

One of the fun things about going out with Jacoby is that I never know what we’re going to do while we’re out. We always have fun, not matter what. It’s like being the stars in our own improv show. And sometimes, I swear, I could never predict some of the things we discover.


One day, we found a bunch of crab legs left behind after a seagull’s dinner baking in the sun.


“Hey mom! Look at all these legs!”


I’m pretty sure all ten legs were still there; I thought it was odd that the seagull left those, because I always thought the legs were the best part. On that concrete, in the full heat of the sun, the former crab appendages were perfectly dried, so we took one of the big claws home with us….Jake has a fondness for playing with dead animal parts.

Right now, it’s hidden away somewhere. I saw it this weekend at one point…but Jake knows where it is. As long as it doesn’t end up in bed with me, I’m good.

Aby-a-Day – Day 206 of 365

Angel is so brave and inquisitive when we’re waiting to see the vet. She’s a very nervous waiter and becomes very busy.


She knows the difference between doors and walls, and she knows that doors are how you get out!


She doesn’t know that yelling at the door doesn’t make it open.


For an Abyssinian, Angel has a rather short neck, tail and legs. This is how tall she is compared to the door. As a comparision, Jake could probably reach the door handle if he stretched up.


This photo was kind of an accident, but I like it. This is what she looks like when she’s returning to all four paws.

Aby Foo

I’m not sure how I discovered this (it was an ad I accidentally clicked on one of the sites I frequent), but it’s awesome: Foo Pets Abyssinian.

It’s a site for kids, created by a veterinarian, to teach them about what it’s like to have a pet. Of course, the best thing about it is that one of the feline choices is an Abyssinian. But the animation is spectacular and the virtual Aby really does look – and move – like a real, live ruddy Aby. I’m actually impressed by the artwork on this. I’ve created an account, of course, and it’s a pretty fun little toy to play with. Check it out!

Aby-a-Day – Day 205 of 365

Sometimes, even “bad” photographs of Jacoby end up being interesting and worth saving. These were taken on the T without a flash, and even though they’re blurry, I find them captivating.




Who doesn’t like corn on the cob in the summer?

Nina definitely does!

Niconinamegjeff is one of my favourite YouTube subscriptions. Ruddy boy Nico and red girl Nina are hilarious to watch on their own, but even funnier to see interacting. This battle over who gets to lie on the heated cat bed just absolutely makes me giggle:

Aby-a-Day – Day 204 of 365

Do you ever wonder what your cats are like when you aren’t around? Me, too. But now I know, at least a little. While we were in San Francisco, my friends Julia and Kimberly came to feed and play with the cats, and Kimberly took some photos which she just gave me today.


And, somewhat disconcertingly, they seem to behave the same when we aren’t home as they do when we are. Jacoby still helps in the kitchen…


…He’s always ready to lend a paw.


He also plays on the cat tree whether we’re home or not…


I think he’s chasing the laser pointer in this photo.


Yep. That’s exactly what he’s doing.


Angel actually seems to be more secure and self-confident when we aren’t home. I wonder what that means?

She played with the Undercover Mouse toy she got for her birthday last year.


Although, she kind of hogged the toy just a little bit…


Aby-a-Day – Day 203 of 365

Angel’s visit with the opthalmologist went well. Dr. Biros diagnosed her with open chronic inactive keratitis with corneal scarring, which is the technical term for the post-Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis and Feline Herpesvirus scarring on her remaining eye.


First, we saw a technician and a 4th-year veterinary student, who ran several tests on Angel’s eye.


This is a test of Angel’s tear production; a small test strip was placed on her eye for a minute to measure the amount of tears.


Then they stained her cornea to make the scarring more visible.




The room lights were turned off and her eyes were examined through a scope.


Finally, the pressure in her eye was measured using a pen-like device.


After all the preliminary testing, the doctor came in and examined Angel’s eye. The good news is, it doesn’t seem to be actively progressing; in fact, he was wondering what prompted our visit. But they did several tests, and now we have a baseline of what is “normal” for her eye. Since all of her eye issues happened before we adopted her, this is a valuable thing to have. I have copies of all her medical records from her eye surgery and the implantation and subsequent removal of her prosthetic eye. It’s possible, but uncertain, if Angel will have problems in the future with her eye, but now we have an idea of what “normal” is for her and any changes will be easier to recognise.

All in all, a very reassuring visit.

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