Aby-a-Day – April 30: Visiting Brookline Health Care Center

Jacoby and I have visited the assisted living facility in Brookline three times now…most recently, today. It’s quite different from NewBridge in Dedham, and it’s fun to experience the differences. For one thing, the residents here are right in Coolidge Corner, and they often go outside on their own. Also, there are short-term patients who aren’t necessarily elders. It makes for a nice variety of people for Jake to meet.


Jake is a definite natural when it comes to therapy work. He is 100% Abyssinian, and by definition high-spirited; as one website puts it, “Abys give new meaning to the word active!”. But get him on a patient’s bed, and he’s the most patient, gentle cat you’ve ever seen.


He settles right in and stays with them until I tell him it’s time to go.


Medical machinery and other paraphernalia don’t faze him at all. He’s just an amazing little cat.


He also doesn’t mind posing for photos while on the job. This is him and the center’s Activities Director, Lucy.


I’m still working on his “formal” working gear, and haven’t quite come up with the perfect uniform for him to wear. This harness-vest from YapWraps works really well and the built-in handle comes in super handy; on this visit, I put his Delta Society vest over the YapWrap, threading it through the handle, and that worked well, but I worry about how that’ll feel on him when it’s 90º and the air conditioning on the T is broken. I’m thinking to sew Delta Society patches on it instead. Work in progress…

Aby-a-Day – April 29 – Top hat and tail (Fashion Friday)

A couple of days ago, I posted photos of Angel wearing the purple pirate eyepatch I had made for her by Etsy seller CatAtelier. Well, now it’s Jacoby’s turn! She makes a mean top hat…


I wish you could really see this hat. The inside is as perfectly crafted as the outside.


I put his hat together with his tuxedo tie from Snoop Catty Catt, and he’s ready for the swankiest New Year’s Eve party!


He’s supposed to wear this with his ears inside the hat, but he didn’t want to.


That’s okay…I think having his ear out gives him a rather rakish look.

Aby-a-Day – April 28: Tie One On

I’m really amazed at how much clothing and accessories specifically made for cats is available on Etsy. I mean, we’re talking about an animal that purportedly doesn’t like to wear a collar much of the time here. And what makes it even more interesting is the crafters’ cats actually do the modelling, too, and they must enjoy it (otherwise these people wouldn’t have fingers to make the clothing with), right? So imagine my delight when I discovered Snoop Catty Catt, purveyors of feline formalwear.


Because, of course Jacoby needs a tuxedo tie.


If for nothing else, so he can break out his GQ modelling moves.


I got him a matching necktie in the sage-green silk, in case he ever needs to go on a job interview.


The sage necktie’s lining is a shamrock print fabric.


He also has a necktie made from the same shamrock print, so he can dress up for St. Patrick’s Day next year.


Or for when he wants to be dressed up, but not too dressed up.

Aby-a-Day – April 27: Wordless Wednesday (Smile!)


Aby-a-Day – April 26: Yo ho ho and a barrel of catnip!

Thanks to Etsy artist Cat Atelier, I finally have the one thing Angel’s always needed: A pirate eye patch!


It’s made of leather, in her signature purple. And it’s not the first one that she’s made, either; evidently Angel isn’t the only pirate kitty out there.


Angel was about as thrilled as you might expect about her new accessory.


I suppose I’m lucky to have gotten any photos of her wearing it at all!

Better Luck Next Time

No dream job for me. I was not selected as the Purina Cat Chow Correspondent, but according to the email I got today, I was a runner-up.

They did send me a nice form letter, though:

Koshka, you are amazing. In fact, we think you’re the cat’s meow. Unfortunately, you weren’t selected as the Purina® Cat Chow® Correspondent.

Thanks for letting us get to know you better. We learned a few things about you:

1. You tell a great story.
2. You are really talented.
3. You have a boundless passion for cats.

To show our appreciation, we’d like to give you a special gift. When you buy any size bag of Purina® Cat Chow®, we’ll give you a bag of the same size, FREE.

And I get a free bag of Cat Chow, so there’s that. But I’m surprised how disappointed I am, considering I never really thought I’d get it. I guess, deep down where I didn’t notice, I actually did have a little feathered fluttering hope. I suppose that’s why cats pounce on and kill feathered, fluttering things. They know better about these things.

As they say in Boston…there’s always next year.

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Aby-a-Day – April 25: Jake and his other sisters (Hipstamatic Monday)

Jacoby usually prowls the hallways with just me, but, as we saw last Monday, he sometimes escorts Angel about the carpet.


He also accompanies Tessie from time to time.


They tend not to explore the hallway together the way Jake and Angel do. They’re sort of on a joint independent mission when they go out together.


Jake doesn’t go out with Kylie very often, because when Kylie goes into the hallway, she goes out there to RUN, not flop and loll about. Kylie’s entire goal in life is to break the condo hallway land speed record, and it’s amazing just how fast she is. She can make an entire circuit in the time it takes Jake to go three steps and then fall over.


So shots of Kylie and Jake together in the hallway are rare, comparatively speaking, but they do exist.