Aby-a-Day – June 30: International Box Day

Today is everycat’s favourite holiday: International Box Day!

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Jacoby tried to celebrate with Tessie…

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…Since Tessie had a huge Amazon box all to herself that was surely big enough for two cats…

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…But Tessie had other plans and didn’t want to share her box with him.

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So Jake went off and found his own box.

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It wasn’t quite the same, though.

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Look how self-satisfied Tessie is in her box!

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I suppose we really shouldn’t spoil Tessie’s good mood with reality, should we?

Aby-a-Day – June 29: Wordless Wednesday (My guardian Angel…and my guardian Jake)

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Thank you, everyone!

Just wanted to thank everyone for their kind words about Gun-Hee after yesterday’s post. I really appreciate every single comment…and I am so glad that I’ve made a difference in people’s lives through this blog!

These are some of my most favourite photos of Gun-Hee, who in many ways was more of a troublemaker than Jacoby is. One morning I woke up and found this little tableau in the kitchen:

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Somehow, Gun-Hee had knocked our ricepot off of the counter during the night. But what I love most about this was his attitude about the whole situation.

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He was so darned PROUD of himself! He used the stepstool to give himself congratulatory pettings!

Again…thank you. 🙂

Aby-a-Day – June 28: Remembering Gun-Hee

June 28. I cannot think of this day without thinking of Gun-Hee. Three years ago today was the day he lost his battle with FIP. He’d only been diagnosed on the 20th.

I have learned a lot about FIP in the past three years, things I could really have lived a lifetime not needing to know. As much as I love Angel, and, of course, Jacoby (who shares Gun-Hee’s blood, but not, thankfully, whatever rogue gene made Gun-Hee’s and his littermate/brother Rusty’s body attack itself…as much as I love the other cats in my life, I will always miss Gun-Hee.

And, of course, whenever you have to put a cat to sleep, especially a young one, like Gun-Hee (who was not yet two years old), no matter how sick they are, you always second-guess yourself, wondering if they might not have recovered if you had just kept the vets entrenched in battle.

As it was, we took Gun-Hee to Angell Hospital that Saturday knowing that we would, most likely, be coming home with an empty carrier, and he did tell us, in his way, that he didn’t want to fight anymore, that he knew the mutation had won, but none of that made it any easier.

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We’d taken him to Angell Saturday the 21st, and they kept him until Monday evening, running every test they could. It rained almost the entire week leading up to that final Saturday, but Wednesday was clear and sunny, and I took Gun-Hee out for one last outing, in the sunshine.

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They’d shaved patches of his fur to drain his belly and take his blood for testing. He loved being outside…but it’s painfully obvious, looking at the photos, that he just didn’t feel good.

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He was such a sweet boy. I will always miss you, Gun-hee-yah.

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I have this photo charm with his picture on it that I had made by Kimbra Studios. With this, he’s always with me.

Aby-a-Day – June 27 – Jakey See, Jakey Do (Hipstamatic Monday)

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Except, that’s the wrong eye, Jacoby. A for effort, though.

Aby-a-Day – June 26: Special delivery

I love bringing Jacoby with me when I go to the Post Office.

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He has fans there! Everyone wants to come see him and pet him.

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When I go during the week, everyone asks me where Jake is and how he’s doing. It’s kind of funny; he’s definitely more popular than I am!

Aby-a-Day – June 25: I enjoy being a boy

One problem with being the only boycat in a house full of females is…there’s a lot of pink kitty things about the place.

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Somehow, Jacoby manages to cope.