Aby-a-Day – September 15: Are Jacoby and Sparkle Related?

After seeing a Somali up close and personal, it’s very easy to see that they are essentially Abyssinians with a long coat. And as I’ve often said, almost every Abyssinian is related to every other Abyssinian, if you go back far enough. But what if you took a random Abyssinian, say one from the East Coast, and a random Somali, say, one from California? Could you find a link between them?

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(Pr. Pellburn Jacoby Stealin’ Home and G.Pr. Kimelot’s Toberone in Walter Hutzler’s final)

Let’s find out, shall we?

It just so happens that I have a random Abyssinian, our own Pellburn Jacoby Stealin’ Home, born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, and (forgive me, I don’t know her full name) a random Somali, Tajhara‘s Sparkle, born in Temecula, California, USA.

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(Pr. Pellburn Jacoby Stealin’ Home and G.Pr. Kimelot’s Toberone in Walter Hutzler’s final)

On the face of it, these two cats have about as little in common as possible: one’s a boy, one’s a female; one has short hair, one has long hair; and I don’t think there are two points on the continent that are farther apart than Fredericton and Temecula!

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Sparkle’s mother was Tajhara’s Tina Turner, and Tina’s maternal great-grandmother (Sparkle’s great-great grandmother) was a red/sorrel Abyssinian named Tajhara’s Firecracker. Firecracker’s paternal great father was a cat called Phaulkon‘s Poetry in Motion, whose father was a cat with a name I recognised: Nepenthes Leo, who was born in March, 1976 and has 17 offspring known to ERoS. Another of Leo’s sons was an Abyssinian named Quin-Jo‘s Gatico, and from Gatico we go to his daughter, Quin-Jo’s Rosita, to her son, Quin-Jo’s Red’n Reddy (a Grand Champion red/sorrel and National winner born in November, 1984), to his son, Robert Red’n Reddy, to his son, Shomra’s Aristotle of Catsylvania, to his daughter, Margarita of Shomra, to her daughter, Shomra’s Tomahto (a red/sorrel), to her son, Shomra’s Right Off the Vine, to his son Ramkatz Ryan New Year (born January 1, 2003)…to Instincts Santa Catalina, Jake’s mother. So on Sparkle’s mother’s side is an Aby who is also on Jake’s mother’s side, meaning that Sparkle the Somali and Jake the Abyssinian are distantly related! That’s not the only link between Sparkle and Jake, either: Another cat, Badfinger’s Bumble Bee of Catknapp, appears in both their pedigrees as well.

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(Toby in Russell Webb’s ring)

Sparkle’s father, Tajhara’s Miles Davis, comes from an older line of Somalis than does Sparkle’s mother, but I did find a link eventually. I had to go back to 1962 and Ring’s Abi Sheba of Selene, whose daughter was Ring’s Sheba of Van Dyke. From Sheba, we go → Van Dyke’s Abi Farouk → Van Dyke’s Abi Kariba → Van Dyke’s Abi Ayesha → Van Dyke’s Abi Abdel of Barba → Van Dyke’s Abi Amberina → Van Dyke’s Abi Ashley → Van Dyke’s Lakeshore Missy → Van Dyke’s Abi Antonia of Haro → Haro’s Abi Alpha → Haro’s Ginger Snap of Pellburn…to Jake’s dad, Scar.

Ring’s Abi Sheba of Selene also had a son, Van Dyke’s Abi Abdullah, and from him we go → Alvi’s Amore of Shorehouse (an Aby variant, which I’m not sure but think may mean he had long hair) → Alvi’s Chimo of Lolirand (who is listed as a Somali) → Falconsview Ezekiel of J.R.R. (a Canadian Somali!) → J.R.R.’s Shyboy of Lynn-Lee (a shy Aby, apparently…didn’t know those existed!) → Lynn-Lee’s Desert Fox → Lynn-Lee’s Christmas Cactus of Seguin (born Dec. 24, 1980) → Lynn-Lee’s Strawberry Shortcake (it was the 80’s) → Lynn-Lee’s Firefly → Lynn-Lee Dances With Wolves of Tadofa (born January 1991) → Tadofa Claim Jumper of Gunsmoke → Gunsmoke’s Amaretto of Tajhara, who was Sparkle’s father Miles Davis’ mother.

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(Jake and Toby with Walter Hutzler again)

But there you have it: Sparkle and Jake are distantly related on both sides of their families! Man, I love stuff like this.

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(Jake in Gene Darrah’s ring)

Sparkle can also trace back to the infamous Grand Champion and Distinguised Merit Abyssinian Bastis Zackariah through Phaulkon’s Poetry in Motion, Firecracker’s paternal great-grandfather. Zackariah is probably the most prolific Abyssinian recorded. He has 73 offspring known to ERoS, and he probably had many, many more kittens than that. Most modern Abys can trace back to him (he’s in Jake’s pedigree as well, on his father’s side), and apparently so can a lot of Somalis!

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(Toby with Russell Webb again)

I have actually bought several of the old CFA Yearbooks with feature articles about Somalis and Abyssinians in them and I have a scanning project planned. In these fantastic tomes (and I do mean “tomes;” these things are big and heavy!) are photos of a lot of these cats (or at least cats from the same catteries) whose names you see above. That’s the most fascinating thing to me…you can see these ancestors! I haven’t found a source for these online, apart from Karen Lawrence’s Abyssinian Historical Review (which is an incredible resource). I found photos of two more of Jake’s forefathers, Gr.Ch. and Regional Winner Blybos St. Lawrence of Instincts and Gr.Ch. and National Winner Instincts Klein Bonaire, who are probably also a part of our cousin Ataraxia Nantucket of Instincts (Toki)‘s pedigree!

The Aby world is a small one indeed!

11 thoughts on “Aby-a-Day – September 15: Are Jacoby and Sparkle Related?

  1. Wow, that Toby has a floofy tail! Oops, sorry – I got distracted! I cannot believe you did ALL that homework! I am impressed! Jake and I both have pretty intense pedigrees, don’t we?

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    1. He does! I love comparing him and Jake, too…don’t they look to be about the same size? I really amuses me to see Toby and Jake with the same judges, and they’re looking at the same things…

      That one judge, Walter Hutzler, had to do his finals in two parts, because he had too many boycats (you’re not supposed to put same-sex cats next to each other in the ring cages, but especially not male cats), and in the first half, he had Jake, Toby and an ebony ticked tabby and white Oriental Shorthair. I said, “He likes ticking!” LOL

      I was kind of surprised to see that Tina Turner and Jake’s lines crossed so (relatively) recently. I’ve followed Jake’s pedigree on ERoS so many times, a lot of those names are quite familiar. So when I saw Nepenthes Leo’s name, I was like, NO WAY.

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  2. If I had your e-mail I could send you some beautiful photos of Somali kittens. An acquantance of mine breeds them. Agile Somalis is the cattery. I just got new photos a few weeks ago. They are very floofy and cute.

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  3. But… why is dat man pullin their tails? Mom tugs my tail a little cuz I hold it curled all the time. Is this like the jeany-ology Dad talks about? Nina and I don’t even know our kitty parents, much less all them generations. Concats, Sparkle and Jake, fur finding yur cousins!

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    1. HAHAHAHAHA!!! I got one of those for the cats the last time we were in Florida! I haven’t posted it yet because I just got through those photos a week or so ago…I haven’t even finished with all the photos yet – just the ones of Tessie in the tunnel, but not the Jake ones (which is why I haven’t posted about it yet):

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      And yes, I bought it because there was an Aby on the packaging. But Jake loves it!

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  4. How on earth did you find all that info?! I don’t know any of Toki’s, I never asked for a list of everything. it never occured to me. Wow.

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    1. That’s part of the problem…I can only work with what’s on ERoS, and, for whatever reason, Ataraxia doesn’t seem to have any listings.

      The nice thing about ERoS, though, is it’s user-populated. Users update the information in it based on their cats’ pedigrees.I know that Sherry, Jake’s breeder, filled in quite a lot from Jake’s parents’ information. If you have Toki’s pedigree, you could create a user account and update it yourself.

      When all the cats in question have information in ERoS…it’s a fantastic resource! It’s like Geneology.com for Abys and Somalis!

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