Aby-a-Day – November 30: Wordless Wednesday (Angel’s mighty leap)


Aby-a-Day – November 29: The best part about Thanksgiving

What’s the best part about Thanksgiving?


What else?


The turkey!!


Particularly if you’re a cat.


And especially if you’re Angel!

Other People’s Abys – Calendar Cats and Holiday Cards

Today’s Page-a-Day Cat Calendar cutey isn’t a purebred Abyssinian, but she is a ticked tabby…I think she probably looks like the founders of the breed from the 1800’s.


“Eight-pound Muffin is a tiger at heart, says Marian Gall of Logan, Ohio. The three-year-old gray tabby loves to pick on the other two house cats – even one that weighs twice as much as she does. Small wonder that she has to take a break and chill out with a little yoga.”

Also wanted to alert you to some wonderful calendars, in case you need one for the new year.

Our friend Sparkle has her award-winning calendar available for sale on Zazzle.

The Abyssinian Cat Club of America also has a calendar for sale featuring colour photos of the ACCA’s top-scoring Abys of the 2010-2011 show season; to order one contact Harford Gillaspie by email (dexterus@volcano.net) for an order form.


Finally…I have a calendar too! Not for sale, not yet…but I make this one for family and friends and this year’s edition features several photos of Mr. Camera Ham, as well as pictures of Angel, Gun-Hee, Kylie and Tessie. And I have one to give away to one lucky Daily Abyssinian reader. Please comment on this post and I’ll choose someone at random.

And if you would like to receive a holiday card from Jacoby (and the rest of us), I’d love to send you one! Please send me your mailing address (abyaday@talonvaki.com). International addresses are welcome, and I promise I won’t use your address for nefarious purposes.

Happy holidays!

Aby-a-Day – November 28 – Scenes from a cat show (Hipstamatic Monday)

I just love the feeling of anticipation at a cat show.


Each new ring, each new judge…you never know what will happen.


Even if your cat’s been seen by a judge at a past show and done well, it doesn’t mean that you’ll see the same result today.


People ask me what it is about cat shows I find so entrancing…well, that, I guess is a big part of it.


It’s also really interesting to see your cat compared with other members of his or her breed.


And it’s also fun to see other breeds, too.

Abys in Need: Update on St. Anne

Good morning…Update on St. Anne posted to the Aby Rescue list:

“She has Tritrichomonas foetus (an easily diagnosed and treated intestinal parasite) but we cannot afford vet bills since we have fallen on hard times…Plus she is stressed out and giving herself hotspots. We are blaming it on stress but maybe a vet could find an underlying reason/skin irritation? I want everyone to know up front that she has a problem. It would do her no good to go to someone else who can’t afford the vet bills. We are only giving her up for her own good and it is breaking our hearts.”

I know what it’s like to deal with overgrooming; Tessie’s had that problem since May.

If there’s any more information posted, I’ll pass it along.

Aby-a-Day – November 27: Such a helpful Christmas elf!

Today was spent putting up our beloved LED fibre-optic white Xmas tree and the other holiday decorations.


I had such a great helper, too.


From the moment I unzipped the tree bag, Jacoby was right there inspecting everything to make sure it was all in good working order.


Then he needed to check out the ambiance underneath the tree.


And then…he got into some serious fake pine needle chewing. I don’t understand the attaction, and none one else does it, but he loves biting the tree.


Check out the Grand Premier! If I ever need to blackmail Jake, I think I’m set.


“Okay, that was awesome…what else do you have?”

Aby-a-Day – November 26: Sitting on the dock of the channel

Today was an extraordinarily amazing, warm, gorgeous day for late November; it got up to 63° in Boston (the record for this day was 67°, in 1946) and there was no way Jacoby and I weren’t going outside to take advantage of it. We didn’t do much, just walked along Fort Point Channel to the post office and back, but we did have a chance to check out the new P&G/Gillette Public Dock that they were building all summer and which officially opened last month.


It’s really cool. It’s just a small wooden dock, floating on the water, that’s open to the public. I’m sure it’ll be busy in the summer when people with kayaks and little boats start using it. But hopefully we’ll get a chance to sit on it and watch the jellyfish at some point next year.


Actually, it was really nice to sit on it today. There weren’t any jellyfish, but we did see a Horned Grebe

Now you get to choose: a photo where I’m ready and Jake isn’t…or one where he’s ready and I look like I’m asking why the flash didn’t go off.

(Me ready, Jake not)

(Jake ready, me not)


But my point is, how often, living in a place that gets a freak snowstorm on Halloween weekend, do you get to sit outside with your sleeves rolled up and no socks on?


Yeah, it was a pretty good day.