Aby-a-Day – March 5: “He loves going wherever trains are at” (Hipstamatic Monday)

Jacoby loves to ride the train. He’s been on the Commuter Rail a few times; we’ve gone to Mansfield and Providence for shows, and we’ve also met my husband in Natick for other trips. We also took a daytrip to Gloucester just for fun.

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He doesn’t like to be in his carrier, though.

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He wants to sit on a seat like everyone else.

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And he does sit so nicely, too. Sometimes he looks out the window, and he’s always interested in the train’s stoppings and startings.

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On the train home from Providence, we met the cutest little boy. He asked how old Jake was, and when I said he was almost three, the boy proudly told me he was four.

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He meowed to Jake, and he also took his photo with his mom’s phone.

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Of course, Jake posed for him! I told the little boy that I started taking photos when I was exactly his age, four years old, and I mostly took pictures of cats even then. And, I continued, I still take lots of photos, so he was starting on a long and happy hobby. I thought it was cool he wanted to take pictures of Jake. They weren’t bad, either. Kid’s got a good eye.

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I think it’s awesome that the MBTA allows pets on the trains, both the T and the Commuter Rail. It makes life so much easier. I wish Amtrak would allow pets, too. I would probably take it a lot more often if they did, since taking trains with a cat is so much easier than flying these days.

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And Jake really does enjoy it.

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He is truly the King of the Rails!

Other People’s Abys – More Cat Show News

I got this email via one of the Aby lists I’m on, and it’s really awesome:

I AM SO EXCITED and happy to CONGRATULATE Lori McClain on her very first one show GRAND. Saika Shams Fawn Over Me, who came to the TGIF Show in Indy this weekend as an Open Premier and in 7 out of the 10 rings, before the show was even over, was a new GRAND PREMIER !!!

Lori is still on the road home, in shock, and I am the lucky one who got to a computer first to congratulate them both.

There is no reason to wait for Herman Online to check the points on this playful, happy, beautiful fawn Abyssinian neuter, because he had so many extra, even if there was a mistake in the count, he had more than enough to spare 🙂


(This is Saika Shams Lady in Blue, who I suspect is Fawn Over Me’s mother or grandmother.)

That’s brilliant! Fawn Over Me did in one single show what Jacoby took all last year to do! That’s just an incredible acheivement.

And (you knew I was going to do this, didn’t you?) Jacoby has some Saika Shams blood in his pedigree: his paternal grandfather, Haro’s Jake of Eszencia’s mother was Saika Shams Bint Asad. Saika Shams is one of the older Abyssinian catteries, going back to 1973, so if the name seems familiar, that’s because it probably is. Saika Shams and Lori McClain were involved with the foundation of the Somali breed, too, in the early 70’s, so the weekend Fawn Over Me had is just another feather in Saika Shams’ very well-plumed historical hat.

(However, as far as I can tell, despite Jake and Sparkle sharing common Aby ancestors, it doesn’t appear that Sparkle is connected to Saika Shams cats at all. Incidentally, Sparkle, have your human check out this History of the Somali Breed I discovered on the Somali Cat Club’s website! Interesting stuff!)

Also (and this is just incredibly random), if you look at the pedigree in the above link, for Saika Shams Arabesque, who was born on 23 September 1973, you’ll see her grandfather was El Qahira’s Chocolet. That name rang a bell with me, so I followed it and discovered this line:

El Qahira’s Chocolet -> El Qahira’s Prudence -> Scarlette Chocoletta of El Qahira -> El Qahira’s Jack Dandy of Alekay -> Alekay’s Joshua of Shechinah -> Vanguard’s Fillip of Yavapai -> Westleigh’s Trinity -> Westleigh’s Jubilate of Shomra -> Shomra’s Rusty Nail (Ah ha, Shomra! there’s a familiar name!) -> Shomra’s Sweet Sara (born 24 June 1992) -> Shomra’s Orion -> Shomra’s Tomahto (DM) -> Shomra’s Right Off the Vine -> Ramkatz Ryan New Year of Instincts -> (cue dramatic music, please…) Instincts Santa Catalina of Pellburn, Jake’s mother!

Congratulations to this lovely fawn boy…I wasn’t able to find any photos of him online. Yet. I’m sure after the weekend he had there will soon be plenty of photos of this little man.