Aby-a-Day – May 31: Angel up a tree

So here’s the thing: I have a ton of photos that I took between July 4th and the very beginning of November…2010.


This is from when I first got my Nikon S8000.


For some reason, I never went through this pile of pictures.


Obviously, I’ve been going through photos since early November, 2010; if I hadn’t been, there really wouldn’t be any photographic bones to muscle with my blog entries.


There are some pretty awesome photos in that batch.


Some of these photos, I don’t think I’ve even seen since I took them.


It’s kind of like how it was back in the old film days.


Sometimes, back in the old film days, you’d find a roll of exposed film in some old bag you haven’t used for years.


You’d look at it, when you found it, and think: Wow…when is this thing FROM?


And you’d take it or send it to wherever it is you took film to be developed and printed back in those days.


And when you got the photos back, it was amazing.


Well, this is going to be kind of like that. Hopefully. Anyway…I have a huge amount of photos from July – November, 2010. I’m starting out with these shots of Angel playing with an Alpaca fur cat toy. Two years ago. Think of it like a kind of Flashback Friday…only without the Friday.

Aby-a-Day – May 30: Wordless Wednesday (My, what big teeth you have!)


Other People’s Abys – Another Good Weekend for the Abys

Abyfriend Meg (Cousin Taz’s mom) reported some excellent news from the Burmilla/Empire CFA show in Lebanon, PA, this past weekend about the outstanding success Abys had at the show (where there were at least some Abys actually entered).

In Championship, Abycastle Midnight in Paris, a dark, handsome fellow with bedroom eyes, made all 12 finals and was one of the highest scoring cats for the weekend. Congratulations to Lauren Castle, Gary Hoffman, and Chris Giammarinao. (We were benched next to Paris at the New Hampshire show.)


In an extremely competitive Premiership class, a new Aby Tag Team emerged! The racy, elegant blue, GP Zehnder Roger Vivier of NuDawz made 11 of 12 finals, including three Best Cat wins and the colorful, refined red half of the team, GP Anubis Taz Mania, made 10 of 12 (including a Best Cat win). Most Premiership finals had not one but two Abys and two had them First and Second Best Cat. (Just like Jacoby and Taz did at the New Hampshire show!)


What the show proved was that, when given a choice between two virtually equal, fine examples of the Abyssinian breed, judges are able to see their way clear to using both and to using them high. The three cats shown are slightly differing versions of the 100 points the standard represents but all three are A+.


All of the Abys there did have a couple things in common…

All were colorful and all had excellent ticking. Paris has a lush, springy coat with lots of very black ticking. A number of judges commented on Roger’s amazing patina. One of Taz’s strongest suits is his richly colored, well-ticked coat. All also had great eyes.

Speaking of eyes; Chris & Deb Muratore had a gorgeous little ruddy boy in the Kitten Class, Instincts Alcatraz. He is elegance personified. He was only there on Saturday, however, and, because he was teething and has not been shown much, he was a bit frightened and not totally on his game.

I fell hard for him, however, and I know we’ll be seeing a lot of him in the future. He expressed an interest in adding a “last name.”

Chris G & I are happy to extend our congratulations to Monica, Sue, Seth & Lorna and we know they do the same.

Go Abys!!!

Aby-a-Day – May 29: Inside every fluffy kitten is the soul of a tiger (Cartoon Tuesday)

This was inspired by the Leap Day photo of Jacoby jumping off the bookshelf, and a photo of a cougar jumping off a cliff in almost the exact same pose.


One of Jake’s favourite toys is a deer tail I got for him at a flyfishing shop, too.

(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)

Aby-a-Day – May 28: On the waterfront (Hipstamatic Monday)

Jacoby really loves walking along Fort Point Channel.


I think he recognises the area, and he knows we’re close to home there. He can walk all the way to our building once we get past Binford Park.


You would think he’d prefer to walk on the side of the path furthest from the channel, but this isn’t the case at all.


I think he likes to look at the water.


I can’t argue with him; the channel is a lot more exciting than Gillette’s parking lot!

Aby-a-Day – May 27: Every step along the way

One very cool feature of my new camera is its “rapid fire” feature. It can take something like 12 shots in a second.
I tested it out on Jacoby, ever my willing subject:
















I have dreams of making a flip book with a set of these sorts of photos. I tried it out yesterday with judges looking at cats in the rings, and also on a white ibis I saw in a parking lot. I haven’t had a chance to look at those photos, but I’ll bet I got at least a couple of keepers!

Other People’s Abys: The trip I SHOULD have taken

Next weekend is both my birthday and my friend (and Jacoby’s breeder) Sherry’s birthday weekend. Coincidentally, up in Fredericton, where Sherry lives, next weekend there’s big ACFA cat show scheduled. I really wanted to bring Jake to that show…but fate consipred it was just not in the cards for this year.

It got a great write-up in the Fredericton newspaper (but you have to actually subscribe to the paper to read its articles online), and I also found this charming video of Sherry explaining the cat show last year to local celebrity Charles Leblanc:


Of course, while I wanted to see Sherry, and also our friend Kim, and Jake’s relatives Clancy and Finnegan, the main reason I wanted to go up there was so Jake and his brother Dillin could have a little littermate reunion.


4xGrCh Pellburn Johnny Dillinger, Jake’s brother, was Best Cat for ACFA Eastern Canada Region for the 2011 show season! What an achievement!

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We’d also have been able to see Jake’s (non-littermate) brother, Buddy Guy, who shares his fondness for dressing up.

There’s more information on the Abyssinian Cat Club on Facebook. If you’re anywhere near New Brunswick next weekend, you’ve got to go to Fredericton.

*Sigh* Wish I could…well…as we’re so fond of saying in Boston, there’s always NEXT year!