Aby-a-Day – July 13: A day full of firsts (Friday Flashback)

Last weekend’s visit to the vet reminded me of the first time I took little baby Jacoby to see Dr. Natalie.

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Can you believe I forgot my camera and had to use my iPhone to capture the event!?

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Yeah, I’m still kicking myself over that one, three years later.

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Not only was it his first trip to see our vet, but it was also the first time he ever met a dog.


Granted, the “dog” was an 8 month old Chihuahua and not much bigger than Jake was, but still, it was his first dog and he wasn’t afraid of it at all!


Here he is next to those same food bins last weekend…He always checks out the food bins!


I think this is the same exam room we were in last weekend, too. Look how tiny he is compared to that pen!


And look at him next to Angel’s carrier…that was then…


And this is now! I don’t think he’d even fit into that carrier now.

I Am Lennox

I know this is a cat blog, but I’m sure you’ve all heard about Lennox, the part Lab mixed-breed dog in Belfast put to sleep this week after two years in custody because the city measured his head and decided he was an illegal Pit Bull. Well, an internet movement has started with photos of mostly bully breeds captioned with the words “I AM LENNOX.”


I did one with Jacoby, because honestly? Any breed or species of animal could be legislated against if someone a position to do so wanted to do it badly enough. For example, some states prohibit Bengals, Savannahs and other hybrid cats. It’s illegal to own any generation of Savannah in some cities (including both Boston and all five boroughs in New York City, although F4 and below are legal in the rest of Massachusetts and F5). and lower are legal in the rest of New York State) It’s something of a one-drop rule, since the percentage of wild to domestic cat is relatively small, but it still is the law…because they’re part wildcat and therefore “unpredictable.” Just read this charming article in – guess what – the Daily Mail about the dangers of hybrid “supercats” and you’ll see what I mean.

Jake’s not got a vicious bone in his feline body, but remember, even he has a ticked African wildcat in his pedigree. And since he’s part wildcat, what’s stopping him from suddenly attacking someone?

As Joe Bob Briggs used to say, “Without eternal vigilance, it can happen here.”