Other People’s Abys – Welcome to the newest event at the Aby Olympics

Since the Summer Games have started, I thought I’d share this email I got from Abydom Abys in Toronto, Ontario via one of my Aby lists…

Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen let me introduce you to the latest event to gain acceptance at the Games….Dust Pan Surfing!! This event is in the kitten class and can be compared to the adult version…Runway Scatter Rug Surfing!

This evening I came home and thought the 8 week old kittens would like to get out into the bigger room for some playtime, I let them out and started on the work I had brought home. An hour or so later it was time for the nightly ritual of scooping, sweeping and feeding, I entered the room to discover they were in the middle of the latest run. Oh, by the way did I mention that this is apparently a winter sport, snow is a requirement. I had unfortunately left the snow-making equipment out and they had the course nicely covered (paper towel roll). They looked like they were have such fun that I sat down to watch the current kittens run. This is a very difficult
course, many obstacles to get around, if you go to fast and lose control and hit the broom handle laying on the floor this could throw you off and into a water hazard (water bowl) or sand trap (litter box). Mom and Aunt Sammy are sitting high up on the cupboard watching each of the four athletes complete their runs (I think they must be the judges).

I have absolutely no idea who won this first day of trials as it was stopped due the fact that the street lights came on and I had dinner in my hands. Everyone one is now bedded down with full tummies dreaming of just how to wax that dust pan for optimal performance on the Bounce paper towel course.

Stay tuned for more action.
Abydom Olympic Park

Oh, how I wish there were photos of this show of athletic prowess! However, I could not find their website.


The best I could do was a screenshot of their homepage…

Aby-a-Day – July 27: Land ho! (Fashion Friday)

Just as we did last year at ArtBeat, we made a point of stopping by Mike Ritter’s photobooth at ArtBeat. Mike takes wonderful photos of people at ArtBeat, and he has a lot of fun props to play with!


This year’s theme was “Migration,” and Mike had a coming-to-America backdrop and shipworthy props. Mike remembered us, too (which I guess makes sense…how many other cats are there at ArtBeat?)!


I wore the Captain Steubin hat, while Jacoby got lei’d.


Since I was born here, I didn’t ever have to migrate, but I have been to Ellis Island. None of my ancestors came through there, though. My dad was born here, too, and my mom was born in Alberta, near Edmonton…but she emigrated to the States via San Francisco, not New York. Jake, however, was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick!

Oh, and my shirt? Is from

Abys in Need: TinyTim and BobCat in New Mexico

This may be the only time on record that I state publicly that I wish I lived closer to New Mexico.

tinytim and bobcat

Super sad story alert! “I have [been on this list] since Oct 2004 when I rescued my two wonderful Abys, TinyTim (a fawn) and BobCat (a ruddy/usual). They were littermates dropped off at a local shelter. My two little boys have become so much of my life. They are 8 years old, now.

I resently found out I have be relocating for my job, a 25+ hour trip with three flights, one lasting over 15 hours. My boys don’t like traveling in the car and I am worried they will not do well on this trip.

They have become so much a part of my life, but I am single and have to work. Is there anyone interested in adopting them and giving them a new home that keeps them together?


Stupid work, always getting in the way of real life! I’m guessing she’s moving out of the country, because I cannot think of anyplace in North America that requires three planes…and one leg lasting 15 hours!? Yikes. At least, I hope it’s that far away. Could you imagine changing planes three times and being on a 15 hour flight…and NOT leaving the continent? I mean, my flight to Tokyo via Chicago only took two planes and about 13 hours…and a lot of airlines won’t let you take two cats in the same carrier in cargo (the only way a single person can take two cats on a flight that I know of), and that was pre-9/11 (1998) and even then I had to cry on the phone because I flew in August (it was an overnight flight, so not hot).

If you can take in two lovely, neutered Aby boys, Contact Nancy Martin

Other People’s Abys – Calendar Cats

It seems like it’s been a while since we’ve had a Page-a-Day Calendar cat, doesn’t it? Well, meet Dixie from Pound Ridge, NY:


Abyssinians have become wildly popular, in part because of their unique beauty (they are depicted in Egyptian artworks), and in part because of their personalities. “Abys,” as they are affectionately known, are athletic and playful, but also extremely loving toward their owners.

Can’t argue with that assessment! However, this isn’t the only calendar Aby for July. There was also another red/sorrel featured on July 8th, but since that happened on a Sunday (and my Page-a-a-Day Cat Calendar is at work), I missed posting Samson from Cincinnati’s photo until now.


I love his little cowboy hat!