#Strollercat

So this is interesting…yesterday I needed to run an errand in Cambridge, and since it didn’t involve groceries, I took Jacoby, in his stroller, along with me. Just a regular Tuesday, right?

Well…no. Even though it was after 6, the red line was still pretty crowded. As always, I tried to stay out of the way as much as I could. But evidently some people were still annoyed about the stroller on the train…and they Tweeted about it.

I had a run-in with a woman, too, who said she was allergic to cats (as am I) and how dare I bring a cat on the train? So…rather than arguing with her, I Tweeted about it.

Next thing I know, today my vet’s office calls me, saying someone from the Boston Herald wanted to interview “the woman with the cat in a stroller.” Turns out, after the bitchy Tweets, a bunch of pro-Strollercat Tweets started. And then, someone created a StrollerCat Twitter account! I guess it’s become kind of a thing

I literally found out about this from the reporter who left her number with the vet’s office! It’s crazy, but I guess Jake’s a sort of Boston celebrity now. I actually did a pretty decent interview with the Herald, and they asked a lot about our therapy work and the CFA Ambassador program; the reporter said it was going to be a positive piece.

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Interestingly enough, I made this back in September of last year…evidently, it’s @strollercat’s motto.

Aby-a-Day – October 31: Wordless Wednesday (Happy Halloween!)

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Aby-a-Day – October 30: Spoiled for Choice (Cartoon Tuesday)

I think we’ve all been there…

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

Aby-a-Day – October 29: Urban Cowboy (Hipstamatic Monday)

I love riding the T with Jacoby.

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It’s fun to watch other people watching him, and it’s fun to watch him on the train.

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At times, he just seems so jaded. “Ho hum, here we are on the train. Yawn.”

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What’s really funny is, he knows our “home” station, Broadway. When he hears the announcement on the loudspeaker: “Next stop, Broadway,” he gets all excited because he knows we’re getting off.

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The thing is, though, that yesterday, after Petco we had to go downtown to CVS and the post office, so we went past Broadway without getting off.

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Jake knew something was wrong. He got all agitated, meowing at me like, “MOM! MOM! THIS IS OUR STOP!!!”

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I think he knows the word “Broadway,” as well as what our station looks like. Actually, it’s because he knows Broadway is “home” that he had his escalator accident two years ago last week.

Aby-a-Day – October 28: This ain’t my first rodeo

Today Jacoby and I went to the big Halloween costume contest at the Quincy Petco.

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I found an incredible cowboy hat and kerchief at Petsmart last weekend (on sale for 50% off if you can believe it) and the instant I saw it, I knew it would be awesome on Jake.

He just needed a jacket to go with it. So, I took one of his harness-coats and added a little cowhide…

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…and voilà! Jake’s a cowboy!

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At Petco, they had a little runway set up. Of course, Jake rocked it.

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It was the Feline Agility course all over again.

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The great thing about this costume is that it’s also a harness, and it’s warm. Perfect for a late October outing.

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Jake can move in it comfortably, and the hat doesn’t have to be on his head for the costume to work. He can have it pushed back and it still looks good.

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I need to get a cowgirl costume, now, so that we match. It seems that human-pet matching outfits are all the rage. Besides the general costume contest, Blue Buffalo sponsored a special contest for the best lookalikes.

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Since my Cleopatra outfit is in storage, I decided we’d go as Ellsbury and Pedroia.

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Well…okay, we just wore Red Sox jerseys and hats. But he’s named Jacoby, and my jersey has Pedroia’s name and number, so there you go.

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But it worked! We won!

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It was a great party, too. There was face-painting, a scavenger hunt, cupcakes with worms in them, and a lot of great dogs – and cats – in costume.

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I was thrilled to see another cat in the contest. And look! He was even in a stroller!

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This is Mr. Pixel, aka SuperCat. He’s the first cat I’ve seen in a stroller outside of a cat show.

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We let Mr. Pixel and Jake check out each other – and their pimped out rides.

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Amazingly, they got along pretty well. I was surprised there was no hissing!

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I was amused that he won a bag of BLUE Longevity, the cat food with the Aby on the front I noticed for the first time last week at Petsmart. How serendipitous!

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You may also notice that the bag is full of bite holes…

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…while I was putting the stroller away in the bike closet, Jake decided he wanted a snack and attacked his prize!

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I guess that means it’s good food, if he wants to tear into the bag to eat it! And, I guess that’s the perfect end to a good day.

Cartoons: Not just for Tuesday anymore

After I put my Aby photo art calendar up for sale on Zazzle, it occurred to me that it would be really awesome to make a cartoon calendar, too. I’ve done quite a few cartoons I’m quite proud of this year, and many of them would work as calendar pages…so…

Here’s a Cartoon Tuesday calendar for every day of 2013!

And don’t forget, if you order before 27 November, you can get 25% off by using promo code CALENDARTIME at checkout!

Aby-a-Day – October 27: Get thee hence, ye doltish, fat-boned bugswallower!

Jacoby’s not the only one getting ready for Halloween.

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Angel is, too. I really want to take her to the costume contests the pet stores are having, but I’m afraid she may just be too timid to go out in public like that.

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But inside her familiar walls, she’s the fiercest pirate on all the seven seas.

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Especially when a certain camera ham decides to try to horn in on her action.

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As if Jake doesn’t get enough photographic attention, right?

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Apparently he doesn’t, since here he is, barging into Angel’s Halloween photos.

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Angel was not amused, either.

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And she let him know about it, too.

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She’s growling at him in this photo.

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Growling, and hissing…

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I think Jake really blew it when he tried to play with the feathers on Angel’s hat.

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This photo makes me laugh. It reminds me of that LOLcat where the lioness tells the lion she does not has a PMS

After Angel gave him what-for, Jake thought he’d try barging in on a sweeter, gentler girlcat’s photo op.

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I mean, what could be nicer and more feminine than Hello Kitty?

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Grave tactical error on Jake’s part.

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Angel only yelled at Jake. Kylie, for all her pink ribbons and hearts, really let him have it. With both paws! Pow! Pow!

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Do NOT screw with Hello Kitty! She will mess you up!