Aby-a-Day – October 26: Tacoby Bellsbury (Fashion Friday Flashback)

Five years ago yesterday, Jacoby Ellsbury stole the first base in the World Series and won every person in America a free Taco Bell taco.


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image by Jeff Dockum, via Boston.com)

As you might imagine, this was a pretty big deal here in Boston. Five years later, people still talk about it when listing Ellsbury’s accomplishments.

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In fact, at the time I created this LOLcat with Jake’s brother Gun-Hee, based on this hilarious on-air dugout conversation, and this classic LOLcat.

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And when Jacoby was a kitten, I had to get him catnip taco toys.

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So…when I saw this taco costume on sale at BaxterBoo…yeah, I had to get it.

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The mistake I made, though, was taking Jake out into the hallway to photograph him.

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And you know what happens when he’s out on the hallway carpet! He rolls.

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At least he’s comfortable in whatever he’s wearing, wherever he’s wearing it.

Abys in Need – Craigslist Abys in Vancouver and San Francisco

Craiglist is having an Aby explosion lately. There was an Aby pair on Baltimore’s Craigslist, but happily, they were adopted this morning and are on their way to their new homes now.

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But there’s another pair of Abys looking for a home on on Vancouver, BC’s Craigslist.

I love the description: Brother and Sister 3 years old. Must be adopted together. They are great cats. Very loving and affectionate. Quirky and a lot of fun. If you know this breed then I don’t need to explain. They are both very healthy indoor cats. Never been outside. Need a home where they will be cherished as they will be your little shadows. They are both fixed and have all shots and vet check ups up to date. These cats have been babied. Only serious cat lovers need apply. We will be very picky as to who we will allow to adopt these characters. Thanks for your interest.

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These two are so amazing! I wish I lived closer…

And then we have Bella, in the East Bay :

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CALL FARA AT 510 776-2147

BELLA IS A PUREBRED 7 YEAR OLD ABYSSINIAN.

VERY LOVING AND MOST AFFECTIONATE CAT IN THE WORLD….YET VERY MELLOW. SHE IS UP TO DATE ON ALL HER SHOTS SPAYED COMES WITH ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDING: FOOD, BOWLS, PET CARRIER, DELUXE COVERED LITTER PAN, TOYS AND MORE

VERY WELL BEHAVED AND RESPONDS TO HER NAME. SHE IS ALSO VERY GOOD WITH YOUNG CHILDREN AND OTHER CATS.

OWNER LEAVING STATE, RE-HOMING FEE DOES APPLY TO COVER COSTS OF SUPPLIES PROVIDED AND FOR RESPONSIBLE OWNERSHIP

SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY. CALL FARA AT (510) 776-2147 CANDIDATES WILL BE SCREENED.

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Look as this sweetheart! I hope she finds a good home soon.

Aby-a-Day – October 25: Smart shopping

As you saw yesterday, Jacoby and I had a lot of fun just exploring Petsmart.

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Since we didn’t have anything we had to do after the costume contest, we just kind of hung out and explored the store for a while.

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I was playing my little “let’s find Abys” game. First, I found this awesome shopping bag. It may not be specifically Abyssinian, but it definitely harmonises well with a Ruddy, don’t you think?

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The label shows how the pattern looks when the bag is unfolded. I love it, and 10% of the price goes to help homeless pets. Win-win, I say.

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Then I found this photo on the Furminator display. It really cracks me up because Abys are pretty much the least sheddy cats I’ve ever lived with, so hey, let’s make them the poster cat for a shed prevention tool! The other thing that I found amusing was that this display was directly opposite the store’s Banfield Vet Hospital, where one of the staff was admiring Jake, exclaiming, “I’ve never seen a cat like that before!” Well…actually, there’s a photo of one right over there…

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I usually manage to find an Aby on at least one cat food can label or bag. This Blue Buffalo one, for weight maintenance, was a new one I’d not seen before.

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I also hasn’t seen this new Royal Canin Somali.

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Look! More Somalis! Apart from food, I’ve hardly ever seen Somalis on packaging.

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And here’s another Somali…who’s also a blue. I think this boy is so handsome…I wonder who his breeder is.

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I think between the food aisles and the edible critters, Jake must get very hungry when we go to pet stores.

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“Wait…these aren’t for eating?”

The first ever Daily Abyssinian Calendar!

I’ve made calendars for my family and friends featuring photo-art images of our cats since 2007 through Shutterfly. I’ve often been told I should offer them for sale, but I never really knew how.

Thanks to our friend Sparkle, now I do know how! I took some of my favourite Abyssinian pictures from the past six calendars and collected them into one colourful Aby-a-Day calendar.

Get your Daily Abyssinian 2013 Calendar by Talonvaki on Zazzle

Even better, if you order before 27 November, you can get 25% off by using promo code CALENDARTIME at checkout!

Aby-a-Day – October 24: Wordless Wednesday (Watch the Birdie)

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Aby-a-Day – October 23: Follow the bouncing eyeball (Cartoon Tuesday)

I thought of this cartoon first…and then I discovered, to my delight, that they actually exist!

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

Aby-a-Day – October 22: Because you never know when you’ll need a bag of eyes (Hipstamatic Monday)

This just made me laugh.

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We found these at CVS.

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Bags of bouncy eyeballs.

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I guess it’s true. CVS really does have everything!

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I may have been a little more amused about these than I needed to be…

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…but that’s just because I didn’t think such a thing existed! I mean, what a fun, albeit somewhat ghoulish, cat toy!