Aby-a-Day – November 30: Muttluks (Fashion Friday)

A couple of years ago, during the off-season, I picked up a set of Muttluks for Jacoby.

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Since they were on super-sale (something like 75% off, as I recall), I didn’t have a choice of colour; hence the blue booties.

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Since last winter was so warm, and there was so little snow, we never had a reason to use them. I found them while digging out the cats’ Christmas stuff and figured we should give them a trial run before actually wearing them outside.

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This turned out to be a good idea; evidently, they take a little getting used to.

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The FAQs say that dogs (and cats) accept their Muttluks more readily when they have them on in the snow, but Jake was getting the hang of them before too long despite being inside.

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Although, perhaps the hallway wasn’t the best place to test them out, given his fondness for rolling on the carpet out there.

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The reflectors work well, though!

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A little more practice with the boots, and I think Jake will be all ready for a Boston winter. Muttluks were invented and are made in Canada, where they know winter; they’re like Sorels for the four-legged set.

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Now all we need is some snow…

Aby-a-Day – November 29: “You do not need to belong to the cat for a long time to realize the main thing that cats like to do is to wrap theirselves up in mystery, perhaps only except for a hobby of jumbling up everything that is in order”

Jacoby loves to help.

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He especially loves to help me with Christmas. As soon as I unzipped the tree bag, he was inside it.

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I mean, really inside it.

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I don’t know what it is about the tree. He just adores it. He sleeps underneath it, patrols the presents…he’s just all about the Christmas.

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I found his mistletoe hat while unpacking all the decorations and put it on him. It didn’t stop him from helping with the tree one bit.

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It just made him look more festive.

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Jake is very thorough when it comes to holiday decoration quality control.

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As you saw yesterday, he also helped me set up the tree.

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I think this was a lighting preview, because the tree wasn’t plugged in yet.

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Jake was a very helpful boy!

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Meanwhile, Angel…well, Angel’s a little less into the holiday spirit than Jake is…

Aby-a-Day – November 28: Wordless Wednesday (Mother’s little helper)

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Aby-a-Day – November 27: Under the tree (Cartoon Tuesday)

We put the Christmas tree up last weekend. Jacoby loves the tree…

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

Aby-a-Day – November 26: Helpful little Christmas elf (Hipstamatic Monday)

Jacoby loves the Christmas tree. He loves it up and lit, and he loves to help me set it up.

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The moment I unzip the tree bag, he’s right there, helping.

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Yep, he’s right there, in the bag.

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Helping.

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I said if he was going to be such a helpful little Christmas elf, he should be wearing his mistletoe hat.

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He really didn’t mind that at all. He was too busy. Helping.

Aby-a-Day – November 25: Aftermath

You simply cannot turn your back on the turkey carcass in our house.

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Not ever.

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Get down, Jake!

Aby-a-Day – November 24: No bones about it

There’s a little ritual in my family, handed down to me by my mother, involving the turkey neck that comes inside the whole bird along with the giblets.

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Basically, in my family, the neck is a little big dinner preview. We cook it, plain with just a little salt and pepper, and maybe a touch of garlic.

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Once I eat the meat off the neck, I throw the bones to the lions.

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They are, as you can see, very popular around our house.

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The Abys, especially, love the turkey neckbones.

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As you can imagine, it’s a bit difficult for Angel to get a shot at the bones without being interrupted.

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*Sigh* Super-Jake strikes again.