Aby-a-Day – February 28: Jacoby’s first therapy visit to Tufts

Tuesday evening, Jacoby and I went on our first therapy visit to Tufts Medical Center.


Jake was ready to go the minute we got off the train.



Tufts is one of the biggest hospitals in Boston, and it’s also right downtown and super easy to get to on the T. The station is right across the street from them!



The moment we entered our ward, Jake was the center of attention.
These next two were taken by the ward supervisor with her iPad.


She called this one “Beautiful Boy.”


I was so happy she took these photos – I’m always so busy interacting with the patients with Jake that I rarely have time to take photos.


And there are NEVER any photos of me!


Jake had an especially good time with one patient who loves the animal visitors and takes photos of them with his Kindle.


Jake is such a camera ham, you know he loved visiting this man! We stayed in the hospital until 8pm, when visiting hours ended. It was an awesome experience, and Jake seemed to really love all the attention. We’re going to set up a regular schedule…I can’t wait to go back!

Aby-a-Day – February 27: Wordless Wednesday (“In a cat’s eye, all strollers belong to cats”)






Aby-a-Day – February 26: Keep out of the reach of felines (Cartoon Tuesday)

This is based on a few things…mainly the fact that certain feminine hygiene products have a body and tail and are remarkably mouse-like. There was also a cat cartoon I saw years ago that was somewhat more graphic than my version (but then it involved Siamese, too); unfortunately I have no idea where I saw it and I can’t find it again or I would link to it. And then there was this incident…So yeah. It happens. Google it.


I really love how proud Jacoby is of himself in this cartoon. You know he was the instigator. Although I do apologise to anyone who doesn’t like cartoons resorting to bathroom humour.

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

Other People’s Abys – Racy Mooner on The Daily Buzz!

This just in from Facebook: Our friend Racy Mooner will be on The Daily Buzz tomorrow morning on a spot featuring travel gear for pets!

Racy’s been out in the public eye a lot lately; check out her appearance at the Yeowww! Catnip booth at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando:

It’s looking like 2013 is going to be the Year of the Aby!

Aby-a-Day – February 25: “People who want to understand democracy should spend less time in the library and more time in the subway” (Hipstamatic Monday)

I just love riding the T with Jacoby.


He’s such a seasoned subway rider.


Nothing fazes him. Not even long delays!



He knows the routes and lines like the back of his paw.


I guess since he’s been riding the T since he was 3 ½ months old, the subway is no big deal.


Maybe he should be the MBTA’s mascot?

Abyssinian QR Codes

This is really cool: the CFA just released QR Codes for all recognised breeds.


The article in the CFA newsletter, submitted by Kris Willison, said, “QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional bar code) first designed for the automotive industry in Japan. Recently, the QR Code system has become popular outside the automotive industry due to its fast readability and greater storage capacity compared to standard UPC barcodes.” ~Wikipedia

Last December a friend brought a QR Breed Tag from another registry to a local show with the suggestion that they might make a nice exhibitor handout at the upcoming Houston Cat Club Diamond Jubilee. A QR Code can be read by any smart phone to deliver additional information, such as the URL for that breed’s profile or standard. The tag was shown to the HCC club president and I volunteered for the project.

The next day I used the QR Code Generator to create and download the codes for each of CFA’s 42 recognized breeds.

The next step was shopping to determine the most economical way to complete the project. I found the best price for business cards at Sam’s Club. The other supplies I purchased online at Amazon.com


Inkjet or Laser Printer Business Cards, 2″ x 3.5″
5 Mil Luggage Tag Slotted Laminator Pockets 2.5″ x 4.25″
Metal Badge Clips with Clear Vinyl Straps

Using the BREED SUMMARY for counts, business cards were printed front and back then laminated and badge clips added. I used an exhibitor listing that included breed of cat(s) entered to generate address labels to sort and bag the tags for pickup at check-in.

Exhibitors were thrilled and there have been emails from all over. With a little help from CFA Publications I have since created a MS Office 2010 Publisher file that can be made available to the clubs for printing the breed tags. Here are QR Codes for each breed.”


TICA has their own set of QR codes, too! Click here to download the PDF file with all the breed QR codes.

Pretty nifty, eh? What will they come up with next?

Aby-a-Day – February 24: We DO need those stinking badges!

Yesterday Jacoby and I went to Tufts Medical Center to get our volunteer ID badge photos taken.


Of course, it involved getting his photo taken, so it was a pretty easy task to complete



According to hospital rules, every volunteer must wear their own badge.


Including the animal volunteers!


Now that Jake and I are all badged up, and we have our Tufts volunteer vests, we’re ready to go to work!