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!
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.
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.”
But as it turns out, it’s not just the cat’s comfort that matters. As much as we loved that little stroller…it was just too little. I’m 5’8″, and it turns out that the height of a stroller is important if you’re the one pushing it. I was having to sort of stoop over and it was killing my back and shoulders on long walks. The little wheels were completely non-shock absorbing, too, and I felt every brick and bump resonating through my hands and arms – and there’s a lot of bricks in Boston! And if it was that jarring to me just pushing it, I can only imagine what it felt like for Jake.
I especially love this one the reporter, Sara Jacobi (no relation) took of Jacoby and me talking with Rachel Strutt from the Somerville Arts Council.
It was a long day for Jake – we were there eight hours, from noon til 8pm – but he handled it like a champ. We did take a little break at one point; Jake decided he needed to get away from his adoring public and took a little tour behind the curtains.
He was very interested in these kettle drums.
Jake wasn’t the only cat at the festival, though. This little black and white girl, Krufka, sat patiently on her own little sofa while her human read a story about her.
And as I mentioned on Sunday, Famous Seamus was also in attendance. He was such a sweet cat. And as his human said, he was twice the size of Jake! Jake’s such a big Aby…it was nice for someone to call him “small” for a change.
I also got to meet local author Clea Simon, which was awesome; I haven’t met many authors of books I’ve read! Her book The Feline Mystique is a fascinating study of the ancient relationship between women and cats. She also writes feline mysteries!
And we met Case and Emily, the creative geniuses behind Ferocious Friends cat toys…now, these things might just give Neko Flies a run for its money! Check out their video if you don’t believe me!
I also have to mention my favourite local video – this song by aspiring local singer-songwriter Kevin Choi! Not only is Kevin super-talented, but he’s a total cat person.
SturdiProducts is the company that makes the show cages almost everyone uses at cat shows these days, and they also make carriers, folding litter boxes, and all sorts of other products designed specifically for travelling with and showing cats (and small dogs). I’m endlessly impressed with their products and was lucky enough to meet them in person at the CFA Annual last June.
Racy is another Aby star! It seems we have a “Cat Pack” of famous Abys…Jacoby “Strollercat”, Toki Nantucket the Etsy model, Jafari the jogging cat of Vancouver, Louis and Rosie the leash prodigies, and now Racy (who is also the daughter of a Feline Agility superstar).
Guess I’ll have to update this cartoon I drew, eh? And change the title to include non-Ruddies…
The Copy Cat Festival this weekend was kind of magical, in that it was essentially a room full of crazy cat people who were not trying to hide that fact. People were wearing cat ears and whiskers and some even painted whiskers on their faces.
I can only imagine what Jacoby thought about that.
Seamus is a huge cat. He has extra toes on all his feet, too.
I was amazed at how well he and Jake got along. Granted, we didn’t let them get too close to each other, but still.
The main part of the festival, of course, was the cat videos. They were shown in two parts, local videos and then international ones (including Henri le Chat Noir and Maru).
Jake actually watched the videos quite intently.
(This is the video he’s watching in the photo…)
It was super cute.
There was also a slideshow of local cats…and I was amazed to see a photo of Sierra Stinkface! The cat world is small, indeed. It was a really great day. I met some awesome people (including Case and Emily from Ferocious Friends, some of the most awesome wand toys I’ve seen in a while) and had some amazing conversations today.
Boston may be a big city…but in many ways, it’s a small town.
Jake’s also making a bit of a splash in the CFA; the show season runs from May 1 to April 30, and somehow Jake’s managed to squeak his way into the top 10 Abyssinians in Premiership…
Check it out:
ABYSSINIANS IN PREMIERSHIP (Region) – [Points] – (Rings)
1. Zehnder’s Roger Vivier of NuDawnz – Blue Male – (4) – [4844.85] – (100)
2. Anubis Taz Mania – Red Male – (1) – [1743.80] – (83)
3. Gil-Aby’s Trooper – Blue Male – (7) – [1331.55] – (88)
4. Lalima’s Mikhail Baryshnikov – Ruddy Male – (9) – [1095.55] – (97)
5. Anqet Binkhaaphajaosuduangjun – Ruddy Male – (5) – [781.95] – (32)
6. 3Janes Bama Tidal Wave – Ruddy Male – (7)[761.30] – (59)
7. Masmera D’Arte Meranti – Red Male – (A) -[263.40] – (16)
8. 3Janes Midnight Rambler – Ruddy Male – (5) – [235.50] – (36)
9. Astech’s Amelia Earheart – Ruddy Female – (3)- [155.10] – (6)
10. Pellburn Jacoby Stealin’ Home – Ruddy Male – (1) – [150.25] – (17)
Isn’t that exciting! He’s also one of the top 40 cats in Premiership in the North-Atlantic Region…we haven’t been to that many shows this season, but apparently he’s done better that I thought! I’m just happy to make one final in every show we enter.