Aby-a-Day – Septermber 29: Scenes from a therapy visit

Jacoby and I have been visiting the Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Hospital at Boston Medical Center alternate weeks from our visits at Tufts.


It’s a little different from Tufts in that we visit patients on three different floors. So during a normal visit, we move around a lot.


Jake takes it all in stride, of course.




He loves spending time with the patients.


This patient was trying to get Jake to go on his shoulders. It didn’t work, but that wasn’t the patient’s fault; Jake just really is not a shoulder cat.



Jake really seems to enjoy just hanging out with his friends at the hospital. It’s really awesome to watch.

Abys in Need: UPDATE on Buttercup

You may remember my post the other day about Buttercup, the 14 year old Aby who was dumped in a high-kill shelter in San Bernadino.

Well, thanks to Pat, we have an update. It’s not all good news, unfortunately: although she’s been rescued by Southern California Aby Rescue, she has a tumour and she’s also in renal failure. Isn’t that horrid? Whoever her humans were, they dumped her because she was old and sick. Isn’t that just like that open letter to the former owners of that dog Cocoa that’s going around the internet? Ugh.

Buttercup has received much notariety after being turned into a Southern California Shelter. A compassionate volunteer from Southern California Siamese Rescue have worked tirelessly to help SCAR pull her from the shelter and keep her from being put down. She is now out of the shelter and was immediately taken to a veterinarian. She has a tumor that ruptured some time ago that has spread and she is also in renal failure. Buttercup will be taken into permanent foster and every effort will be made to make her comfortable and give her the love she so deserves. Sometimes it takes a village to save an Abyssinian and Buttercup has proven this to all of us. She certainly has a lesson to teach us. It is not over and we will keep you posted with photos (at right) and her progress.

Friday, 9/27/13 – Buttercup is safe in her foster home and enjoyed her grooming session. Her mats are now gone and she feels much better.

If you want to help SCAR with medical costs of Buttercup, or any of the other many Abys that they take in, donations can be sent by check to:

PO Box 57
Whittier, CA 90608