Aby-a-Day – November 22: Cat of the Year (Fashion Friday)

This is the weekend the gigantic CFA World Show is being held in Novi, MI, but Jacoby and I are headed to New York to attend the Westchester TICA Cat Show in White Plains instead.

But this isn’t just any cat show…Jake’s been named the Westchester Cat Club’s Cat of the Year for 2013! This award is a pretty big deal. It started in 1996, and Westchester’s first Cat of the Year was Scarlett, the cat who saved her kittens from a burning building (the award was created for her), and other honourees have included Nora the Piano Cat and Ginny the Dog who Saved Cats; last year’s winner was Nina, who helps autistic children.

In 1997, the Cat of the Year was a half Aby, half Munchkin named Cleo! Cleo was born with a cleft palate, but she had such a will to live and she was so good natured that she would take her feeding tube on her own when it was time to eat!


This year, it’ll be our very own Jacoby Stealin’ Home!


Since they’re calling Jake “Boston Strong,” I took his St. Patty’s shamrock harness and sewed a “B Strong” patch on it. I figured he could wear it at the show.


I think it works well, especially since we live in Southie.


Not only will this be perfect for him to wear to the show, but it will also be appropriate at next year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Here’s a video from the 2011 show featuring an interview with Sheila Dentico; she’s a friend from one of my Aby email lists and it was she who nominated Jake for this prestigious honour.

And look who else was at the 2011 show!

Of course, there will be tons of photos when we come home, never fear. Jake’s also entered in the show, and as you might recall, he still needs to make three more finals in order to become a Grand Champion Alter in TICA. This’ll be his third TICA show, too…so maybe the third time’s the charm? I do know that at this show he’s the only Aby Alter…the last two shows, he was up against two different Supreme Grand Champion Alters (Dexter and Abracadabra). Perhaps he’ll just get those last three finals after all…

There is just one thing I’m nervous about, though…we’ll be taking Amtrak. While we had no issues the last time we took America’s Railroad, I’ll have to be ready to show all of Jake’s documentation if we run into an unfriendly conductor.

Other People’s Abys – Call me Ishmael

Thanks to Abyfriend Wendy, I’ve found what appears to be a new Abyssinian blog: Call me Ishmael: A story of an Abyssinian cat and his accessories.

And this is the photo that started it all. It looks like this blog has just started, but it will be interesting to see what sorts of hats Ish wears over the holidays!