Aby-a-Day – March 31: Morning routine (Hipstamatic Monday)

Here is a typical morning with Jacoby.

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He is often the first thing I see upon awakening.

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Not a bad thing to wake up to at all.

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Some stretching and scratching…

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…and a little rubbing and purring…

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…and we’re off to the bathroom.

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I say Jake is not a jumper, and here’s a perfect example. Instead of just leaping to the vanity, he takes this route: Toilet…

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…to the litter box cabinet…

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…and then the sink. He always goes this way.

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“Okay, Mom…now what?”

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It’s always a challenge to get ready with Jake helping.

Abys in Need: 3 Abys in Las Vegas and an Update on Jasmine in LA

I got this email late last night:

“My Aunt in Las Vegas is at a point now where she is making end of life decisions. Leaving her home of 40 years and unable to care for her cats is the hardest part of her transition.

She has 3 Abyssinians about 14 years old. These babies have been pampered and adored all these years. They have had regular vet visits, teeth cleaning, and are amazing loving girls.

My Aunt cries constantly about the babies and we must find a loving home in the Vegas area. All 3 don’t necessarily need to be together, but of course it would be nice. The two Ginger (red, I assume) girls are very connected. The blue/rust baby is more of a loner. I am in Arizona and would appreciate any help you can lend. Please, please help.”

If you can help, please contact Sharon Wells at 928-358-5437. I don’t have any photos of these three.

An update was posted on Jasmine, the older Aby in Southern California with bad teeth who was dumped in a high-kill shelter, today in the Abyssinian Foster Network group on Facebook: “Update on our foster aby, Jasmine. She had surgery to remove 7 broken & infected teeth along with several abcesses & a cancerous mass. She is so very sweet and is enjoying everyday. SCAR is following up on a suggestion to take her to a veterinarian school for treatment.”

She looks happier already!

Aby-a-Day – March 30: You’ll never 비 alone again…

In human culture, the bathroom is generally a place of solitude and privacy.

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In Aby culture, not so much.

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To Abys, the bathroom is a place of companionship and supervision.

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And, by all means, invite your friends!

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The more, the merrier!

That door was actually closed, but not latched, when I went in there…

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…obviously, I am not allowed to be in the bathroom by myself.

(The Korean word “비” is pronounced either “Be” or “Pee”…the ㅂ character is both a B and P sound – it means rain, so the pun only works untranslated.)

Aby-a-Day – March 29: “Bird” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

This week’s Photo Hunt subject is “Bird.”

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Among the toys that our friend Sanna sent from Finland was this catnip bird. It’s very firmly stuffed and a marvelous shape.

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Of course, Jacoby loves it.

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He especially loves rubbing his head on it!

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So much so that he gets a little carried away with the rubbing. Jake, the bird’s on the other side!

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Jake’s not the only one who likes the bird, though.

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Tessie and Angel like it, too. But of course, Angel was a little shy about taking the bird from Tessie.

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So I took her and the bird into the middle room for a little alone time.

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Someone’s in the catbird seat!

Aby-a-Day – We have a winner! (Fashion Friday)

There were a few entries in the “What should Jake Wear?” contest. I have to admit, many of the suggested outfits were awesome…so awesome, in fact, that Jacoby already has them!

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Bluemoonalone commented, “I would like to see him dressed as a Biker with a leather jacket, little boots and a Biker hat..He would be so cool..”

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Maaike thought he would look “dapper” in something our friend Julie made (and Toki modeled)…but of course, Jake already has a top hat she made!

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Lori said, “I could also see Jake as a doctor complete with white jacket, stethoscope, prescription pad, and so forth. ‘Tell me where it hurts!'” And Brenda wanted to see Jake as Peter Pan…but ever since Peter Pan was portrayed on Once Upon a Time, well…Pan scares me!

Kim suggested a red onesie…which Jake doesn’t already have, but she already ordered – and received – one of their Aby shirts! So, who wins the Abyssinian Cat Star T-Shirt from Poutine Press?

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Saritarian commented, “Since Jake is a stoic leader whose curiosity for the world knows no bounds, I would love to see him dressed up as George Washington in Leutze’s painting ‘Washington Crossing the Delaware.’ I *know* he could pull it off perfectly!” And that not only cracked me up (literally, I started giggling out loud when I read it), but I had to see what it looked like, so…congratulations, Saritarian! Shoot me an email and I’ll get you hooked up with Simon and Sarah.

Aby-a-Day – March 27: Heavenly Angel

It didn’t take Angel long to investigate the wall-mounted cat tree.

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She may not have been the first to go to the top…

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…but she was no less intrepid than those who had gone before.

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She just waited for all the excitement to die down before she started her exploration.

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She went straight up to the top and surveyed her territory.

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The problem was that annoying little brother Jacoby had to come up, too, and see what she was doing.

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And so did big sister Tessie.

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This is the sort of situation Angel hates…being stuck between the two of them. She kept her eye on the pair of them, though.

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Of course, Jake just wanted to play…

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…and Angel doesn’t.

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It’s not every cat who can take a hissing in the face in his stride, but Jake knows when to back off (usually).

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“I wasn’t doing anything! Honest!”

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A truce is finally reached, and everyone enjoys their own shelf in relative peace.

Aby-a-Day – March 26: Wordless Wednesday (Closet Case)

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