Aby-a-Day – June 24: “Better slip with foot than tongue.” (Cartoon Tuesday)

Another cartoon based on a real Aby posted on Facebook!


The drawing in this particular case is Angel, but it’s based on Nancy Moore’s boy cleaning his foot on a hot day. Angel would totally do something like that.


Just for fun…here’s the original sketches I did for this cartoon. I don’t always like the way these turn out, but I really like the way I translated the photo on this one.

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

Aby-a-Day – June 23: Angel in the round (Hipstamatic Monday)

Angel really loves the wooden tunnel bed that Jacoby won at a cat show a couple of years ago.


It’s currently in the art room on top of some unpacked bins. It has a nice view out the window and it gets good sunlight.


I guess she feels safe here.


It’s one of the first places I look for her when I need to know where she is.


Okay, Angel, I get it…you want to get back to napping now!

Aby-a-Day – June 22: Sunday surprise!

So this morning, when I checked my email I found this in amongst the spam:


Your cat, PELLBURN JACOBY STEALIN HOME has won the following awards in TICA’s Northeast Region:



Your certificate may be picked up at the Northeast Regional Awards Banquet to be held at the Yarmouth House Restaurant, Yarmouth, MA. If you are unable to attend the banquet, you may arrange for someone else to pick up your award(s) for you or you may request the certificates be mailed to you by emailing or calling Francine Hicks. Awards will be mailed after your request and the receipt of a suggested donation to the region to offset mailing costs.


All Best of Breed winners, Top 20 in each category including top 20 LH and SH cats are featured in the slide show during the awards ceremony. Please send your picture to Suzanne Philbrick. All information regarding the Regional Show and Banquet can be found at our own Northeast Website.

I hope to see you at the Cape for our year end celebration!!!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Francine Hicks
TICA Northeast Regional Director”


So Jake’s a regional winner…in TICA! Who knew? I think we only went to two TICA shows this season…we certainly weren’t trying for a TICA regional award…but look what happened! I don’t know if I’ll be able to attend the banquet in person (it’s on September 6th), but what a nice surprise!

Abys in Need – A tragedy in Russia

This is a really sad story of an Aby and Somali breeder in Russia.

“The house of Olga Kravchenko has burned, she breeds Somali and Abyssinian cats in Russia, some cats didn’t survive… we try to help her & her cats… Every little money is more than welcome.”

“June 12, 2014, the son of Olga woke up in the burning house, Olga was awakened by the explosion of the window of his room, they miraculously survived but lost everything and some cats didn’t survive. (The) cats (are living) in the wild, they are burned, injured …They need a new home, veterinary care and food.”

There is a fundraiser to help Olga, her son, and their cats on YouCaring.Com, and every little bit helps. There is a modest €2,000 goal.

I don’t know what caused the fire, but it looks like they lost everything. Luckily, it seems a lot of the cats have stayed close to home.

Aby-a-Day – June 21: “Selfie” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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


I got a new iPad for my birthday.


I thought I’d try it out with Jacoby and see if he would take a selfie.


Not perfect…but not any worse than any other selfies out there!


Cats taking selfies is a “thing” now. Just Google it.

Abys are Everywhere – Helping people get dressed since 1742

Check this out: François Boucher, an 18th century painter from France, painted a cat that looks suspiciously like an Abyssinian into one of his works.

The painting, titled La Toilette, depicts two women getting themselves ready for something…a normal day, a grand gala, a shopping trip…and while they’re dressing, a helpful Aby is cheerfully underfoot.

Tell me that’s not an Aby! Look at that smile!

Aby-a-Day – June 20: Strapping young cat (Fashion Friday)

Longtime readers of this blog know I have a fascination with well-made, high quality leather items.


Just look at Jacoby with his Arja’s Art harness and braided leather collar and leas from HiTide Creations!


I have a great leather bag from Fossil, and I love it to death. It’s not quite a messenger bag, but it’s not really a purse, and it fits my lifestyle perfectly…except for the strap, which was an adjustable leather strap with a nylon webbing back. The adjustment kept moving on me til the bag was hanging too low…and I hated the fabric backing.


But where do you go to get a really nice, well-made replacement strap that matches the bag perfectly when it’s an oddball colour like teal? I did some searching, and discovered the answer is Mautto Purse Straps and Handbag Accessories! They’re based in Northern California (my native land) and they do amazing work.


Their teal leather wasn’t strong enough to make a strap on its own, so Lynette suggested a backing of sturdier chestnut leather to match the trim on the bag. It turned out incredibly well. It feels amazing, and it’s probably stronger than the bag is. I’ll have this strap much longer than the bag, I think!


Here’s a close-up of the two leathers melded together by strong stitching.


The colours are an awesome match.


Since this is a blog about Abyssinians, not purses, here is Jake on my bag with it’s awesome new strap.


Abys are particularly tactile cats. I think Jake likes the feel of this leather.


Gratuitious grabby Aby hands.



Nobody better try to snatch this purse! Jake the guardcat is on the job!