Aby-a-Day – September 30: The Escalator Incident (Part 1) (Cartoon Tuesday)

Since we’re coming up on the anniversary of Jacoby’s escalator accident, I thought I’d tell the story in cartoon form. I have very few photos of the incident (since I was a little busy while it was happening), and it seemed like a good story to illustrate. It’s going to be a five-part series, so here is page 1:


Stay tuned for page 2!

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

Aby-a-Day – September 29: City kitty (Hipstamatic Monday)

Jacoby is such an urban cat.


I love watching him when we go places in Boston.


He’s just so at home in the city.


Pavement, asphalt, metal, cars and trucks, trains, highways…none of it fazes him.


He is the king of the concrete jungle!


While he does seem to enjoy going to parks and other “natural” areas…


…somehow, he’s almost more comfortable where there are sidewalks.


I can’t really picture him living on farm, can you? It’d be like a Manhattanite moving to Alabama!

Aby-a-Day – September 28: Haute cuisine

Angel has decided she wants to eat on the top of her favourite cat tree, and not on the floor like everyone else.


Oh, I try to feed her on the floor, with Tessie, at the fancy new Hepper feeder in the kitchen…


…but she’ll have none of it.


She takes a few bites, and then runs for her tree.


Sometimes, she runs back and forth from her bowl in the kitchen to the tree. Of course, during all this, if Tessie finishes her own and is still hungry, she’ll just move over and start in on Angel’s food.


If you don’t put her food up there, she’ll just sit up there and yell at you until you figure it out.


So I have to give in, and give Angel her dinner on the cat tree. I really would prefer her to eat in the kitchen (for one thing, she likes to eat her food outside the dish, which is one of the main reasons I bought the Hepper NomNom feeder in the first place!


Look at her face: “Well, it’s about time you got the hint and brought me my food here!”


This just started recently, too. For months, she was happy eating on the floor with Tessie. I’m not sure what changed.


She’s loved the tree since we got it back in the old apartment, and it’s even better now that it’s in the window.


My husband got her started on this; for some reason, he started giving her breakfast up there and now she wants all her meals to be served on the patio.










After supper, it’s time for washing up, of course.


It’s so funny how adamant she is about eating her food up there. Thank goodness no one else is so stubborn!

Aby-a-Day – September 27: “Morning” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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


Our apartment get fabulous sun puddles in the mornings.


They are so fabulous, in fact, that Angel will allow Jacoby to get close to her without hissing at him.



Never underestimate solar power!



Of course, as soon as I’d put the camera away, Angel hissed at Jake…I guess the sun’s magic can only go so far…

Abys in Need: Falstaff in Pittsfield, MA

Okay, everyone in New England who’s been wanting an Aby…I have a sweetheart for you!

“Falstaff is a purebred, neutered male red Abyssinian. He’s nearly 10 years old, but doesn’t know it. He’s athletic and figured out how to jump up onto the refrigerator where we kept his food. It’s no longer there, but we may need to keep it under lock & key!”

Hmmm…perhaps they should have named him something other than Falstaff; Abys have a way of living up to their names, so maybe Hostess Quickly nailed it when she said, “He hath eaten me out of house and home, he hath put all my substance into that fat belly of his…” Except this boy doesn’t look all that fat!

“Falstaff is located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, which is in the western part of the state. My daughter is out of the country for an extended time. My husband has a debilitating condition, and when he retires in June, 2015, we will sell the house & move to Florida.

Unfortunately, Falstaff has scratched up our furniture & window sills. When Falstaff was a kitten (he was born in our house), he scratched on a tower, which fell over on him. Since then, we’ve tried to interest him in scratching pads, boards, etc. He’ll have nothing to do with them. He enjoys chasing laser beams and paper balls.

We really don’t want to put him in a shelter if we can help it!”

If you are looking for an older (but by no means “old”) Aby with a lot of personality, contact Helen Came at hcameandall5@gmail.com.

Aby-a-Day – September 26: Gun-Hee at Sunset (Friday Flashback)

I’d forgotten I had this photo!


This was taken 10 April 2008 at Binford Park.

Fashion Friday: Embroidered Abys

My friend Lee does some wonderful embroidery. She has patterns for several breeds of cats and dogs, including, of course, Abyssinians.

You can order embroidered items from her online shop or on eBay. This shirt was recently for auction on eBay, but I think it’s still available.


She will also do your own shirts if you send them to her. I had our therapy shirts done with our names and her “Aby and Heart” design, and I love them. We have the Pet Partners logo on the other side, and it makes us look like a very polished team. If you’re interested, you can contact Lee by email.