Aby-a-Day – October 31: “Indian clothes are better” (Fashion Friday)

My husband brought back many things from his trip to Bangalore.


Like this little handwoven mat he brought back for the cats.


It only cost 25 rupees, which is about 38c USD.



Still, proving once again that price doesn’t always equal value…



…Jacoby loves this mat. I told my husband he should have gotten more, since I foresee many whappypaws in the future over this little thing.


My husband also brought back this little hat for Jake.


Jake’s not quite as in love with the hat as he is with the mat.



Still, he wears it well. If you look closely at the second photo, you can see that there is a tiny jingle bell embedded in the hat’s brim. I have no idea why this is.


My husband got this at Bannerghatta National Park, an amazing wildlife preserve with elephants, monkeys, leopards, butterflies, and, yes…



I think Jake’s hat was meant to be for a human baby, to protect it from the sun, but it looks pretty good on Jake, don’t you think?


But that’s not all he brought back.


One thing Bangalore is known for is its textiles (especially Mysore silk), and my husband brought me some scarves and a saree.


This is the “everyday” scarf, which is either pashmina or a pashmina/cotton blend (the label only says “pashmina” on it). I love the colours.


And, apparently, so does Jake.


Tell me this cat doesn’t love to pose for fashion shots.




Dramatic cat is dramatic.




I really want to take one of these photos and Photoshop Jake into some sort of Lawrence of Arabia type background.

Aby-a-Day – October 30: “When we talk about India, we talk about tigers.”

My husband went on a business trip to Bangalore earlier this month, and, as you might expect, he brought back some wonderful souvenirs. The most wonderful of these was a hand-woven silk rug.


He bought it and had it shipped home, since it was too large to bring home on the plane. Guess who was right there, helping him open the parcel?


Why, Jacoby, of course! Shocking, I know.


The rug came wrapped in pages of the Bangalore Times, which was pretty interesting, too. Especially the grocery store ad.


I’m not sure how helpful Jake was while my husband unpacked the carpet.



He was fascinated by the unfolding, though.


It’s really a beautiful carpet.



Jake appreciated the details my husband pointed out.



Of course, no matter how beautiful the rug…




Jake, is, after all, a cat.




And you know what cats love to do with rugs (beside puke on them, I mean).



Yep. Jake and Tessie had a great time playing with it. We haven’t decided where we’ll put it, so for now it’s rolled up…but I have a feeling Jake is going to adopt it as his own when it does get its permanent place in our apartment.

Jake’s littermate brother Dillin on the news!

Check this out!

Jacoby’s littermate brother, GC Pellburn Johnny Dillinger, was featured on the Halifax 6 o’clock news last Sunday. It was actually a story on the Fundy Fanciers CCA show, and it also features Nofuratu the Nakedcat, a Sphynx friend of ours.

It’s always so much fun to see pictures of Dillin…after all, he is Jake’s closest relative. I wonder if they would remember each other if we could reunite them?

Other People’s Abys – Tribute to Uma

Tracy Weed posted this tribute to her blue Abyssinian, Uma, on the Abyssinian Cat Club group on Facebook, and it was so lovely I wanted to share it here.

I met Uma in early April 2006. Her breeder, Diane Jackson of Hill Street Blues, was retiring her after an early life of shows, prizes and litters. Her official name was Lil Devil In Bluejeans, Devi for short but I renamed her Uma. She was just 7 years old but she had already lived a life time. I never asked how many kittens she had birthed, only now am I curious. I brought her home with me to begin again, to live as a beloved pet with no demands on her at all.

As sensitive and possessive as Abyssinians are, Uma’s adjustment was very slow. She had her own room and still chose to live in the back of the closet. She came into a home with a cat-loving dog and Batman, my 14 year old black beauty, who was very ill and would die three months later from heart failure. Until Batman died I really didn’t see Uma, she was so deeply ensconced in her closet, and I only monitored her progress through empty food dishes and her deposits in her litter box.

After Batman died the door to Uma’s room was opened permanently. I would catch glimpses of her out of the corner of my eye, skirting the baseboards exploring her home but never approaching me or letting me approach her. And oh, she was so lovely, tiny and squirrel-like, with her soft, blue, puma color and bright green eyes. This was how we lived together for months, she would scoot away from me and only allow me to pet her when she was in a sun drenched sleeping spot.

Uma was not a typical boisterous clown of an Aby. I never knew if her calm demeanor was because of her age or if she was born that way. Our vet always commented on how unusually still and thoughtful she was. Uma’s guarded behavior lasted nearly a year, until I broke my leg and was laid up in a hospital bed in the living room. One day I awoke to find her asleep on the bed and the rest is history. Once she knew she owned me she called the shots.

I began letting Uma explore the garden when I was there working. She never once failed to come when I called her, if she had ignored me even once she would have lost her outdoor privileges. I had never had a cat who consistently came when called, but Abys are different. Uma began to be the mightiest of hunters, mostly lizards but an occasional bird, too, with the wonderful side affect of having been an Aby breeder she was toothless by seven years of age. Uma never killed her prey. They would escape her toothless maw when she’d open it to announce her catch. I never laughed at her, she was far too serious and dignified, but I was always delighted to see the catch scurry off or fly away.

Uma came to relish her life as a pet, and I fell more and more in love with her and her dainty feminine ways. She taught me to turn on the faucet for her whenever I was in the bathroom, and that she preferred to drink water out of a glass so there were always several scattered around the house. Her ‘love couch’ was the one place (except my bed at night) I could pet her, brush her, and snuggle her; otherwise she didn’t tolerate being picked up and never sat on your lap.

Uma began to have health problems when she was 10. First there were 3 cancer lumpectomies, one after another a year apart that she bounced back from nicely. But a year ago she had a bout of pancreatitis and that was the turning point. She had another last January and I believe that was the beginning of the kidney disease that killed her.

I haven’t mentioned how Uma created the deepest bond I’ve ever experienced with a cat, or how she trained me to love her just the way she wanted. She has only been gone a month and I still look for her and cry each night she isn’t there.

Thank you, Tracy, for allowing me to share this on my blog.

Aby-a-Day – October 29: Wordless Wednesday (I am helping with the laundry – Happy National Cat Day!)



Another response about the Pet Shop Abys from Animalis

I got another response from Animalis on the four Aby brothers they have for sale in a pet shop in a Paris suburb:

“Dear Madam,
I would like to explain you how we work, because this information is important for everybody.

First of all, the staff in charge of our animals must be able to. They own a “capacity certificate” that means they are professionals.

When a person is interested on a dog or cat or any other animal, they explain the animal’s profile, to match with their living style. Even if you don’t believe it, we have already refused to sell an animal… more than once!

They also do adoptions at their stores through local shelters

If a dog or a cat didn’t find an owner, we take important measures to find a family as quickly as possible. It is our engagement. There is no return to the breeder.
A good integration is also important to us. It’s our procedure to call the owners to know if everything is going right. For dog’s owners, we offer every month “dog education lessons”, to show them how to live in harmony with their pets.

Animalis’ booth at a recent pet expo in Paris

And a month ago, we have inaugurated our animal protection association, the APA. So if one day something bad happens to the owner of one of our dogs or cats (if he gets ill, or homeless, or divorced), the association will find them a new home. Of course it is just a start, but we are working on this project because we care.

They carry Chi’s Sweet Home litter boxes! They can’t be all that bad… 🙂

I understand you don’t like pet shops, but you must know our staff is really loving and taking care. They are doing more than you think, even when the store is closed…
Best regards”

So. What do you think?

Aby-a-Day – October 28: The Escalator Incident (Part 5) (Cartoon Tuesday)

Here is the fifth and final page of the illustrated retelling of Jacoby’s escalator accident.


Page 1 can be found here
Page 2 is here.
Page 3 is here.
And Page 4 is here.

You would never know Jake ever got his foot caught in an escalator to see him today. He was extremely lucky, I know. He easily could have lost his foot – or worse. But all he has is a little scar on one toe and a funny deformed claw. And…well, and a pretty good story to tell.

All these drawings are based on photos I took of Jake during this time. Here is Drama!Jake, Jake at the vet, and Jake as an ancient Egyptian mummy cat.

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