Aby-a-Day – November 30: Scenes from the World Show – Bathroom Buddies

I have a lot of photos from the World Show to share, which I will post on this blog over the next few days and weeks.


But I wanted to start with these, because I think they’re just so cute.


When Meg and I go to a show together, we share a hotel room. Depending on what cat Meg is showing, this can be an interesting situation. We have had to keep one Aby in a show tent all night.


Jacoby and Garçon, however, get along really well. They may not sleep cuddled up together, but they do sleep on the same bed when they’re at a show together.


They also share the same bathroom.


We had two litterboxes in there, one for each boy…but at the end of the weekend, when we were cleaning up, only one of the boxes had been used. That’s pretty impressive, really, for two cats who don’t regularly live together.


Garçon loves me for some reason. The first time I met him, he stole my scarf so he could cuddle with it.


I’m sure Jake knows that Garçon has a crush on me.


I’m not sure he likes it.


Don’t worry, Jakey! You’ll always be my boy!

Aby-a-Day – November 29: “Candle” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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


Because we have two Abyssinians in the house, we don’t have real candles. At Christmastime, we use battery-operated fake candles.


Some of these candles are pretty nice. This one is covered with real wax and actually smells a little bit like a bayberry candle. Okay, so they’re not as nice and warm as real candles, but they do have one distinct advantage.


When they fall over, nothing catches on fire and there isn’t any hot melted wax to deal with.

Aby-a-Day – November 28: Vogue Magazine (Fashion Friday)

One interesting thing about the World Show last weekend was the presence of a camera crew from Vogue Magazine.

They were there both Saturday and Sunday, and they took a lot of photos. Fifteen of them ended up on Vogue’s website, including…

Abyfriend Pat taking a photo with her iPhone! The photo guys were impressed with her Abyssinian phone case.


Pat was actually taking a photo of Jacoby at the time…but evidently Jake’s stylish hat and coat weren’t Vogue-worthy.

Pat’s not the only person who made it into Vogue Magazine, though. Check out the background of this photo of Larry Adkison’s kitten final. Yep, that’s me standing back there next to Vasil, whose little red kitten made that final!




This little girl, Greenville Deja Vu, ended up being the Best Abyssinian Kitten in the Red Show!


The photo of the final that appeared in Vogue was a little chocolate silver torbie and white Devon Rex kitten, Karmacatz One Hot Mess!, who was just four months old and barely old enough to be in the show at all. She was best kitten in that ring. And it was super adorable watching Larry prance around with her and try to put her in his pocket and take her home with him.


So here’s something you don’t see very often: the other side of a magazine photo.

Other People’s Abys – Québécoise Fashioniste (Fashion Friday)

I just had to share this wonderful photo of Abyfriend Diane’s Québécoise girl Alibi in her Canada Goose coat.

Looks like Jacoby has competition in the Aby parka department! It must be a Canadian thing.

Aby-a-Day – November 27: Turkey time!

People associate cooking the turkey with Thursday, but in truth the process starts much earlier. I usually start with a frozen turkey on Saturday or Sunday, but this year, because of the World Show, I bought a fresh turkey on Monday to save myself the thawing time.


The actual turkey preparation starts on Tuesday, if it’s a frozen turkey…but I had a cartoon to do, and no time to work on the turkey – so again, it was a good thing that I got a fresh one this year. I couldn’t start getting it ready until last night.


Fresh turkeys are also much more interesting than those frozen solid birds anyway. Just ask Angel.


Of course, Tessie wanted to help, too.


Angel wasn’t thrilled with that. She wanted to be my only sous chef.


Since they were so interested in what I was doing, I let them have some of the gizzards – the heart, specifically, since it’s all muscle meat. Tessie thought it was awesome.


Surprisingly, Angel was less than thrilled with the raw turkey heart…and Angel loves raw meat.


She looked at me like I’d tried to feed her poison, and then she looked at Tessie like she couldn’t believe Tessie was actually eating it.


Then she walked away…still not believing Tessie was actually eating that heart meat.


Apparently, it was so bad, Angel had to wash her paws to get rid of the stench.


Of course, the big show happens all day today, when the turkey goes in the oven at 11:30am and roasts for five or so hours.


Jacoby dressed for the occasion in his turkey outfit from the Westchester Cat Show fashion show last year.


Because you have to dress up when you’re supervising the turkey cooking.



You have to admire Abyssinians. What other animal would look at a piece of meat that weighs twice what they do and think, “I could totally eat that.”

Aby-a-Day – November 26: Wordless Wednesday (20lb turkey, 10lb Aby)









Abys in Need – Copper in Denver, Colorado

Look at this handsome man in a shelter in Colorado!

“‘Find a penny pick it up, all the day you’ll have good luck.’ You’ve heard that one, right? Well clearly, I’m the shiny copper penny that you should be picking up! My name is Copper and I am a striking guy if I do say so myself. I sure hope that you are looking for your personal lucky penny because I am it!

I arrived at MaxFund after having been found at a bank. Ironic really, given the whole penny thing. Alas, some nice folks brought me to MaxFund, where I had a bit of a rocky start. You see, I am what is known as a feral cat, meaning that I have not spent much time around humans and am not quite sure what people are all about. Over time here at the shelter I’ve learned a lot and I am coming around at my own pace to this new way of living. I have to say, I’m quite fond of living indoors and being well taken care of, though I still have some learning to do with respect to interacting with people.

While I may not be a cuddly lap cat, I am a great guy and I want to learn how to love people. I can promise you that I will give it my best effort and I ask that you do the same. With patience and time I just know that we’ll be the best of friends. Just remember, you’ve found your penny you just have to pick it up, adopt it and take it home with you!

The MaxFund cat shelter is located in Denver, Colorado at 720 West 10th Ave. 720-266-6081. We are closed Tuesdays.”

His fee, according to the Facebook post, is $125, and Copper is neutered, microchipped and has his shots.

Interestingly, someone commented on the post wondering if he could possibly be this Aby, who went missing last year in Aurora, CO. Wouldn’t that be an amazing story, if that cat – missing since May 2013 – and this one turned out to be same?