Aby-a-Day – May 31: Behind the scenes of a Somali blog

If you read Summer’s blog, you’ll notice that it’s written by Summer herself.

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Her human merely assists her in her blogging endevours.

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But I’m sure you wonder: does Summer really do all her own blogging?

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Well, I’m here to tell you that yes. Yes, she does indeed.

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(The phone screen is blacked out to prevent spoilers.)

Aby-a-Day – May 30: “Red” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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This is an easy one! Angel is a red Aby!

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But it’s not at simple as that, because Angel isn’t really red. Her colour, genetically, is cinnamon, a dilute of the brown gene. True, sex-linked red in cats is a completely different gene.

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You see, in non-Abyssinians, the red gene in cats is sex-linked, and only carried on the X chromosome. Females are XX, and males are XY, of course, so the Y doesn’t contribute to a cat’s colour. Red is also dominant, so if it’s present, no other colour can manifest…unless it’s on the other X in a female. So, a female can either be red-red, red-not red, or not red-not red. Males can only be either red or not-red. Red females, contrary to popular belief, aren’t “rare,” they’re just statistically less likely, since the chances to have a red female are shared with the chances to have a red-not red, or tortoiseshell, female. It’s a bit confusing, I know. Maybe that’s why the “red” in red Abyssinians isn’t really red. It’s definitely easier that way.

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True sex-linked red does exist in Abys, but it’s not recognised by all registries; the CFA does not recognise it all. The true sex-linked red Abyssinian is bright orange with a red tail tip. It is important for breeders to know whether they have sex-linked red or non-sex-linked red as this will affect the breeding program. Where there is sex-linked red, there can also be tortoiseshells. Tortie Abyssinians do occur, but since the breed does not permit white, these are always brindled rather than “calico.” The combination of brindling and ticking can make it almost impossible to determine whether a female is tortie or not just from a visual inspection. Sometimes a female Abyssinian is only known to be a genetic tortie when she produces a mix of red and ruddy kittens!

Aby-a-Day – May 29: Coco the Couture Cat (Fashion Friday)

Okay, Coco isn’t an Aby…but she is a fashion icon!

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At BlogPaws, I had the pleasure of meeting Coco the Couture Cat and her human!

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Isn’t her gold pillbox hat just gorgeous?

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Coco had several wardrobe changes throughout the day. This is her pink Hello Kitty Rockabilly dress.

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Coco is a torbie Cornish Rex. I’ve petted Devon and Selkirk Rexes, but I’ve never got to pet a Cornish Rex before.

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Coco’s human took her out of her stroller to show off her dress, but she jumped right back into her stroller the first chance she got.

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That made me miss Jacoby all the more! He does the same thing! I would have brought his small stroller with us had he been able to join me, and I would have brought a collection of his outfits, too.

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Just like Jake, Coco sees her stroller as her “safe space,” her mobile territory, and she’s perfectly happy in it no matter what is going on around her.

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Of course, Jake’s outfits aren’t nearly as fancy as Coco’s…but then, she’s a girl.

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I know a lady doesn’t tell her age, but Coco will be 10 years old in September!

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So much for the school of thought that believes that as cats age, they stop wanting to go out and do things, eh?

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I mean, Coco’s almost 10 and she’s still dressing like a Vegas showgirl!

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I so wish Jake could have met her. They would have made quite the well-dressed couple

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Speaking of my Jakeman, here is his flat self sporting the fancy glasses I made at the Hauspanther DIY craft table last night! You know he would have been at the table helping me design them…and he’d have worn them, too!

Aby-a-Day – May 28: Meeting an old friend

Guess who I met today?

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None other than our friend Summer and her human!

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It seems like we’ve known each other for years – and we have, online – but this was the first time we’ve met in person.

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Summer is every bit as wonderful as she seems to be from her blog. She really reminds me of Jacoby. Look at her smile!

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Her feet are really floofy, though, compared to Jake.

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So is her tail!

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She was so happy to be here with her human and all her adoring fans.

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We had some fun with a feather at the Hauspanther craft table tonight.

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I really wished I had been able to brink Jake. I wish they could have met. The best I was able to do was this.

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Which of course is nothing like the same thing thing at all.

Aby-a-Day – May 27: Wordless Wednesday (Packing for Blog Paws)

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Aby-a-Day – May 26: “Knock Knock” (Cartoon Tuesday)

The shadow on this? Is something that people would say was fake, made up, a fiction…

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But it really happened. Truth is stranger than fiction, because fiction has to make sense.

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

Aby-a-Day – May 25: Unboxing a treasure (Miniature Monday)

Today on a very special edition of The Daily Abyssinian…My custom, hand-made, cold porcelain ball-jointed Jacoby doll, which she has been working on since February 2014, arrived on Friday!

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It was funny, because I had just tracked the package and the website didn’t show any shipment progress since the 12th.

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The Jake doll was very well packaged for his trip from Brazil to Boston.

In fact, Ana even made a video about how she packaged him.

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In amongst the packing peanuts and bubble plastic, there was a little bag of candies and tea. Aww!

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The doll himself was in another box, well-wrapped in more bubble plastic.

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Which, of course, the real Jacoby was more than happy to assist me with.

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“Come on, Mom! Open it!

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Inside the bubble plastic cocoon, there was a little plastic box wrapped in brown paper and tied with string.

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Naturally, once I untied it, I had to put the string on Jake.

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Then it was time to open the box.

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Ana made him quite the little wardrobe, too.

She made a video showing them off and explaining how she designed and made his little outfits.

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Even the clothing was packaged with care. The little jackets were wrapped around little styrofoam balls.

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Jake really liked those little balls. There were two of them and they’re still rolling around the apartment.

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Although, the starch peanuts were fun, too.

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The wardrobe consists of jackets, shirts, collars, scarves and even a little hoodie.

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There was also this sweet little souvenir magnet. I was loving every second of this grand unveiling!

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With all of her dolls, Ana sends a satin storage bag for the dolls.

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Also included in the box were the patterns to make more little outfits…

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…instructions on how to care for the doll, and also restring it if need be…

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…And a certificate of authenticity.

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Finally, I got to the moment of truth – it was time to unwrap the actual doll! All the while I was chatting with Ana via Messenger.

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That was fun for both of us!

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It was kind of like he was being born.

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And at last he was out! Isn’t he adorable? I think his eyes look like the Geico gecko‘s eyes.

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Ana also made mini-Jake a little green braided collar and a set of miniature tags that just match his real ones.

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They really do look just like the real tags! She said she made them from plastic soda bottles with nail polish and foil tape.

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Jake was quite impressed with his little effigy.

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“See? He looks just like me!”

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After all the excitement was over, Jake and his mini-me went to go sit in the wrapping paper.

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Thank you so much, Ana! I love him! And I think Jake likes him, too. You can see more photos of mini-Jake in Ana’s DeviantArt page.

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“Iz mah cuzin from Brazil!”