Aby-a-Day – May 3: More friends met

One of the best things about going to cat shows is, I have a chance to meet people in person that I know online, either through this blog or through the Abyssinian Cat Club on Facebook.

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At the Seacoast Club Cat Show this weekend, I got to meet two of my Abyfriends in person!

The first friend I met was Ellen Fair, but I didn’t manage to get any photos of her with Jacoby. She gifted me with a copy of the 1987 Connoisseur magazine featuring Abyssinians, along with recent issues of Art+Auction and Modern Painters. If you haven’t seen the Connoisseur Abyssinian feature (with photos by William Wegman), you should try to find a copy. I’d share my copy, but I’m afraid I’d get in trouble.

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The other friend I met is Amy Tiedemann, who, you may remember, two years ago commissioned a pair of Aby plushies for her two daughters in college. She recently lost her two boys, Ricky and Rusty (the two meant to be commemorated by the plushies) and is waiting for two kittens to join her female Aby.

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She was thrilled to meet Jake.

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When asked what it was like to hold Jake, Amy said, “Jake is very handsome with sleek, shiny fur. As we currently only have a very petite female Aby that doesn’t like being held, it was wonderful to cuddle with him!!”

Of course, turnabout is fair play, so here is the photo that Amy took of me with Jake.

Richard (aka Chanan) also showed me his new camera, a Sony SLT that works with other makers’ lenses. It makes my camera seem like a dinosaur! But it was so wonderful to have someone I consider an idol to stop to have a conversation like that with me.