Aby-a-Day – June 30: Persians and PKD (Cartoon Tuesday)

A bit more filler, I’m afraid, before you are returned to your regularly scheduled cartoons.


This was an illustration I did for the most reason issue of CFA’s Cat Talk magazine for an article about Polycystic Kidney Disease in Persians. I know it isn’t Abyssinians…but sometimes it’s interesting to draw a different breed!

Aby-a-Day – June 29: Mini-Jake on the MBTA (Miniature Monday)

The other day I took mini-Jacoby for a trip to Cambridge on the Red Line.


I was amused, because I’ve taken the real Jake and Gun-Hee on the train so many times.


While we were underground, he sat nicely on the seat.


But just like Jake and Gun-Hee, his favourite part was looking out the window as we crossed the Charles River.


Unfortunately, it was dark, so he couldn’t see very much.


Hmm…I guess I might need to get him a stroller for these rides?

Aby-a-Day – June 28: Remembering Gun-Hee

Today is the 8th anniversary of Gun-Hee’s death.


Actually, he was murdered. Murdered by that malicious serial killer known as FIP.


He was so miserable when he was sick.


It’s true what they say. They do tell you when it’s time.


I still miss him every day. I wish Jacoby could have met his half-brother.

Aby-a-Day – June 27: “Lavender” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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


Here is Angel with her buddy Handsome Panther.


As you can see…Handsome Panther is a lavender colour.


You love Handsome Panther. Yes, you do.

Other People’s Abys – Calendar Cats

Today’s Page-a-Day Cat Calendar page was a nice surprise – a bevy of Somalis!

“AROUND THE WORLD – Ahrensburg, Germany, is a proud town that dates back to the 13th century, and Kalahan, a Somali, is the proudest mama around, says her person, Edda Dalank. Her four kittens, ten-week-old sisters Massary and Makeda, and brothers Montoya and Matou, are beautiful, bright, and very active. It was a real challenge to get them all together for a group portrait.”

Another of Edda Dalank’s Somalis was featured in the Page-a-Day Calendar back in January 2012

Aby-a-Day – June 26: Selene’s Firefly (Friday Flashback)

I was lucky enough to get this portrait of one of Jacoby’s ancestors, Selene’s Firefly, from Tessie’s breeder, Kim.


She is moving, and wished to find homes for three older Abyssinian portraits. They’re all wonderful – and two were of Firefly – but the oval one in particular spoke to me.

I just think it’s so wonderful to own something that belongs to my Aby’s past.

At Christmas last year, I was also lucky enough to get some old CATS magazines from 1958 and 1959…and look at this listing of top show cats that was published in the August 1959 issue! Firefly was the 7th Best Cat in the East that show season!

Aby-a-Day – June 25: Light of my life

Abyssinians are just so helpful.


This is what happens the moment I get out my light table to draw cartoons.


The thing about this is, it’s an LED light table. It’s not warm at all. Not in the slightest. Absolutely no warmth emanating from its surface whatsoever. He’s just sitting on it to be “helpful.”


Hi, Jacoby. Yes, I love you too. Now get off.