Five years ago today, I posted about Jacoby and a plushie made in his likeness by Avanii on DeviantArt.
We still have both Jake and his plushie simulacrum.
I fixed the ears to make them more upright and less…floppy.
Jake seems to be slightly envious of his alter-ego…
….But he posed nicely with it when I took some five-year commemorative photos of Jake and his alter-ego.
I cannot believe I am having to write ANOTHER of these posts this year.
One of my best friends, Barb, just lost her loving companion, Alexy Blue Cream Sky of Aksum, to cancer. She’d been battling it for over a year.
Sky was only 10.
Look at those gorgeous eyes!
Sky was bred by Susan Graham of Aksum Abyssinians, and she was a very special Aby in more ways than one. Sky was a rare tortioseshell Abyssinian.
Susan is one of the few breeders in North America who works with sex-linked red (the true, genetic red, not the CFA “red” that most registries call either sorrel or cinnamon). And when you breed sex-linked red, you get torties (well, technically, torbies, since Abys are tabbies).
This photo of her after one of her operations really shows her tortie pattern.
I never got to meet Sky in person, which I truly regret. I can’t imagine what she must have been like…Tortitude combined with Abyssinian!
She was certainly a character in photos!
In her younger days, she was a TICA show cat and was even a model in the 2010 issue of Cats USA.
And Sky even appeared in one of my cartoons once.
My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend has stopped running today. Sleep well in Tuonela, sweet Sky.
Izaak is completely different from Logan…except when he isn’t.
Logan did things no other cat in our family did, but the biggest one was sleeping with the other cats, whether they wanted to cuddle or not.
I can tell you, no other cat since Logan has ever tried to cuddle with Angel in a bed she was already in. Only Logan and Zak have ever dared to do this.
But, you have to admit…it’s pretty adorable.
As I have posted, this past weekend was the NEMO CFA show back in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend…but I judged the costume contest, sent a box of Swedish swag for the raffle, and did a new illustration of Marlin for the show catalogue cover.
I was thinking of the seagulls going after the grilling fish…and then I tried to eat something around Izaak.
I also did a new one last year, showing Marlin with Dory, an Oriental Shorthair, which I haven’t shared with you yet, so here it is.
And, in case you are a new reader, here is the original NEMO logo I did and also
the cover illustration for our third show, which had a film and cinema theme.
Lorelai is on the pill.
We started her on Perlutex last Wednesday.
We do want to breed her someday. Just not yet. And since Izaak is the same age, even though he’s not displaying any “maturity” signs…ya just nevah know.
We want to let Zak mature as much as he can before giving him Suprelorin. So starting Rory on birth control now seemed like a good idea.
We want to show Rory to Grand Championship before she is spayed. We also want to breed her, since I do have a registered cattery name. I also want to experience having Aby kittens. But not now. Maybe in a year or two. We were going to breed Logan…but boys are hard. We are not planning on breeding Zak, and as soon as he shows any signs of maturity, he’s going on Suprelorin.
Meanwhile, our liberated lady will, happily, be on the Pill.
Whilst I was going through last year’s photos, looking for all of the pictures of my finger, I found some photos and some videos of Logan going to the vet in the middle of all of it. Full disclosure, I have used some of these photos of Logan in a previous post, but the videos are all new.
My Facebook post from 15 September: Logan was a little listless and had no appetite (to the point where he wouldn’t even eat treats!) the past couple of days, so, paranoid overprotective mom that I am, I managed to get a vet appointment this morning. Feel a bit silly now. This weekend is claw clipping, which also includes ear cleaning for the LunaTicks, and bum checks and teeth cleaning for the boys. So this morning I figured, start with Logan, so he’ll have nice short claws at the vet, right?
So I get to the tooth cleaning bit in the routine, and… yeah, super loose premolar and slightly bleedy gums. Teething! 45 minute (each way) bus ride to Skultorp… well, at least they didn’t charge me, and it’s better to have him checked out, especially before a show!
Anyway, here’s Logan in the exam room, showing off his grumpy old man voice. I think he sounds like Walter Matthau.
Watching these videos and looking at these photos, I can see how different Logan and Izaak are. They look alike…but they are still so different.<
For this video, I posted: Logan is getting pretty good at leashing…and he knows where he lives!
Compare Logan walking home to Izaak walking the same route. He has to be under my feet!!!