Aby-a-Day – 20 January: Report from the road (Cat Show Saturday)

Logan is entered in a cat show this weekend in Örebro, a town about 146 km northeast of Skövde. I will do more in-depth posts about the FIFe shows that Jacoby and Logan have gone to, but for now, here are a few snaps of Logan’s budding show career.


Here is Logan at his very first show in Stockholm, back in August. He was just five months old, entered in the Kitten class (4-7 months old), of course. You can see how stressed out he was by the experience.

At his second show, in Västra Frölunda (near Göteborg), he got to see his sister Iris again!

That was a lot of fun.


Then in November, he went to his first and only show as a Junior (7-10 months old), and it was also his first international show. We took the ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki.

He also got his first Nomination! It’s kind of like going to the finals. It’s hard to explain.

At this show, though, we happened to meet a lovely Maine Coon…who was around the same age as Logan! Yes. These guys were both showing in the Junior class. This is what the largest breed of cat and the smallest breed of cat look like next to each other.

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This weekend’s show is Logan’s first as an Open, which means now he starts earning points towards his Championship, Grand Championship and beyond!

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Pretty exciting!


At the end of the day, Logan was not named Best in Show by the panel of judges, losing to an International Champion black-spotted Bengal. To put that into perspective, Jake is an International Premier, the alter version of the same level; basically rookie Logan went up against a cat like Jake. But he beat two British Shorthairs to get there (one of which was a lilac International Grand Champion, so a level higher than Jake), so as a representative of the newest breed in FIFe, that is not at all bad.

Aby-a-Day – 18 January: Jacoby’s CFA big wins

You may recall that in 2016, Jacoby was the 21st Best Cat in Premiership in Region 1 and 8th Best Abyssinian in Premiership for that show season. I even made a silly sketch of his Regional win.

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For his 21st Best Premier in Region 1 (the Northeast), he got this lovely trophy.


We keep it on the kitchen windowsill.


He also had his photo printed in the program.


And he received this certificate. Which…yeah. Besides my name being misspelled…who is Helena?


I did get a corrected certificate, eventually.


Back in 2013, I tried like hell to get Jake a breed win. He was 10th Best Abyssinian in Premiership in CFA for most of the spring, and we went to Stamford, CT to solidify his position. Sadly, in the last week, he was displaced and ended up being 11th.


Three years later, he was 8th Best Abyssinian in Premiership. Eighth. Best. And it was a complete susprise! We weren’t trying, like we were in 2013…but three years later, it happened.


Jake could not be prouder of his accomplishments. And, even better: Jake went to only two CFA shows last season (2016-2017)…and he was still 10th Best Abyssinian in Premiership! I am so proud of my boy.

Aby-a-Day – 4 January: Accomplishments During the Interim

Actually, there have been a few accompishments since my last post. This is one of my proudest.


Aby-a-Day – 17 May: Finding Marlin (Cartoon Tuesday)

I was at a NEMO meeting this past weekend, and spent most of it drawing. I working up a new version of our mascot, Marlin, for this year’s show.


That drawing isn’t finished yet, but I was reminded of these drawings of Marlin. The ones with the fish were done for a “Finding Nemo” scavenger hunt-type game we played at shows, and the one of Marlin as a kitten was done as an idea for kids’ activities…but I never did anything with it. I think I didn’t think Marlin looked “kittenish” enough, but didn’t ever get around to redrawing him or even colouring him in. Perhaps some day…

Aby-a-Day – 13 May 2016: Ancestral Abyssinians (Friday Flashback)

This week, The CFA History Project published an article about Sedgemere Peaty, one of the very first Abyssinians.

There is also an article with a fanstastic wealth of photographs about a silver Abyssinian born in 1909 named Quizero Taitou (Or Ouizero…there’s some confusion over whether his name started with an O or a Q; Q makes more sense, though).

What is interesting about Quizero, though is that his father, Aluminium, also sired Ras Dashan, who sired Ras Djibute, whose granddaughter, Woodrooffe Aura was the mother of the famous (Djer-Mer’s) Woodroofe Ras Seyum, from whom Jacoby, along with many modern Abyssinans, are descended.

Ras Seyum was famously featured in the November 1938 issue of National Geographic. How fun to see Jake’s ancestors’ photos!

(Oh and also, while looking for these historical photos, I stumbled upon this article about cat domestication and was flattered to find one of my photos used – and credited! – as an example of a show cat! It was just published on 27 April, so there’s another nice surprise.

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And just for fun, here is a series of photos of Jake doing something he rarely does: Pole dancing! While many cats love to scratch the sisal post on the judge’s table, Jake usually prefers to post majestically. However, in his first ring at Seacoast with Gary Veach, he decided to have a little stretch. Although he does seem a bit bewildered, doesn’t he?

Aby-a-Day – 12 May: Show Season Surprise!

Yesterday I got this email from Meg:

Which…OMG! Jacoby is a Top Ten Abyssinian in Premiership for the 2015-16 Show Season! Which means that, last year, along with being the 21st Best Cat in Premiership in the North Atlantic Region (Region 1) among all breeds, he’s also the 8th Best Abyssinian in Premiership throughout the CFA worldwide! It’s also ironic because, three years ago, Meg and I tried to get Jake to hold onto his 10th Best ranking, only to have him lose it the last weekend of the season. He was 11th Best Abyssinian in Premiership for 2012-13…but there’s no ribbon for that.


Do you think Jake’s newfound fame will go to his head?


Yeah, right.



Aby-a-Day – 11 May: Wordless Wednesday (And here’s the other two!)