Aby-a-Day – 4 July: Wordless Wednesday (Nom, nom, NOM)

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Other People’s Singas: Izaak’s brother Joop the victorious (Super Singas)

While we were with Lorelai at her first show in Sweden, Izaak’s brother Joop was at the Wystawa Kotów Rasowych in Sopot, Poland.

I’m not sure exactly how the awards translate, but he did very well indeed, and I think this was his very first show, too. You can see him in action on the judging table

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Unlike CFA, when you win a Best in Show you get not only a rosette but also prizes – usually food and cat accessories.

Here is Joop and all his winnings. That trophy is bigger than he is!

And if you are wondering why we didn’t take Zak along with Rory to the show this past weekend, well, that’s because while he is registered in FIFe, he is registered as a Polish cat, not a Swedish cat. He needs to have his details entered into Sverak‘s database as my cat before I can enter him. So as soon as that happens…we’ll see if he can do as well as his littermate!

Aby-a-Day – 3 July: Paw & (dis)Order: Abyssinial Intent (Cartoon Tuesday)

In memory of cousin Taz, I am re-running his and Jacoby’s best cartoon appearance: Paw & (dis)Order: Abyssinial Intent.

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It started as a random comment at the Mansfield show in 2012 and grew into…well, this. Meg had brought a little girl called Tiger Lili, who had Jake and Taz all het up. So she became the star of the cartoon as well. Taz and Jake were wearing collars because Meg had gotten them both collars to wear; Taz’s had a sort of flower on it.

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Originally I was thinking they’d be Briscoe and <aCurtis, but they ended up being more like Goren and Eames (Taz being Eames, of course).

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Annnd…I couldn’t resist throwing in a David Caruso joke, because who doesn’t love crime procedural mash-ups?

Aby-a-Day – 1 July: Go Team Aby! (Cat Show Sunday)

This post is late, and short…because coming home from a show is hard. Almost more work than the show itself. So I am afraid there’s not much more than the basics tonight…

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Lorelai’s judge today was Ulrika Eriksson. She was the judge who thought Logan was too thin; she also judged Jacoby in the Senior class at one show. Yesterday, the blue Abys and the ruddy Abys were seen by different judges, but today all the Abys were judged by the same judge. Which meant the ruddies and the blues had to compete against each other.

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Rory was her playful self on the table…

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…not that the judge was paying much attention.

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When it came down to the Kat. 4 nominations, it was Rory and Classy, the birthday doppelgangers…

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…and a squirmy seal Balinese. The final decision was painfully close…

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…Rory had colour and type, and Classy had eyes and ears. In the end, Classy took the day.

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We stopped by her cage to pay our respects.

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Any day an Aby wins anything at a show is a good day (And, really…having two cats regard each other from a small distance at a show without any hostility whatsoever is refreshing, to say the least)!

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Classy was in the final against a Cornish Rex, and that Russian Blue I mentioned yesterday.
I think we all were surprised when Classy, and not the Russian Blue, was named Best in Show, Class 12, Kat. 4.

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Of course, in the end, we’re all cat-geek friends.

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Classy admired her winnings from her benching cage.

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Her breeder, Susanna, took photos of her with her trophy.

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“Any food in this bowl-shaped thingy?”

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Congrats, Classy and Susanna…Until we meet again!

Aby-a-Day – 8 June: “Come, Ferries, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind” (Fashion Friday Flashback)

We have gone to cat shows in Helsinki twice and Tallinn once since I moved to Sweden. To get to these cities, we travelled by ferry from Stockholm. It’s quite a fun way to travel; you get on the ferry in the early evening, do a bit of duty-free shopping (alcohol, perfume and watches are the main reason many people take the ferry as the selection and prices are so much better), have dinner at one of the restaurants or at the fabulous buffet, lose some loose change at the casino slot machines whilst having a cocktail, then go to bed. When you wake up, you’re in your destination city. It’s brilliant, really. But the best part is that, when you board, they take your photos, and later on in the evening, you can go round and check out the photos and choose to buy the ones you like.

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The ferries also carry cars, of course, and allow pets. So when you board with a cat, the photographers, who are likely quite bored of taking photos of arguing middle-aged couples and squalling children, light up and put extra effort in their snapshots.

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Sometimes they make the photos into false magazine covers. I really love how this one turned out. This was on our first trip to Helsinki in October 2016.

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And this photo was the only one we really liked from the return trip from Helsinki to Stockholm…but we both really loved it. Sadly, when we took the ferry to Tallinn, the photographers packed up early, both directions! We were quite disappointed, and actually complained about it. They missed out on making some money, too, we pointed out; we would have purchased at least one taken each way!

The next time we went to Helsinki, we took Logan, as Jacoby had decided he was finished showing for the time being.

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It was a bit chilly when we left Stockholm, so Logan had his parka on. He enjoyed the warmth the parka gave him…but he wasn’t thrilled about wearing it.

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The photos are a bit awkward, but I love them anyway.

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The problem with the cat photos is, they always look good in them, so you want to buy them all. It’s the ones of ourselves we never really like. This one was tolerable, mainly because Logan looked so happy to be boarding the ferry and have his photo taken on the way back!

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Either that, or because it was warmer, and he didn’t need to wear his parka. These are a bit blurry, but I love them because of how utterly happy he looks in them.

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This one turned out lovely as well. I can’t wait to see how Lorelai looks on her first ferry trip!

Aby-a-Day – 14 May: Logan’s last professional photos

At the Scandinavian Winners Show, Logan had his second set of professional photos taken.

I had absolutely no idea that they would be his last set of professional photos.

I mean, look at him! He doesn’t even look sick in these photos.

This one, he’s talking with that voice of his…I can still hear it.

Hard to believe that only two weeks later, Alfred and I said goodbye to him. He’s so alive in these shots! It’s only slightly ironic that I got them one month to the day that he died.

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But the best part is…

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…while the photographer was snapping his photos…

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…I was taking photos of Logan getting his photo taken!

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I think it’s kind of cool to see both sides of the same photo session.

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I haven’t tried to match up my photos to the professional’s.

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I’m not sure I ever can, but I am so glad to have both sets of photos.

Aby-a-Day – 29 April: Logan’s show cage escape (Cat Show Cinema Sunday)

When Logan was at shows, he liked it when the door was open.

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He just felt happier when the door was open. Logan, like Jacoby at shows, was perfectly happy to sit in his cage; he just preferred keeping the door open.

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When the door to his cage was closed, it really bothered him.

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“Ah, yes, that’s much better.”

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It’s not that he wanted to escape…

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…Yes, Logan, we know you’re showing in the non-alter class, thank you…

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…he just wanted to be closer to his humans. That’s all. In fact, Logan decided he was so against the closed-door policy, he worked out how to open the bloody thing! (Click on image to watch video)

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…Let’s see that last bit again in slow motion (again, click on the image to see the video)…

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Yep. Clearly a criminal mind behind those big round eyes.