Aby-a-Day – 26 Januari 2020: Happy 2nd birthday, Izaak!

Today is Izaak’s second birthday!

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Zak was a bit taken aback by the flame on his birthday candle.

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But since we have a show in two weeks, probably best not to get his whiskers all singed and twisty.

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Zak’s birthday present was a catnip fish that was supposed to flop around like a live fish.

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Turns out, the site was a scam, and the fishes don’t move. They’re just stuffed catnip fish.

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Luckily…

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…Zak didn’t care. He loved the fish, with or without gimmick.

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Unlike last year’s birthday, Zak was not as hesitant to tuck into his non-raw birthday cake.

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Happy second birthday, Izaak!

Aby-a-Day – 23 Januari 2020: Fun under the covers (Thursday Things)

Lorelai loves to bury herself under our duvets.

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And Izaak loves to attack the moving lump under the duvet.

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It’s so funny to watch him stalk the lump.

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I really should have made a video of this…it was so funny watching Zak try to predict where the lump would go next.

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“HA! Gotcha!”

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“Wait, what?”

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Alfred comes to try to help. Spoiler alert: He isn’t helpful.

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By the time Dashiell shows up, Rory has admitted defeat and popped up from under the duvet.

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Is it just me, or does Zak look disappointed?

Aby-a-Day – 22 Januari 2020: Wordless Wednesday (Dinner chez Hellqvist be like…)

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Aby-a-Day – 19 Januari 2020: Where the Boys Are (Swedish Sunday)

In my last post, I wrote about how all our cats interact, and all the different alliances they form with each other cat. Yesterday, it was our two girls; today it’s the boys’ turn.

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It is not at all unusual to see the three boys, Dashiell, Izaak, and Alfred, together in a sort of pack.

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They seem to gravitate to the same napping spots.

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I usually wake up to all three of them in bed with me. Zak is usually under the covers, Dash is against my right side, and Freddy is either on my chest or under my right arm, next to Dash.

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And then, Zak and Dash have a special bond…after all, Zak was Dash’s first friend.

Aby-a-Day – 17 Januari 2020: Woman yelling at Izaak (Photoshop Friday)

You’ve all seen it, I’m sure: the meme of a woman yelling at a cat. The woman is Taylor Anderson from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and the cat is Smudge.

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Well…you know I had to do this! I knew that at least one of the professional photos of Izaak we had taken at the show in Örebro last year would be perfect for my own version of this meme.

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Actually, there were two photos of Zak that were perfect, and I couldn’t decide which one I liked better. So, I made them both.

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Regardless of which Zak-face is better, I knew the perfect argument for them to be having!

Aby-a-Day – 15 Januari 2020: Wordless Wednesday (Illustrating the Singapura personality…)

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Aby-a-Day – 11 Januari 2020: International Champion Joy Minimali*PL (Cat Show Saturday)

We went to a cat show in Turku, Finland, back in November. The main reason we entered this show was so that Lorelai and Izaak could earn their International Champion titles. In order to achieve this, cats must earn three certificates from three different judges in two different countries. We had the three certificates from three different judges locked. We just needed to go to a different country. Turku is a convenient ferry ride, and a place we hadn’t visited yet.

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As is not uncommon, Zak was the only Singapura in the show, so we were pretty certain that he would become an IC.

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His judge for the day, Pia Nyman, loved him. She praised his perfect “reindeer” colouration.

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She also knew Singapuras, which, in FIFe, can be rather hit-or-miss when it comes to judges. But Pia was actually “babysitting” a litter of Singas at home for a Finnish Singa breeder friend.

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Singapuras are almost always the last breed in the ring in Category 3 (unless there are Selkirk Rexes, Sokokes or Snowshoes entered, and honestly, they’re almost rarer than Singas! But because we are last, we usually just hang around for the Nominations, because we’re almost always under consideration. The Champion males were stiff competition. We were up against a Korat, a British Shorthair, an Ocicat, and an Egyptian Mau.

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But you could tell she really liked Zak.

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It was super close and really tense. I am usually the one who’s taking the photos, not holding the cat during the Nomination.

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Pia took close second looks at the Brit and the Oci…

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…and she also revisited the Mau.

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But she kept coming back to Zak.

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Pia had good things to say about all of the cats.

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But, in the end…it was Zak who won the NOM!

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Then it was time for the panel (basically, the FIFe finals), and we had a great steward assigned to handle him.

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It was close…there was a white British Shorthair and a seal Burmese with Zak…Zak did get one vote, but in the end it went to the Burmese.

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That didn’t matter, though. We got what we came for.

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Zak earned his International Champion title.

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And he also earned a really nice NOM medallion. The prize you get for winning a Nomination can really vary between clubs. We have gotten trophies, plaques, banners, and simple rosettes…but medals are by far my favourite, and the Turok medals are seriously the best I have ever seen.

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It seems that they had them custom-made somewhere. They are really heavy and really nicely made (this coming from someone who did metalsmithing and jewellry making in college and coin-making in the SCA). It’s one of the best cat show trophies I’ve ever won.