Björn had a wonderful Scottish bone china tea mug featuring men with dogs hunting quail made by Dunoon. Sadly, the mug was accidentally knocked off the counter and broken a month or so ago. It really is the best mug for drinking tea, but that particular design has been discontinued.
Whilst searching for a suitable replacement for his dearly departed mug, Björn also found the perfect mug for me! It features every breed of cat imaginable. Some are featured around the inside edge of the rim, and also in larger illustrations with descriptions on the sides of the mug. As you can see, the Somali is one of the featured breeds.
As you can see it’s a fairly tall mug. It holds a half litre of beverage!
Other breeds are shown along the base of the mug, including the Abyssinian…
…And the Singapura.
The Aby and the Singa are actually kind of next to each other, both next to the handle of the mug, which has a collection of “Cat Facts.” It’s an absolutely lovely mug, and I think it makes the tea taste better. Thank you, Björn, for introducing me to these awesome mugs!
Yesterday, I got a Facebook message from Madelene Jonsson, the photographer who took the marvelous photos of Izaak and Lorelai that I posted on Wednesday (and macroed yesterday). She wanted to show me her ad for the next cat show where she’ll be taking photographs. And look who is prominently featured! I am so proud of our little girl! Thank you, Madelene!
We have been wanting to get a new stroller for a while now; the small brown stroller has been having problems with its folding mechanism, and Jacoby’s StrollerCat™ stroller is extremely difficult to fold, which we need to do when we travel by train or taxi. So, after looking around at cat shows to see what other people use, we had a bit of a Christmas splurge and upgraded to a Petstro Safari pet stroller.
We picked it up last weekend and I assembled it on Monday. It’s been parked in the kitchen awaiting our maiden voyage to our first cat show of 2019 in Örebro all week. And even before taking it outside and trying it out for real, we knew it was perfect. It’s almost effortless to push, and the removable grooming table will come in wicked handy.
Lorelai, Izaak and Alfred thought so, too. They have been playing on and in it all week.
Tonight we tested it out for real. And it was AWESOME. Not only is it easy to push, but you can steer it ONE-HANDED! That was the biggest problem with both the brown travel stroller and Jake’s stroller – they were SO hard to steer one-handed. The brown one was so bad, we called it the broken shopping cart more than once.
It’s also amazing in snow. We were a bit surprised that Örebro had so much snow (Skövde has barely any, and both towns are having similar temperatures), but the new stroller handled it like a champ.
The new stroller also folds up really well…and if we need it to fold down flatter, the wheels are super easy to take off.
Because, of course when we are on the train, the cats don’t stay in the stroller.
They either sit together on a seat…
…Or, if it’s Zak, on Björn.
I really like using elevated cat bowl stands. I have a couple of different ones, a low silicon one with steel bowls from Granngården that’s perfect for Lorelai, and a Pet Lounge Bambu diner that Jacoby uses.
But recently, I found this really cool, cast iron metal cat-shaped bowl holder on Tradera (kind of a Swedish local eBay). I love it and I’m fascinated by the workmanship. Believe me, I looked, but I couldn’t find any information on who manufactured it or when it was produced. According to various eBay and Etsy posts I found, it is apparently “vintage,” and you can find plenty of images of the bowl on Pinterest and Google Images searches.
But know nothing of its age, origins or anything else. It is, however, awesome.
It now lives out in the kitchen, where it is eaten from, twice daily, by Alfred and Angel.
They were using Bambu feeder, but this one works better in the kitchen, because it’s heavier. These bowls don’t budge now.
Angel and Freddy seem to appreciate their new dining partner, anyway.
Wednesday, Izaak got his Suprelorin implant.
It was chilly, so I dressed him in Jacoby’s red fleece snowflake hoodie and his festive red flannel diapers
He knew he looked festive and he owned it.
He also posed with the Jul decorations in the cat waiting room…like the Jul Goat.
He was also very interested in my tea.
Zak had a good time exploring the waiting room.
At last, it was time for Zak to go in and get his implant.
Unlike Logan, Zak had no problem with the lidocain, and he didn’t react at all to the actual injection. Even the vet commented on how great Zak accepted his implant compared to the way Logan accepted it. Zak is completely fine, two days later, and he doesn’t seem to need the diapers anymore, either. I think he’s already happier now that he’s on Suprelorin.
Just a month ago, I wrote about how, at the same age as Logan, Izaak hadn’t shown any signs of being a tomcat.
Well, that changed when I caught Zak peeing on our bed! Luckily, I was right there, and I put him in the litterbox we have in the bedroom.
So, as soon as that happened…I had no choice. He had to start wearing diapers, the same way Logan did.
Zak really hates the diapers, but he won’t have to deal with them for long. I have already made an appointment for Zak to get his Supralorin chip next Wednesday.
Wednesday can’t come quickly enough for poor Zak!
When I first moved to Sweden, I found a Baltic pet life jacket at a second-hand shop. Björn’s brother has a boat, so who knows? Jacoby might go on a boating trip some day. Besides, it was too good a deal to pass up. In pet shops, these vests are at least 200kr (about $22), but I got this one, in perfect shape, for 25kr (about $2.75).
Not only that, but it’s a perfect fit, and Jake rocks it.
He knows how good he looks in it, too.
That feel when you know you’re spectacular.
Then Björn got the idea to put a little sailor’s hat on Jake to finish the outfit.
Which, of course, Jake wore with panache.
If anything, he was even prouder of himself than he was before!