Since I moved to Sweden, I have absolutely fallen in love with Family Guy. Something about the razor-sharp New England sense of humour and the pitch perfect spoofs of pop culture…what’s not to love?
Recently, we happened to see Seth MacFarlane’s spoof of the iconic closing credits of the classic 1970’s television show Little House on the Prairie. Then a couple of days ago, whilst outside with Lorelai and Izaak…I got inspired.
It’s been rainy and grey the past few days, but today it was sunny and not windy and just…perfect for what I had in mind. It took us a while to get it just right…but at the end of the day, I am pretty proud of myself.
As I posted yesterday, Lorelai loves to run, and when she does, she practically flies. She is incredibly graceful, sleek and aerodynamic.
…Izaak…not so much.
He can get up some momentum when he gets going, but look at the concentration on his face. It’s not quite as effortless for him as it is for Rory.
Zak kind of bobs along like a three-day old helium balloon.
It’s almost as if his back half goes faster than his front half.
It’s really adorable to watch.
Still no matter how he tries, he’s just not built for speed the way Rory is.
Not to make a generalisation about Singapuras, but both Logan and Izaak decided they wanted to be friends with Angel and Jacoby…no matter what.
In Angel’s case, it means Zak gets in her favourite bed with her.
And then he grooms her.
He’s quite serious about it, too.
With Jake, Zake just sleeps with him wherever he is, be it our bed or the sofa.
Does Jake want Zak’s company? I have no idea. But I also don’t think he has much of a say in the matter.
Because still photos can’t quite capture that lovin’ feeling, here’s a video of Zak forcing his affection on Jake and Angel.
About a month ago, Kate over at Hauspanther made a post about Patti Haskins’ amazing catnip snakes.
Well, they did look pretty awesome, and since both Jacoby and Alfred like to lick and roll on catnip toys, so, even though they were a bit expensive (especially considering the postage)…but they truly did look awesome, so I got one for Freddy and one for Jake. The snakes arrived after Freddy’s birthday, so I gave one snake to everybody whilst holding one back for Jake’s birthday in April.
I took the one out and gave it – I thought – to Jake and Freddy to go nuts on.
I was…surprised, to say the least.
Contrary to any of my expectations, Izaak was the one to attack and dominate the catnip snake.
Zak has never (before) shown any interest in catnip the way Jake and Freddy do.
I was amazed at how fiercely Zak attacked the catnip snake.
In retrospect, I guess I should have made a video of Zak and the snake. But what’s even stranger is, since that first day, he has entirely ignored the snake in favour of his mousies. What a funny little cat!
The little show we took Izaak to at our DjurMagazinet at the beginning of December was more than just a cat exhibition.
It was also a Christmas party. There were gingerbread cookies and Julmust and other traditional holiday treats. There was also a duo who sang Christmas songs and played the flute and guitar.
Whilst we were listening to the singers, we explored the store a bit.
I showed Zak the fish tanks first.
Zak really liked the big fish.
I think he liked them more than the little ones.
Next I showed him the gerbils.
At first, he didn’t notice them…
…but when he finally did…Oh, boy! I thought he would like real mousies since he is so fond of his Ikea mousies. We didn’t stay too long because I didn’t want to freak the rodents out too much. Also he was making the rabbits (in cages on the floor beneath the gerbils and hamsters) nervous, even though most of them were bigger than Zak!
Then we went to look at toys. I was amused by this squeaky carrot.
I ended up buying Zak a little Christmas bow tie, to join in the Christmas spirit.
Zak also schmoozed with the man who played the guitar.
I think Zak thought he might be Santa, because he was telling him what he wants for Christmas.
It was a really fun day out for all of us.
One of the fun things about having a cat show in a pet store is, there’s plenty of cat trees to play with.
There was one right in front of Izaak’s cage.
He loved them and how tall they were…but he also really loved this little cubby.
The instructions were folded up inside, but that didn’t stop him from playing in there.
If anything, it gave Zak something to play with whilst he was in there.
I don’t exactly know what he was doing in there…chasing his tail, just spinning around…but he seemed to be having fun.
And then, after a round of spinning and rolling about…
…it was time to attack the post.
Zak loved it in there.
But eventually he started to look around at the rest of the cat tree.
Both Björn and I were taking photos of his adventures.
Zak seemed to notice that high shelf, and he started to get ambitious.
Zak’s not much of a climber at home – much less so than Logan was – but at DjurMagazinet he was fearless.
He even branched out onto the grey tree next to his brown one.
But he soon jumped back to his brown one.
But what was really funny was, after Zak was done playing, the little Neva Masquarade in the cage next to ours went out to explore the cat tree…and was very interested in the smells Zak left behind.
This really awesome video of a Singapura paddle boarding with her human in the UK popped up on Facebook yesterday. Noodle and her human, Nigel, go paddle boarding regularly on rivers in Essex and Sussex. They even have an Instagram page.
But as cool as this story is, it gets cooler. Noodle (Singaneko Artemis) comes from a British cattery, and her father is Bakardi Minimali*PL (“Keiko”). Kinsey, the breeder, has also written two children’s books about Keiko and his littermate brother Paolo (Bolt Minimali*PL). I discovered – and bought – these books last year after we got Logan, delighted to find any books starring Singas.
Of course, you know that our Izaak also comes from Minimali*PL. But if you look at Paolo’s, Keiko’s and Zak’s pedigrees, you’ll find that all three boys’ parents are Tinytoy Rus Mafoj*PL (father) and Angelina Minimali*PL (mother)…so Zak is Paolo and Keiko’s full brother, and Noodle is his neice! Paolo and Keiko are three years older than Zak…but how amazing is it to discover that Zak’s brothers are children’s book stars!? And his neice is a famous paddle boarder!? I guess Zak has a lot to live up to.