Aby-a-Day – 17 November: Collecting Alfred (Swedish Saturday)

Jacoby, Björn, Kalle and I had spent a long weekend in Tallinn for a cat show. On the way back, on 6 June, we met Karin at Stockholm’s Centralstation to collect Alfred.

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We got there a little early, so we had lunch in the food court.

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Jacoby was his usual well-behaved self, as always.

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Titti and Emma also met us at the station so they could see Jake and Kalle, and also meet Freddy. Tittl and Kalle stayed at the table with the luggage whilst Björn, Emma, Jake and I went to the parking lot to meet Karin with Freddy.

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We walked to Karin’s little yellow car excitedly.

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Karin brought Freddy out and introduced him to Jake.

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Which went…

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…about as well as could be expected.

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Karin, Freddy and I sat in the car whilst we dealt with Freddy’s paperwork.

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Emma helped keep Freddy amused.

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We didn’t think Jake was ready to share his stroller, so we put Freddy into a carrier, said goodby to Karin, and went to rejoin Kalle and Titti.

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Back in the station, we all got acquainted whilst waiting for train back to Skövde.

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Having gotten his hissing out of the way, Jake was very curious about the newcomer.

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This time, Freddy was the one hissing. Which I found a bit surprising, since Freddy had four littermates and grew up with three adult cats. I didn’t expect him to be so defensive.

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I think Jake was a little taken aback by Freddy’s reaction, too. They had words.

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Jake broke the spell with a nose-lick.

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By that time, our train was ready to depart, so we packed Freddy into the carrier with his baby blanket and headed out to the platform, homeward bound.

Aby-a-Day – 10 November: “I haven’t taken my Christmas lights down. They look so nice on the pumpkin” (Silly Saturday)

In Sweden, Winter time starts a week before Daylight Savings ends in the States. Additionally, not having a late November holiday like Thanksgiving to mark the beginning of the “Holiday season,” Swedes tend to start thinking about Jul lights as soon as it starts getting dark early.

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To that end, Björn found some pretty coloured ball lights on sale last month.

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Izaak was born on 26 January, and so has never seen Christmas lights before…

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…And he was fascinated by them.

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Just mesmerised.

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It was so cute the way he played with them.

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Alfred, of course, has celebrated one Christmas already, but he was curious about the lights, too.

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Somehow, he managed to get sort of entangled in them.

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Only Freddy…

Aby-a-Day – 3 November: Look out for that treeeeeee! (Silly Swedish Saturday)

The other day we took the kittens out again before it gets too cold. Lorelai ran as fast as she could to her beloved trees.

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She always looks so funny…she runs so fast and so hard, with every ounce of strength she can muster.

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And the way she attacks those trees…

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…she’s just a little bit crazed, really.

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But I will say this for our little Rory…

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…She throws herself all into whatever it is she’s trying to do.

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No matter how tall the tree, Rory’s gonna climb it!

Aby-a-Day – 29 September: Why we don’t let Alfred outside off leash (Swedish Saturday)

People have asked why we don’t take Alfred out on our off-leash walking training with Lorelai and Izaak.

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This is why. He bolts. The second he’s let outside, he heads for the trees at the bottom of the slope.

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And naturally the kittens follow him into the exciting jungle. I was too busy capturing Freddy to get any good photos. But he spent the rest of the outing on his leash.

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He was good-natured about it. But he tried to go back into the woods again despite his leash.

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Freddy is an excellent leash walker, though.

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You can see how far those trees are…and how Freddy longs to go back down there. Sorry, Freddy.

Aby-a-Day – 22 September: Run like the wind (Swedish Saturday)

Lorelai and Izaak love to go on walks around our apartment buildings.

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We are teaching them to go outside with us in the områden of our apartment. We want to be able to have them come outside with us without leashes and harnesses, and to come back to us when we call them.

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So far, it’s going fairly well.

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They love going outside, there’s no question there.

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It’s fun to watch them run with no limitations, that’s for sure. Look at Zak! He’s airborne!

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They work as a team when they are outside together.

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Although Rory is a little more adventurous than Zak is.

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Look at her run!

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Her energy is boundless.

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She loves to just run as fast as she can.

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…And then, she saw the pigeon

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At first, she wasn’t sure what to do.

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But Zak did.

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It was truly impressive, watching his raw instinct take over as he stalked the pigeon (which was almost as big as he is).

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Watching him approach the bird, you would think he had done this before. He was that good.

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And then…he made his rush. It was glorious.

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Rory finally joined in. And then I noticed that there were actually two pigeons!

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But too little, too late. The pigeons were gone.

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One did remain sitting high atop a street lamp, mocking our kittens.

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Zak didn’t mind. He ran it off.

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Run, Izaak, run!

Aby-a-Day – 8 September: Into the woods (Part 1) (Swedish Saturday)

These are some more photos from August 2016, a couple of months after I moved here.

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One day, Kalle was home during summer vacation, and he said we should take the cats out for a walk around the small lake near our house.

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So, we got the stroller out…

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…and we headed towards the lake.

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Jacoby and Angel seemed happy to be going out on an adventure.

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The lake is not at all far from our apartment buildings.

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Even so, I hadn’t been down there yet, so Kalle lead the way.

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Around the lake there are signs showing the kinds of birds and other wildlife that can be found in the area. I laughingly joked that they were “cat menus.”

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Jake was, perhaps, a bit more excited about going exploring than Angel was…

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Around all lakes of a certain size in Sweden, live preservers are posted at the ready in case of emergency.

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Even if it’s not a lake that anyone might possibly swim in on a whim, at least in summertime (and who would want to swim any other time), because look at these reeds!

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Here’s the stroller for comparison.

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The forest is a mix of coniferous and deciduous trees. For being so close to two apartment complexes, it’s all the more impressive.

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At least, Jake and Angel were impressed.

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Kalle showed me this wicked cool spot under the trees…and oh, it was awesome!

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We parked the stroller and prepared to explore…what we saw will be posted tomorrow.

Aby-a-Day – 4 August: No allen wrench required (Silly Swedish Saturday)

Back in April, I posted about Malt, a Japanese Singapura who loves to drag his favourite toy all over the house.

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It seems Izaak and Malt have something in common.

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Zak absolutely LOVES IKEA mice and rats.

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LOVES them.

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He also loves to carry them around.

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We are always finding them in our bed.

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Apparently, this is the best place to play with them.

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It’s tempting to call his mousies his “friends,” but he doesn’t see them that way. When he picks them up, he tends to go for the backs of their necks. And then he shakes them. So…probably not friends.

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Whatever they are, he loves to carry them around the house.

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What’s funny is, we had a load of mice and one rat that lay around the house for over a year, because nobody ever played with them. The best they could hope for was to end up helping to bury the food bowls when Alfred was done eating. So now, whenever we go to IKEA, we of course have to get Zak some new mousies.

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The last time we went, we got one of each colour mice, plus a black and a grey rat. And a lion, because why not?

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Zak immediately decided he liked the big grey rat the best.

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He picked it right up and carried it off.

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He had a bit of a struggle with it on the balcony floor…

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…and then he carried it into the living room.

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His ultimate goal was this little tent we have set up in the living room.

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There was a little bit of distraction involving a brown mouse from an earlier IKEA trip.

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But in the end, Zak got his rat into his tent.