Other People’s Abys: Sky hunts with StarClan

I cannot believe I am having to write ANOTHER of these posts this year.

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One of my best friends, Barb, just lost her loving companion, Alexy Blue Cream Sky of Aksum, to cancer. She’d been battling it for over a year.

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Sky was only 10.

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Look at those gorgeous eyes!

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Sky was bred by Susan Graham of Aksum Abyssinians, and she was a very special Aby in more ways than one. Sky was a rare tortioseshell Abyssinian.
Susan is one of the few breeders in North America who works with sex-linked red (the true, genetic red, not the CFA “red” that most registries call either sorrel or cinnamon). And when you breed sex-linked red, you get torties (well, technically, torbies, since Abys are tabbies).

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This photo of her after one of her operations really shows her tortie pattern.

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I never got to meet Sky in person, which I truly regret. I can’t imagine what she must have been like…Tortitude combined with Abyssinian!

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She was certainly a character in photos!

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In her younger days, she was a TICA show cat and was even a model in the 2010 issue of Cats USA.

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And Sky even appeared in one of my cartoons once.

My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend has stopped running today. Sleep well in Tuonela, sweet Sky.

Aby-a-Day – October 17: “Jazzy” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

This week’s Photo Hunt subject is “Jazzy.”

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Our friends Stan and Patty’s cattery name is Jazzy Abys. This is Jazzy Abys Buddy Rich when he was a kitten at the Seacoast Cat Club Show in 2012.

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Buddy became a CFA Grand Premier at Mansfield show in August that same year.

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It took Buddy a little longer to earn his Grand Champion Alter title in CFF.

Buddy Rich is a grandson of the famous Grand Champion JazzyAbys Fats Waller (aka “Wally”), against whom Gun-Hee competed in the kitten class. Gun-Hee actually competed against Wally at his first show. This video shows Gun-Hee (#28) earning second best of breed in a ring with Wally (#30) being awarded best Aby in that kitten ring.

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Gun-Hee also met Eszencia TheCountess of Jazzy Abys in his second show as a kitten.