I thought I would chip away at my massive backlog today…
This time last year, we hadn’t gotten Izaak yet, and we were showing Lorelai the outside world on the end of a leash.
Well, she was only three months old…but I think these early outings laid the foundation for her being so good offleash outside now.
Look how little she was!
Even though she was so small, she was still fearless.
Of course, she had her big brothers with her to protect her. Not only Alfred…
…but Jacoby as well.
Rory was lucky to grow up with two protective big brothers.
So I am pretty proud of my Little House on the Prairie spoof with Izaak running down the hill that I posted yesterday. Mainly because it looks so perfect…but it wasn’t as easy as it looked.
Someone on Facebook asked me why I put Zak in Slo-Mo. Well…the reason is…he runs too fast when he gets going. This is the first part of what I ended up using…a whopping five seconds.
Here’s the ending bit. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it. So yeah, you can see why it was slowed down.
But it really took a lot more work than it looked. We had Lorelai and Alfred out there, too…my original thought was to have Rory and Zak running together down the hill. That just didn’t work out. Here are all the takes we did…with the original sound.
Alfred and Logan were truly “Brothers from another mother,” and when Logan died so young and so suddenly, poor Freddy was probably the most affected by our loss.
Lorelai’s arrival a month after Logan’s death helped Freddy cope. But then when Izaak joined our family a month and a half after Rory, it took Freddy a little while to accept little Zakky.
As Singapuras are wont to do, Zak kept cuddling up to Freddy in spite of Fred’s opinion. Fast forward almost a year, and Freddy and Zak are usually found cuddled up together…especially on my legs whilst I’m asleep.
Another of their favourite napping spots, especially on sunny afternoons, is on the couch in Kalle’s room.
Okay, so Freddy and Zak aren’t the bonded pair that Freddy and Logan were…partly because Zakky loves everyone in his way. He’s also closely bonded with Lorelai, of course, and he had an…interesting…relationship with Jacoby. I’ve even caught Angel playing with him! But Freddy and Zak have their own special connection, being the two boys in the house.
“I can make anybody love me! So there!”
Whilst Sweden celebrates two weeks later, today is Mother’s day in North America. To celebrate, here is everyone with their mother. First we have Alfred with his brother Bertil with their mother, S*Truly Cosmic Nailah.
Here we have Lorelai with her brothers and sister and their mother, S*Primuz-Zezam Kajza.
Here is Logan with his Boston-born mum, Sopan Naina-of-Melur.
Here is Izaak being taught to scratch properly by his mum in Poland, Angelina Minimali*PL.
Jacoby, his sister and brother, and their mother, Instincts Catalina of Pellburn.
And finally, one of my favourite family photos of all time…Gun-Hee with his brother and sisters and their mom, Marica’s Bright Amber of Pellburn. I am grateful to the breeders who took all the above photos except the one of Freddy and his mum…it means so much to be able to see them with their littermates when you can’t always see them all together in person. I wish I had a kitten photo of Angel…with her mother or without. But at least I think I know who Angel’s mother is, so that’s something.
You may remember last year when I bundled everyone up in the Strollercat stroller and got professional photos taken of everybody. Well, they had another photo shoot last month, so I took everyone back in for another round of photos.
I mainly wanted to get photos of Angel and Alfred, because they don’t go to shows, and we don’t have as many opportunities to have them photographed. Angel actually did really well, considering she doesn’t get out much.
Lorelai, of course, is a natural.
She’s been getting professional photos taken since she was 11 weeks old!
Still, even a seasoned poser can take an slightly awkward photo every once in a while.
Izaak is pretty good at the posing thing, too.
*Sigh* At least, when he isn’t throwing the Singapura Stink-Eye around.
And then there’s Freddy. He is an excellent poser.
Except…when he isn’t. It’s really hit or miss with this silly boy! Still, I would rather have goofy photos of them than no photos at all. It’s funny…the last time we got the photos done, we had just four cats (because Zak hadn’t joined us yet)…and this time, we also had only four cats. SOMEday I hope we’ll be able to a photo of the whole family of five.
Just another average day Chez Hellqvist. As usual, I woke up with at least one cat on me.
Lorelai hung out in her favourite spot.
She loves to be on the top of the floor-to-ceiling cat tree.
Angel spent most of the afternoon in her brown cave bed.
I don’t think a day goes by that she doesn’t nap in there.
Alfred spent most of the day doing what he does best…
—looking for food. I swear, it’s like having a raccoon in the house!
Freddy! Get out of the cabinet!
Zak basically followed me around whilst I did my everyday things and photographed the other cats.
He really is my little shadow.
Most adorable shadow ever!