Aby-a-Day – 7 Maj 2020: Ribs for their pleasure (Thursday Things)

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Whenever we have spare ribs, we lock the cats out of the room. As a sort of reward, we let them chew the meat scraps and cartilage off of the bones. It’s very popular with the feline set.

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Of course Alfred is the first one to grab some bones, with Lorelai close behind.

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Freddy especially loves the cartilage bits.

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Rory may be the smallest cat in our family, but she’s feisty. She gets her share of the bones.

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But possibly the most enthusiastic bone-eater is Izaak.

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Look at him go! All that chicken neck practice is clearly paying off.

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I should have made a video. He’s making little growling noises as he gnaws.

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Angel even tries to join in the rib-gnawing fun.

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It’s kind of hard, though, since she only has two teeth left.

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So we gave her a corn cob instead.

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She was happy with that.

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Dashiell wanted to try corn, too. We may have another corn-eater in the house.

Aby-a-Day – 4 Maj 2020: Mani-Pedis are supposed to be relaxing! (Medical Monday)

Okay…maybe claw clipping isn’t exactly “medical,” but it does contribute to a cat’s health and wellbeing.

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Our lot don’t exactly enjoy getting their biweekly claw trim, but they usually handle it well. After all, they have been getting their claws clipped every other week for as long as they’ve lived with me. Alfred, however…

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…is not a fan of getting his mani-pedi. Usually, he sits quietly and self-soothes with purring, but yesterday he decided to squirm and pull faces.

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It may have been the audience. Björn came in the bathroom to talk to me and captured Freddy in action.

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In case you’re wondering, I always sit on the edge of the tub facing in when I clip claws…that way, the end bits just go down the drain when I’m done.

Aby-a-Day – 3 Maj 2020: Just some cats outside in springtime…(Cinema Sunday)

Yesterday, we took the cats outside for some exercise. We’ve had some days of rain, but even though it was a bit cloudy yesterday, the cats wanted to go out, so out we let them…

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Lorelai, of course, LOVED it.

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As did Alfred.

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Dashiell, as I posted yesterday, had his own kind of fun outside.

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When Izaak wasn’t striking poses…

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…he was exploring the great outdoors with Rory.

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I wish I could be as joyful as Freddy running outside in the daisies.

Here’s a short video of the four of them outside.

Aby-a-Day – 1 Maj 2020: This Freddy is PHOTOSHOPPED (Photoshop Friday)

The other day, I posted one of the photos of Alfred in the little toy car to the Facebook group This Cat is PHOTOSHOPPED to see what people would do with it. The above photo of Freddy getting “chimkin nuggets” at the Mc D’s drive-thru was made by Lucy Elizabeth West.

These were done by Helen Yang…I think the first one is so fetch!

Freddy doing donuts in a Walmart parking lot, courtesy of Charles Gipson.

I really like these racing ones Barbara Helms Clark made. The other cat is her outside cat, who also likes to sit in toy cars.

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Then there’s the ‘shops I made. This one is Dandelion. I cannot explain why I thought Dandelion should be Baby Ross in Joey’s nightmare…but here we are.

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The moment I saw this cat, I knew she needed to be Queen Victoria.

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Charlie’s owner called him a Viking, so I put him next to Rökstenen runestone.

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This Sphynx’s name is Farrah, so…

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Talcum’s human wanted him to be a mermaid. I am quite proud of this one. I didn’t know he was a boy until after I made it…but I still like the eyelashes.

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And finally…what else was I supposed to do with a cat wearing a unicorn hat!?

Aby-a-Day – 27 April 2020: So much for THAT Hallmark moment (Hipstamatic Monday)

It all started so innocently…

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…Alfred and Izaak were cuddling on the sofa, and Freddy lazily started to groom Zak.

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And then Zak started grooming Freddy in return.

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It was so sweet. It reminded me of Freddy with Logan.

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I mean, okay, they are a year apart in age, so not quite “brothers from another mother” the way Freddy was with Logan…

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…but at least Freddy still has a Singa pal who’s fun to be with.

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Zak, of course, loves all the Abys in the house. He happily cuddles with everyone.

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However, all of a sudden things took a turn. Freddy started to groom Zak a little…

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too enthusiastically.

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Zak had had enough! He way weigh around three pounds less than Freddy does…

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…but with true Singapura stubborness, Zak can stand up to anyone when enough is enough!

Aby-a-Day – 25 April 2020: “Beep, beep. Beep, beep. His horn went, beep, beep, beep! (Silly Saturday)

The last time I took the cats outside, one of the neighbour boys was fixing a toy car for his little brother out on the lawn.

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He asked me if I had a 13mm socket wrench. I don’t use those, but I know Björn has them, so I told him to wait until he got home, which was only in a few minutes.

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At that point, everyone else had gone inside, and only Alfred was still outside. When the boy went to chase after his little brother, I got an idea. It took a few tries to get Freddy to pose properly (again, I was really missing Jacoby)…

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…But he finally figured it out.

Aby-a-Day – 24 April 2020: Fancy face masks (Fashion Friday)

As everyone on the planet knows, we are experiencing a pandemic and we’re all being held hostage by a familiar virus. Unlike the rest of the world, Sweden is managing the Covid-19 situation in a…unique way. Most businesses are still open, high schools and universities are teaching online but all other schools are still in session, there are markings on the floors near the checkouts in shops, but there are no measures taken in the aisles to keep people apart. And nobody is wearing masks. But I am. I have asthma, and everytime I get a cold, it doesn’t go away. It settles in my lungs, and turns into bronchitis or pneumonia. I know how insidious coronaviruses can be. I have been reading studies of one certain type of coronavirus for twelve years now, and I am not taking any chances.

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I bought sa box of 50 semi-disposable medical masks on Amazon.de to tide me over until I can get some cuter ones. On a whim, I thought I would try one on Izaak. Whoops…sorry, Zak, you can’t see with it on like that!

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Okay, that’s better. Zak actually wore it pretty well, but I am not going to lie, I miss Jacoby. He would rocked this mask!

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Even though he’s not the pro Jake was, Zak did finally strike a couple of pretty good poses for me.

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Of course Alfred had to come check out what Zak and I were doing.

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Huh. That’s rude. Guess he’s not a fan of masks.

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Given his reaction, of course I made him model it, too. He only kept it on long enough for one good photo, though, and I didn’t have time to adjust it so it wasn’t covering his eyes. Again, sometimes I really miss Jake.

But I really want a better mask than these disposables. One of my Facebook friends sent me a link to a super cute face mask with Abyssinians wearing masks on it! I love that a blue Aby is the main cat on the mask. (There is also one with Somalis on it.)

But look what else they have! A Singapura face mask! I ordered one of each. I know they seem a bit expensive ($24.95), but each mask comes with three replaceable filter pads, to give a little more protection when you go outside, and you can always get more filters. I can’t wait to try them on!

Aby-a-Day – 23 April 2020: Dashiell strikes out on his own (Thursday Things)

Dashiell has a complicated relationship with going outside. He’s still rather skittish and timid at times. While the other Abyssinians (even Angel!) and Izaak eagerly rice to the door when I open the front door, I almost always have to catch Dash and drag him outside to get some fresh air and play. If I didn’t know better, I would think he had a cellphone and was playing video games!

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When I finally do get him outside, he sticks to the paved path next to the building. He also tends to stay close to Zak.

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He also sometimes tries to go back inside.

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But once he gets used to the idea…

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…he really loves being outside.

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He hasn’t done anything like run down the hill, but he will explore the trees with Lorelai and Zak.

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We’d had very strong winds recently and there were a lot of fallen branches. Apparently they were very interesting to investigate.

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Okay, maybe he doesn’t have as much fun outside as Alfred does, but he does enjoy himself outside.

Aby-a-Day – 22 April 2020: Wordless Wednesday (Angel and Alfred outside)

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The 14th of April is a bittersweet day…

Not only is today Jacoby’s birthday, but it’s also the day Alfred and I went to Jönköping to say goodbye to Logan.

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It was two years ago, and Izaak is a wonderful Singapura and friend to everycat…but I think Freddy still misses his brother from another mother, Logan.

Aby-a-Day – 13 April 2020: Nap distribution (Hipstamatic Monday)

Working on various Photoshop projects today, at one point I looked over and noticed that all the boys were piled at one end of the sofa.

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Alfred, Izaak and Dashiell were all napping in a heap at the far end.

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It was pretty adorable.

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I mean, look at them1

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Totally a band of brothers.

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Meanwhile, Lorelai was napping on the right side of the sofa.

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Pretty much as far away as she could get from the boys whilst still being on the sofa.

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But she was happy on her “no boys allowed” side of the couch.

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Nice teeth, Rory!

Aby-a-Day – Super cuddly Alfred (Mischeivous Monday)

Alfred is the most cuddly cat I have ever met.

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When he’s in a mood, he will not leave you alone.

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He has places and times where he is annoyingly clingy.

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One of these times is after we’ve eaten dinner and we’re watching TV.

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The other time is when I am reading in bed after waking up in the morning.

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It would be a lot nicer to cuddle with him if he wasn’t so drooly, though…

Aby-a-Day – 5 April 2020: More fun outside in the sunshine (Swedish Sunday)

Today I am sharing the rest of the outside adventure photos I took a couple of week ago but never posted. Starting with Dashiell and Lorelai outside.

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Alfred following Dash and Rory down the hill.

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I could have sworn I had already used this series of Rory bounding down the hill…but evidently I never did!

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Same thing with these two of her loping along the walkway. They’re great! How have I not used them?

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I love this one of Rory watching birds fly overhead.

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Björn took these two of a very determined Izaak.

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Zak and Dash are such buddies.

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Our upstairs neighbour, Oksana (Markis’ human), loves Freddy because he is so cuddly. Apparently Markis is not much for snuggling his humans.

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She loves the fact Freddy lets her just hold him.

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She used to come downstairs just to get some cuddle time…haven’t been able to do that in a while, though.

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It’s fun to watch them chase each other.

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And to finish the collection, a couple of very cute portraits. Here’s Zak in the sunshine.

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Freddy joins Zak in his sunbath.

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And last but not least, Angel and her shadow.

Aby-a-Day – 30 Mars 2020: Shelter in place (Hipstamatic Monday)

In a lot of places (that don’t include Sweden at the moment), people have been told to “shelter in place” to avoid spreading Covid-19. Despite the Swedish government not yet ordering a lockdown, I have been staying inside as much as possible. So I thought I’d show the places the cats have been sheltering in today.

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This was what Izaak and Alfred were doing before I got up to take photos.

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I love the way this shot of Lorelai! Part of the fun of Hipstamatic is it’s random, like a slot machine. And this photo is one of the jackpots!

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And this one isn’t bad either.

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Here’s Dashiell on Pyret’s chair.

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And here’s Dash channeling 1967.

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One of Angel’s napping spots is on a dining table chair. That’s where I found her today.

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And, as napping places go, the kitchen tables are a pretty good place to nap.

Aby-a-Day – 27 Mars 2020: “You have to stop the Q-Tip when there’s resistance!”

I don’t remember exactly where I came across these (I think it was probably Kickstarter), but the idea of a reusable Q-Tip was very appealing to me. So when I discovered LastSwab, I had to try it.

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Originally, I was intrigued on my own behalf, because I use a Q-Tip every time I take a shower (full disclosure: They clean well, but they don’t soak up the water I get in my ears, so not perfect). But then I realised they would be awesome to use on the cats’ ears when I do their biweekly grooming (claw clipping, toothbrushing, ears, anal glands and combing). Depending on the cat, I use two to three Q-Tips per ear! So I got a LastSwab for each cat.

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Each cat has varying degrees of waxy build-up. Alfred, like Jacoby, has the dirtiest ears. Lorelai and Dashiell are next, then Angel and finally Izaak. So I used Freddy as my model.

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They are a little more “grabby” than cotton swabs, with those little nubs.

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Look how much wax they collect! Jake had chronic yeast infections in his ears, and I suspect Freddy has the same; problem is, Freddy’s insanely hard to give drops to. So I usually do an extra cleaning on his ears on the off weekends.

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On Freddy and Jake, I could use three or four swabs in a go. Add in the other cats’ ears…that’s a lot of swabs. I can get all of Freddy’s wax in one go with these. They clean easily with just soap and water, and if you think about it, it’s not much different from having a toothbrush.

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There you go, Freddy…all clean!

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Okay, Freddy…that’s a little too much enthusiasm.

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Postscript…Rory’s LastSwab case suffered a broken clip the first time I used it. I reached out to the company…and they are sending me a whole new LastSwab! All I wanted was a new case. That’s pretty great customer service!

Aby-a-Day – 23 Mars 2020: Magnificent Alfred (Mischievous Monday)

When we went outside the other day, Alfred and Lorelai were a bit naughty and ran down the hill to the road and the houses.

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He met a friendly Labrador; that’s why his tail is puffed up. I tried to get him to go back up the hill to the lawn.

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Stay classy, Freddy.

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Spoiler alert: He didn’t go back up the hill. These were taken before the fun and games with the lake and the geese.

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Okay…maybe he’s not the poser Jacoby was. But he is rather photogenic.

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…and this would be when he jumped down and went over to the lake. Brat.

Aby-a-Day – 22 Mars 2020: Lorelai and the Geese (Cinema Sunday)

It started with Alfred.

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He’s the first one who ran towards the lake.

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But Lorelai took it to a whole other level.

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She decided to HUNT the geese. Who probably outweigh her. Here’s a video of Freddy, but mainly Rory, stalking the geese.

Aby-a-Day – 21 February 2020: Freddy and Bruno meet again (Swedish Saturday)

The first time Alfred and Bruno met, it got a little…tense. But since Lorelai has befriended him, Freddy’s been cutting Bruno a bit of a break.

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But he’s still not really sure about this canine.

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…And, there it is…

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Look at Freddy, getting his fierce on.

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Bruno’s used to being put in his place by cats…after all, he was raised by Markis…so, yeah.

Aby-a-Day – 20 Mars 2020: Toothy Towels (Fashion Friday)

This was back in 2017, but Björn found the cutest embroidered towels in the That’s Sew Creative shop on Etsy.

Just look at these cute designs…and don’t they look like Abys? We had been using my Yoga Cat towel on the tub, but the minute I saw these, I knew we had to have them.

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I had only two requirements…we had to have dark grey towels, and her machine needed to be able to make the Ö in Björn. Which, as you can see, she could do.

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Here’s mine. I love the bow on the tail. They make me smile every time I go into the bathroom.

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But are they Abyssinians?

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Alfred seems to think so.

Aby-a-Day – 19 Mars 2020: Another trip to the vet (Thursday Things)

Yesterday, Alfred and I went to the veterinarian to see how his lungs look after pneumonia.

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As I have said before, it’s a two-bus, almost hour long bus trip from our house to the vet. And we had lots of hang time waiting for the transfers.

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This is at Resecentrum. I love this shot.

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When we had a bus transfer wait of more than ten minutes, I let Freddy out of his carrier.

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Goofball.

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But at the vet we got good news: Freddy’s lungs are completely clear.

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Not only are his lungs clear, it also looks like he doesn’t have asthma. So that’s great!

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Much like Jacoby, Freddy loves to sing the song of his people when he’s outside.

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This IS an Airport, Please Announce Your Departure: Aeroplane Ear Posting.

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After the vet visit, we stopped off a DjurMagazinet to stock up om raw chicken necks and raw meatballs.

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Of course, Freddy helped me pick out the raw food I bought.

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Of course, Freddy made friends when we were on line for the cash.

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That’s Freddy’s superpower: making friends wherever he goes.