Aby-a-Day – October 23: Escalator Awareness Day (Flashback Friday)

As I do every year…it’s time to remember Jacoby’s escalator incident, which happened five years ago today (24 October was a Saturday in 2010, too).


I did a series of cartoons depicting the accident last year.


Of course, I didn’t have any photographs of the actual event, but I wanted to show what it looked like, not just tell the story of what happened.


I remember panicking for about a second and a half. I couldn’t find the stop button, so I just pulled Jake’s foot out of the escalator and held it tight.


There wasn’t that much blood…in fact, I still have that sweater and have been wearing it this week.


Jake, of course, ended up being fine, and you can’t even really tell he was ever injured, apart from the claw on that one toe being a bit thick and dull. Makes claw clipping that much easier!

Aby-a-Day – June 28: Remembering Gun-Hee

Today is the 8th anniversary of Gun-Hee’s death.


Actually, he was murdered. Murdered by that malicious serial killer known as FIP.


He was so miserable when he was sick.


It’s true what they say. They do tell you when it’s time.


I still miss him every day. I wish Jacoby could have met his half-brother.

Aby-a-Day – May 21: Milestones and Mutuality

Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of Tessie flying from Portland, OR to Boston to come live with us.


She still doesn’t like Angel…but lately they’ve been tolerating each other pretty well.


Angel still doesn’t really trust her, though. But in an odd way, Tessie is probably her closest friend. At least, I see her in proximity to Tessie a lot more than I see her with Jacoby or Kylie.


Kylie and Tessie are probably the closest of the lot.


Jake likes all the girls, but he gravitates towards humans (me, specifically). The girls like to be around Jake when he’s sleepy…when he’s in a playful mood, not so much.


Angel tends to be a loner, although she likes other cats and wants to be friends, she’s somewhat socially inept.

Aby-a-Day – August 1: Happy Gotcha Day, Jacoby!

Four years ago today I was given the greatest gift…


The gift of Jacoby!


He settled right in, too.


Although, not everyone was thrilled at his arrival…


And he really hasn’t changed much in four years, either.

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He still watches TV in the bedroom with me…


He still goes for walks on the Harborwalk…


He still rides the T…


And he still likes plastic bags!


What can I say? He’s my best friend. Every so often, we’re blessed with a special kitty soulmate. I’ve been lucky: I’ve had four: Sgt. Pepper, the Snowshoe I had through high school and college; Harri, the Siamese who was with me from 9 weeks til he was 15 and during that time moved from California to Atlanta to Boston…then I had Jake’s brother Gun-Hee, and now I have Jake.


Jake’s truly the gift that keeps on giving.

Aby-a-Day – June 28: Five years without Gun-Hee (Part 2) (Friday Flashback)

Today is the day Gun-Hee lost his short but fierce battle against FIP.


There is hope, however: Just last week, Cornell announced a breakthrough in the search for the mutation that turns the benign feline enteric coronavirus (FECV) into the fatal FIP virus. Let’s all keep our fingers and toes crossed that this will lead to some sort of a cure for this evil disease.

Aby-a-Day – June 29: Remembering Gun-Hee (Friday Flashback)

Yesterday was the 4th anniversary of the end of Gun-Hee’s battle with FIP. Even though we have Jacoby, his half brother, I still miss that little boy.


One of the last outings we took was on June 11; we went to Harvard Yard. He posed with John Harvard.


I didn’t notice it at the time, but he was already starting to show signs of the disease.


I still think about him every day. Having Jacoby is a bit like having a part of Gun-Hee back, but…


…it’s still not the same. Gun-Hee always seemed a little sad, like he knew he’d have to leave sooner than he should.

There is some good news, though: Yesterday, at the Winn Foundation Symposium at the CFA Annual Meeting, Steve Dale announced that the Winn Foundation had just that day been given a cheque for $10,000 expressly for FIP research (as a donation to their Bria Fund)! What great news!

Aby-a-Day – June 20: Wordless Wednesday (Jake loves Kylie)