Aby-a-Day – 10 Maj 2020: Remember when we used to go to cat shows..? (Cat Show Cinema Singapura Sunday)

A friend on Facebook posted a photo of her cats today with the caption: “Is this really all we do now? We can’t leave?! When is the next cat show?! We’re tired of sitting home!!!!”

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Dude…I so know that feel.

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Because we weren’t able to go to our favourite show in Örebro this year, we haven’t been to a show since November, when we went with Lorelai and Izaak to Turku. It’s the one thing I really miss since the pandemic started.

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So, I went back in my backlog of photos and found this set of Zak at the Turku show, after our collection of show wand toys fell over.

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He was so cute, playing with the toys. We mainly only ever play with wand toys at shows, so this was a treat.

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I even made a short video of it (click on the image to view it on another tab in Flickr).

Aby-a-Day – 13 Augusti: Remembering Jacoby in Helsinki (Cartoon Tuesday)

When we went to Aino, the Finnish restaurant in Helsinki, I noticed a sign-in book.

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When we visited Helsinki with Jacoby in 2016, we ate at this restaurant.

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I just thought they needed to be reminded of that event.

Aby-a-Day – 28 Juni: Unlikely bedfellows (Friday Flashback)

Jacoby used to love sleeping underneath the comforters, especially in cold weather.

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One afternoon, five days before Jake died, I came upon the sweetest scene ever. Lorelai had joined Jake on the bed, and was cuddling with the part of his that wasn’t under the quilt.

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They hadn’t been the closest of cats, and, of course, we didn’t know Jake was going to die within the week. It was so sweet to see them close.

Aby-a-Day – 20 Juni: “She’s got style, she’s got grace, she’s a winner…She’s a lady” (Thursday Things)

Lorelai is elegant, lithe, and graceful…When’s she’s awake.

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Sleeping? Not so much.

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And she’s always been that way, actually. The first two photos were taken this week.

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But the rest of the photos in this post were taken last July, when Rory had only been living with us a couple of months.

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She really folds herself into some interesting positions.

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But she seems to sleep deeply, despite her contortions.

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Of course, she doesn’t always sleep alone.

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Today is also Izaak’s Gotcha Day…last year, on 20 June, I went to Stockholm to collect him. So, sometimes Rory has to share her sleeping quarters with her little big brother.

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While he is not quite as…stretchy and bendy…Rory is, he can sleep in some pretty odd positions, too.

Happy Gotcha Day, Alfred! (Thursday Things)

Two years ago today, we met Karin at Stockholm Centralen and collected Alfred on our way back from a cat show in Tallinn.

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But I haven’t ever posted how Freddy coped once he got to our apartment.

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And the short answer is…he was completely unfazed.

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No mum? No littermates?

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No problem!

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I think Freddy was the easiest kitten we’ve integrated into our family, but then none of our kittens have been that hard to introduce to the others.

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But Freddy is just so laid back and easy-going…He integrated himself. Of course, five days later, we got Logan, and he had a built-in best friend, but even without Logan, Freddy would have done just fine.

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And here’s our Freddy, almost two years later, on the same sofa with Izaak. He’s our genius philosopher, and I love him.

Aby-a-Day – 24 Maj: “Scattered pictures…of the smiles we left behind” (Friday Flashback)

As I posted earlier this month, the Memories that Facebook shows you can be bittersweet. Lately, they’ve been showing me a lot of Jacoby memories. It started with this one, of Strollercat on the way to a cat show in Göteborg in 2017.

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I never actually posted these photos here, as this was during the blog’s hiatus.

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This is another photo that popped up, I think as one of Björn’s Memories. I called it “Conversations on a train.”

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Then there is this one I posted whilst we were at that cat show.

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I found this photo of Jake crashed out in the hotel room after the first day of the show was over whilst I was looking for the other ones from this week’s Memories. I had forgotten it…but it is SO Jake.

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This is the Memory that came up yesterday…

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…another one I forgot about that is such a classic Jake moment. I found Angel sunning herself in a little square of sunshine in the kitchen.

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The square was just the right size for one little cat loaf.

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And then…along came Jake.

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And he decided that he wanted the sun square. I wasn’t able to capture what happened next.

And this last one is the most bittersweet of all, from five years ago Wednesday. Jake loved riding on the front of his stroller on our way home from our therapy visits. I posted the photos here in the blog at the time, but I only posted the video to Facebook. Apologies for the vertical video…I forgot to turn the camera sideways.

Aby-a-Day – 17 April: Wordless Wednesday (Jacoby and Logan)

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Aby-a-Day – 24 Mars: Some are born Singapura, some achieve Singapuraness… (Cinema Singapura Sunday)

Not to make a generalisation about Singapuras, but both Logan and Izaak decided they wanted to be friends with Angel and Jacoby…no matter what.

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In Angel’s case, it means Zak gets in her favourite bed with her.

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And then he grooms her.

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He’s quite serious about it, too.

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With Jake, Zak just sleeps with him wherever he is, be it our bed or the sofa.

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Does Jake want Zak’s company? I have no idea. But I also don’t think he has much of a say in the matter.

Because still photos can’t quite capture that lovin’ feeling, here’s a video of Zak forcing his affection on Jake and Angel.

Aby-a-Day – 11 Mars: The rest of Lorelai’s vet visit (Medical Monday)

Last week I posted about Lorelai’s first visit to Min Vetrinär.

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But that wasn’t the whole story.

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We took all the Abys to the vet that day. This was before Izaak joined our family, of course.

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Alfred got busy exploring the doctor’s supplies.

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Freddy! That’s marked “biohazard” for a reason! Get your face out of there!

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Oh? It’s my turn?

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Wait…a shot? Nobody told me about a shot…

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After the shot, Freddy was a little jarred.

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But he had his new little sister to cheer him up.

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Next up was Angel.

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Being the oldest cat, this was definitely not her first rodeo.

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But that doesn’t mean she enjoys it.

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She took her vaccination like a champ, though.

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The last cat to be checked out was Jacoby.

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He is always so good at getting his shots. Like everything else he does…he’s just bulletproof.

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I wanted the vet to take a look at Jake’s teeth.

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He’s an Aby, a breed known for bad teeth…but he was nine years old and had never even had a cleaning. When Angel was his age, most of her teeth were gone already.

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But Jake has awesome teeth. Partly because he lets me scrape and brush them…but partly because he just got lucky in the genetic roulette.

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All in all, a pretty good day at the veterinarian.

Aby-a-Day – 10 Mars: Alfred and Logan playing (Cinema Sunday)

I posted a few of the photos from this series back when I rebooted this blog, but in looking for photos to commemorate Logan’s birthday, I finished editing the rest of them.

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These photos were taken three days after Logan came to live with us.

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Alfred, coming from a litter of five, was excited to see a cat his age in our house. The adult cats mostly just hissed at him.

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Logan was…less thrilled to meet Freddy.

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He even managed to chase him off, despite being a month younger and tiny.

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But then Logan attacked Freddy!

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And Freddy was so excited! A playmate at last!

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But Logan proved to be a tough adversary.

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And Freddy actually ran away!

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With Freddy out of the room, Logan felt free to play with the tunnel we had.

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It was so much fun!

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Somehow, he managed to put the tunnel in its more conventional horizontal position.

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Logan was having a lot of fun playing with the tunnel by himself.

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A lot of fun.

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So much fun, in fact…

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…That he didn’t notice that Freddy had returned! (Look closely at the photo above.)

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Wait…what?

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Suddenly…Freddy!

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Logan defended himself brilliantly.

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Especially considering that he was a month younger and a kilo lighter than Freddy.

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Such a fierce little cat!

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Look at those airplane ears!

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Don’t mess with Logan!

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Oh, wait.

Looking just at these photos, you would never know they’d end up being so closely bonded.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take videos of this play session, but I got this one of Logan playing with Kalle and a wand toy.

And this one of Freddy and Logan playing in the spare bedroom, aka the “kitten room.” Both videos were made the first few days Logan came to live with us.

Aby-a-Day – 4 Mars: Lorelai’s first vet visit (Medical Monday)

We got Lorelai on 4 May 2018 when she was just three months old. She’d had her kitten shots and gotten her microchip, but she was too young to get her rabies vaccination.

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Because we took the cats to the vet soon after we moved here, our annual appointment is in June, which was perfect timing for Rory’s shot.

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It’s very important to make sure the microchip in the cat matches the number in the passport. Every vaccine the cat gets in his or her life is recorded in their passport, and is checked not only when travelling to other countries, but every time we go to a show.

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The doctor prepared the shot…

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…and Rory tried to nope out.

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Of course, she ended up getting vaccinated. We are the ANTI anti-vaxxers.

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Then we let her go.

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She was not impressed with being punctured.

Aby-a-Day – 1 Mars: So alike…yet so very different (Friday Flashback)

Izaak is so very different from Logan in so many ways. But they look so similar. Logan’s eyes were a bit more green, and Zak has a stockier build, but it’s hard to tell them apart in photos. In some pictures, I can only tell them apart by looking at their collars, and, of course, the date the photo was taken.

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But their personalities and mannerisms are so different.

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One major difference between Logan and Zak is Logan was a climber. He loved to go up on top of things: the cat tree, the hallway coat rack, the top of the bookshelf in the kitten room. And the tiny ledge on top of the refrigerator.

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That’s a hard ledge to get up onto, let alone stay on!

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Much harder than just sitting on top of the fridge door!

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Another difference between Zak and Logan is that Logan was extremely fastidious. He hated to be “dirty” and would stop to groom anywhere, anytime. You may remember what happened when Logan got his Suprelorin implant as opposed to when Zak got his.

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Even on the ledge of the fridge.

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Logan was such a climber. He was so athletic.

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He loved to be as high as he could.

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Meanwhile…Zak “The Sausage” Hellqvist can barely jump up onto the counter.

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And he is incredibly food-oriented, which Logan was not…but he’s also an extremely picky eater. I have never seen a cat who didn’t like dry food (it’s considered a special treat in our house), but Zak won’t touch it. He doesn’t even seem to recognise it as food. It makes cat shows challenging, to say the least.

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I wish they could have known each other. It would have been interesting to see them interact. But of course, if Logan hadn’t gotten FIP we wouldn’t have Izaak. But it would have been interesting to see them together.

Aby-a-Day – 22 Februari: Brothers from another mother…and the little step brother who could (Friday Flashback)

I always think about Alfred and his “Brother from Another Mother,” Logan.

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These photos are from July 2017, a month after we introduced Logan to Freddy.

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They bonded after only a couple of days.

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But their bond was deep. I called them “Brothers from Another Mother.” But they really were.

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I mean, just look at them!

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Logan and Freddy were so attached to each other.

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They were so in sync with each other, too. You can see how bonded they were from these photos, taken only a month after we introduced them.

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One thing Freddy liked to do was hold Logan down to groom him.

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Whilst Izaak is not Logan, and it’s taken Freddy some time to accept Zak…

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…it seems that Freddy needs a Singapura brother to take care of and look after.

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It’s not the extreme “brothers from another mother” love that Freddy had with Logan, but…

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…Zak seems to be an acceptable surrogate for Freddy’s Singapura fixation.

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At least, until Zak has had enough of Freddy’s “brotherly” love.

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I guess that’s the difference between Logan and Zak…Logan grew up with Big Brother Freddy, and Zak…didn’t. But he tolerates Freddy’s attention well. Enough.

Aby-a-Day – 8 Februari: When Emma first met Angel and Jacoby (Friday Flashback)

Emma first met Jacoby and Angel when she came here to celebrate her sixth birthday in 2016, a month after I moved here.

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Emma, of course, fell in love with Jake.

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I mean, why wouldn’t she? He is such a charmer.

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She was mesmerised by him.

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Angel is always a tougher nut to crack…but Emma loved her, too.

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She went to pet Angel, and Angel didn’t run away, which is something for Angel.

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Angel was so sweet with Emma. It’s like she knew how much Emma loves cats and let her love on her.

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Björn loves it when she comes to visit, even if she says she’s going to see “cats…and Pappa and Kalle.”

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What does Jake think about Emma coming to visit us?

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He’s definitely a fan!

Aby-a-Day – 7 Februari: The possible inspiration of Emma’s drawing (Thursday Things)

Emma’s birthday is at the end of July, and she came to celebrate with us and the cats. As you saw yesterday, she also fell in love with Lorelai (and The Lego Movie).

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Björn always makes her a cake when she comes for her birthday, but this year she wanted to decorate it herself. She was pretty proud of her handiwork.

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Björn loves it when Emma comes to visit.

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You don’t need a DNA test to tell that she is his daughter!

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Emma loves coming to see her dad, and Kalle, and me…but we come in second to her excitement at getting to see the cats! She loves Jacoby, and Angel and Alfred…but I think she really fell in love with Rory. It’s no wonder, really…they have a lot in common, personality-wise.

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Emma and Rory had a lot of fun with the stick toy.

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She also played with both Izaak and Rory on the rug beating rack.

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Of course, Emma loved Zak, too…little girls especially seem to love that little guy.

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He seemed to like her, too. He followed her around outside the same way he follows me. It was so cute.

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Like I said on Tuesday when I posted Emma’s cartoon, the cat she drew could be either Rory or Zak, right down to the curly tail.

Aby-a-Day – 14 Januari: Lorelai vs the Thing (Movie Monday)

When Lorelai was a tiny kitten, she was fascinated with the television. These photos are from 22 May, when Rory had been with us for about two weeks.

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She really got into trying to interact with the people on the screen! She’s since outgrown her interest in the TV, but it was awfully cute (and not a little bit annoying) while it lasted. Also, if you look closely at the second photo, you might notice some previous Miniature Monday post subjects.

Aby-a-Day – 12 Januari: A moment in the sun (Swedish Saturday)

These are photos from the backlog, from May 2017.

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Angel loves the balcony and always has. She loves to sit in the sunshine out there.

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And I know Angel doesn’t get as much attention on this blog as the more outgoing Jacoby, the sillier Alfred, the stout Izaak, and the wild free spirited Lorelai…but she’s the oldest member of our cat family, and whilst she may not seek out the spotlight the way the others do…she’s important.

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We love you, Angel!

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“Great. Now can I enjoy my sunshine in peace?”

Aby-a-Day – 21 September: Arrrrrrgh! It be Talk Like a Pirate Day! (Friday Fashion Flashback)

Wednesday was Talk Like a Pirate Day. But as you know, Angel has always been our pirate.

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She has had her pirate dress, hat and eyepatch for over five years now!

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That’s kind of mind-boggling to me. It feels like we just got everything yesterday!

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But in fact, last year I had to replace the feathers on Angel’s hat because they were just starting to disintegrate.

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However, I think the new feathers look a lot better than the old ones! Feathers are a big part of the Swedish Easter celebration; they are used to make Påskris, birch twigs decorated with colourful feathers. So every spring I will be able to easily find replacement feathers for Angel…

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…as long as I can remember in October where I put them when I bought them in April!

Aby-a-Day – 10 September: There ain’t no party like a South Boston party, ‘cos a Southie party don’t stop! (Medical Monday)

Last week, we went to the South Boston Animal Hospital’s grand opening party at their new 9 West Broadway location…the building I used to live in.

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After Jacoby and I toured the medical facilities, we went to check out the new exam rooms. At the old location, there were only two rooms…I don’t remember how many are at the new place, but it’s at least double that.

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One room was set up as a photo room, with decorations and props, and guests were invited to use them and take photos. As you can see, there was a luau theme. So we started with the lei, and shot a few poses…

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…before adding the grass skirt.

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Jake wasn’t sure about that bit.

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Okay, Jake, we’ll take it off and move on.

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In the new location, there were exam rooms specifically for cats! No dogs allowed.

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In one exam room, there was a rocking cardboard scratcher.

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I didn’t think Jake would go for it at all, but he surprised me. He ROCKED that thing!

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Then he noticed the mechanical mouse-in-the-cheese toy.

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The yellow plastic mouse would pop out of the white plastic cheese wedge at random.

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Apparently not randomly enough for our Jake.

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“When the bloody hell is this sodding thing going to pop out?”

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And then, finally…

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“Well, that wasn’t worth all the excitement, now was it?” No, Jake…and welcome to about half the TV shows I watch.

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Next we encountered a good, old-fashioned scratching post.

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Finally, a toy I can relate to! Thought Jake.

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“Oh, scratching post…you understand me.”

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In another exam room, there was a catch-the-string machine.

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Despite having a similar toy at home that has, the entire length of its career, been completely and utterly ignored.

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Oh, but downstairs, it’s the Best. Toy. Ever.

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And you know when we went back upstairs the toy we have? Totally ignored.

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But no playtesting session of the exam rooms would be complete without a bit of a schmooze with the vet.

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Jake and Dr. Natalie really did have a connection.

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I know I miss her…I wonder if Jake does, too?

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At the snacks table, there was, of course, ham…and Jake did get a bit.

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He handled it extremely awkwardly, but he got some ham.

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Finally, I just have to share this lovely painting of a white cat and a martini. It reminded me of Kylie.

Aby-a-Day – 9 September: Into the woods (Part 2) (Swedish Sunday)

As you’ll remember from yesterday’s post, two years ago last August, Jacoby, Angel, Kalle and I went out for an adventure around the lake near our apartment. We found a nice place to park, and Jake couldn’t wait to get out into the forest.

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We unhooked him from the stroller, and he couldn’t wait to get out and explore. Angel, on the other hand, was perfectly content to sit in the stroller.

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The forest behind the lake was like a fairy tale, so lush and green, with moss-covered boulders and lots of ferns.

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It was so beautiful out there.

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And, naturally, the photographer in me was stunned by the way Jake’s gorgeous ruddy coat looked against the lush greenery.

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Could you ask for anything more picturesque?

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Jake was fascinated by the wilderness.

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He and Kalle walked all over, exploring.

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They made quite a pair.

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I think Jake was a little frustrated by the length of his leash, however.

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Who knows how far into the woods he would have gone had it not been for that cord of braided leather?

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Finally, it was time to get moving again.

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Jake was a little cranky at having to get back into the stroller after getting to feel like a warrior for once.

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So I appeased him by letting him peruse the bird menu.

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After that, we got drenched in a random thunderstorm. I managed to keep the cats relatively dry, but Kalle and I were pretty soaked. On the way back, Kalle went to investigate a pond.

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Jake and Angel watched him with interest.

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It was a pretty impressive pond, though.

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Even though we’re living in the 20th largest city in Sweden, we still get views like we’re in the middle of nowhere.

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You can see the rainfall on the pavement as we head home.

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When we got close to home, Jake and Angel recognised where we were and hopped out of the stroller.

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Oh, now Angel wants to explore!