Aby-a-Day – 22 October: Funny Freddy (Hipstamatic Monday)

Almost every evening, Alfred comes for a cuddle with Björn.

hipstafreddy9236

Freddy sits right up next to Björn whilst he uses his laptop.

hipstafreddy8631

The thing is, he looks a right goon when he does it.

hipstafreddy1721

Of course, Freddy looks like a right goon most of the time. That’s just part of his charm.

hipstafreddy5445

Ultimately, he’s just a big lovable guy.

hipstafreddy2686

We love him so much.

Aby-a-Day – 14 October: “If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way” (Cinema Sunday)

Unlike Abyssinians, Singapuras are lap cats.

zaklapC06740

Sit down, make a lap…get a Singa in it. Especially if you have on a dress or skirt; they seem to really like the hammock effect.

roryzaklap_3685

But this story actually starts on Björn’s lap.

roryzaklap_3694

roryzaklap_3695

Both Izaak and Lorelai wanted to be on Björn’s lap.

roryzaklap_3699

Although it wasn’t particularly a comfortable sharing.

roryzaklap_3700

My lap was busy working on this blog at the time, so Zak went over to Björn’s lap. But Rory thought that Daddy’s lap belonged to her.

roryzaklap_3702

roryzaklap_3703

She tried some pretty passive-aggressive tricks to shift him, to no avail.

rorylap_3706

Until..

roryzaklap_3707

…She got the idea to attack his tail. Move the tail, move the cat, is Rory’s motto.

zakrorytail_3708

You can see how that went for her here (click the image to watch the video; sound is advised).

Aby-a-Day: 7 October: “Hairdressers are a wonderful breed” (Cat Show Sunday)

Today at the show was…hopeful, but ultimately uneventful. Lorelai was up for the NOM against the Russian Blue…so she didn’t get it. Oh, well. Izaak’s judge, Daria Lukasik, was from Poland, too…but she didn’t know that he was Polish until after the nominations. She was so in love with him…she threatened to put him in her bag and take him home with her. But ultimately – and it was close – he lost the NOM to a Bengal.

zakbjorn_4801

The nice thing about FIFe – especially if you don’t get a NOM – you have a lot of nice, relaxing downtime.

zakbjorn_4803

So, Zak decided to use the downtime to practise his newfound talent of…hairdressing.

zakbjorn_4805

“Here…you’ll look much better if I do like this…”

zakbjorn_4806

“There. Now you look…purrfect!”

Okay, we didn’t win this weekend…and Zak isn’t the next Vidal Sassoon…but we found a kickass Chinese Restaurant in Vårgårda

Aby-a-Day – 5 October: Jacoby and Bodil (Friday Flashback)

These are the words of Björn, Koshka’s husband.

jakebjornsmammaC07271

Today we held the funeral service for my mother. She was an artist and one who had cats as a kid and then later in life, when a couple of strays moved in, a few years between them.

jakebjornsmammaC07273

jakebjornsmammaC07276

Otto was a tomcat who was an opportunist, but Oskar won her and my dad’s hearts. A mean neighbor across the road had him caught and euthanized, something that grieved her for years afterwards. Mom got along really well with my old cat, Pyret, and when Koshka moved to Sweden, she got the opportunity to meet Jacoby and Angel.

jakebjornsmammaC07299

jakebjornsmammaC07307

She met them while visiting our home, and Jake being a social kitty liked the attention (and the chance of getting a snack or two). This was at a joint birthday party for my son Kalle and me, last March (2017).

jakebjornsmum-disneyjul_7306

We brought Jake for Christmas at my mother’s house in 2016 and 2017.

jakebjornsmum-kaviarjul_7373

He enjoyed the change of scenery, and the opportunity to sample some Swedish Christmas food. Jake seemed to enjoy Swedish kaviar (creamy salty fish egg paste).

jakebjornsmom-jul

jakebjornsmom-jul2

Mom slipped him a few tidbits, which made her a great two-legged being in his eyes. That last Christmas the first symptoms of Mom’s illness appeared, but we didn’t know that she would be gone less than nine months later. She was too sick to come visit us and see Lorelai and Izaak. We are sure she would’ve loved the young kitties, too. Our cats have lost a friend.

Aby-a-Day – 27 September: Role reversal (Thursday Things)

When we were outside the other weekend, Lorelai encountered a very sweet, very well-behaved Papillon.

rorydogC01991

rorydogC01992

At first, she was a bit on the defensive. Yet, she still approached him.

rorydogC01995

rorydogC01997

They even almost touched noses!

rorydogC01999

rorydogC02002

Rory wasn’t sure how she felt about that.

zakdogC02004

Meanwhile, Izaak…

zakdogC02007

…Zak was not having any of this dog nonsense.

rorydogC02008

rorydogC02010

The dog’s owner tried to continue on their walk, and pulled the dog along with her.

rorydogC02013

rorydogC02015

rorydogC02016

rorydogC02017

rorydogC02018

rorydogC02019

rorydogC02020

rorydogC02021

rorydogC02022

rorydogC02023

rorydogC02024

rorydogC02025

rorydogC02030

But Rory chased after the dog! Have you ever seen a cat chase a dog before?

Aby-a-Day – 22 September: Run like the wind (Swedish Saturday)

Lorelai and Izaak love to go on walks around our apartment buildings.

rorywalkies_165301

We are teaching them to go outside with us in the områden of our apartment. We want to be able to have them come outside with us without leashes and harnesses, and to come back to us when we call them.

rorywalkies_165303

So far, it’s going fairly well.

zakrorywalkies_4471

zakrorywalkies_4472

zakrorywalkies_4473

zakrorywalkies_4474

They love going outside, there’s no question there.

rorywalkies_165614_001

zakrorywalkies_165616

It’s fun to watch them run with no limitations, that’s for sure. Look at Zak! He’s airborne!

zakrorywalkies_165342

They work as a team when they are outside together.

zakrorywalkies_165536

Although Rory is a little more adventurous than Zak is.

rorywalkies_165556

rorywalkies_165601

rorywalkies_170113

rorywalkies_170111

Look at her run!

rorywalkies_165318

Her energy is boundless.

rorywalkies_165319

She loves to just run as fast as she can.

rorywalkies_165417

…And then, she saw the pigeon

rorywalkies_165422

At first, she wasn’t sure what to do.

zakrorywalkies_165709

But Zak did.

zakwalkies_165706

zakwalkies_165719

It was truly impressive, watching his raw instinct take over as he stalked the pigeon (which was almost as big as he is).

zakwalkies_4476

zakwalkies_4477

Watching him approach the bird, you would think he had done this before. He was that good.

zakrorywalkies_4479

zakwalkies_165726

And then…he made his rush. It was glorious.

zakrorywalkies_4480

Rory finally joined in. And then I noticed that there were actually two pigeons!

zakrorywalkies_165730

But too little, too late. The pigeons were gone.

zakrorywalkies_165942

One did remain sitting high atop a street lamp, mocking our kittens.

zakwalkies_170914

Zak didn’t mind. He ran it off.

zakwalkies_170833

zakwalkies_170835

Run, Izaak, run!

Aby-a-Day – 11 September: Here he comes to save the day! (Cartoon Tuesday)

Last week I posted the line drawing of the Sepia Saviour, catdom’s smallest superhero. Here it is in colour (well, kind of)!

I posted the line drawing to the Singapura group on Facebook, and members started suggesting superpowers that our hero might possess. Some of them included: “the ability to knock anything off the counter while staring you in the face,” “Singa ‘talk back’ power (for when you don’t do what they want…quickly enough!,” “master manipulators who can con you out of a treat in a single meow,” “‘Iron Claw’ power: try to get something out of their grip,” “the ability to immobilize a 150 pound adult human for hours at a time by just sleeping on them,” along with “the ability to trip said adult by walking between their feet,” and, of course, “Singa stink-eye power”!

About that cape, though…well…you’ll see…