Aby-a-Day – 2 Juli: Remembering Jacoby on Canada Day

Yesterday was Canada Day, and the above memory from last year popped up on my Facebook feed. Even though the celebrations this year are rather subdued this year, I can’t help but recall Jacoby’s past Canada Day fashion statements.


There was that one time when he wore a wool sweater…and a mitten.


Of course, in 2014 he was very excited about the Winter Olympics in Sochi…and with good reason: Canada beat Sweden to win hockey gold!


Then there was the year he was feeling a little conflicted about being a Canadian in Boston, which is kind of famous for its epic Fourth of July celebrations.

Aby-a-Day – 2 Mars: Remembering the Cat Pack (Cartoon Tuesday)

The other day I was reminded of the “Cat Pack” of 2013. They included Strollercat (of course), Rosie and Louis, my friend Kathy’s two Abys; Jafari the jogging cat, my friend Christopher’s Aby; and, of course, Jacoby’s cousin Toki Nantucket, my friend Julie’s supermodel Aby. I did a little sketch of the famous cohort.


2009 was a good year for Abyssinians.

Aby-a-Day – 8 Augusti 2020: Celebrating International Cat Day with Jacoby, International Cat of Mystery (Special Saturday)

As most of you know, Jacoby was a very international cat.


He even had a passport to prove it!


He was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada…


…and moved to Boston, Massachussetts, USA.





Jake travelled extensively throughout New England.

He also went to New York and Pennsylvania for cat shows


Later, he moved to Sweden, where he visited Stockholm…




…and Jönköping.



He saw Helsinki in Finland…



…and Tallinn in Estonia.



Jake was no stranger to hotel rooms.



Jake travelled by air…










…and land, most famously by subway in Boston.



Jake also loved elevators.


I’m sure there are cats in the world who are more well-travelled than Jake…but Jake’s the one I got to travel alongside with.

Aby-a-Day – 1 Juli 2020: Wordless Wednesday (Canada day, down Canada way)






Aby-a-Day: June’s over? Julying! (Fashion Friday Flashback)

Four years ago, I posted about how Canadian-born Jacoby tended to get a little confused about what to wear the first few days of July.


To prove this point, I dressed him up in an Uncle Sam hat along with a maple leaf bandanna and Team Canada sweater.


He was such a legend at posing with outfits on.


And his eyes…so expressive!


And then…someone came and photobombed our little modelling session. Jake knew it immediately.


“Tessie’s right behind me, ruining my photo, isn’t she..?”


“Tessie, do you mind? I’m kinda doing a thing here.”


“Right. Let’s get back to the posing.” I’m just sorry I never found a Sweden jersey for him to pose in.

Reggie hunts with StarClan

Sad news from my friend Kim…her fawn boy, Reggie, died yesterday. He had several tumours in his organs and a polyp in his nostril. He was only 13½.

Kim adopted Reggie and his sister Cheri when they were 10 years old after their human went into an assisted living facility. She got them from Northeast Aby (and Somali) Rescue (NEAR) just before Christmas, 2015. Sadly, Cheri died from the same multiple tumours in multiple organs only a couple of months after Kim adopted them.

Here is Reggie last October on his last birthday (which was celebrated late because Jacoby’s Uncle Clancy had just died. He was so adorably crosseyed, and a drooling, purring cuddler. I’ll miss seeing his photos. My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend has stopped running today. Sleep well in Tuonela, lovely Reggie.

Aby-a-Day – 11 November: On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month…(Serious Sunday)

Today is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the end of the Great War To End All Wars. As I recalled a few years ago, this holiday is observed somewhat differently in Canada than it is in the United States.

Apparently, the 100th anniversary observance of this occasion is handled VERY differently by Canada and the US, as evidenced by the two countries’ respective leaders. I’ve never been prouder to hold Canadian citizenship.

Uncle Clancy hunts with StarClan

Okay, 2018. Seriously. We need to talk. This death thing? You really need to knock it off with the cats I know and love. Because…and I cannot fathom that this has happened again, and only a month since the last one…Jacoby’s Uncle Clancy joined StarClan today.

Clancy was Jake’s uncle. Clancy and Scar had the same parents, but were born to different litters. Clancy is most likely the red kitten in the back on the left in this photo.

Clancy loved to wear coats in winter and costumes at Halloween. This is him in a hot dog costume with Finnegan in a flame cape.


Clancy and Seamus even starred in one of my cartoons.

I have gotten the best holiday cards with Clancy and Santa.

This was his birthday present, four years ago. He obviously loved his new cat tree. He was only thirteen. My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend has stopped running today. Sleep well in Tuonela, dear Uncle Clancy.

Other People’s Abys – Cleo closes down a pet store chain

I don’t know how I missed this, but better late than never. Back in January, an Abyssinian kitten was seen for sale in a pet store in Brampton, Ontario, Canada…for $1,300 CDN!

Braydon Dennee first saw Cleo during a trip to the mall. According to him (and his photos), “You could see every single bone in her body…She wasn’t fighting back. She was just getting beat up by this other kitten.”

I can well believe that one…after all, I also have a red/sorrel Abyssinian who gets bullied by another cat. Bad enough that Abys don’t do well in cages to begin with.

Cleo’s plight sparked an internet attack on PJ’s pet stores. And it’s true: PJ’s Pet Centres are going out of business. Not sure if that “by popular demand” is referring to the closing or their restocking pet food…but I’m going to pretend it’s the former.

The only thing that stops this story from being a truly happy ending is the fact that no one seems to know what happened to Cleo. According to the news articles I found, the store pulled her to aid in her “recovery.” but no one seems to know where she ended up. If anyone does know…I’d love to hear the rest of this story!

Aby-a-Day – November 11: Wordless Wednesday (Row on row)


Other People’s Abys – Calendar Cats

Today’s Page-a-Day Cat Calendar page features a lovely blue Aby from Ontario.

“Saint Francis – Eight-year-old Isis, a beautiful blue Abyssinian, loves this statue of Saint Francis, says Lucinda Korman of Sharon, Ontario, Canada. Isis will eat anywhere, but she especially likes sharing a meal with the patron saint of animals, who loved all wild creatures and sometimes would kneel among them in the forest, offering bits of his meager supper.”

People sometimes forget this, but San Francisco was named for Saint Francis…

Abys are Everywhere: “See this trophy? I won it. It’s mine”

Abyfriend Emilie shared this awesome photo with me that was posted on I Can Has Cheezburger via

I can’t read all of the trophy, but I can see that it was awarded by the Canadian Cat Association to the Best Abyssinian. Now, when I did a Google search, I found Jacoby’s brother Dillin showing as the best Abyssinian for the 2014-15 season! Holy cow! I had no idea. Now, I don’t think that the Aby in this photo is Dillin (mainly because the Reddit user says it’s their aunt’s Aby)…but does anyone know who it is?

Aby-a-Day – July 3: Conflicted (Fashion Friday)

Jacoby is always so conflicted the first few days of July.


As a Canadian-born Aby living in the States, he just never knows what to wear.




That’s all right, buddy. It’ll be easier next year, I promise.

Aby-a-Day – July 1: Wordless Wednesday (Oh Canada)









Aby-a-Day – May 8: Jacoby’s first rosettes (Friday Flashback)

At the Seacoast show this past weekend, Jacoby did quite well: He was 10th, 8th, and 3rd Best Allbreed Cat in Premierhip and then he was 5th Best Shorthair Cat in Premiership. Not bad at all, considering he’s 6 years old! I started showing Jacoby in cat shows later in life. His very first show was in February 2011, a couple of months before his second birthday.


I think it is very cool that Roger Lawrence was the first judge to award a rosette to Jake in a cat show after he collected all his purple ribbons.


Roger’s retired from judging now, but he was a legendary Aby breeder in his time. He founded Tailsend cattery which was one of Sherry’s inspirations when she started breeding.


I remember watching Roger when he judged Jake. He greeted Jake with a “Hello, Mr. Aby,” and commented that, even though he has and has bred other cats, he’ll never be without an Aby in his life, and at that time he was living with four of them. He checked Jake over, explaining to the spectators that Abys should be colourful cats with two or three distinct bands of ticking on each hair – and four if possible! He commented on Jake’s clear coat when he looked at his neck, meaning he doesn’t have any bars or necklaces left over from long-ago tabby ancestors. As he put the permanent and the purple ribbon on Jake’s cage, he told him that he “reminded him of his Aby, Gomer.”


He was a wonderful judge who explained what he was doing and what he was looking for in each breed. He also told us, “back in the day, Premiers were not as good as Champions. You neutered or spayed the subpar cats and showed them as Premiers. But things have changed, and today Premier cats aren’t second-class anymore. Any one of these Premiers today could compete as Champions.”


He got another set of rosettes from Barbara Sumner later that same day.


It ended up being one of his best shows, I think – definitely his best show before he Granded. He was best Allbreed Premier and best Shorthair Premier in two rings!


While we’re talking history, I happened upon something fun: 1997’s Best Abys in Championship. #2 is Jake’s maternal great-great-great grandfather Byblos St. Lawrence of Instincts! In the photo, he looks like he’s outside on a harness and leash so obviously that kind of thing is in Jake’s blood.

Aby-a-Day – April 10: A gift from The Great White North (Fashion Friday)

I am really late on this…but I wanted to thank my friend Kim for sending me Canadian Care Package a little while back.


She sent me a ton of awesome Royal Canin swag! The promotional items Royal Canin has in Canada tend to be a lot better than the stuff we get in the States.


One thing she sent was this awesome Kitten Kit.


We can actually use this because Kylie is a super picky eater, but she likes Royal Canin. She can also eat kitten food because she can use the calories. And another lid for leftover canned food always comes in handy.


Kim also sent me Volume 4 of the Royal Canin Cat Encyclopedia. This was especially wonderful, because I already have Volume 1, which features Abyssinians.


Volume 4 features Somalis. So now I have both the Aby-related volumes!


She also sent this cute little black cat face…


…that expands into this adorable shopping bag! Look at the little fish bones!


I was super excited to find this in the bag…Teddy Bear Peanut Butter!!! If you’ve never been to Canada, you may not understand. I can’t explain it, but it is the best peanut butter in the world. And this came with a recipe, a bear-shaped plastic cookie cutter and a jar to put the cookies in! This is also my first encounter with the new “Creepy Bear” label design


Of course Kim also sent some goodies for Jacoby. She sent him two bandanas…


…and a T-shirt!


He’s already modelled a Royal Canin bandana, so I decked him out with the maple leaf one, along with his new T-shirt.


He had possession of the Finnish cat bed (which is the most popular bed in the house right now), and he didn’t want to leave it for a photo shoot because he was afraid of losing it.


So, here he is modelling his Canadian outfit from Kim in his Finnish bed from Sanna.


Thank you so much, Kim!

Aby-a-Day – March 27: New Boots (Fashion Friday)

I want to try Jacoby’s blue Muttluks on Angel the next time we go outside in cold weather, so I need to Jake a new pair of boots – hopefully one that matches his green parka a little better.


I found a really cute – and inexpensive – set of waterproof boots on Amazon and thought they might work well.


If nothing else, they match his fur rather nicely!


He didn’t really like them though.


I think it was the fact that they have a hard sole, compared to the Muttluks’ soft leather sole.


He was actually able to kick these off fairly easily. I don’t think they’re going to work on his feet outside if he can’t keep them on in the house. I thought the zipper and velcro was a nice idea, though. So far, the Muttluks have been the only boots he hasn’t been able to kick off, so I guess I’ll just have to find a pair of green Muttluks on sale over the summer for next winter’s outings.

Abys are Everywhere – Kitten Poster at Walmart Canada

Check out this cute poster Abyfriend Kim found featuring kittens and cupcakes at Walmart yesterday.

Please note that there are two Abyssinians included in the poster…because Aby kittens are so cute, one just isn’t enough!

Other People’s Abys – Québécoise Fashioniste (Fashion Friday)

I just had to share this wonderful photo of Abyfriend Diane’s Québécoise girl Alibi in her Canada Goose coat.

Looks like Jacoby has competition in the Aby parka department! It must be a Canadian thing.

Aby-a-Day – November 10: “Row on row” (Hipstamatic Monday)

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,


That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly


Scarce heard amid the guns below.


We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,


Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.


Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw


The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die


We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


John McCrae, 1915