Aby-a-Day – 1 November: Happy Halloween 2018

Yesterday, of course, was Halloween. We haven’t had a Halloween dress-up party Chez Hellqvist since…well, since before we were Chez Hellqvist.

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So we dressed up this year. First up was Izaak, wearing the infamous “Honey Pie” costume. Let’s just say…he’s not a natural.

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He had a hard time with the hat in particular.

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And then he was very distracted by his hair.

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…Almost…

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In the end, he managed to get a couple of awesome shots, though.

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Next up was Lorelai. No real costume for her, just a pretty dress and a blonde wig.

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Rory had as hard a time with her wig as Zak did with his hat/wig combo.

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It would have looked cuter on her if she’d have stopped making faces.

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She didn’t mind the dress, though. Just the wig.

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Next we had Alfred, wearing Jacoby’s cowboy outfit.

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Given how hard it was to get him to wear his Red Sox outfit, I was pleasantly surprised at how well he wore this costume.

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He had a little trouble with the hat at first, but ended up rocking the western look.

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Jake, of course, has so many outfits to choose from; apart from the dresses, they’re basically all his. After going through them, I thought it would be fun to reprise his doctor’s scrubs outfit.

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It took him a second to remember how to wear the cap.

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His ears aren’t really airplane-angry. It’s just the hat’s elastic that makes them look like that.

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Last, but not least, we have Angel. Who, of course, wore her pirate’s costume.

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Which she wore like a boss. Of course, she pretty much only ever wears this costume and no other, while Jake wore one he han’t done in years, and the younger cats had never worn a costume at all.

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It’s not often that Angel is the best poser of the bunch…but there’s a first time for everything!

Aby-a-Day – 10 August: My humans went to Copenhagen and all I got was this lousy T-shirt (Fashion Friday)

Björn and I went to Copenhagen for a short holiday last week. We stayed in a nice (but HOT) hotel right next to Copenhagen’s Central Station. It was a perfect location, walking distance to everything, close to everything…including the famous Tivoli Gardens. It opened on 15 August 1843 and is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world (the oldest is also in Denmark. Apart from having the oldest wooden roller coaster, it has shows, Halloween and Christmas festivals, fireworks, an adjacent hotel, and a number of restaurants and shops.

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Including the only Build-a-Bear store in Scandinavia.

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As you may recall, Jacoby loved going to the Build-a-Bear shop in Faneuil Hall, so when I saw souvenir T-shirts there, I knew I had to get him one.

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It’s been a while since Jake’s worn any of his outfits, but as you can see, he’s still got it!

Aby-a-Day – 9 February: Logan’s forced fashion statement (Fashion Friday)

Logan is one of only 55 Singapuras registered in Sweden (and less than 60 in all of Scandinavia). Being such a new and unusual breed, the gene pool is understandably small. So, he won’t be getting neutered for a while.

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As you know, living with an unneutered male cat can be…problematic. Fortunately, Logan’s father, Hollywood de la Symphoriane, doesn’t spray, and neither does Logan, at least, not yet. But he does sometimes pee in places around the house. He seems to pee mainly in odd corners of the house, and our bed (so we have to keep that door closed)…and one time on Björn’s desk. So, when we can’t watch him, he wears one of his stylish stud pants.

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The easiest ones to find are Perfect Solution dog diapers. They come in only one colour, but it’s a nice turquoise, and Logan’s colour is blue, so they aren’t bad. Not terribly expensive, either. However, they are made for dogs, but they seem to work well.

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A brand I want to try, but haven’t been able to find yet, are Hurtta Fellow pants. These are made in Finland, and rather expensive. But they seem to be very well made. But again…designed for dogs. And they only come in black.

The best diapers I have found so far, however, are Barkertime cat diapers.

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They are wonderfully made, and designed for cats for a change!

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And they come in lots of colours and patterns.

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But they are a bit expensive. And I have to get them shipped from the States.

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However, you can save a bit of money if you let them pick and send you random leftover colours and patterns.

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And we got pretty lucky with the random colours, I must say. A festive, Christmassy red and white flannel pair, a very attractive dark blue flower print, and this snazzy, colour-coordinated cream, olive and chocolate plaid number.

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Of course, Logan doesn’t care how fabulously stylish he is in his stud pants.

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Logan doesn’t like them, but he actually really walks well in them once he gets used to them.

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His biggest problem with his diapers is that he can’t groom himself. He is a spectacularly fastidious young cat and grooming himself is his favourite pasttime.

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There is also the solution my friend Stephanie uses on her breeding Selkirk Rex, Teddy: Baby diapers with a tail hole cut in them. I haven’t tried this yet.

Aby-a-Day – 26 January: Wardrobe Rebel (Fashion Friday)

As you know, Jacoby has absolutely no problem with wearing clothing…especially if it’s his winter coat and there is snow on the ground!

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Logan also has no problem wearing a coat outside when it’s cold.

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Both he and Jake have figured out that going outside is fun, but being cold isn’t. Coats make outside not so cold so they can have that fun in winter.

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Alfred, however…it finally snowed enough to let the kittens experience their first snow, so I took Logan and Freddy out with Jake. Freddy did not like wearing his coat. He started taking it off the minute we got outside. It was Gun-Hee’s old coat</<>, and it fit him well, but he would have none of it.

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He got out of it with lightning speed.

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And then he proceeded to explore this strange white stuff that covered the outside.

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It was almost as though he was saying, “Screw you, I’m Swedish! I don’t need no stinkin’ coat!”

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Of course, Jake is Canadian and lived in New England for most of his life, and Logan is, of course, Swedish, too…and both of them appreciate their coats.

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Jake, especially. He seems a bit bemused that Freddy would shuck his coat so quickly to frolic naked in the snow.

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And frolic he did. He had a blast out there!

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Still, I would feel better if he could keep a coat on. Maybe I just need to try a different style.