Aby-a-Day – 23 November: “Who’s a pretty bird? WHO’S a pretty bird?” (Friday Fashion Flashback)

Facebook, in its infinite algorithmic wisdom, reminded me this morning of Jacoby’s invitation to be Cat of the Year at the famed https://abyaday.wordpress.com/2015/11/27/aby-a-day-november-27-glorious-plumage-friday-fashion-flashback/” target=#> Westchester Cat Show and the fashion show where Jake first wore his fabulous Turkey costume.

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Hard to believe that it’s been FIVE YEARS since then! So much has happened since then!

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Jake clearly thought he looked amazing in his festive outfit.

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The beautiful cat costume, made by Golden CouturePet, was only meant to be a loaner for the fashion show…

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…But it seemed to be custom-made for Jake. The minute he put it on, it was his. The creator agreed and gave it to Jake as a gift because it suited him so very well.

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Jake being named Cat of the Year was such an incredible honour.

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We will never forget it.

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And we have this sparkly confection of a costume to remember it by. Thank you, Westchester Feline Club!

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 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 – December 11: Angel’s third Christmas (Friday Fashion Flashback)

Last week, I shared Angel’s second Christmas, where she modelled her first Christmas outfit.

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However, that year, we put up a tree and a few little things, but it wasn’t as festive as it could have been.

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Angel’s third Christmas, however…

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That was very Christmassy, and I pulled out all my decorations.

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Some of which Angel probably liked more than others…

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Still, despite having a somewhat difficult start, Angel is still all Aby when it comes to modelling outfits. Not as good as Jacoby, perhaps, but she’s a good sport.

Aby-a-Day – November 27: Glorious Plumage (Friday Fashion Flashback)

It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since Jacoby and I went to the Westchester Cat Show!

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And the wonderful Thanksgiving turkey outfit that Jake wore at the Fashion Show has become a part of our Thanksgiving tradition.

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The beautiful cat costume, made by Golden CouturePet, seemed to be custom-made for Jake. The minute he put it on, it was his.

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Talk about owning a look!

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Jake is definitely runway material.

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Oh, and don’t think for a second that he doesn’t know it. He’s very self-aware.

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Of course, the very best thing about the Westchester show was the fact that Jake was named Cat of the Year…that’s just such an amazing honour, I still haven’t quite gotten over it.

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Sadly, The Westchester Cat Club lost their usual venue this year and had to hold the show in August this year instead of the usual November. This was their 40th year…I hope the tradition continues!

Aby-a-Day – October 29: National Cat Day

Today is National Cat Day!

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According to the National Cat Day website, this holiday was canonised 10 years ago, in 2005, “to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year and also to encourage cat lovers to celebrate the cat(s) in their life for the unconditional love and companionship they bestow upon us.” So let’s toast our bond with our feline buddies with a treat!

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What do you think, Jake from State Farm? Would you like a treat for National Cat Day?

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I guess that’s a yes.

Aby-a-Day – October 19: Just hanging out at the show (Miniature Monday)

I brought the Jake ball-jointed doll made by Ana Vonborowsky to the NEMO show. You saw him with judge Carla Bizzell last week.

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He also hung out in Jacoby’s benching cage when Jake was up in a ring so the spectators wouldn’t have to look at an empty cat bed.

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The rest of the time, he was on top of the cage with Findus, a little kitty from Sweden.

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But, best of all, he got to spend some quality time with the illustrious Jake from State Farm!