Aby-a-Day – 16 Juni: Wordless Wednesday (Not exactly sure what’s going on here…)

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Aby-a-Day – 12 Juni: Ministry of Silly Walks (Silly Saturday)

Dashiell is a very beautiful and graceful cat.

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As long as he’s standing still.

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As handsome as Dash is, he has a very…awkward way of walking.

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Standing: Gorgeous.

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Walking…not so much.

Aby-a-Day – 9 Juni: Wordless Wednesday (Min Vetrinär, party of five)

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Aby-a-Day – 6 Juni: Americans in Sweden (Swedish Sunday)

When we go outside with the cats, I do try to get Angel to come outside, too. But the last time we went out, Angel was happily ensconced on one of the chairs on the balcony. So, I let her be.

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That didn’t stop her from joining us in her own way.

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What was really adorable, though, was that Dashiell noticed her sitting on the railing watching us.

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He was like, “Hey! Angel!”

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Not sure if Angel is Juliet, Rapunzel, or Roxanne in this scenario.

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Dash was the only cat who really noticed her. Alfred only saw her because he wanted to know what Dash was so interested in.

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“Wait! No! Angel, come back!”

Aby-a-Day . 2 Juni: Wordless Wednesday (Two boys, one tree)

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Aby-a-Day – 31 Maj: “Expose yourself to as much randomness as possible” (Hipstamatic Monday)

Good news, everyone! Last Wednesday, I got my first Covid vaccination (#teampfizer)! However, it also kicked my butt for a few days; today is the first day my arm doesn’t feel like I was hit by a stick. So, here: have some random Hipstasnaps taken around the house. First we have Alfred and Izaak cuddled up next to Jacoby on my leg.

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It’s interesting to see the pair-ups that occur amongst the cats. Dashiell and Alfred hang out together quite a bit.

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So do Angel and Zak. Sometimes, it’s Angel’s choice…

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…other times, not so much.

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I wonder if I should be concerned about what Dash and Freddy are plotting…

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Not quite sure what’s going on here. Moving on…

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Lorelai looking at me hopefully. She always wants to go outside to run.

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This was taken today. Zak was looking particularly smexy this afternoon.

Aby-a-Day – 30 Maj: Running around outside (Swedish Sunday)

The other day, we took the cats out. I was trying to capture the differences in their gaits.

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I kind of managed to capture it on “film.”

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Went we went out, I took the big camera with the long lens, and I captured all of them walking and running outside.

Here they are outside. I know, it’s 18 minutes long…but it’s interesting if you want to see their different movements outside

Aby-a-Day – 29 Maj: Dashiell with hair brighter than the sun (Swedish Saturday)

As I mentioned the other day, Dashiell is gradually becoming more comforatble outside.

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You can see it in his eyes and in his gait.

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He’s getting much braver. We still have to catch him and bring him outside – he doesn’t eagerly race out like the other three – but once he IS out, he enjoys it.

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But look how incredibly shiny his coat is! I don’t remember Jacoby being quite this shiny. I think it’s because Dash eats more raw food. Jake refused to eat it. He would eat his other food and leave just the raw behind (kind of like Izaak in reverse). I can’t wait to take him to a cat show!

Aby-a-Day – 27 Maj: In case you were wondering about Dashiell outstide…(Thursday Things)

As you may remember, Dashiell isn’t as confident about being outside.

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But he does seem more comfortable when he’s with the other cats.

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So when Alfred started to run down the hill, Dash kind of followed him.

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I mean, okay…Dash walked down the hill, he didn’t run.

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But the fact that he went on the hill at all is a huge step for him!

Aby-a-Day – 21 Maj: More of Izaak running (Thursday Things)

I absolutely love watching Izaak run.

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It’s so different from the way the Abys run.

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It’s bouncier, somehow.

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I’ve also noticed he has a tendency to curl up his tail as he runs, while the Abys’ tails are either straight up or straight out.

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Zak’s got a swagger to his stride that the Abys just don’t have. They’re more about the speed.

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And then Zak slows down to a businesslike trot.

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He’s clearly a cat on a mission.

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Earplane 1Z44K is taxiing down the runway after another successful flight.

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After the successful landing, he is met by his faithful groundcrew.

Aby-a-Day – 4 Maj: Isle of Dogs WIP (Cartoon Tuesday)

Last weekend, we watched an amazing movie called Isle of Dogs. It’s a Wes Anderson film, which I find rather hit-or-miss, but I did like his first stop-motion animated feature, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and it looked intriguing, so we gave it a shot. And, oh, was it worth it!

For a movie with the word “dog” in the title, it was actually, surprisingly, quite focused on cats. It’s an interesting Japanese pastiche in which the cat-loving Mayor Kobayashi has banished all dogs to Trash Island. In the introduction to the film this is all explained with some beautiful illustrations and scenes. My favourite, which is only seen for a minute or so, is the incredibly elaborate Cat Temple (seriously, look at that link; they did an incredible amount of work to create something that’s basically only one scene)! Of course, I instantly noticed the five cat statues to the right of the temple doors…one large, one tiny, two medium-sized and one small. I had to pause it and point out how the five cats matched our own five!

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And then…I had to draw it. This is the sketch…

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And here’s the ink. Covid aftereffects have really been kicking my butt this week, so it took me a while. I know where I want to go with this, and how I want the colouring to look, but it’s taking me longer to actually do it than I planned.

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If you want to see the time lapse video of the work in progress, click the image to open it in another window.

Aby-a-Day – 3 Maj: Look at this smexy boi! (Hipstamatic Monday)

Sometimes the simplest things make beautiful photos.

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Dasshiell was at the end of the sofa, just grooming himself, but something about his pose, and the lighting, intrigued me.

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His fur is growing back on his belly, by the way. The Zylkene seems to be working.

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As I have said before, Hipstamtic can salvage a bad photo…but Hipstamatic also transforms good photos into art.

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And apparently, Dash has inherited a bit of Jacoby’s ability to work a camera. Look at these poses!

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That is some steamy side-eye Dash is giving me.

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Pure smoulder. Yeah, baby!…Oooh, behave!

Aby-a-Day – 30 April: Spade and Archer (Photoshop Friday)

Well…I’m back. And yes, I actually did test positive for Covid-19. As did Björn and Kalle. My symptoms, oddly, were mainly stomach and intestinal, not lung-related. Not really what I was expecting at all. Of course, I really wasn’t expecting to get the virus at all, since I was following the rules my adopted country wouldn’t…but here we are. And I am pretty angry about it, too. Nobody wears a bloody mask in this country except me and I still get sodding Covid. Don’t get me started.

But, you know…this is a happy blog, about kitties and happy things, not anger at the way a nation has mishandling a worldwide pandemic…so…

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Here is Dashiell in the office of Spade and Archer in San Francisco.

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And here it is again, with a little extra noir added for good measure.

(PS: Covid-19 is no joke. Seriously, you don’t want to experience it.)

Aby-a-Day – 4 April: Dashiell meets Jacoby (Silly Sunday)

Yesterday, Dashiell was lying in a bright, warm sun puddle, and I commented that, in that light, Dash really reminded me of Jacoby in the sun. So Björn got the idea to introduce Dash to Pancake Jake.

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Dash was actually a little afraid of Flat Jake.

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He actually backed away from Flat Jake.

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Lorelai came to see what was going on. Flat Jake sits in a window that Rory frequents, so she’s more familiar with him than Dash is.

Aby-a-Day – 31 Mars: Wordless Wednesday (More Singa sharing)

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Aby-a-Day – 28 Mars: Our best virtual show yet – The Singa (Cat Show Sunday)

Yesterday I posted Lorelai’s and Dashiell’s results in the Garden State Cat Club Virtual Show. Today it’s Izaak’s turn. His best final was 5th Best in Sharon Roy’s ring.

This is what Sharon had to say about him starting at 3:54.

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Zak was 8th Best Cat in Championnship in Vicki Nye’s ring. She also finalled both Rory (in this same ring) and Dash, so she liked all of our cats.

Vicki’s assessment of Zak starts at 4:11.

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Zak also made 11th Best in my friend Lorraine Shelton’s ring.

She really liked him, too; see what she had to say starting at 2:53. With Dash making two finals, Zak three, and Rory four, this really was our best virtual show ever!

Aby-a-Day – 27 Mars: Our best virtual show yet – The Abys (Cat Show Saturday)

I entered Dashiell, Lorelai and Izaak in the Garden State Cat Club Virtual Show a couple of weeks ago, and the finals were announced earlier this week. Today, we have the Abyssinian finals. Rory got the highest final: SECOND BEST in Kenny Currle’s ring!

You can see his assessment of Rory on YouTube starting at 5:06.

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Rory got 10th Best in two other judges’ rings: Jeri Zottoli and Nicholas Pun.

You can see Jeri’s comments at 4:00.

Nicholas’ opinion is at 3:52.

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Rory’s lowest final was 13th Best in Vicki Nye’s ring.

Here’s what Vicki had to say about Rory starting at 1:37.

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They had a special class for cats who were never shown because of the pandemic called “A Star is Born.” Vicki gave him 4th Best in her ring.

This is was Vicki thought about Dash, starting at 5:56.

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Dash was 7th Best in Gary Veach’s ring, just ahead of his nephew Max! Max also finalled in some of the rings that Dash didn’t.

You can watch Gary’s commentary on both Max and Dash here starting at 4:34. Tomorrow, we’ll see how Zak did in the show.

Aby-a-Day – 20 Mars: Sofa face plant (Silly Saturday)

I noticed Dashiell napping on the back of the sofa the other afternoon.

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He has a very…interesting napping style, I must say.

Aby-a-Day – 6 Mars: Dashiell at a…sort of…cat show (Cat Show Saturday)

The little cat show at DjurMagazinet at the end of 2019 was the only show Dashiell got to go to before Coronavirus happened-

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All in all, he managed it quite well, despite his usual skittishness. Of course, he wasn’t alone.

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He had his little big sister, Lorelai, to keep him company.

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And, of course, his personal therapy cat, Izaak.

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It’s too bad, really…I think he would have done wonderfully at a FIFe show.

Aby-a-Day – 28 Februari: Me and my shadow (Swedish Sunday)

I took the cats outside this afternoon because it was such a lovely day. I even dragged Dashiell out with us.

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He stuck close to Alfred for a lot of the time he was out. It was sunset, so they cast some interesting shadows on the wall.

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Izaak trotted up to join them.

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Lorelai had to be on a leash today, because when we went out last week, she refused to come back in the house and ran laps around our building. Hopefully she’s learned her lesson.

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I just wish Dash would enjoy going outside more…