Aby-a-Day – 9 July: “Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero” (Medical Monday)

The last time we all went to the vet, we encountered a gorgeous German Shepherd in the lobby. He was so huge compared to Lorelai!

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But Rory was her usual fearless self.

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In fact, she barely seemed to notice him at all. “Dog? What dog?”

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Alfred, on the other hand…

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…did not like the looks of that enormous predator at all.

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In fact, he put his body between the dog and Rory to protect her.

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The dog had the good sense to look appropriately intimidated.

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“Don’t worry, little sister. I won’t let this beast hurt you.” Not that Rory looks at all concerned.

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The Shepherd was actually a well-trained tracking and guard dog, and he and his human volunteer with the canine unit at their local Hemvärnet battalion. Hemvärnet dogs are very disciplined, and he wouldn’t have hurt a kitten.

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Freddy didn’t still didn’t trust him. The entire time we were there with that dog, he remained vigilant, protecting Rory from harm.

Aby-a-Day – 6 June: Wordless Wednesday (“We’re not supposed to be friends, you and me. We’re meant to be enemies. Did you know that?”)

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Aby-a-Day – 16 May: Wordless Wednesday (When Lorelai met Bruno)

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Aby-a-Day – 24 February: Cats on a train (Swedish Saturday)

Since Jacoby has decided he doesn’t like FIFe’s way of showing and has declared himself retired, Logan is the only show cat in the house now. But, when Logan and I are going to a show in or near Stockholm, we take Jake along and he stays with Kalle at Kalle’s mother’s house just outside of Stockholm.

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Jake and Logan have become comfortable travel companions. They don’t always get along at home, but on the road they are the best of friends.

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Train rides are rather lulling. It’s easy to fall asleep to the rhythm of the clickety-clack.

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Until…what could the matter be!?

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A dog! On the train!

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Animals are allowed in only certain cars on Västtraffik and SJ trains, so it’s not unusual to have several cats and dogs in one car.

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I guess someone forgot to alert Logan that his train ride might include non-humans and non-felines.

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I love how upset, offended, even, that Logan is about the presence of a dog on his train. Meanwhile, Jake is like, meh, whatever. Dogs, man, what are you gonna do? They’re everywhere.

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Look at Logan’s tail!

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No, I mean it…Look at it! I’m pretty sure he’s seen dogs before. I guess he just hasn’t ever see a dog on a train.

Aby-a-Day – 16 January: “Dog” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

This week’s Photo Hunt subject is “Dog.”

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When I was in Sweden, I noticed that there were a lot of dogs in public places – indoors!

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And not just places like trains and subways, either. This dog was in a mall in Stockholm. He was very well behaved, and he wasn’t the only dog I saw in that mall that day.

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However, as you can see, he’s waiting in a queue with his master in a coffee shop that serves food! That’s a big no-no in the States. This bodes incredibly well for Jacoby and I having shopping adventures in Skövde. We may even become regular fixtures at the shopping mall that’s only several meters from Björn’s apartment! At least, we’ll have to visit Dad at work on Saturdays when Björn works at that mall…

Aby-a-Day – September 1: So not a dog person… (Cartoon Tuesday)

Someone mentioned to me that in all the drawings I did of cats when I was a child, the cats are all smiling and happy.

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I hadn’t really noticed it, but yes, it does seem to be true. All my cats are very happy.

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The dogs…not so much.

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It’s not that the dogs I drew never smiled…but they were always on a leash. In this drawing, it looks as though the cat has spare leashes, just in case. I’m not really sure what’s going on there…

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I just know that I didn’t relate to dogs at all. We tried to have a puppy for a while, but I didn’t like the way it jumped on me and licked me. I guess I just found dogs too “pushy” and preferred cats’ more reserved attitudes.

Aby-a-Day – July 17: Jacoby’s first visit to the vet (Friday Flashback)

Jacoby first visited Dr. Natalie at South Boston Animal Hospital on 4 August, 2009.

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While he was checking out the waiting area, he met a little Chihuahua puppy.

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The puppy wasn’t much bigger than Jake, and they were almost the same colour.

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I’m not entirely certain that Jake knew that the puppy was, in fact, not a cat.

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Of course, Jake gravitated towards the cat food for sale on the shelves.

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Six years later, Jake still explores the lobby like he owns it.

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And, of course, he’s still very interested in the prescription dry food they have on display!