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 – 31 October: Wordless Wednesday (Jacoby and Os-car)

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Aby-a-Day – October 31: “Eerie” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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As you saw yesterday, Os-car is a little eerie, especially with his ear bones.

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Jacoby seems to like him, though.

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The pair of them got to be pretty good friends, actually.

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That is, until Os-car decided he wanted to share the Finnish bed with Jake.

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Which he attempted to do by simply standing on Jake…which is actually pretty ironic, since that’s what Jake does when he wants to “share” one of the beds that one of the girls is already sleeping in.

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Not quite so funny when the shoe’s on the other paw, is it, Jake?

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“What. EVER.”

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“I can handle HIM.”

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“See? Problem solved…”

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“…like a boss.”

Aby-a-Day – October 30: Fun with Os-car (Fashion Friday)

Last year I managed to snag one of the last Kitty Bonez in Boston on Halloween. I thought I’d posted photos of him, but apparently I didn’t.

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So here he is this year all dressed up in Jacoby’s coat and hat for a pre-Halloween Fashion Friday!

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I named my Kitty Bonez Os-car, and he’s really pretty cute. He is roughly cat-sized, and fairly anatomically correct, with the addition of ear-bones! I guess the creators of Kitty Bonez thought he looked more like a cat with pointy triangle ears.

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Jacoby was very interested when I brought Os-car down this year and dressed him up. Jake examined him from his nose…

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…to the tip of his bony tail.

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“Seriously, Mom? Seriously?”

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Eventually, Jake retired to his catnip paper bag because the lighting was better to think, but Os-car followed him.

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“Honestly, can’t a cat get a little peace around here?”

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“Oh, well…I guess if it means she dresses you up instead of me, I guess I’ll let you hang around.”

Aby-a-Day – October 31: “Indian clothes are better” (Fashion Friday)

My husband brought back many things from his trip to Bangalore.

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Like this little handwoven mat he brought back for the cats.

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It only cost 25 rupees, which is about 38c USD.

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Still, proving once again that price doesn’t always equal value…

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…Jacoby loves this mat. I told my husband he should have gotten more, since I foresee many whappypaws in the future over this little thing.

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My husband also brought back this little hat for Jake.

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Jake’s not quite as in love with the hat as he is with the mat.

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Still, he wears it well. If you look closely at the second photo, you can see that there is a tiny jingle bell embedded in the hat’s brim. I have no idea why this is.

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My husband got this at Bannerghatta National Park, an amazing wildlife preserve with elephants, monkeys, leopards, butterflies, and, yes…

…tigers!

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I think Jake’s hat was meant to be for a human baby, to protect it from the sun, but it looks pretty good on Jake, don’t you think?

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But that’s not all he brought back.

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One thing Bangalore is known for is its textiles (especially Mysore silk), and my husband brought me some scarves and a saree.

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This is the “everyday” scarf, which is either pashmina or a pashmina/cotton blend (the label only says “pashmina” on it). I love the colours.

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And, apparently, so does Jake.

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Tell me this cat doesn’t love to pose for fashion shots.

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Dramatic cat is dramatic.

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I really want to take one of these photos and Photoshop Jake into some sort of Lawrence of Arabia type background.

Aby-a-Day – October 31: Halloween at the Hospital

Today, of course, is Halloween, but it’s also Thursday, and Thursday is when we visit Pratt 2 at Tufts Medical Center.

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Of course we went in costume. I’ve been planning this for a year!

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Jacoby wore his cowboy outfit, and I swore I’d do last year, I cobbled together a cowgirl outfit to match. I found a genuine made-in-Texas fringed cowgirl shirt that just happened to have leopard print on it. I also found a leopard print cowboy hat, and I have leopard print boots…I thought we coordinated pretty well.

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Jake loves to visit so much…and of course, he doesn’t mind wearing an outfit.

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As long as he gets attention, he’s happy!

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Vincent is the OT who runs our visits, and of course he and Jake are old friends by now.

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I also found some patient artwork that had been left behind in the room we visit in. Now, I don’t know if Jake inspired this…but I like to think that he did 🙂

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Trick or treat!

Abys are Everywhere! Happy Halloween!

You know me…I am ALWAYS on the lookout for greeting cards starring Abys. So imagine my squeeful delight when I found this little cutie:

Isn’t he adorable!? This is the inside:

But that’s not all! Today a friend shared this article about dressing up your cat for Halloween, and look who the headliner was!

That little guy gets around, eh?

Aby-a-Day – October 29: “Put that thing back where it came from or so help me” (Cartoon Tuesday)

At our cat show a couple of weeks ago, it was fun to see the humans and cats dressed up in their team costumes. Some cats love to dress up.

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And some…just DON’T.

(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)

Aby-a-Day – October 24: There can only B one

So last night, the World Series started. Kind of a big deal here in Boston

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It was also our “Halloween” visit to Fuller, so we went in costume. I was torn between the Red Sox unis and the Egyptian set, but given the current climate…

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I thought wearing the Red Sox stuff was more appropriate.

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Jacoby actually wore his hat for most of the visit.

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He may not love wearing his hat…but he definitely doesn’t mind it.

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The staff really enjoys seeing Jake every other week, too. This is Jake with one of the occupational therapists, Keith.

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And here’s Jake and I in our matching Red Sox outfits.

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I just wish I’d had time to make Jake his own beard…and gotten one for myself as well. I also need to get him some red socks…well, there’s always next year.

Aby-a-Day – October 5: “Spark” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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The only thing I can think of for this one is our friend Sparkle, a Somali and Jacoby’s very distant cousin. Jake does a pretty good Sparkle impression when he wants to, too.

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We have both Sparkle’s books, and Jake really loves them.

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He’s read them both cover to cover.

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And, I’m sure, he’s gotten some really good ideas from them.

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Jake also reads Sparkle’s blog every day.

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Although he seems a little too interested in looking at the photos of Sparkle in her mermaid costume…

Aby-a-Day – September 6: Jacoby’s First Halloween (Friday Fashion Flashback)

Between discovering Petco’s new Halloween costumes for cats and planning NEMO’s cat-human costume contest this week, I got to thinking about Jacoby’s first Halloween.

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Mainly, how lame it was.

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All he did was wear this T-shirt! Hardly a costume at all!

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Of course, he was a ninja, so really, it didn’t matter what he wore. You weren’t going to see him, anyway.

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Angel, as always, was a pirate, with a little kitty pirate T-shirt. Which is why Jake was a ninja.


It was inspired by this, you see.

Aby-a-Day – November 9: Gettin’ wiggy wi’ it (Fashion Friday)

Wigs are all the rage these days, and, thanks to a woman in Texas, kitties can has wigs, too.

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As featured on Must Love Cats, these little cat wigs are works of art.

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So, when I found a cheap knock-off an inexpensive imitation at Petsmart a couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t resist.

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I’d originally bought it with Kylie in mind, but somehow it ended up on Angel’s head.

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Not sure how Angel really felt about wearing the wig, but she wore it like a pro. And the pink went surprisingly well with her red/sorrel fur.

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And people wonder why the iconic Halloween cat is puffed up, arching his back, and hissing.

Oh, and by the way? When I Googled “cat” and “wiggy” looking for the Must Love Cats clip, you’ll never guess what I found!

This is Wiggy the Abyssinian! He lives in Japan, and

Fashion Friday Bonus: Jacoby’s brother Dillin as HIS namesake!

One of Jacoby’s Halloween costumes was a Red Sox uniform, in honour of his namesake, Red Sox centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

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Well, he wasn’t the only one to dress as the human he was named after! Jake’s brother Dillin (Pellburn Johnny Dillinger) dressed as himself, too, complete with tommy gun and moll (his human, Sherry).

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Sherry writes: I brought Dillin to CCA’s Halloween Cat Show in Halifax this past weekend. Although Dillin made every final, he didn’t get in the top 3 for the day, but his son Dylan did in the Premiership class!

Here’s a picture of Dillin as John Dillinger and me as his girlfriend (although I didn’t have the long gloves on or boa at the time for this picture) and complete with machine gun and getaway car 🙂

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She adds: There’s also a nice picture of Dillin with judge Roger Boisselle who was wearing a very cool costume.

Doesn’t he look spectacular? I see he poses on the judge’s table just like his brother does! He and Jake are littermates as well as brothers; their litter was Jake, Dillin and their sister Scarlett. They also have an older brother (same parents, different litter), Buddy Guy, who we saw dressed as Buddy Guy last Halloween.

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Can you see the family resemblance?

Oh, and speaking of fashion…I made some #Strollercat T-shirts on Zazzle if anyone’s interested…

Aby-a-Day – October 31: Wordless Wednesday (Happy Halloween!)

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Aby-a-Day – October 30: Spoiled for Choice (Cartoon Tuesday)

I think we’ve all been there…

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(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)

Aby-a-Day – October 29: Urban Cowboy (Hipstamatic Monday)

I love riding the T with Jacoby.

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It’s fun to watch other people watching him, and it’s fun to watch him on the train.

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At times, he just seems so jaded. “Ho hum, here we are on the train. Yawn.”

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What’s really funny is, he knows our “home” station, Broadway. When he hears the announcement on the loudspeaker: “Next stop, Broadway,” he gets all excited because he knows we’re getting off.

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The thing is, though, that yesterday, after Petco we had to go downtown to CVS and the post office, so we went past Broadway without getting off.

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Jake knew something was wrong. He got all agitated, meowing at me like, “MOM! MOM! THIS IS OUR STOP!!!”

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I think he knows the word “Broadway,” as well as what our station looks like. Actually, it’s because he knows Broadway is “home” that he had his escalator accident two years ago last week.

Aby-a-Day – October 27: Get thee hence, ye doltish, fat-boned bugswallower!

Jacoby’s not the only one getting ready for Halloween.

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Angel is, too. I really want to take her to the costume contests the pet stores are having, but I’m afraid she may just be too timid to go out in public like that.

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But inside her familiar walls, she’s the fiercest pirate on all the seven seas.

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Especially when a certain camera ham decides to try to horn in on her action.

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As if Jake doesn’t get enough photographic attention, right?

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Apparently he doesn’t, since here he is, barging into Angel’s Halloween photos.

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Angel was not amused, either.

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And she let him know about it, too.

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She’s growling at him in this photo.

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Growling, and hissing…

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I think Jake really blew it when he tried to play with the feathers on Angel’s hat.

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This photo makes me laugh. It reminds me of that LOLcat where the lioness tells the lion she does not has a PMS

After Angel gave him what-for, Jake thought he’d try barging in on a sweeter, gentler girlcat’s photo op.

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I mean, what could be nicer and more feminine than Hello Kitty?

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Grave tactical error on Jake’s part.

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Angel only yelled at Jake. Kylie, for all her pink ribbons and hearts, really let him have it. With both paws! Pow! Pow!

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Do NOT screw with Hello Kitty! She will mess you up!

Aby-a-Day – October 23: Follow the bouncing eyeball (Cartoon Tuesday)

I thought of this cartoon first…and then I discovered, to my delight, that they actually exist!

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(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)

Aby-a-Day July 23: Zunar-J-5/9 Doric-4-7 (Hipstamatic Monday)

Considering that The Cat From Outer Space was released in 1978, taking photos of Jacoby in his glowing Jake collar with Hipstamatic seemed especially appropriate.

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Now all we need is Ken Berry and McLean Stevenson!

Aby-a-Day – July 20: The 70’s are back in style (Fashion Friday)

Ever since I found that blog post about the boy who wanted a Cat From Outer Space birthday party, complete with Jake the cat, I’ve wanted to find a white LED collar for Jacoby.

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As luck would have it, I found a very nice nylon LED cat collar on eBay for $3. I got three…just in case I wanted to make modifications. It’s pretty good as it is, but the black clip keeps wanting to slide around to the front, which ruins the look. I’m thinking I may take one collar apart and perhaps put the LED part into a plastic tube. I need to go to the hardware store for inspiration the next time I’m in Porter Square. I’m also thinking to just take the clips off and sew the white nylon together into a continuous loop that can just slip over his head. We’ll see. Either way, we’ll have another Halloween costume for him (in case he doesn’t want to be an ancient Egyptian, a doctor, a ballplayer, or a biker).

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Doesn’t Jake bear a striking resemblance in this photo to…well, to Jake?

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Part of me wishes they’d remake this…and part of me is afraid they will because they’ll use a Maine Coon instead of an Aby…