Aby-a-Day – 4 April: Wordless Wednesday (Logan in the hotel’s hallway)

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Aby-a-Day – 29 March: “Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport” (Travel Thursday)

Back in 2015, I posted about the EU regulations about microchipping and importing domestic animals. So I thought my non-EU readers would like to see what the pet passports look like. The LunaTicks all have leather passport covers to protect them, made by the same woman who made their harnesses, Arja’s Art, and they are not only gorgeous, but they match each cat’s harness, and the icons on the cover match those on each cat’s silver nametag.

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Here is Alfred’s passport as an example. On the outside, the pet passports look a lot like a passport for humans, but they are slightly larger, and the cardboard is much thinner. There’s also no RIFD chip.

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All the rabies shots are recorded in the passport. Jake’s and Angel’s passports also have their vaccination records and rabies blood titres since they were imported from the States.

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The passports also have a space for an optional photograph of the named cat, so of course I had to make sure that everyone had a proper passport photo. We started with Jacoby. Björn held him up while I took the photos. We used the plain white background of our balcony wall.

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First he was very squirmy. If I wanted a photo of his toes, it would have been awesome.

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Okay, slouching is worse. You look like you have no neck!

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But finally Jake started to get his act together, and we were able to get a decent photo.

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Next it was Angel’s turn.

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Seriously, Angel? Seriously? You only have one eye as it is. Don’t close it!

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But eventually she, too, settled down and we got a decent shot.

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A year later, when Logan and Freddy joined our household and got their passports, it was passport photo time again.

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Even though he was just a kitten, Logan was as “good” at posing as the big Abys were.

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But finally, he too managed to give me a decent pose.

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Surprisingly, Freddy was a natural.

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I actually got a few usable shots, all without having to be held.

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Of course, while I was taking the kittens’ passport photos, Jake came and showed them how to pose properly…Not that he did that when we were actually taking his passport photo!

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These are the four photos we ended up using.

And here they are in the passports themselves.

All the entries are covered in clear self-adhesive plastic to prevent alterations. I put some over the photos and “signatures” as well.

I wasn’t sure about using kitten photos on the passport they’ll use for the rest of their lives…but I guess it will be okay.

I have rubber stamps for Angel’s and Jake’s pawprints, but Freddy and Logan haven’t gotten theirs yet…so these are their actual paws! I guess that makes up for using kitten photos.

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But at the end of the day, this is what matters. A cat and his passport, riding the rails on the way to Finland for his first international show.

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(And in case you’re wondering…yes, they really do check them when you cross a border!)

Aby-a-Day – June 21: Happy Aby Father’s Day

I just had to share these photos of our friend Dante Mooner that Marsha Zapp Ammons posted on Facebook last week. They are the perfect embodiment of the concept of “Father’s Day.”

Marsha wrote: “Dante Mooner to one of his Humans, John: You’re mine, you’re mine, you are ALL MINE!”

Marsha also explained that “Dante loves to go walking, but he often ‘asks’ us to hold him, like John is doing in these photos.”

Awww…look how much Dante loves his human dad!

Aby-a-Day – June 19: Layover (Flashback Friday)

When I adopted Angel from Purebreds Plus, I had to fly out to Northern California to collect her. This wasn’t a problem at all for me since, despite living in New England, I grew up in Northern California, and my mother lives in Davis…8 miles away from Purebreds Plus’ headquarters in Dixon, CA.

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So while it wasn’t a problem for me, I did worry about Angel’s trip home to Boston. The flight had had a layover and we had to change planes in Denver. Because Angel hadn’t ever really travelled, and she had never worn a harness, I got her a MetPet Soft-Sided Security Harness. This turned out to not be such a great idea as she managed to wrestle out of it inside her carrier.

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I also prepared her a makeshift litter box using a folding shirt box and a Ziploc bag full of litter. She was having none of that, either. The next time I need to take a long flight with an Aby, I think I’ll skip the litter box attempts and just make sure I have a supply of pee pads instead.

Aby-a-Day – February 27: The importance of being layered (Fashion Friday)

Before you can go outside in cold weather, it’s essential to dress properly for the weather.

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Layers are the key to keeping your core temperature up and trapping heat to keep warm.

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When we went out into the snow, Jacoby wore his green leopard print shirt since it works so well with his coat.

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I put his harness on over his undershirt, but under his warm coat. This helps to keep the warmth in, especially since his Fishtail Parka hasn’t got a hole for a leash.

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Angel had never been in the snow, so I used her purple Pirate Kitty T-shirt to keep her warm.

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Like Jake, she wore her harness over the T-shirt.

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Despite her early socialisation issues, in some ways, Angel is 100% Abyssinian.

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Wearing a T-shirt doesn’t faze her at all.

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Once we had the undergarments on, we put on our coats and headed outside. Angel wore Gun-Hee’s old parka, which not only fit her wonderfully, but also has a hole for the leash which lines up perfectly with her harness.

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That helped to keep her a little warmer, since the leash wasn’t pulling up the back of her coat the way Jake’s leash pulled his parka up. You can see his undershirt in this photo.

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Of course, his feet were warmer than Angel’s, because he will wear boots, so it probably evened out. I had boots for Angel but…I didn’t try to put them on her feet. I think the parka was enough for her! I think they stayed fairly warm. We weren’t outside very long, but neither of them was shivering or seemed uncomfortable. When we came back inside, the tips of their ears were a little chilled, but they both seemed perfectly happy. I do want to take them both out again for some more photos once we can get into the courtyard.

Aby-a-Day – January 22: Storage cart built for two

As I’ve mentioned many times, Jacoby loves riding the storage cart when I take it back down to the closet on the first floor.

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One evening, Angel was nosing around the cart, too, and my husband said, “Angel wants to go, too!” and he put her harness on her so she could go with Jake (this was before Jake got his new green harness in the latest box from our friends).

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So Jake and Angel went for a ride to the first floor. Jake’s leash has clasps at both ends, so I just used the one leash for both of them.

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Jake’s leash has clasps at both ends, so I just used the one leash for both of them.

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Angel wasn’t so sure about riding on the cart at first.

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She seemed to adjust fairly quickly, though.

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This is where Angel fascinates me. Despite her harsh kittenhood, and her experiences that we can only guess at, in some ways she is clearly an Abyssinian.

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Wearing a harness and leash doesn’t faze Angel one bit, and she’s fearless in the face of things that would freak regular cats out.

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The elevator wasn’t any big deal, either.

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Even after we’d parked the cart back in the first floor storage room, riding the elevator back upstairs was taken in stride. I thought it was funny that they each chose a door…Angel on one side…

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…and Jake on the other. Even funnier, with all the elevator-riding that Jake does, he picked the door that doesn’t open on our floor (the side he’s on opens only to the street)!

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I find it endlessly interesting that Angel hisses and growls at Jake whenever he comes near her when we’re inside the apartment…

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…but out in the hallway, she seems to tolerate him fairly well.

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Even after almost a year, their first instinct was to head towards where our old apartment was.

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Angel moreso than Jake.

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Of course, when you’re both clipped to each end of a leash, it’s hard to get lost.

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They found our door easily enough in the end.

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Hi honey, we’re home!

Aby-a-Day – January 15: Suomalainen laatikon toimitus (Part One)

Last year, my friend Sanna-Leena and I did a box exchange. I sent her some stuff for cats and for humans from the States, and she sent me some goodies from Finland.

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Well, that was so much fun that we did another one. I sent Sanna-Leena a box last summer, and she sent us our second box just after Christmas.

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It arrived last week, and it was HUGE! Light…but huge!

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And so filled with goodies!

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Of course Jacoby was right there to check it out.

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You may remember this feather toy from yesterday’s post. The tall feathers are from a duck her brother-in-law shot and her sister plucked the feathers, which were only frozen to kill the bacteria. Her cats go wild with the smell, and she thought mine would, too. As you saw, Tessie loved it!

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Jake was interested in it, too…

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…But there were just so many things to see and smell that he couldn’t focus just on the feathers!

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Like a new Arja’s Art harness! Jake got one last year, of course, but as it turned out, the metallic copper was a bit too pink, and ended up looking better on Kylie. So I asked if Sanna could get him a green one to match his leash.

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Since Angel has a purple one already, and now Kylie has Jake’s copper one, Tessie needed a red one for her own.

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I love these harnesses so much. Look at the reflective trim! If you’ve met me and Jake in person, I’ve probably made you feel how soft this leather is. It really does need to be felt to be appreciated.

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And there were some leather goodies for me, too, like this little coin purse.

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The green leather matches Jake’s harness exactly!

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Sanna also sent me these amazing leather feather earrings (leather feather is fun to say)!

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And oh, this bookmark! Look at those ears!

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She also sent me some Finnish pop music. And oldies from 1963! There’s a Twist song on there that I just adore (I love me some Twist music).

There was so very many good things in the box that Sanna sent that I’ll have to show you the rest in some future posts…so check back tomorrow to see Jake’s new Finnish outfits.