Aby-a-Day – September 11: 8:46am EDT (Friday Fashion Flashback)

The last time I went to NYC, I got Jacoby this NYPD shirt.

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It’s just a silly tourist thing, but I thought he’d like it. I thought it would be kind of cool to have when I get my next Abyssinian.

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Yeah, I’m already planning on what I’ll call my next Aby boy. He’ll be a blue Aby, and his mane will be Det. Lennie Briscoe. So yeah, this shirt will be handy for when I get him….

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SOMEday, Jake. Someday. Not anytime soon.

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Anyway, I thought today was an appropriate day for him to wear it.

Aby-a-Day – August 7: Prescient post (Friday Flashback)

A slightly different Friday Flashback post today…back when we were first talking about my moving to Sweden, Björn happened to mention that he’s always loved Abyssinians and was looking forward to living with Jacoby and Angel. I thought he was just saying that, but then I found this among the letters he’d sent me over the years. It’s a note from his then-girlfriend, Titti, telling me about a cat show that they’d gone to back in 1992.

Well, I guess it was true! I’ve always noticed that men, especially, seem to be fascinated by Jake when we’re out (had I known that when I was single, I’d have gotten an Aby years ago!) and I can’t even tell you the number of times that I’ve been told, “I’m not a cat person, but I like Jake.” So you see, Abyssinians seem to have always been part of my destiny.

Aby-a-Day – February 12: Lucky find

I have had this little pewter cat figurine since the 1980’s.

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Somehow, despite moving several times (to several different cities in three states and one province), I’ve managed not to lose it.

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I’ve always thought that it looked like an Abyssinian. I don’t know why I looked at it and thought “Aby” rather than any other sort of cat, but I always have. Maybe it’s the way the fur is so detailed; it does remind me of an Aby’s ticking.

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You may remember seeing it before in this post from last October.

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It has no markings on it at all. I just know I got it in the 80’s because that’s when I was first interested in Abys, and it’s also when I was collecting little pewter figurines. This is one of the only ones I can still find.

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Last week I happened to be looking for something on eBay and I came across a listing for a pewter Abyssinian figurine.

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This figure was on a base with “Abyssinian” stamped on it. There were also stampings on the base showing a manufacturer, a copyright, and a year – 1984.

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The cat here is playing with a little ball of yarn – but the cat is very familiar!

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Same pose, same ticking…

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I was so psyched! After 30 years…I’m finally sure that my little pewter cat really is an Abyssinian!

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You may have noticed that I had a little Abyssinian assistance while taking photos for this post.

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Jacoby was almost as excited as I was about the little pewter Aby.

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Although I suspect it was for an entirely different reason. He is such a helpful boy!

Aby-a-Day – February 5: Abys at the World Show

It occurred to me that I never finished sharing photos from the World Show in Philadelphia, which Jacoby and I entered last November.

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There was a good showing of Abyssinians at the show, representing all four colours. There were a couple of other Abys, like Racy Mooner and her mother, Twyla, who were at the show but who weren’t actually entered in competition.

Also present was the 2012-13 CFA show season’s Best Cat in Premiership GP, NW Zhender’s Roger Vivier of NuDawnz. I forgot to take a photo of him (despite his being benched just behind the Aby breed booth), but I did get his card.

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There were a LOT of Aby kittens entered – Five were entered in the Red Show, and four were in the Purple Show.

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One of the kittens in the Red Show was Vasil’s little red girl, Greenville Deja Vu.

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Deja Vu was the Best Aby Kitten in the Red show with 4 finals.

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Vasil’s fawn girl, GC Childofsun Nammi of Greenville, was entered in the Purple Show.

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She didn’t earn a breed win, but she was a ONE-SHOW GRAND, maiking seven Championship finals and earing 245 grand points!

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Vasil and his girls weren’t the only breeders to bring cats from Russia. Here is Olga Beresneva with her ruddy Aby boy, GC Instincts Espresso of Omnia Mea. Espresso was the Second Best Aby Champion in the Red Show. He’s also a cousin of Jake’s, since he’s from the same cattery, Instincts, as Jake’s mother Santa Catalina.

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There were also several Aby breeders from Japan, although they didn’t bring their cats (Japan, being an island, would impose a 180-day quarantine on them when they returned). This is Kiyomi Kondo talking to Jake.

We actually had dinner with the Japanese breeders, and they all gave me their cards.

While the Japanese breeders couldn’t easily bring their cats, they did bring cat toys!

This is a stick toy that Jake was given. I think the cartoon kitty on the packaging is supposed to make you think of Chi.

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It was wonderful to meet so many Aby breeders from all over the world, but it was also great to see American breeders, too. Of course, Meg and GP Anubis Chai Latte (aka Garçon) were there.

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Garçon was entered in the Purple Show, and he was the Best Aby in Premiership.

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Lauren Castle Flynn of Abycastle was there with her red boy, GC Abycastle Kathmandu.

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I also got to meet Suzie Kidder, a breeder who lives in Northern California but who grew up in Massachusetts! we actually had an interesting conversation about how we’d traded places. Here she is talking to spectators with her Open Champion Abyko’s Sparks Upon The Wind.

Suzie’s cattery, Abyko, is in Mill Valley.

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Carolyn Osier and her Aby GC Wil-o-glen’s Si Se Puede, from Orange County in Southern California, were also entered in the Purple Show. Si Se Puede had a great time riding on Susan’s scooter to get to and from the rings.

Wil-o-glen is one of those cattery names that appears in most modern Abyssinians’ pedigrees. Carolyn has been breeding since the late 1960’s, and even had an Aby who screen-tested for Disney’s The Cat From Outer Space! In fact, that Aby, GC Ruddy Raider of Wil-o-glen, appears in Jake’s pedigree along with several other Wil-o-glen cats on his mother’s side.

One of the highlights of the weekend, however, was meeting Rae Ann Christ of El Qahira Abyssininans. She took one look at Jake and knew that he was descended from her lines – he has several El Qahira cats in his ancestry on both his mother and his father’s side of the family! In fact, El Qahira is a name that shows up a LOT in Jake’s pedigree, as recently as his great grandfather, El Qahira Tamas!

Aby-a-Day – August 26: “This tiger has other ideas” (Cartoon Tuesday)

I’m not really old enough to make this joke, but I’m a sucker for Cold War jokes and I thought it would be fun to draw.

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Of course, this is is a riff on Jacoby’s JFK costume at the NEMO show this past weekend, and what might have happened had there been a Russian Blue there…as someone (Gary Larson?) once said, as long as one person gets the joke, I’m happy. Wish I’d thought of the Havana Brown Missle Crisis before I’d done the cartoon, though…

(Krushcat is saying “Support by United States rulers is rather in the nature of the support that the rope gives to a hanged man,” in case you were wondering……and the litter box says “We will bury you”…)

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

Aby-a-Day – August 24: “Happy birthday, Mr. President”

This weekend was our NEMO CFA show. Jacoby did quite well: he made five finals! He got 10th Best Shorthair in Premiership (twice), 7th Best Shorthair in Premiership, 2nd Best Shorthair in Premiership, and 2nd Best Allbreed in Premiership!

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But as last year, the best part was the costume contest. Towards the end of the Seacoast show last May, Meg, our friend Todd and I were brainstorming ideas for Jake’s and my costume. Todd said it needed to be amazing to win, and it needed to be something new. I mentioned Jake’s “Don Draper” suit and said we needed to come up with something to go with that.

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And then it hit me. With his suit, Jake could be JFK…and I could be…Marilyn Monroe!

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So that’s what we did. If JakeFK looks a little upset in some of these photos, it’s because he’s very concerned about the Havana Brown Missile Crisis.

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It’s really late, and I’m really tired…and I have about 1,000 photos to go through that I took this weekend, so I’ll have a more complete report on the show and the costume contest later in the week.

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But I knew you all were dying to see what we wore, so here we are.

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As great as our costume was, there were a lot of great costumes this time. Everyone really stepped up their game this year. Our friends Linda and Pippi the Somali (Gomez and Morticia last year) were Clara Barton (Pippi) and Gen. George Pickett (Linda); there was also Little Bo Peep and her sheep, Hiccup and Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon, Galadriel, Arwen and Legolas, a family veterinary clinic and a beer can of Meow Light.

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Jake and I didn’t actually win…but I got a lot of complements on our costume. I have to thank my friend Leza, for sewing the dress…it not only looked great, but it also was comfortable enough to wear to a cat show. I wish I could say the same for those shoes! Now to start planning for next year’s costumes…

Congratulations Boston Red Sox! 2013 World Series Champions!

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