Aby-a-Day – 15 May: Me and my boys (Selfie Sunday)

Jacoby loves to hang out with me while I FaceTime with Björn.

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Sometimes I grab him and make him interact with us.

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As you can see, he’s a big fan of that.

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More often, though, he just meanders into the picture, asking for pettins.

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“Oh, hey new dad. Didn’t see you there.”

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Annnnddd…back to rubbing on mommy.

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He does that a lot.

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He also comes in for random headbutts.

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Headbutt, rub, roll, repeat.

Aby-a-Day – 13 February: “Pet” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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Cats are a pet of humans.

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Or are they?

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The word “pet” implies ownership.

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But when it comes to cats…who owns whom?

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Are cats our pets?

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Or are we theirs?

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It’s an interesting question.

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Especially when it comes to the interactive and tactile creatures that are cats.

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Ownership is a hazy concept at best when it comes to cats.

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Even if you say, “the ones who do the petting are the ones who aren’t ‘pets'” doesn’t work. Kylie regularly pets humans by patting them on the head. So the one doing the petting isn’t the default “owner.”

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So, am I Jacoby’s pet? Or is he my pet? Or…are we each other’s pet? It’s hard to say.

Aby-a-Day – 25 January: Undercover cat (Hipstamatic Monday)

As I posted yesterday, Jacoby loves to cuddle with me. Sometimes, he likes to sleep on me…

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…and other times, he’d rather sleep with me. Under the covers.

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He usually uses my arm as a pillow. And he often falls asleep so deeply that he stops purring!

Aby-a-Day – December 27: Reverse FaceTime Date (Selfie Sunday)

While I’ve been in Sweden, Jacoby has been moping.

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He’s been hanging out in the bedroom. He’s started building a mancave in the comforter on the bed.

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He goes into a fold and then scoops out a tunnel by rolling in place. And then he just sleeps there. All. Day. Long.

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So, I decided to FaceTime with him.

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At first, he didn’t react much. I’d woken him up and he was a bit groggy.

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Jake just wanted to sleep until I come back, I guess.

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But hearing my voice seemed to perk him up.

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He reached his paw out to touch the phone.

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And then, he rolled over!

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He actually left his quilt fort and sat up.

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He gave me his opinion on my being away…

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…but then he really perked up.

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Jake does understand the concept of FaceTime.

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He knows it’s me, and my voice.

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It might be better if he’d been “talking” to me over an iPad or a Mac, something with a larger screen than just an iPhone 6…but it worked pretty well. He seemed to be much happier after our call.

Aby-a-Day – December 13: My two men (Selfie Sunday)

Being that I am in Boston and Björn is in Sweden, we spend a LOT of our lives talking on FaceTime. And Jacoby, of course, loves to help.

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Every so often, Björn will capture Jake and I at the other end of his iPad and send it to me. This was a couple of weeks ago. I was unhappy with my haircut, so I was hiding behind Jake.

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This one was taken a couple of nights ago. Jake sees no difference between walking on the mattress or walking on my face, apparently. As you can see up in the lefthand corner, Björn found this highly amusing.

Aby-a-Day – November 15: Silly show selfies (Selfie Sunday)

While at cat shows with Jacoby, I amuse myself by taking selfies of us to send to Björn.

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Jake does not always approve of my attempts at taking selfies. I obviously look too goofy in this photo.

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Okay, Jake…NOW who looks goofy?

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That’s a little better.

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This one is us being super cute (or a facsimile thereof).

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This is my favourite though. It’s me and my friend Charlotte, Facetiming with Björn in the show hall. Charlotte lives in Astoria…I wish we were closer and could hang out more. I’ll miss her (and her lovely Siame…er, I mean, Colorpoint Shorthairs) when I finally get to move to Sweden.

Aby-a-Day – October 29: National Cat Day

Today is National Cat Day!

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According to the National Cat Day website, this holiday was canonised 10 years ago, in 2005, “to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year and also to encourage cat lovers to celebrate the cat(s) in their life for the unconditional love and companionship they bestow upon us.” So let’s toast our bond with our feline buddies with a treat!

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What do you think, Jake from State Farm? Would you like a treat for National Cat Day?

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I guess that’s a yes.