Aby-a-Day – 25 Juni: Dashiell and Taz (Cartoon Tuesday)

This isn’t really a cartoon, but today Meg sent me the most wonderful photo of Dashiell interacting with a portrait of Taz, painted by her friend Rose Gates. It’s so very sweet, the way Dash is touching Taz’s face. I think he really will be a special cat indeed…Meg’s comment: “Dash is awed by Rose Gates’ Taz portrait. ‘I want to grow up to be a star like this guy!'” I hope he will.

Also, whilst cleaning my clothing cupboard the other day, I also found this charming birthday card Meg sent me.

I think it was last year, before Taz died. It’s perfect…and it does look a bit like a fawn silver Aby…

Aby-a-Day – 21 Februari: A box from Meg…and a little backstory (Thursday Things)

Friendship is a funny thing. You meet people every day. Some are strangers, and strangers they remain. Others become friends.

When I was a cat-crazy kid, I couldn’t imagine being actual friends with a cat breeder, let alone a cat show judge. Yet here I am, 38 years after this magazine was published, with threinds who are both breeders and judges. In April 1981 I was two months shy of my sweet 16th, and I loved cats. Cats and the Beatles. No wonder that in August 1981, when I found a seal-point and white kitten, I named him Sgt. Pepper…

Usually, when you look at an old magazine, you don’t read the classifieds at the back. But this old issue with an Aby on the cover…I wanted to see something.

And, lo and behold. Meg is listed as an Abyssinian breeder in Massachusetts. I never knew I’d end up in Massachusetts, let alone be friends with a breeder who had ads in a magazine when I was 15 going on 16…

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But it’s true. I am actually friends with a woman who has been breeding Abyssinians almost (but not quite) as long as I’ve been alive. And to think that she and I are very good friends! But it happened so naturally…Meg knew Sherry, and Jacoby was related to Lew and Taz…and…we clicked. That’s how it is when you make a friend.

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So a couple of weeks ago, Meg sent me my belated Christmas present. To be fair, though, I didn’t send mine out until January.

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She sent me a lot of cool things for me: Socks, a candle holder, and some CFA things…but she also sent things for the cats. One of which was this catnip shrimp. Alfred was the first to investigate the shrimp, but…

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…Jake quickly took over. Jake loves firmly stuffed catnip toys.

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So yeah, this shrimp was almost tailor-made for Jake. Sorry, Freddy.

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Another toy she sent was a wonderful stick toy that we can use at cat shows. Izaak was all over it

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Whilst Zakkie loves his mousies, he also really likes stick toys.

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Not as much as Lorelai does, apparently. Because oh, look, here she is, moving faster than a camera can capture.

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Rory and Zak enjoyed that stick toy so much, I think it’s going to be a permanent fixture at our future cat shows!

Shout-out to Summer!

I sent a few gifts to our Somali friend Summer in California for a (belated) Christmas gift. I know Summer and her roommates Binga and Boodie LOVE the European cat treats. And I also remembered that Summer’s human admired the miniature cat skeleton toy I posted about on a Miniature Monday, and when I bought mine, I ordered a few extra for friends and family, so I sent one along to her, knowing it would be appreciated.

You can read all about what they all thought of their gifts on today’s post on Summer’s blog.

Aby-a-Day – December 3: “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” (Cartoon Tuesday)

Abys, on the other hand…

This is a true story, told by Blair Anson on the Abyssinian Cat Club Facebook group. Jacoby will run up to our door, growling, if someone comes by (like when we’re in a hotel and they slide our bill under the door), so I’ve kind of seen this in action.

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Check out the original story on Facebook here and here (you’ll need to log in to see it).

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

Festivus for the rest of us!

Merry Christmas, Joyous Solstice, Ah Freilichen Chanukah, Kwanzaa
Yenu Iwe Na Heri, Good Yule, 즐거운 동지 and Festivus for the rest of us – whatever you celebrate, I want to wish a Happy Holiday to all my readers from Jacoby, Angel, and myself. Thank you for helping to make this blog what it is. Without you we are just pictures of cats on the internet.

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Cheers!

It’s all good news

Remember when I posted last month that Jacoby’s photo was selected to appear in the 2013 “Bad Cat” calendar? Well, on Friday when I went to the post office, there was a box from Workman Publishing.

Well, naturally, I thought it was my copies of the Bad Cat Page-a-Day and the Bad Cat Wall Calendar. So imagine my surprise when I opened the box and found this:

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Holy crap! After, literally, 30 years of loving the Page-a-Day Cat Calendar and sending in my photos for their perusal…I’ve finally made it!

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And how! He’s a “Winner of the Week,” and they’ve given him an amazing write-up. Just look at it! They even mention this blog!

I’m over the moon. First Your Cat magazine and now both the Bad Cat and the Good Cat calendars! 2013 is the Year of the Snake, my year…and it’s looking to be a very good one indeed.