Update on the Abys rescued in Rhode Island

Remember back in July when I posted about the SECOND rescue of 18 Abyssinians in Rhode Island? Well, according to this post from New England Aby Rescue (NEAR), those Abys are all at the Potter League for Animals and are are now legally free and clear to be placed with new owners as their veterinarian judges them to be healthy enough to be adopted.

The first two boys available for adoption are:

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and Warner. If you are in New England and interested in either of these two young men (they are between one and two years old, the same age Angel was when I adopted her), click on their names to apply for adoption.

Abys in Need – 26 dead Abys in freezer, 18 more living in squalor…AGAIN!

This is ghastly. Rhode Island Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals discovered 26 dead Abys in a freezer and 18 more in “very poor condition” yesterday. According to the RISPCA investigator, the surviving cats were underweight and covered in feces, but none were in such bad health that they will need to be euthanised. Well, thank StarClan for that!

But what really pisses me off is…THIS ISN’T THE FIRST TIME this person has done this! Eight years ago I posted about this exact same idiot who had 48 Abys, along with a corn snake, one dog, a turtle and two other household cats confiscated by the RISPCA. Just as last time, the cats are at the Potter League for Animals, so if you’re interested in helping to rescue one or more of these Abys, please contact the Potter League for Animals (Newport, RI), 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown RI 02842, Phone: 401-846-8276, Email: info@potterleague.org. But keep in mind it will probably take some time to get them healthy enough for adoption.

Additionally, my friend Meg has started a donation page on Facebook in Cousin Taz’s memory to raise funds to help the Potter League help these Abys.

And now I need to go hug Angel.

Aby-a-Day – 5 June: Travelling with a Singapura (Swedish Sunday)

When Björn was in Boston for our wedding in April, my friend Linda (who is also a member of NEMO) asked if we could help her out.

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Linda, along with her husband Chuck, breed Singapuras (their cattery name is Mystiquecats), and she wanted to know if Björn would be willing to help two other Singapura breeders. Pat, of (Sopan Singapuras had a 10 month old girl kitty who needed to fly to live with a breeder in Sweden. And, as luck would have it, Björn was returning home and flying into Stockholm at just the right time!

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Well, naturally we jumped at the chance, not only to help out friends, but because just two months later, I would be making the exact same journey – on Icelandair – with Jacoby and Angel, and what better way to try out the flight accommodations with a cat than to actually take a cat on the flight?

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So, Björn and I met Pat and Naina, the girlcat, at Logan. I know Singapuras are small cats, and Naina was only 10 months old…but she was TINY!

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Pat had sent cats abroad before, and gave me excellent advice on how to outfit the carrier for a long trans-Atlantic flight. From her I learned that a bag of dry food should be attached to the outside of the crate, and the water bowl should be filled with water and frozen the night before, so the bowl would be filled with non-spillable, slowly thawing ice that the cats can lick if they are thirsty.

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After checking in, we got to go behind the scenes with an Icelandair employee. We went into a back room and a TSA employee checked Naina and her carrier to make sure that nothing was being smuggled in with the cat. Then they took her to the plane. On Icelandair, pets travel in a special pet hold rather than in the cabin. This is because Iceland is an island, and has very strict animal import laws and impose a quarantine on imported mammals. Animals need to be monitored by official airline personnel at all times and cannot be on the ground more than three hours. When I booked my flight to Sweden later this month, I had toyed with the idea of having a seven-hour layover in Reykjavik and actually go into the city, but since I’ll be travelling with the Abys, I can’t do that. So, I’ll have just enough time to go through customs, grab a snack, and get on my next plane.

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However, in our case, the cats having to travel in the pet hold is actually an advantage. Two animals of the same species, weighing less than 40 kg (88 lbs), can share one crate, so Jake and Angel will be able to travel together in one carrier rather than me having to manage two separate bags with cats in them along with my laptop and carry-on bag.

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Naina flew like a champ. When Björn landed in Stockholm and picked her up, she was as cheery and relaxed as she had been in Boston. He was impressed that after eleven hours flying and changing of planes, she was just meowing a little, but mostly was just curious about her new surroundings.

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Björn met up with Lisa, of Melur Singapuras, at Arlanda and Naina was swiftly taken to her new home.

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As you can see from these photos Lisa posted on Facebook, Naina settled in almost immediately! She took to being in Sweden right away. Just like I hope that Jake and Angel will!

Other People’s Abys – Calendar Cats

Look who was on my Page-a-Day Calendar today! Luna, the lovely Somali from Belmont, MA (not too far from Boston)!

Somalis like to engage. Alert and curious, the breed’s dramatic, foxlike appearance, with big ears and bushy tails, is complimented by their zest for fun and play. And much like their Abyssinian cousins, Somalis look both elegant and untamed. They also love their people and flourish when affection is returned.

I know Summer will agree with all of this!

Other People’s Abys – Calendar Cats

Check this out – today’s Page-a-Day Cat Calendar page features a Somali on a leash!

“Like their short-haired Abyssinian cousins, Somalis are both wild-looking and elegant, sporting colors from a traditional ruddy hue to a more unusual blue, all with the characteristic ticked fur that gives them their exotic appearance. Playful and athletic, Somalis can turn anything into a jungle gym – even your drapes – but if you take them outside for some R & R, keep them on a leash or watch out! These cats can be up a tree, or out of the yard, faster than you can shout their name!”

This lovely lady is Luna, and she lives in Massachusetts – Belmont, to be exact! I wonder if this photo was taken last year during all our snow?

Aby-a-Day – November 23: Cat scratch fever (Miniature Monday)

A regular feature at almost every New England cat show is Arubacat‘s vendor’s booth. Arty is a great guy, and I’ve come to rely on him for so many things…I end up needing to buy something he has at every show.

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Of course, he was at the NEMO show. So mini-Jacoby and I went to check out the goods.

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These little barrel scratchers are awesome. Tessie won one at the Seacoast show in 2007 when she was Best Household Pet and it still gets daily use.

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Arty has cat trees in all shapes, sizes and colours…including patterns!

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But he has more than just cat trees. I get my chamois and bay rum to groom Jake from him, as well as various other grooming supplies. He also has treats, toys and other accessories. And it’s amazing…he shleps all this stuff all over New England nearly every weekend.

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I don’t know what we’d do without Arty. But I’m glad we have him. Thanks, Arty!

Aby-a-Day – November 1: Driving to Nemo (Selfie Sunday)

When Jacoby and I went to the NEMO show a couple of weeks ago, we took the MBTA to Attleboro and met up with Meg, and then we drove to Sturbridge.

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While Meg was collecting her things to bring to the show, Jake and I waited in the car, and I amused myself by taking some selfies of us to send to Björn.

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I had just gotten my new iPhone 6s, and this was my first big chance to try it out.

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It was actually the only camera I used at the show – all the photos I took were with my phone. I guess that shows how far smartphone cameras have come, eh?

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Of course, the front camera is never as good as the rear one, and there’s no flash…

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…but who needs a flash in the morning sun, anyway?

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Despite the early hour, I was happy to be going to a cat show again! And Jake was happy that he got to ride the whole way sitting on my lap, not in a carrier.

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And, just for fun, here’s a few photos of the gorgeous autumn foliage we saw on our way to Sturbridge.

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Of course, New England is famous for the brilliant fall foliage.

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Fortunately, this is one thing I won’t miss in Sweden. The leaves turn pretty colours there, too.

Aby-a-Day – September 26: “Quaint” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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It’s funny, but when you go to Google the word “quaint,” one of the first things that comes up is “Quaint towns in MA.” The words “Quaint” and “New England” just seem to go together.

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And nothing is more quaint than the little miniature New England town at the Sturbridge Host Hotel, site of the NEMO CFA cat shows.

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Jacoby and I will be going to the third NEMO show in a couple of weeks, and it will probably be our last NEMO show and our last cat show in the United States.

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Of course, Sweden is another place that gets described as “quaint” fairly frequently.

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Wonder if Jake and I will be able to find a cute little cat-sized village to explore over there?

Abys in Need: Rocko in Acushnet, MA

Another homeless Abyssinian right in my own back yard, I’m afraid.

Rocko is 7 years old. Male purebred Abyssinian. He has a big personality but lovable.

If you are interested in adopting Rocko, please call 508-994-0220 or e-mail cricket13@comcast.net.

Rocko is available through C.A.R.E. Center for Animal Rescue & Education in Acushnet, MA and is eligible for their Senior for Senior Program; he can be adopted for a reduced fee to seniors over age 55.”

And look! He even likes to dress up!!

Abys in Need – Alexy is still in Salisbury, MA

You may recall that last week, I posted about poor, 10 year old Alexy, whose family moved to England.

Well, she’s still there. According to the email I got via the Adopt-an-Aby network: “Alexy is a ten-year old, female, purebred Abyssinian. She was given up for adoption on May 2nd or 3rd because her family moved to England. Alexy had only lived with this one family during her lifetime and has not adjusted well to being at the shelter. She is a sweet, gentle cat, but is quite unhappy. She is in a cage all the time with little room to move around and cowers at the back of the cage when approached. The shelter had been told by the family that Alexy was friendly, social, and healthy.

She is at the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society (MRFRS), 63 Elm Street (Rt. 110), Salisbury, MA 01952, Telephone (978) 462-0760. Her photo and information regarding her are not included on their website which shows the cats at the shelter available for adoption.”

Come on, New England! Doesn’t anyone want an Aby?

Aby-a-Day – February 16: Snowbound (Hipstamatic Monday)

As you may have heard, Boston’s been having its snowiest month on record. It snowed most of yesterday, and apparently there’s more on the way.

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Yeah, it’s been pretty insane.

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People are getting pretty fed up.

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The MBTA was closed all day last Tuesday, all day Sunday…and it was on limited service today. We’re still not sure if the T will be running normally tomorrow.

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The snow piled high on our windows.

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Higher than Angel!

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That didn’t stop her from napping in her usual spot, even if she couldn’t see out the window.

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She just hunkered down in her leopard bed with her buddy Handsome Panther.

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Jacoby was just fascinated with watching the flakes fall…

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…and fall…

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…and fall!

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I think Jake is hoping it never stops so then I’ll have to work from home and spend all day with him helping me.

Aby-a-Day – January 29: White out

So we’ve had a bit of snow here in New England…

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Jacoby was very interested in watching the flakes fall on Tuesday.

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One great thing about our apartment is that is has a lot of windows.

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It was really odd to see our normally busy intersection completely empty save for the occasional snowplow or maintenance vehicle.

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Oh, yes, and the poor dog owners, who had to take their dogs out in that blizzard so they could go to the bathroom.

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Jake and I had a good chuckle at their expenses, I have to admit!

Abys in Need – Echo (and Willow) in Woodbury, CT

If you are in New England and need an instant cat family, here’s your chance!

“A family member has been diagnosed with severe respiratory allergies to cats. That being said, they are no longer receiving the attention that they deserve. Echo is a silver Abyssinian spayed female. I adopted her from a breeder when she was 3 (He doesn’t mention the breeder’s name, so I don’t know). I do have the paperwork from the breeder.

“Willow is a domestic long hair, male. They are both 9 years old and still playful. Both have always been indoor cats. They have lived together for the past 5 years so I would hope to find someone willing to take them both in.

“They are up to date with vaccines. We are located in Woodbury, CT. Please let me know if you need any other information. Thank you for your help.”

If you would like to adopt Echo and Willow, contact Robert Schmidt at rmswoodworks@gmail.com