Aby-a-Day – 16 Augusti: Waiting to board the ferry

After the long drive from Lempäälä to Helsinki, Björn dropped Dashiell and I off at Olympia Terminal where we waited whilst he returned our rental car.

dashferryterminal_8468

This was Dash’s first time with a leash and harness, and he did really well.

dashferryterminal_8470

But mostly Dash wanted to be in his carrier. Despite having been in that thing for 30 some hours on the trip to Finland from Newark, it represents safety and security to him. Which makes sense; it’s just like Jacoby’s attachment to his stroller.

dashferryterminal_8477

He was happiest when the top was open, so he could look around.

dashferryterminal_8479

dashferryterminal_8480

dashferryterminal_8481

dashferryterminal_8482

In some of these photos, he reminds me so much of Jake. Especially the one where he’s meowing!

dashferryterminal_8483

Björn was taking longer than expected to return from dropping off the car. I was starting to get worried that the gates would close before he got back.

dashferryterminal_8484

I don’t know what would have happened if we missed the ferry.

dashferryterminal_8487

dashferryterminal_8488

dashferryterminal_8489

Dash was a wonderfully patient little cat, which bodes well for future trips.

dashferryterminal_8492

He also charmed the employees at the terminal. They took turns coming over to where we were to meet him.

dashferryterminal_8493

They also were very reassuring and told me that the gates wouldn’t close until Björn came back. Whew!

Aby-a-Day – 1 Augusti: Catch the birdie (Thursday Things)

One of the comments on Monday’s post was, “Well, I’m waiting for the day when one of them has a whole bird!”

fredbirdC09138

Well, the other day, Alfred came out of the bushes with…a dead bird!

fredbird09140

After a little examination, it was a young thrush. I am not entirely sure if he caught it himself; I did hear some squawking and a couple of adult birds flew out from the bushes.

fredbird09142

But the fact that it didn’t have a head, and he didn’t try at all to eat it. He just sniffed it and played with it a little.

fredroryzakbirdC09144

And…

fredroryzakbirdC09147

fredroryzakbirdC09148

…he was pretty protective of it when Lorelai and Izaak wanted to look at it.

fredroryzakbirdC09151

Eventually, he either got bored or went to see if he could find another one, and Rory got a chance to investigate it. But she didn’t try to eat it, either.

rorybirdC09153

Cats don’t eat spoiled meat or carrion…and it wasn’t warm, so I’m pretty certain Freddy just found it. She just sniffed it. She didn’t even touch it the way Freddy did.

zakbirdC09155

Zak was the least interested in the bird of the three.

birdC09157

I wonder if the bird flew into one of the apartments’ windows. It happens around here; a couple of years ago, a jackdaw flew into our living room window – wicked hard. We were sitting right there and the bang was so loud it scared the crap out of us. That could explain the head.

roryzakbirdC09159

After I took the above close-up of the bird, Rory’s interest was rekindled.

rorybirdC09161

rorybirdC09163

It may look like Rory’s making a “tasty-tasty yum-yum” face, but I think a feather tickled her nose.

fredbirdC09172

I tried to toss the bird’s body back into the bushes, but that made Freddy go back to try to find it.

fredbirdC09167

So I went and fished it back out, mainly to get Freddy out of the bushes (it had landed in the top branches). He wanted to look at it again.

fredbirdC09173

This time, he studied it like a scientist. Eventually, when he wasn’t looking, I took the bird farther away and left it a ways down the hill. Maybe the fox will find the little snack.

featherpileC09177

It was a bad day for birds, though. In another spot in the grass, we discovered the aftermath of another bird-predator encounter. This time, I think the bird was eaten.

Aby-a-Day – 31 Juli: Wordless Wednesday (Romeo and Juliet)

zakjuliette_8106

zakjuliette_8107

Aby-a-Day – 29 Juli: “Feathers are superior to fur, even” (Hipstamatic Monday)

The other day when we took the cats outside, Alfred and Lorelai ran down the hill to the woodsy area at the bottom.

hipstaroryoutside9299

Rory ran back up, and she had a feather!

hipstaroryoutside0332

She was very proud of her find, too.

hipstaroryoutside3183

hipstaroryoutside2347

Rory carried her feather around for a while.

hipstaroryoutside4488

Behold, the mighty feather huntress!

hipstafreddyoutside6956

Then Freddy came running up the hill…and he had a feather, too.

hipstafreddyoutside6304

Apparently, it was a very tasty feather. I suspect they found a dead bird down there and pulled feathers from the corpse. Or something.

hipstafreddyoutside5711

Oops! Freddy’s off to find another feather…buh-bye!

Aby-a-Day – 27 Juli: Izaak the brave (Singapura Saturday)

Izaak has two brave brothers and a daring neice, so he has bravery running through his veins.

zakAsbilC09039

And Zak is brave! The other day when we were outside, our upstairs neighbours were unpacking their car…and Zak just hopped right into Bruno’s doggy pen in the back! If ate dry food, he probably would have eaten that, too.

Aby-a-Day – 24 Juli: Wordless Wednesday (A walk in the summer sun)

zakbjörnoutside_7521

zakbjörnoutside_7522

Aby-a-Day – 22 Juli: You CAN teach an old cat new tricks!(Hipstamatic Monday)

Lately when we’ve taken the three younger cats out, we think about how it will be when we add Dashiell to the mix, and start teaching him how to outside. And then, too, I’ve been thinking about how Angel would enjoy going outside with us offleash.

hipstazakangel1111outside

Today, when I was letting Izaak, Lorelai and Alfred out for a bit, Angel acted interested in going out, too.

hipstazakangeloutside9188

So, I let her.

hipstazakangeloutside7716

hipstazakangeloutside2276

At first, she stayed close to the building, with Zak.

hipsta-angeloutside6506

But then she got more adventurous and struck out on her own.

hipstaroryangel9974outside

And after that, she started to RUN!

hipsta-angeloutside9623

It was so much fun watching her outside with everyone else.

hipstaroryangeloutside0580

Rory seems to be the one other cat Angel is most friendly with, although she likes the boys as well.

hipstaroryangeloutside9864

But Rory is Angel’s best friend. The one she plays with.

hipstaroryfreddyangeloutside8431

Freddy joined the girls on the driveway.

hipstaroryfreddyangeloutside7189

And then the three of them ventured out onto the big green open.

hipstazakangelfreddyoutside1435

hipstazakangelfreddyoutside4184

Angel never ran down the hill, the way both Freddy and Rory eventually did, but she did explore outside with all three of our other cats.

hipsta-angeloutside0838

It was pretty great to see her outside, exploring.

hipstazakfreddyangeloutside8460

And then, when they were done outside, they all brought themselves back in the building.

hipstazakfreddyangeloutside3301

Angel is becoming more and more “one of the gang” the longer she lives in Sweden.