Aby-a-Day – 7 November: Wordless Wednesday (Lorelai likes Bruno)

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Aby-a-Day- 4 November: The Ministry of Silly Runs (Silly Swedish Sunday)

Izaak is so much fun to watch outside.

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He loves to run so much…but he looks so goofy doing it.

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He’s maturing – he’s just turned nine months old – but he has not yet shown any signs of being an entire male cat except one: he’s getting all burly and jowly. But that’s it. There’s no inappropriate play-mounting, no parading around the house, and, best of all: NO SPRAYING OR RANDOM PEEING! Even his proper litterbox pee doesn’t smell like a tomcat.

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Oh, don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining. Mostly I am just waiting for penny to finally drop, so to speak. After all, Alfred was neutered when he was seven months old, and Logan was in diapers because he was peeing in odd places when he was about this same age. So let’s just say we’re on high alert but enjoying every pee-free day.

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He has a funny bouncy run, though, and it really is amusing.

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I hope he never outgrows it.

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Awww…Zakky! Don’t look at me like that! We love you and your silly running. We giggle because you’re so adorable when you do it.

Aby-a-Day – 3 November: Look out for that treeeeeee! (Silly Swedish Saturday)

The other day we took the kittens out again before it gets too cold. Lorelai ran as fast as she could to her beloved trees.

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She always looks so funny…she runs so fast and so hard, with every ounce of strength she can muster.

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And the way she attacks those trees…

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…she’s just a little bit crazed, really.

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But I will say this for our little Rory…

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…She throws herself all into whatever it is she’s trying to do.

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No matter how tall the tree, Rory’s gonna climb it!

Aby-a-Day – 25 October: “Come, Boy, climb up my trunk and swing from my branches and be happy” (Thursday Things)

On one of our outdoor excursions, Lorelai and Izaak were very interested in the trees.

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Rory actually managed to climb a tree! Two trees, in fact.

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When she got up into the first tree, she was so proud of herself.

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Zak tried…

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…but ended up sharing Rory’s view from the ground level.

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Then Rory conquered her second tree.

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There was a moment where she contemplated climbing higher…

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…Like, really considered it.

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Fortunately, she decided to stay where she was and enjoy the view.

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Which, admittedly, is pretty great on a warm autumn afternoon.

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Zak tried to climb this tree, too, and join Rory up there…

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…But again, he wasn’t as successful as she was.

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Rory loved it up there.

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Then she jumped down from that tree and tackled the biggest, tallest, deadest tree in our yard. It’s too big for me to get my arms around it, that’s how big it is.

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Sadly, it is dying from Dutch Elm Disease; it didn’t have any leaves this year. As a matter of fact, they just cut it down this morning.

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Zak really wanted to climb a tree like Rory. The fact that he tried so hard to climb that enormous tree was adorable. First, he studied it closely…

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…Then he took a step back to size it up.

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Rory gave it some thought, too…

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…and then ran off to try out another tree instead.

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Zak, of course, trundled along after her.

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Rory was hilarious to watch, tackling every tree she could.

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Zak…tried very hard. He never quite made it, though.

Aby-a-Day – 21 October: Another outside adventure…with an audience (Swedish Cinema Sunday)

Last weekend we enjoyed gorgeous weather, so I took Izaak and Lorelai out for some “being offleash” practice.

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The main reason was, I wanted to check what that flash of red I could see out our window.

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Turns out, someone had dumped their windowbox geraniums out onto the hill, and they were managing to survive on the dirt they were planted in.

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They’re actually really pretty out there, and I hope they can survive, but I have a feeling that they won’t live past the first snow.

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Rory especially loves to explore the outside world…to the point that it’s really hard for us to get out of our front door.

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Rory also has to check out the rugbeater. Every. Single. Time. We go outside. She loves that thing.

After the rugbeater, we visited the sandbox/swings area that we visited before. But whilst we were there, we heard plaintive meowing.

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Turns out, it was Alfred. He wanted to be out there, too…but after the last time we tried to let Freddy out off-leash, that was pretty much a non-starter.

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Jacoby was just out there because he heard my voice.

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Rory and Zak knew Jake and Freddy were up there…but I don’t think they cared, because they were running around outside.

Aby-a-Day – 29 September: Why we don’t let Alfred outside off leash (Swedish Saturday)

People have asked why we don’t take Alfred out on our off-leash walking training with Lorelai and Izaak.

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This is why. He bolts. The second he’s let outside, he heads for the trees at the bottom of the slope.

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And naturally the kittens follow him into the exciting jungle. I was too busy capturing Freddy to get any good photos. But he spent the rest of the outing on his leash.

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He was good-natured about it. But he tried to go back into the woods again despite his leash.

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Freddy is an excellent leash walker, though.

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You can see how far those trees are…and how Freddy longs to go back down there. Sorry, Freddy.

Aby-a-Day – 27 September: Role reversal (Thursday Things)

When we were outside the other weekend, Lorelai encountered a very sweet, very well-behaved Papillon.

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At first, she was a bit on the defensive. Yet, she still approached him.

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They even almost touched noses!

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Rory wasn’t sure how she felt about that.

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Meanwhile, Izaak…

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…Zak was not having any of this dog nonsense.

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The dog’s owner tried to continue on their walk, and pulled the dog along with her.

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But Rory chased after the dog! Have you ever seen a cat chase a dog before?