Aby-a-Day – 29 June: Mourning anniversary (Friday Flashback)

Yesterday, 28 June, was the 10th anniversary of Gun-Hee’s death. He succumbed to FIP at the age of 1 year, 9 months, 1 week and 5 days. He had such a short life, but he made a huge impact on my life, and he is the reason that this blog exists.

gun-hee-kitten family

Sherry took this photo of Gun-Hee and his littermates. It’s one of my favourite photos.


This was the only litter that Pellburn Scarface Cat Pacino and Marica’s Bright Amber of Pellburn had together. Scar is, of course, Jacoby’s father as well. Amber was actually imported from Denmark and had Finnish, German, Norwegian and Australian cats in her pedigree. I made this image of them together in the style of those cheesy wedding photos set against fake backgrounds.


It was love at first sight when I met him. He was named after the title character in the Korean serial “First Love of a Royal Prince” because we were adding him to a household with two female cats and he would be spoiled rotten, much like Choi Gun-Hee in the series. I loved that character, and the name Pellburn Prince Gun-Hee was such an awesome name…so that’s why I gave him a Korean name.


He was there when I got engaged.


But he still only had one birthday.




In his short life, he did everything Jake did. If I had known about cat strollers back then, he would have been Strollercat.


He was a part of my life for such a short time…but he has affected my life for over 12 years. And I still think of him every day.

Other People’s Abys: Wild Bill Hunts With Star Clan

So sad to announce this…Jacoby has lost an uncle.

Last week, Sherry posted: “My 6 year old Wild Bill, the most playful and affectionate cat I’ve ever known, is in the hospital in critical condition tonight with sepsis after being blocked with urinary crystals. He has been in the hospital since Saturday morning and was seemingly recovering until this morning when he started to look weaker and ended up in septic shock from infection. I love him so very much and pray he makes it home soon – he’s missing rubs on his head and his favourite toy, Tim Horton coffee stir sticks – like so many people, he needs his Tim Hortons everyday.”

And then today came this sad news: “I am so broken hearted to let everyone know that my sweet boy Wild Bill passed away yesterday morning. I had him back to the vet the night before because he still did not have any appetite and seemed to be getting a bit worse rather than better with a below normal temperature. They gave him injections for pain and appetite but by yesterday morning he was very weak and a couple of hours after his morning syringe feeding he was barely able to walk and as soon as I saw his mouth open to breath I called my vet and rushed him right in – by the time I got there his heart had already stopped. I had no idea he could end up that bad that quickly after a urinary blockage. I am devastated to lose my Wild Bill – he was truly a special cat and will remain forever in my heart”

Wild Bill was Jake’s uncle. He was a younger sibling of Scar’s (same mother and father, but from a different litter). He was from the last litter of Ginger x TJ, born 3 May, 2010 – an uncle younger than Jake!

But it’s scary because Jake, too, has urinary crystals. He’s never had a blockage, but it’s serious motivation to make sure he only eats UT food.

My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend has stopped running today.

Aby-a-Day – October 17: Like father, like son (Flashback Friday)

Look at these photos of Jacoby and his father, GC Pellburn Scarface Cat Pacino, both taken by Chanan six years apart.

This is Scar in 2006.

This is Jake in 2012. Of course, they aren’t identical twins; Jake was three years old when his photo was taken while Scar was only two, and Scar was a whole male so he had the fuller jowls, but you can definitely see the family resemblance!

And, just for fun, here’s Jake’s mother, Ch. Instincts Santa Catalina of Pellburn, in a photo taken last year. Jake takes after his mother quite a bit, too!

Aby-a-Day – September 27: Before he was mine (Flashback Friday)

Jacoby has been my kitten since three days after he was born.



I remember when I found out that he’d been born. Sherry called me up on a cold mid-April afternoon, April 17th while I was walking home from work. Scar, Gun-Hee and Jake’s father, had died the month before when he managed to get out and was hit by a car. This time, Sherry had happier news: Catalina had just surprised Sherry with a litter of three kittens that Tuesday!


The litter, two boys and a girl, was a surprise because Sherry didn’t think that last mating between Scar and Catalina had “taken” and he died before she could try again. Also, Catalina didn’t really show until about a week or so before she gave birth. So, posthumously, Scar added three kittens to his legacy.


And one of the boys was to be mine.


I often tell Jake that he was “born to be my kitten” because, well, in a way he was. As soon as Sherry knew there were two boys, she picked one out for me and chose the other one for herself. The one she kept, of course, was Johnny Dillinger, whose fathered several litters himself to carry on the family name.


Sherry took all these photos and sent them to me before Jake arrived on August 1st.


You can tell that, even then, he was a bold little character!


He knew he was a special kitten, too. I’m sure of it. Just look at his face!

Haro’s Ginger Snap of Pellburn: 2002 – 2012

I got a super sad email this morning from Sherry, via the Chickadee Cat Club:

This morning I thought I should share with you that our Club Secretary, Sherry Pellerin, has a difficult day ahead of her and it would be nice if we keep her in our thoughts. Her beloved cat Ginger (Haro’s Ginger Snap of Pellburn) will be passing through Rainbow Bridge today. Sherry has spent the weekend with the staff at Island View Veterinary Hospital trying to save Ginger’s life from kidney disease but to no avail. Ginger is only 10 years old and Sherry thought she had so many years left with her. For any of us who have visited Sherry’s home we all know that Ginger was the first of her beautiful Abys to greet us at the door. I have a special memory of Ginger keeping our Pizza warm when Sherry and I were working on media alerts for the Chickadee 2012 show in late May.

All of us have faced or will face this day with our wonderful companion cats so take a moment today if you can and think of Ginger and Sherry.


Ginger was Scar’s mother, and Jacoby’s grandmother. I never met her in person, but I feel like I knew her well. I am so sorry that Sherry is going through this with another of Scar’s family.

Aby-a-Day – April 13: How can today be unlucky? (Friday Flashback)

Three years ago tomorrow, three little kittens were born.




That’s right! Jacoby’s birthday is tomorrow!


Look at the tiny toes!



Here they are with their mom, Instincts Santa Catalina. Sadly, their father, Scar, died before they were born.


There were two boys and one girl.


Sherry picked Jacoby out just for me.


His brother Dillin is a Grand Champion who has sired several kittens. His sister Scarlett, sadly, died from Feline Leukemia.



This is Jake and Scarlett (Jake’s the one on the right, using his sister as a pillow…of course) together. I would really like to go up to New Brunswick to go to a cat show and hang out with Sherry and Hinka and Kim. I wonder if Jake would recognise his littermate, brothers and mother?

(All photos by Sherry Pellerin, Pellburn Abyssinians)

Clancy and Finnegan – Abys for all seasons

Sherry sent me this wonderful photo of two Abys, Clancy and Finnegan, in their autumn coats…aren’t they handsome?

Clancy (the red/sorrel) is a cat of all seasons…he’s got an outfit for any kind of weather!

And, as a matter of fact, Clancy is Jacoby’s uncle! Clancy’s father is Haro’s Jake of Eszencia, aka TJ, Jake’s grandfather (Scar and Clancy are half-brothers)! Finnegan is also from Eszencia, but he has different parents from Clancy.

Can a cat named Jacoby go to a “Damn Yankees” cat show?

Jacoby and I are going to another cat show this weekend. It’s the Damn Yankees Cat Club’s 2-day CFA allbreed show in Groton, CT. I’m amused that the name of the sponsoring cat club is “Damn Yankees,” but since Groton is east of the Connecticut River, I think it’ll be okay.

However, speaking of cat shows, I recently got this email from Sherry (Jake’s breeder):

Just wanted to share the good news with you about the 2-day ACFA show in Parrsboro, NS.

I had 4 cats with me:
– Dillin
[Pellburn Johnny Dillinger, Jake’s brother and littermate], Grand Champion in the Cat class,
– Jasmine, Catalina
[Instincts Santa Catalina of Pellburn, Jake’s mother] and Buddy Guy’s daughter born May 11, 2010 in the Alter class (aka Falafel – going to her new home at the end of the month)
– Koto (Ginger and Dillin’s boy) in the Kitten class (his brother Katana came along to keep him company)
[Jake’s nephews!]

Koto got in all 8 finals out of 12 kittens, although usually around the middle of the pack. He was rather nervous. It’s too bad I had not entered his brother Katana instead as he, as it turns out, is far more comfortable with new situations.

This was Jasmine’s 3rd show and she earned the Winner’s ribbons and finals she needed to Grand. In ACFA, they need 16 Winner’s ribbons plus 6 Finals, 2 of which must be top 5 Allbreed (this 2 top 5 Allbreed rule only applies to Alters which can make it difficult for some to ever Grand). There were only 5 Rings at the Dartmouth and Fredericton shows, so she needed 6 more Rings after those shows.

In ACFA there are 4 levels of Grand Champion. Once a Cat or Alter reaches Grand, they compete against other Grands for points, one point for each Grand they beat in a Ring, max of 5 points per Ring. Once they reach Quadruple Grand, they get the title of “Supreme Grand Champion”. Dillin earned his Grand last year in Fredericton, and this weekend in Parrsboro, earned the remaining points need to QUADRUPLE! YAY! BTW, Scar’s dad TJ is a Quadruple Grand too 🙂 [Scar is Pellburn Scarface Cat Pacino, Jake’s father, and TJ is Haro’s Jake of Eszencia, Jake’s grandfather – the name Jake kind of runs in the family] Oh yeah, Dillin also ended up 2nd Best Cat in Show for the 2 days 🙂

We attended the Regional Awards Saturday night where Dillin was Best Cat for the 2010-2011 Show Season – he got a super big purple and black rosette 🙂

I so want to bring Dillin to a CFA show in New England!


Wouldn’t that be fun? I wonder if Jake would remember his brother? Sherry and I went to two shows together when I had Gun-Hee and she had Scar, so father and son were reunited. But we haven’t managed to be at the same show since 2007. Still, I’m sure we’ll manage it at some point. The Aby world just isn’t that vast!

If you’re in the market for an Aby kitten…

…I happen to know where you can get an AWESOME one!

Sherry, Jacoby’s breeder, sent me an email today: I have some kittens available, 3 Ruddy boys and 1 Red boy if you know of anyone who might be interested. They were born Feb. 9.

They’re about the same age Jake was when I got him. And, oh, they are so cute!

The little ruddy guy off on his own nomming his paw reminds me so much of Jake…and the little red guy is so sleepy, he’s all, “Dude…I’m trying to sleep, here…Du…hey! Tail!”

Four little boycats, the grandsons of Scar…and, tangentally, it means that there’s a good chance that Jake carries Red since Dillin does. If you’re interested, or know anybody who is, I can vouch for their personalities! 🙂

Aby-a-Day – February 22: Like father, like son

As I mentioned yesterday, Gun-Hee went to cat shows with his (and Jacoby’s) father, Grand Champion Pellburn Scarface Cat Pacino. Of course, I got some photos of him in action.


This is him in Marge Collier’s ring. She placed him in her finals at this show (this was taken at the show in Concord, NH); she was also the judge who made Gun-Hee her best kitten in her ring at this same show.


And here he is at the show in Hudson, NH, posing with his Third Best Cat rosette for this ring. I also have a video of Judge Collier presenting the award; in finals, judges usually explain what made them select the cats that they did and showing the cat off to the spectators.

All in Jacoby’s family

I was reminded recently of Cat Show Online, which is, as you might guess, a virtual cat show.

However, Jacoby’s father, Gr. Ch. Pellburn Scarface Cat Pacino (aka “Scar”), his uncle, Gr. Pr. Pellburn White Lightning (aka “Whitey”), and his brother and littermate, Ch. Pellburn Johnny Dillinger (aka “Dillin”) were all voted winners in the spring contest.

Here are their photos:


Scar (photo by Chanan)


Uncle Whitey (Photo by Sherry Pellerin)


Dillin (Photo by Sherry Pellerin)

That’s one thing I like about Abyssinians…you get a solid feeling of family. Their family trees are so well documented since they’re one of the oldest breeds with very little outcrossing to other breeds or random-bred cats that fit the breed standard.

I wish my own genealogy was so clearly recorded!

A suprise from the late Scarface Cat Pacino

Sherry, Gun-Hee’s breeder, called me on Friday to let me know that her girl, Catalina had just had kittens last Tuesday. Three kittens, she thinks two are boys and one is a girl. But here’s the thing: they’re Scar’s kittens. He’d bred with Catalina before he died, but Sherry didn’t think Catalina got pregnant. Catalina also didn’t show for a really long time, and Sherry didn’t realise she was pregnant until a couple of weeks ago.

I want one of those boys so bad. I want to name him Jacoby and he could be Angel’s BFF.

Like son, like father

Yesterday, Gun-Hee’s breeder Sherry called me.

Gun-Hee’s father, Pellburn Scarface Cat Pacino, aka Scar, died two weeks ago. He accidentally got outside and was hit by a car.

So now, Gun-Hee, his brother Rusty, their mother Amber and their father Scar are all dead within the space of a year. And I’m sad because we always said maybe we would adopt another of Scar’s sons someday. Now we never can. He was only 3-1/2; years old, a little older than Kylie.

The whole family, apart from Gun-Hee’s two sisters and Uncle Whitey…gone.

More photos from the Concord Show

A few more random photos from the show…

Gun-Hee’s dad Scar in the ring with the judge who named his son Best Kitten