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.

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

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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.

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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.

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He was there when I got engaged.

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But he still only had one birthday.

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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And one of the boys was to be mine.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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Look at the tiny toes!

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

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There were two boys and one girl.

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Sherry picked Jacoby out just for me.

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

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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.