Aby-a-Day – 19 April: ” Every time I see your face, it reminds me of the places we used to go…but all I’ve got is a photograph, and I realise you’re not coming back any more” (Friday Flashback)

There are just so many reminders of Jacoby around the house. I have plushies, T-shirts and even jewellery featuring his image.

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But one big thing I have are the special plaques I made using Shutterfly.

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The first one I made was to commemorate Jake’s ascension to Grand Premiership.

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The second was made after Jake was featured on Page One of the Boston Herald (during a week that featured Hurricane Sandy, Halloween, the Patriots, and…some election involving an incumbent and a former governor of Massachusetts).

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Then I made one to remember the time Jake was featured in the Workman Page-a-Day Calendar. That one was especially special, since I had been getting that calendar – and sending in photos – since the early 80’s.

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Another plaque I made was a matched pair to honour the two-page spread Jake earned in the British cat magazine Your Cat.

All of these plaques were kept in my office when I lived in Boston, but since moving to Sweden, they are displayed on our hallway bookshelves, where I see them every day.

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But I also have the ultimate souvenir…a Pancake Pet I got via Toki Poki. It’s Jake, life-sized!

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Izaak was interested in the Jake-sized cutout…

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…as was Alfred.

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Freddy was a bit disturbed when I first got Pancake Jake out.

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Cordial…but a but disturbed.

I have so many reminders of Jake…but that’s only because he was an amazing cat. I miss him so much.

Aby-a-Day – August 3: Leaving on a jet plane (Hipstamatic Monday)

Nowadays, flying with a pet is fairly common. Many airlines don’t even require a veterinarian’s health certificate – you just pop your cat, small dog, ferret, etc, into a carrier and slip them under the seat in front of you.

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But what happens when you’re travelling a very long distance?

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And what happens if you’re travelling with more than one cat?

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And what if the airline you’re flying doesn’t allow pets in the cabin, but only in a special pet cargo area, where two cats can share a crate?

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Well, then, obviously, you need to get a sturdy, old-school, airline travel crate big enough for two cats to ride comfortably.

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Now, I know a lot of people get concerned when cats have to fly in the cargo hold. But I’ve actually done it before, when I moved from San Francisco to Atlanta with my two Siamese, Harri and Patrick, in 1998. And that was on Delta, in a regular cargo hold…not in a special pet crate cargo area.

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I think Jacoby and Angel will be just fine in this crate for the nine hour flight. Harri and Patrick’s flight was about six hours, and they lived to be 15 and 16 years old, respectively. Come to think of it, they were about the same ages as Jake and Angel are now.

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I ordered this metal luggage tag from Shutterfly specifically for their travel crate.

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I think it sets the mood quite nicely, don’t you?

Jake’s Therapy and Show Book

I just made a little photo book showing Jacoby in action at cat shows and on therapy visits.

Click here to view this photo book larger

I’ve been taking various print outs of his magazine appearances and the Herald pages in a presentation book along with all our Pet Partners certification papers, but I think this little book will be a lot more handy. I used the silly Southwestern theme because his namesake, Jacoby Ellsbury, is a Native American…and it looked nicer than most of the other themes they had!