The fun thing about cat shows is meeting other Aby people. At the Seacoast show, I met Matt Baker from Diva Abyssinians in Baltimore.
He brought two Abys with him. One was a Ruddy girl, CH Diva’s Next Best Thing.
Isn’t she pretty?
She looks like a kitten, but she’s 2½ years old!
Matt calls her “Cuddles” – look at those grabby Aby hands!
The other Aby he brought was CH Diva’s Ulterior Motive, an 11 month old red.
He is the son of son of GC, BW, RW Shera Len Killian Red.
Now here’s the fun part: We saw his father back when he was a kitten in 2011 at the Groton, CT show where Jacoby Granded!) Like I always like to say, the Aby world is small indeed.
Looking for a link to explain the traditional Abyssinian grooming trick of bay rum and a leather chamois the other day, I discovered Abyssinian Club – a Worldwide Society of Abyssinian Breed Admirers. Not sure how I avoided finding this site before, to be honest! It’s a pretty informative site and I’ve added it to the “Aby Friends” link on this blog.
However, while I was checking it out, I clicked on the Abyssinian Colours page…and whose photo do I see but Haro’s Jake of Eszencia, aka TJ, aka Jacoby’s paternal grandfather! Not only that, but the photo was taken by Sherry Pellerin, Jake’s breeder.
I thought that was pretty incredible. What are the odds?
And yes, while Jacoby was named for Red Sox player Jacoby Ellsbury, the name “Jake” is also a family name on his father Scar’s side of the pedigree.
I have profiles on Catster for all of our cats, and today I got a friend request from an Aby named Toki who lives in NYC.
His mom found me because I posted on the “Cats who act like Dogs” group. I accepted, of course…but not without a friendly reminder that Jake was named after a Red Sox player…Though that shouldn’t be a problem, since his full name is Nantucket!
Even cooler? He’s from Instincts cattery. That’s the Jacoby’s mother is from – her full name is Instincts Santa Catalina of Pellburn. They’re related!
(Instincts tend to name their cats after islands…now the name Nantucket makes perfect sense!)