Other People’s Abys – Calendar Cats

Look who was on my Page-a-Day Calendar today! Luna, the lovely Somali from Belmont, MA (not too far from Boston)!

Somalis like to engage. Alert and curious, the breed’s dramatic, foxlike appearance, with big ears and bushy tails, is complimented by their zest for fun and play. And much like their Abyssinian cousins, Somalis look both elegant and untamed. They also love their people and flourish when affection is returned.

I know Summer will agree with all of this!

Aby-a-Day – December 10: What happened to your hair!?

A really funny thing happened at the New Hampshire Feline Fanciers show that Jacoby and I went to last month.


A wonderful Grand Premier Somali named Ameusin Sir Galahad was entered in Premiership and he and Jake both happened to final in the same ring.


In CFA, Abyssinians and Somalis are both considered shorthairs (yes, I know. Stay with me here). Cats are judged in alphabetical order, and Abys are at the beginning of the list while Somalis are at the end. Somalis and Abys almost never see each other in judging rings unless it’s in a final. And, in this particular final, Jake and Galahad were in cages where they could actually see one another.


Galahad was fascinated with Jake. He could not stop looking at him! I think it must have been because he hasn’t ever seen a Somali with short fur before!


“OMG…you look like me, but not…what happened to you!?”

Other People’s Abys – Calendar Cats

Check this out – today’s Page-a-Day Cat Calendar page features a Somali on a leash!

“Like their short-haired Abyssinian cousins, Somalis are both wild-looking and elegant, sporting colors from a traditional ruddy hue to a more unusual blue, all with the characteristic ticked fur that gives them their exotic appearance. Playful and athletic, Somalis can turn anything into a jungle gym – even your drapes – but if you take them outside for some R & R, keep them on a leash or watch out! These cats can be up a tree, or out of the yard, faster than you can shout their name!”

This lovely lady is Luna, and she lives in Massachusetts – Belmont, to be exact! I wonder if this photo was taken last year during all our snow?

Aby-a-Day – December 1: Behind what Somalis say (Cartoon Tuesday)

Another in my series of the sketches behind some of my favourite cartoons…in honour of Abyfriend Wendy’s blue girl Wren, whose birthday was yesterday, I thought I’d share the sketch behind last year’s April Fools Day cartoon.


It’s rare for an artist to really like something they’ve drawn, but I’m extremely please with how the Somali versions of Vegard and Bård Ylvisaker turned out. They needed almost no changes from the original sketches to the final cartoon – that almost never happens!

Also, notice how Leo’s arm was not drawn around Wren’s shoulder. I drew each Aby separately, and put them together in Photoshop.


Here’s the final cartoon. See how little Vegard and Bård changed from the sketch?

And if you still haven’t seen Ylvis‘ awesome video, well… you probably should:

Abys in Need: Northeast Aby Rescue (NEAR)

Filling a need that’s long needed filling, Northeast Aby Rescue (NEAR) started up early this year to rescue, foster and find homes for abandoned or otherwise needful Abyssinians and Somalis in the northeastern United States. I’m meant to be working on a logo for them, but so far have only completed a sketch…

All of these lovely Abyssinians (and one Somali) are currently available:

Sasha age 13 in Chicago, IL; ruddy female with special needs (blind). Adoption Pending

Cri Cri

Cri Cri age 12 in Chicago, IL; ruddy male. Adoption Pending

Darby age 6 in Philadelphia, PA; red female. Adopted Today!

Downton Abby

Downton Abby age 12 in Washington, DC; red female.

Elsa age 10 near Hartford, CT; black silver female. Speacial needs: No other female cats.


Eilonwy age 3 in Philadelphia, PA; red Somali female with special needs (urinary). Adopted Today!

Other People’s Abys – Calendar Cats

Today’s Page-a-Day Cat Calendar page was a nice surprise – a bevy of Somalis!

“AROUND THE WORLD – Ahrensburg, Germany, is a proud town that dates back to the 13th century, and Kalahan, a Somali, is the proudest mama around, says her person, Edda Dalank. Her four kittens, ten-week-old sisters Massary and Makeda, and brothers Montoya and Matou, are beautiful, bright, and very active. It was a real challenge to get them all together for a group portrait.”

Another of Edda Dalank’s Somalis was featured in the Page-a-Day Calendar back in January 2012

Aby-a-Day – June 3: Summer’s Meet and Greet

On Friday night, Summer the Somali had a party in her hotel room and invited all her friends.


I got to meet a lot of other cat bloggers including the people behind GloGirly, Sometimes Cats Herd You, and Random Felines, among others.


Summer and her human were wonderful hostesses.


Not only was there champagne, but there were Hello Kitty party favours for everyone!



Summer kept one of the Slinkies for herself, though.


I thought this was cool: Look at Summer’s bowl! It’s an Aby! It was a gift from her breeder.


Summer reminded me so much of Jacoby! Somalis and Abys are so much alike…Somalis are just floofier! I know I said that the other day, but I was just fascinated with what ruddy fur looks like when it’s long.


Summer reminded me so much of Jake that I had to check in on him with the PetCube! Can you see him and Angel in my art room?