Aby-a-Day – 10 August: My humans went to Copenhagen and all I got was this lousy T-shirt (Fashion Friday)

Björn and I went to Copenhagen for a short holiday last week. We stayed in a nice (but HOT) hotel right next to Copenhagen’s Central Station. It was a perfect location, walking distance to everything, close to everything…including the famous Tivoli Gardens. It opened on 15 August 1843 and is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world (the oldest is also in Denmark. Apart from having the oldest wooden roller coaster, it has shows, Halloween and Christmas festivals, fireworks, an adjacent hotel, and a number of restaurants and shops.

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Including the only Build-a-Bear store in Scandinavia.

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As you may recall, Jacoby loved going to the Build-a-Bear shop in Faneuil Hall, so when I saw souvenir T-shirts there, I knew I had to get him one.

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It’s been a while since Jake’s worn any of his outfits, but as you can see, he’s still got it!

Aby-a-Day – November 20: Jacoby’s first T-shirt (Fashion Friday Flashback)

When Jacoby was just a kitten, I got him a T-shirt, which was his very first article of clothing.

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I got it because Angel is our pirate, so, naturally, Jake is our ninja.

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Although, I have to say…He is the clumsiest ninja I’ve ever seen!

Aby-a-Day – April 10: A gift from The Great White North (Fashion Friday)

I am really late on this…but I wanted to thank my friend Kim for sending me Canadian Care Package a little while back.

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She sent me a ton of awesome Royal Canin swag! The promotional items Royal Canin has in Canada tend to be a lot better than the stuff we get in the States.

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One thing she sent was this awesome Kitten Kit.

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We can actually use this because Kylie is a super picky eater, but she likes Royal Canin. She can also eat kitten food because she can use the calories. And another lid for leftover canned food always comes in handy.

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Kim also sent me Volume 4 of the Royal Canin Cat Encyclopedia. This was especially wonderful, because I already have Volume 1, which features Abyssinians.

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Volume 4 features Somalis. So now I have both the Aby-related volumes!

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She also sent this cute little black cat face…

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…that expands into this adorable shopping bag! Look at the little fish bones!

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I was super excited to find this in the bag…Teddy Bear Peanut Butter!!! If you’ve never been to Canada, you may not understand. I can’t explain it, but it is the best peanut butter in the world. And this came with a recipe, a bear-shaped plastic cookie cutter and a jar to put the cookies in! This is also my first encounter with the new “Creepy Bear” label design

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Of course Kim also sent some goodies for Jacoby. She sent him two bandanas…

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…and a T-shirt!

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He’s already modelled a Royal Canin bandana, so I decked him out with the maple leaf one, along with his new T-shirt.

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He had possession of the Finnish cat bed (which is the most popular bed in the house right now), and he didn’t want to leave it for a photo shoot because he was afraid of losing it.

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So, here he is modelling his Canadian outfit from Kim in his Finnish bed from Sanna.

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Thank you so much, Kim!

Aby-a-Day – March 31: Three April Fool’s Moon (Cartoon Tuesday)

This is not actually based on the (in)famous Three Wolf Moon T-shirt. It’s actually based on the even more awesome Three Grumpy Cat Moon T-shirt and the equally hilarious (if slightly illegal) Three Keyboard Cat Moon T-shirt.

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It had to be done. And I am going to try to get a shirt made, too. I’m holding my breath to see if Zazzle will let me make this – if they do, I’ll try to make a version for sale:

The moon background is actually two different moon photos by Moon-WillowStock on DeviantArt.

(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)

More Embroidered Abys (and other kitties, too)!

You may remember that last fall I posted about my friend Lee’s marvelous cat embroidery. Well, she’s just gotten some new Abyssinian patterns and has some wonderful new items in her inventory.

Like this wonderful memorial pillow! They come in many colours and they’re wonderful – I have a pair on our sofa already (and now I have three).

She’s also got a range of embroidered shirts, towels, pot holders and tote bags available in both her online store and eBay. Check them out – they are really wonderful.

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Remember, I have her embroidery on my therapy shirts…now, we just have to get back to visiting…

Aby-a-Day – February 27: The importance of being layered (Fashion Friday)

Before you can go outside in cold weather, it’s essential to dress properly for the weather.

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Layers are the key to keeping your core temperature up and trapping heat to keep warm.

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When we went out into the snow, Jacoby wore his green leopard print shirt since it works so well with his coat.

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I put his harness on over his undershirt, but under his warm coat. This helps to keep the warmth in, especially since his Fishtail Parka hasn’t got a hole for a leash.

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Angel had never been in the snow, so I used her purple Pirate Kitty T-shirt to keep her warm.

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Like Jake, she wore her harness over the T-shirt.

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Despite her early socialisation issues, in some ways, Angel is 100% Abyssinian.

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Wearing a T-shirt doesn’t faze her at all.

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Once we had the undergarments on, we put on our coats and headed outside. Angel wore Gun-Hee’s old parka, which not only fit her wonderfully, but also has a hole for the leash which lines up perfectly with her harness.

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That helped to keep her a little warmer, since the leash wasn’t pulling up the back of her coat the way Jake’s leash pulled his parka up. You can see his undershirt in this photo.

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Of course, his feet were warmer than Angel’s, because he will wear boots, so it probably evened out. I had boots for Angel but…I didn’t try to put them on her feet. I think the parka was enough for her! I think they stayed fairly warm. We weren’t outside very long, but neither of them was shivering or seemed uncomfortable. When we came back inside, the tips of their ears were a little chilled, but they both seemed perfectly happy. I do want to take them both out again for some more photos once we can get into the courtyard.

Aby-a-Day – February 9: Awkward Bathroom Selfies (Hipstamatic Monday)

It’s amazing the fun you can have with just a mirror and a camera.

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I was getting ready for work the other day and Jacoby joined me in the bathroom to “help.”

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So I scooped him up and took some silly photos of the two of us.

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I was actually thinking of those “awkward bathroom cat selfies” you see on the internet.

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Jake just can’t be awkward in front of a camera, no matter how hard I try, I guess.

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By the way, you’ll notice that I am wearing my Winston “Adopt” T-shirt that I posted about last year.