Aby-a-Day – 3 July: Paw & (dis)Order: Abyssinial Intent (Cartoon Tuesday)

In memory of cousin Taz, I am re-running his and Jacoby’s best cartoon appearance: Paw & (dis)Order: Abyssinial Intent.

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It started as a random comment at the Mansfield show in 2012 and grew into…well, this. Meg had brought a little girl called Tiger Lili, who had Jake and Taz all het up. So she became the star of the cartoon as well. Taz and Jake were wearing collars because Meg had gotten them both collars to wear; Taz’s had a sort of flower on it.

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Originally I was thinking they’d be Briscoe and <aCurtis, but they ended up being more like Goren and Eames (Taz being Eames, of course).

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Annnd…I couldn’t resist throwing in a David Caruso joke, because who doesn’t love crime procedural mash-ups?

Aby-a-Day – 2 July: Silverpelt has two new stars tonight

Sad day today. Our good friend Molly’s husband, Don, died this morning. “Don was the brains behind Team Aby and the enforcer,” Molly told me. Meg said, “I still remember how Don made me laugh with his plans to ‘rough up’ Wain (Harding) in back of a showhall.” I only got to meet him once, when I went down to Florida with my ex and we met up at – what else? – a cat show. He was a sweetheart, though; Molly’s birthday post was actually a result of him contacting me.

This is what he sent Meg: “Message from Don re. Molly. Could you help by contacting your Aby-a-Day people or something?

Hi Meg. As you may or may not know Molly has a couple of events happening this month. One being her 80 birthday next Friday the 16th and the other will be the end of working career when she leaves her job on the 31st. Since she considers her friends in CFA her extended family. I am trying to create a birthday greetings blitz with her friends. I solicit your help with letting her friends in CFA know. Since she considers you a great friend I thought you could help in this effort getting the word around. More to follow. – The Donald.” (How funny is it that he referred to himself that way?) And then in an email to me, he wrote, “Oh by the way to get all the way across the ocean you have to type loud.” You can read Don’s obituary here.

As if that wasn’t enough, Jacoby’s cousin Taz (aka GC, GPD, NW Anubis Taz Mania) also died today after a two-month battle with pancreatitis.

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Taz and Jake were more than cousins. They were show companions. We shared hotel rooms with Meg and Taz on more than one occasion.

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Jake even lent Taz his clothes!

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Meg and Taz recently came back to become, among other things, 15th best Premier in CFA this past show season.

My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friends stopped running today.

Other People’s Abys – Kudos to Cousin Taz!

Remember Cousin Taz? Once upon a time, he had retired from the cat show circuit. But this year, he’s come back with a vengeance!

The CFA show season ended on 30 April, and it’s official! Taz is Best Abyssinian in Premiership in all of CFA, the 2nd Best Cat in Premiership in the North Atlantic Region 1, and the 15th Best Cat in Premiership in all of CFA.

Taz is a year younger than Jacoby, and to win these honours at the age of eight is incredible. You go, Taz!

Aby-a-Day – May 7: Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? (Cartoon Tuesday)

This was all Meg’s idea, inspired by Jacoby’s Best Cat win this weekend at the Seacoast Show. Taz is retired this year (having won 6th Best Premier in CFA’s North Atlantic Region as well as Second Best Aby in Premiership in CFA for the 2012-2013 show season* – Congratulations, Cousin Taz!) so Jake was on his own in the Aby Premiership class this first show weekend of the season. It was also inspired by the cartoon from this same show last year that was also Meg’s idea.

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(*In case you were wondering, Jake was the CFA’s 11th Best Aby in Premiership, just out of the Top 10. So we’ve got our New Year Resolution set for this season!)

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

Aby-a-Day – April 8: Other Abys at the Stamford show (Hipstatmatic Monday)

The show Jacoby and I went to in Stamford a couple of weeks ago was a pretty good one for Abys. There were two Aby kittens, three Abys in Championship, and two Abys in Premiership (Jake and Taz).

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Usually, shows are so hectic that I never have time to watch other rings, but this show had a more relaxed pace. This is Cousin Taz’s nephew, Fire, who Granded on Saturday and spent Sunday showing as a Grand Premier.

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He’s pretty relaxed on the judge’s table, as you can see.

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He had a lot of fun with the scratching post in Lois Jensen’s ring!

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This is John Rutherford’s Ataraxia Coatue. She’s a sweet little ruddy girl, just a little younger than Fire. She’s related to our friend Cousin Toki Nantucket!

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She’s growing into quite the little drama queen, don’t you think?

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It looks like she shares Jacoby’s escape artistry!

Aby-a-Day – April 2: Gangnam Style (Cartoon Tuesday)

This is one of those things that’s been in my head for a while and then finally just came out, fully formed, like Athena.

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What’s interesting about this is, the background is a photo I took of the neighbourhood we stayed at when we went to Seoul. What I didn’t know at the time is that we were actually staying in the Gangnam district! So Jacoby’s actually doing the horse dance in Gangnam-gu in this cartoon! Don’t you love it when things work out?

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That video is just so spoof-worthy that I couldn’t just leave it at that…so here are a few more scenes from the video, featuring cameos by Angel, Cousin Taz and Cousin Fire. You have to admit, it’s kind of perfect. Jacoby could totally be in PSY’s videos.

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

Aby-a-Day – March 28: Pole Dancing

When you go to a cat show, you’ll notice that each judging table has a scratching post on it. This is so the cats with stretch up and have a scratch so the judges can see the cats’ musculature and see their bodies move in order to better assess their conformation to the breed standard.

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Most cats – and especially most Abyssinians – love to show off and scratch the post. This is Ataraxia Coatue – a relative of Cousin Toki!

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Some Abys, like Cousin Taz’s nephew, Instincts Fire, take scratching the post to a whole new level.

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Most cats just scratch the post. They don’t usually try to climb it.

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Jacoby, however, never “pole dances.” He’d rather stand on the judge’s table and survey the audience.

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Which is why, on Saturday in Gene Darrah’s ring, it was so funny to see Jake go up the scratching post like a regular Aby! Meg and I couldn’t believe it.

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Apparently, neither could Jake. Look at his face! He seems to be saying, “What am I doing? I never do this!”

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Evidently, Taz has picked up some bad habits from his cousin Jake.

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As hard as Gene Darrah tried, Taz would NOT scratch the post.

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But he did pose nicely. I think maybe they’re spending too much time together!