Aby-a-Day – 5 Maj: Happy gotcha day, Lorelai! (Swedish Sunday)

One year ago today, Björn and I took a day trip to Stockholm to meet and collect the amazing Lorelai (SE*Backilandets Mercedes von Ekorntorp).

cocororytrainC03662

She was five days shy of three months old, and she was such a curious little thing. She immediately decided that we were her humans, and never seemed to miss her mother or littermates for a moment. Of course, she might have been distracted by my Salmon Poké Yama bowl

cocororytrainC03716

Rory was just the happiest kitten I’ve ever seen.

cocororytrainC03713

She didn’t even mind me holding her on her back and cuddling her.

bjornrorytrainC03737

She was so tiny, she didn’t fit in the kitten harness I had bought for her, so Björn fashioned one for her out of some cord he had in his bag. Like everything else that day, it didn’t faze her a bit.

lorelai1stdayyawn

Okay, little Rory…get some rest! You thought it’s been a busy day so far…just wait until we get home and you meet the rest of your family!

Aby-a-Day – 1 Maj: Wordless Wednesday (Last train to Skövde)

jakeashes1

jakeashes2

Aby-a-Day – 13 December: Strangers on a Train (Travel Thursday)

Travelling in the pet car on a Swedish train is always interesting.

roryzakdogtrain_5418

You never know with whom you’ll be sharing the car.

roryzakdogtrain_5413

I love how Izaak and Lorelai are not at all fazed by other animals, especially dogs.

roryzakdogtrain_5415

At most, they’re just curious.

dogtrain_5419

On the train to the show on Friday, we shared the car with a woman and her lovely Japanese Spitz.

dogtrain_5421

He looked like a fox! It was so much fun watching the cats look at him, completely unafraid and only curious.

Aby-a-Day – 10 December: Evening commute (Hipstamatic Monday)

On the train ride to Göteborg for this past weekend’s show, Lorelai and Izaak were being extra cuddly with Björn.

hipstazakrorybjorntrainPSDC7688

hipstazakrorybjorntrainNNBY1658

Zak insisted on being against Björn’s chest, and Rory…

hipstarorybjorntrainDECY0628

…Rory wanted to hug Daddy’s arm.

hipstazakrorybjorntrainHVIJ7612

hipstazakrorybjorntrainGSLE4931

Björn was trying to read something on his phone. They were making it as difficult as they could.

hipstazakrorybjorntrainMCUJ5716

In the cutest possible way, of course.

Aby-a-Day – 18 November: “Railway termini are our gates to the glorious and the unknown” (Cinema Sunday)

After collecting Alfred, we boarded our train and got settled in our seats. We folded up the stroller, and Jacoby sat on the seat next to Kalle.

freddycarrierfred1sttrainC00553

We set Freddy’s carrier on the table and opened it up.

freddycarrierfred1sttrainC00554

“Are you sure about this?”

bjornfreddyfred1sttrainC00565

bjornfreddyfred1sttrainC00554

Freddy was quick to get out and explore the train and his new humans.

freddyfred1sttrainC00590

He was fascinated by the landscape speeding past.

freddykallefred1sttrainC00595

Then he went to “help” Kalle on his laptop.

freddykallefred1sttrainC00605

Like, literally on his laptop.

freddykallefred1sttrainC00625

That’s our Freddy, always helpful, right from the very start.

freddykallefred1sttrainC00630

Some things don’t change.

freddyfred1sttrainC00634

freddyfred1sttrainC00636

freddyfred1sttrainC00640

freddyfred1sttrainC00656

Then he decided to lie awkwardly all over the table, taking up as much space a he possibly could. He’s still really good at this, too.

freddyfred1sttrainC00693

freddylapfred1sttrainC00706

Finally, he started to get drowsy…and settled down on my lap to sleep the rest of the trip. Awww…

Here’s a little video I shot of Freddy’s first train trip.

Aby-a-Day – 2 October: Strangers on a train (Cartoon Tuesday)

This is definitely not a cartoon, but a couple of weeks ago, I got this painting sent to me via Facebook Messenger, along with this note: “Hejsan. Träffade dej och din fina katt Jacoby på ett tåg här i Sverige för ca2 år sedan. Hittade visitkortet jag fick av dej häromdagen och målade ett porträtt efter fotot där, Bara för skojs skull, och ville dela med mej av resultatet. Målningen är i akvarell och A3 storlek. Hoppas ni har det bra!”

Maria quickly followed up with an English translation: “I met you and your cat (Jacoby) at a train here in Sweden 2 years ago and i found your card a couple of days ago and felt like making a painting from the photo. It’s aquarell and A3 size.”

This is the card I had given her. But isn’t that wonderful? It’s one of the sweetest, most random thing I think has ever happened because of Jake being Strollercat. I love it. Thank you, Maria!

Aby-a-Day – 16 September: Dogs on a train (Cat Show Sunday)

Still processing everything from the show. On Sunday, neither Lorelai nor Izaak were nominated, so it was a fairly peaceful show day. We just sat and talked to people. I got to talk to Göran, my one-time nurse, and found out an interesting fact that no one bothered to mention before: Not only could I have lost my finger or hand from the infection caused by the cat bite…I could have lost my life! So, everyone reading, please remember: If you are bitten in the hand or finger by a cat and it becomes at all swollen…go to an ER immediately. Don’t waste time at a local urgent care.

rorydogtrain_191213

Our train ride home was interesting, though. On Swedish trains, there are special pet compartments that are the only places animals are allowed. In this particular pet car, there were only nine seats…and we had two cats and four dogs! We boarded the train in Göteborg with a very well behaved rescue dog from Greece. He lived with cats and was not at all fazed by Zak and Rory. When a Border Collie got on a few stations later, though, the dog reacted. The Border Collie and his human sat in the doorway. Then in Falköping, we were joined by a Bedlington Terrier and a Chinese Crested!

rorydogtrain_4591

Their human was delighted to see a Singapura in person and had to have a photo. She said her friend, who had a Somali, would be so jealous that she had met a Singa.

rorydogtrain_4594

Rory in particular was fascinated by the Chinese Crested. She never puffed up, growled or hissed, and she actually got up the nerve to touch the dog’s ear with her nose!