Aby-a-Day – 9 Maj: “The only time I can really relax is up a tree or somewhere outside” (Thursday Things)

Unlike Lorelai, Izaak doesn’t seem to be able to climb trees on his own. He tries…oh, how he tries. He runs up to the trees at full speed, but where Rory uses that momentum to go up the side of the tree…Zak just stops short.

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So, I decided to help him out.

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I put Zak up in the tree.

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He really loved being in the tree. It was as if his every wish had been granted.

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He may not be able to get up in the tree on his own…but once he’s up there, he knows what to do.

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First: Pose.

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Second: Try to climb higher.

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Third: Pose some more.

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In case you were worried, Zak wasn’t that high up…and Björn and I were right there in case anything went sideways.

Aby-a-Day – 4 Maj: Keep your eye on the birdie! (Swedish Saturday)

Lorelai envisions herself a mighty bird hunter. Whenever she sees one, she chatters and starts to stalk it. I have even seen her run after a low-flying jackdaw or pigeon, eyes locked on the feathered prize.

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When she sees one up a tree, she stares up at it.

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I am not sure what she thinks is going to happen.

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Maybe she’s hoping it will just fall off its branch and into her waiting claws..?

Aby-a-Day – 3 November: Look out for that treeeeeee! (Silly Swedish Saturday)

The other day we took the kittens out again before it gets too cold. Lorelai ran as fast as she could to her beloved trees.

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She always looks so funny…she runs so fast and so hard, with every ounce of strength she can muster.

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And the way she attacks those trees…

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…she’s just a little bit crazed, really.

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But I will say this for our little Rory…

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…She throws herself all into whatever it is she’s trying to do.

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No matter how tall the tree, Rory’s gonna climb it!

Aby-a-Day – 25 October: “Come, Boy, climb up my trunk and swing from my branches and be happy” (Thursday Things)

On one of our outdoor excursions, Lorelai and Izaak were very interested in the trees.

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Rory actually managed to climb a tree! Two trees, in fact.

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When she got up into the first tree, she was so proud of herself.

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Zak tried…

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…but ended up sharing Rory’s view from the ground level.

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Then Rory conquered her second tree.

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There was a moment where she contemplated climbing higher…

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…Like, really considered it.

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Fortunately, she decided to stay where she was and enjoy the view.

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Which, admittedly, is pretty great on a warm autumn afternoon.

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Zak tried to climb this tree, too, and join Rory up there…

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…But again, he wasn’t as successful as she was.

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Rory loved it up there.

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Then she jumped down from that tree and tackled the biggest, tallest, deadest tree in our yard. It’s too big for me to get my arms around it, that’s how big it is.

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Sadly, it is dying from Dutch Elm Disease; it didn’t have any leaves this year. As a matter of fact, they just cut it down this morning.

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Zak really wanted to climb a tree like Rory. The fact that he tried so hard to climb that enormous tree was adorable. First, he studied it closely…

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…Then he took a step back to size it up.

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Rory gave it some thought, too…

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…and then ran off to try out another tree instead.

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Zak, of course, trundled along after her.

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Rory was hilarious to watch, tackling every tree she could.

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Zak…tried very hard. He never quite made it, though.

Aby-a-Day – June 29: Treed

Yesterday’s post showed the silhouettes, so here are the rest of the photos of Jacoby in a little tree in Christopher Columbus Park in Boston.

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He’s really not a natural climber – rare, I know, for an Abyssinian! He’s a bit awkward in trees.

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Eventually, he relaxes and starts to enjoy the view, though.

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Still, you kind of get the feeling that he could just fall out of there at a moment’s notice, don’t you?

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Silly cat.

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After a while, of course, he doesn’t even want to come down.

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“Nope, I’m staying up here. Kthnxbai.”

Aby-a-Day – June 28: “Skies” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

This week’s Photo Hunt subject is “Skies.”

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Here is Jacoby against a Boston summer sky.

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It doesn’t get much better than this!

Aby-a-Day – June 27: Tree time (Friday Flashback)

Jacoby is not the most agile or graceful cat I’ve ever known, and this is quite clear if you look at his history with trees.

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He had a young start with vegetation, beginning with catnip plants.

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This was his first tree, in Boston Common back in September 2010…

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“Look, Ma! No hands!”

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No matter what he does, he just can’t quite look natural and at ease in this tree.

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Look at his funny bowlegged pose!

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I think he was talking to squirrels in this photo.

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For a moment, it looked like he might try to climb higher…

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…but he gave that up pretty quickly. I guess he decided that he was high enough, thank you.

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His next tree was in a park in Brookline in April 2011…

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I think this was Jake’s all-time favourite tree.

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It was a huge old tree, with nice rough bark that he could hold onto.

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He really did try to climb this one as high as he could!

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Getting down isn’t as easy as going up…

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“Well, maybe I’ll just stay here forever.”

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A few months later, we were back in Boston Common in late October 2011…

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You know, it might just be the trees in the Common that Jake can’t get the hang of.

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He just doesn’t seem to know what to do with his paws, does he?

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This is how he looks from the back…

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Of course, Jake doesn’t always go up the trees…

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…Sometimes he just looks up.