Aby-a-Day – 21 Januari: Junie-Purr, Bugsie…and StarClan (Thursday Things)

After a day of joy…a day of sadness.

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Dashiell’s sister, Junie-Purr, had a singleton kitten five weeks ago. She was very sick with pneumonia during her pregnancy and needed emergency antibiotics. Then, suddenly, last Friday, Meg found Junie dead in her bed cuddling her kitten. She isn’t sure what caused it, as Junie seemed to be doing better, but she has sent Junie’s body to Tufts Veterinary for a necropsy to find out what happened.

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Yesterday, Bugsie, Dash’s little niece, started refusing to eat.

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Meg cuddled her and kept her warm and tried to get her to eat whilst watching the Inauguration.

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Later in the evening, little Bugsie seemed to be perking up a little. She cuddled Meg and they watched the Inauguration Celebration together. Then they went to bed.

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Unfortunately, this morning, little Bugsie was gone. She just wasn’t strong enough. Meg’s vet says it is likely she was damaged from the strong antibiotics the ER vets had to use to save her mother. Her little gut was not able to handle solid food, and her little bones were soft.

My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend has stopped running today. Sleep well in Tuonela, dear, sweet Junie, with your beloved kitten Bugsie.

Aby-a-Day – September 17: Wordless Wednesday (Visiting with Vincent)

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Aby-a-Day – August 4: Silly Selfies (Hipstamatic Monday)

After our visit at Tufts on Thursday, I couldn’t resist taking some selfies of myself and Jacoby.

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Jake was in such a good mood, purring and kneading and headbonking and rolling around in his stroller, I just had to try to capture it for posterity.

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Easier said than done!

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Especially since Jake wanted to rub all over my phone when I held it out for a photo.

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It’s really hard to get a good shot when someone’s bonking the camera with their head!

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Interestingly enough, Huffington Post just featured a video of a “greedy” Abyssinian who begs for headbonks and, when he doesn’t get them, reaches out and pats his human’s face. Yeah, I have no idea what that’s like at all.

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Love is blind, especially when it headbonks your glasses off.

Aby-a-Day – July 23: Wordless Wednesday (Happy to be here)

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Aby-a-Day – June 18: Wordless Wedneday (Patients’ drawings of Jacoby)

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Aby-a-Day – October 31: Halloween at the Hospital

Today, of course, is Halloween, but it’s also Thursday, and Thursday is when we visit Pratt 2 at Tufts Medical Center.

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Of course we went in costume. I’ve been planning this for a year!

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Jacoby wore his cowboy outfit, and I swore I’d do last year, I cobbled together a cowgirl outfit to match. I found a genuine made-in-Texas fringed cowgirl shirt that just happened to have leopard print on it. I also found a leopard print cowboy hat, and I have leopard print boots…I thought we coordinated pretty well.

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Jake loves to visit so much…and of course, he doesn’t mind wearing an outfit.

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As long as he gets attention, he’s happy!

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Vincent is the OT who runs our visits, and of course he and Jake are old friends by now.

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I also found some patient artwork that had been left behind in the room we visit in. Now, I don’t know if Jake inspired this…but I like to think that he did 🙂

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Trick or treat!

Aby-a-Day – October 7: Hospital corners (Hipstamatic Monday)

Jacoby gets so happy when we go on a visit to Tufts.

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He starts purring and kneading when he realises where we are. He also starts drooling, he’s so happy.

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We meet the patients in a communal kitchen/crafts room when we visit.

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Jake has embraced this room as part of his territory. He loves to explore “his” room.

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Once he’s checked everything out, he settles onto a chair and waits for his friends to arrive.

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Then when they announce visiting hours are over at 8pm, it’s back into the stroller for the ride home. The other evening, one of the patients said something endearing: “If I could spend a day with a cat, I wouldn’t need treatment.”

Aby-a-Day – May 27: Making rounds (Hipstamatic Monday)

Jacoby really loves to go visit his friends in the hospital.

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As soon as we get close to the hospital, he gets visibly excited.

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And once we’re inside, he stands as tall as he can in his stroller, as if that will make it move faster (like when you stand up when riding a bike).

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“C’mon. Mom! Let’s GOoooooo!”