Other People’s Singas: Noodle the paddle boarder, Paolo the Brave and his brother, Keiko

This really awesome video of a Singapura paddle boarding with her human in the UK popped up on Facebook yesterday. Noodle and her human, Nigel, go paddle boarding regularly on rivers in Essex and Sussex. They even have an Instagram page.

But as cool as this story is, it gets cooler. Noodle (Singaneko Artemis) comes from a British cattery, and her father is Bakardi Minimali*PL (“Keiko”). Kinsey, the breeder, has also written two children’s books about Keiko and his littermate brother Paolo (Bolt Minimali*PL). I discovered – and bought – these books last year after we got Logan, delighted to find any books starring Singas.


Of course, you know that our Izaak also comes from Minimali*PL. But if you look at Paolo’s, Keiko’s and Zak’s pedigrees, you’ll find that all three boys’ parents are Tinytoy Rus Mafoj*PL (father) and Angelina Minimali*PL (mother)…so Zak is Paolo and Keiko’s full brother, and Noodle is his neice! Paolo and Keiko are three years older than Zak…but how amazing is it to discover that Zak’s brothers are children’s book stars!? And his neice is a famous paddle boarder!? I guess Zak has a lot to live up to.

Singas are Super: Bruce Lee dials 999

(Photo from the Daily Mail)

It’s not often you find a news story about a Singapura, but back in 2013 a Singa kitten in London named Bruce Lee managed to dial 999 and summon the police.

Next they’ll be wanting their own iPhones.

Abys are Everywhere: A Quite Interesting Aby

Since moving to Sweden, I have been watching a lot of BBC Brit. I have fallen in love with the comedic panel shows, especially

Abys in Need – Rocky in PA and Two Gentlemen in the UK

A couple of Abys need homes…first this fine American fellow:

“This is Rocky, he is available for adoption through Northeast Abyssinian Rescue. I am fostering him in the greater Philadelphia area. He is a beautiful boy full of Abytude who loves to give me lots of head bumps and purrs. He is a bit on the high strung side and will do best in an adult only home or one without small children. His thoughts on dogs are unknown. He enjoys visits from my Abys so I believe he will do fine with other cats. He is 7 years old, just had a dental and is in good health. If you’re interested in Rocky please email us at NEAbyRescue@yahoo.com and we will send you an application.”

And then, in England, we have these two elderly gents:

“Two 15 year old neutered males desperately needing a new home.

There are two 15 year old Abys in very urgent need of a new home as their owner is getting remarried and his new partner is allergic to cats. The Abys are currently in a cattery awaiting their new home. One is blue and one is sorrel. One has IBS well controlled with diet, and the other arthritis. The cats are in Gloucestershire, but the owner is prepared to deliver them if necessary.

If you feel you could offer these two a home for their retirement, please contact the Abyssinian Club Welfare Officer, Harriet, by e-mail: welfare@charriet.co.uk or ring her on 0208 669 1655

Aby-a-Day – April 7: Kitten Crazies (Cartoon Tuesday)

Everyone knows kittens are cute. But Abyssinian kittens take it to a completely different level.

This cartoon is inspired by Morag Richardson of Eskarina Abyssinians and her Esme’s most recent litter of three little Aby nutcases, Edith, Wilfred and Vera.


The kittens’ full names are: Eskarina Wilfred Owen, Eskarina Edith Cavell and Eskarina Vera Brittain – they were named after a poet. a nurse and a writer from WWI. An interesting thing about these three: Wilfred and Edith were born on 18 February…and then, at 2am on 19 February, little Vera was born!

My cartoon is based on this video…because even I couldn’t make up a kitten turning a tissue box into a go-cart!

But really, the cartoon was inspired by Ann Cook McCall’s comment: “I can’t get over Edith chowing down. I came imagine her cheeks completely full saying, ‘Best day ever!'” So, of course I had to sketch that! And like Topsy, it just grew. Also, a funny thing about the tissue box Wilf is pushing: It’s Tesco Balm Mansized Tissue box!

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

Abys are Everywhere: ResQ Thread’s Winston & Aby Cushions at Primark

Check out this awesome “Adopt” T-shirt from Res-Q Threads!

They don’t say it’s an Aby, but come on, look at those eyes! His name is Winston the Winter Cat…and if you buy his T-Shirt, $10 will go to the animal rescue of your choice (Which, interestingly, includes the Yolo County SPCA…the county I grew up in)!

If you want a shirt with Winston on it, you’ll need to move quickly – he’s only available through 16 February! So hurry over to Res-Q Threads now before they run out of your size!

Alsom, Abyfriend Sanna-Leena found these awesome cat cushions at Primark, but before you get all excited, Primark only has stores in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland), Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands and the UK, and they don’t have an online store, so they can’t be ordered or shipped. But if you live in one of those countries or know someone who does, you’re in luck!

“Feline tired of your stale cushions? This cat cushion is purr-fect!”

And they’re only £4 each! Although shipping would probably cost more than the pillows. Of course, if it helps, you can always tell yourself it’s a cream and white British Shorthair or a cream European Burmese, not a red/sorrel Aby…

Found Sorrel/Red Boy in Surrey, UK

Someone in Britain is surely missing this handsome man! And just look at that tail! That’s not Photoshopped!

“He is around 12 – 18 months old, a neutered sorrel male, not microchipped and had no other means of identification. He turned up in a back garden around the middle of June, in Camberley, Surrey.

We brought him into foster care at the beginning of July and have named him Lisso. We have had him vet checked, he is in excellent health and has been well cared for. He is very affectionate, definitely a “people” cat…He plays well with the cats in the foster home, except for another young male who he terrorises!

As you can see from the photo he has a extremely long tail, which he seems unaware of, in that if he walks along a shelf, everything will be knocked to the floor by his tail!

If anyone does recognise him, we would be extremely grateful for any information regarding his background and original home. We will be rehoming him, but will be listing him with the Abyssinian Cat Club rather than using our normal methods. We are always careful with rehoming pedigrees, as they can fall into the wrong hands so easily,.

If anyone needs to contact me, it would be better to use my personal mobile no 07785 724194.

If you need any further info, please let me know.

Kind regards
Clare Burch
Operations Director”

I know I have some readers in the UK, and every little bit helps. I think this boy just decided to have an adventure and went on walkabout, but his humans are probably besides themselves with worry.

I’m not certain of the rescue he’s with, but I suspect he may be with Camberley & District Cats Protection; I don’t have an email, so if you think you know where he belongs, it’s probably best to phone the number above. I hope he finds his way home soon!