Aby-a-Day – 7 April: Another city, another StrollerCat

If we lived in Göteborg instead of Skövde, Logan would be every inch the StrollerCat that Jacoby was in Boston. (Actually, Jake might be every inch the StrollerCat he was in Boston if we lived in Göteborg…but we digress.)


He is barely a year old, but Logan has this riding-a-train-in-a-stroller thing down cold.


To the point that he was so blasé about the whole stroller-on-a-tram thing that he hopped out of the stroller and rode at the back exit door.


In fact, he seemed much happier riding there than in the stroller.


I didn’t mean to take this short video (which is why it’s vertical and not horizontal) (click on still to see video on Flickr), but I am ultimately glad I did. Look what a cool public transport customer Logan is! As I told Peter Hasselbom: I guess I do have a trademark with cats I raise. And that trademark is…bulletproofness. I raise cats that can ride a train or stay in a show cage with the door open.


And that’s not bad.

Aby-a-Day – 29 April: Loafing around with the upper crust (Friday Flashback)

Apparently bread-eating runs in Jacoby’s family. Almost nine years ago, Gun-Hee attacked a loaf of bread.

Hello, Abys…what part of “obligate carnivore” escapes you?

Aby-a-Day – 17 February: Wordless Wednesday (I knead you)

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Aby-a-Day – November 13: Baby wrecking ball (Friday Flashback)

Jacoby’s nickname is Rivningskula, which is “Wrecking ball” in Swedish.


His clumsy brand of destructiveness started at a young age, as evidenced by this video Sherry made before he cam to live with me.


That is so obviously Jake, isn't it?

Aby-a-Day – November 5: Ellie and her Feather

At the NEMO show, Jacoby and I had the delightful luck to be benched next to Betty Bridges and her two lovely ruddy Premiership girls.


This little girl is Premier Partomor Ellie of Santgria.

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She’s actually five years old, showing how Abys remain playful and kittenlike well into adulthood.

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And what is Ellie so interested in?


Why, this enormous macaw feather!

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It’s probably longer than she is, but she attacks it fearlessly.

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And endlessly!


Finally, it dawned on me to stop taking stills and shoot some video of her. Isn’t she adorable?

Aby-a-Day – October 16: NEMO’s Infamous Costume Contest (Fashion Friday)


“Who are you talking to?”
“That sounds like a really good deal…uh, it’s Jake, from State Farm.”


“Jake, from State Farm, at three in the morning?! Who is this?”
“It’s Jake, from State Farm.”


“What are you wearing, ‘Jake from State Farm’?”




“Well, she sounds hideous.”
“Well, she’s a cat, so…”

In case you haven’t seen the original commercial…I’ve been wanting to do this since I came up with my April Fool’s image back in 2012:


But honestly, all the costumes this year were clever. We also had…


…Homer Simpson and a donut…


…Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf…






…My friend Charlotte and her tortie Colorpoint Shorthair Arwen as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (last year, they along with Charlotte’s cream-point, were Galadriel, Legolas and Arwen from The Lord of the Rings).



My friends Bob and Iris were Robin Hood and Maid Marian, along with Harold, a deer from Sherwood Forest.


This little girl was a princess, and her shaded Persian was her Prince Charming.



And last, but not least, we had a Harley biker gang.

And the winners were…


Charlotte and Arwen as Fred and Ginger! And in second place…

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Jake! From State Farm!


Charlotte and I were both thrilled to have won, having entered all three years with what were (according to other people and not just ourselves) ingenious and well-done costumes. As I told Charlotte, our victory wasn’t just this year’s costumes; like figure skating, our scores were based on our historical performance as well as the current one.

I’ll miss this contest when we move to Sweden, but FaceTiming with Björn while at the show gave me a brilliant idea. At the next show, I’ll FaceTime in during the contest, and I’ll be one of the judges!