First, in June 2008, came a young sorrel Abyssinian cat called Sen-Chan and a slightly younger English Springer Spaniel called Tom. In October 2008, they were joined by Tama-Chan, a ruddy Abyssinian girl kitten. The three lived so happily together, playing and cuddling in the French countryside with their mistress, known as #1. But in early January 2009, tragedy struck and Sen-Chan went to the Bridge at not yet 18 months. For a while, it was just Tom and Tama-Chan and #1, remembering sweet and gentle Sen-Chan, and the one who came before him, the fierce and noble Ikkyu. But then, in April 2009, a little red furrball, Sei-Chan, joined the family! She was followed in October 2009 by Yuu-Chan, a playful but very mellow little sorrel boy. And then Tama-Chan had kittens and little Bibi, a ruddy male, stayed with us. Sadly, we lost our beloved Yuu-Chan in September 2010, but we soldier on and live and love in our little corner of rural France. And we now have a big little brother in Vidock, a Percheron stallion, a little little brother in Genji, a blue Abyssinian, and a big little sister in Violette, a Percheron mare.
Tommy: Woofs, Everyone! Tommy here! I am glad to tell you that I am back with my Chans and #1. Even though she is totally jet-lagged, #1 drove over one and a half hours to get me yesterday because she could not stand one more day of my not being there.
This was the scene at Poupounette Central within minutes of my return:
I think Sei-Chan missed me! When I was at my Mummy's, I snuggled with the kitties there, somewhat to their surprise. My siblings like the kitties but, unlike me, they apparently don't go out of their way to snuggle with them.
This scene was repeated several times during the day:
Treat time, every hour on the hour, is what the Chans would like #1 to understand...
And now, if you will forgive us, we are going to enjoy all being together again!
Da Beebs: #1 is HOME!!!! She is exhausted as she missed her train in Paris and had to be rescued by Mr. G. Three cheers for Mr. G!!! Today, she has to go and get Tommy, and then we will all be even more thankful!
Oh, and in case you were wondering, of course she brought us goodies!
Da Beebs here. Today, we will be looking out of the window all day, even though we know that #1 won't be home until the evening.
Yesterday, #1 sent us some fun photos. First of all, she went to visit a farm where they breed draft horses used for heavy pull races, and there she met their resident pussycat. Her name is Lala-Chan, and she is not quite one year old yet. She is apparently very sweet, and #1 really enjoyed meeting her:
She also sent us some photos from one of the shops she visited. You remember that article about Japan being cat country? Well...
Lastly, here is another kitty she met at Japan's National Livestock Breeding Center:
We will try to post tomorrow, but it may be a short one...
#1 here. I confess that, whilst in Japan, I have been a little unfaithful to the Vs, snuggling with some other horses. These are horses from the world of Japan's Ban'Ei heavy-pull racing, and they are very sweet!
As you can see from my get-up, it is pretty chilly where I am!
We do have a few snuggle pics from before I left, though. Here is Genji keeping me warm in bed in the morning:
And doing the undercover "thing" as well:
And one of sweet Tama-Chan enjoying her Zoom Groom brushies:
As well as having a love-in with Tommy:
And that's all we have for you this week. We hope to be be back to full-time snuggles this time next week, although jet lag could play tricks with that.