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.
Sei-Chan: It is usually my sister, Tama-Chan, who writes the Tuesday post but she is busy! In fact, she is packing her overnight bag and she has a very smug look on her face. When I ask her where she is going, all she will say is "on business." I ask you! What kind of business could she possibly be going on? She says she will be back very soon, though. Phew! Here she is this morning, busy preening:
I do have a very important announcement to make: I am 8 months old today! #1 tells me I am looking more stunning by the minute and I tend to believe her... So I think I shall dedicate the rest of this post to ME (and my delicate pink toes!).
Tom: Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. The weather here has been unbelievable and we have been enjoying the outdoors as much as possible. When #1 was away, I stayed with Ms. A and my friend Pie and had a great time.
I have been looking through the photo album to see what would be most suitable for today's post. What about this one?
and this one?
Ready to go...
and here I am in full flight!
Now, before I hand over to #1 and more Percheron horses, here is an interesting tidbit. Apparently, there were also lots of fabulous woofies at the championships and #1 met these two lovely girls:
One is three years old and the other four. Aside from being beautiful, they actually live in a chateau!!!! Can you believe that? #1 is going to send pictures of me to their #1s!
The girls' home!
#1 again. As promised, here are a few photos from Girls' Day at the Percheron Nationals:
Tama-Chan: So, it is Sunday today and all is right with our world: #1 is back and the weather is fabulous! We have been sunning ourselves in the run all day!
To kick off what is going to be a pretty long Sunday post, here are several pictures of me snuggling with my little sister, Sei-Chan:
And one of Sei-Chan and Tom "chilling" together...
and doing a "toe to toe"
And now, I shall pass the keyboard to #1 and the horsies...
#1 here. Thank you for all the nice comments about the few photos I put up yesterday. In answer to a question, the Percheron horse is one of the 9 breeds of draft horse in France, and probably the most widespread breed of draft horse in the world. The breed originated in the part of France where we live, which is actually called the Perche. This 2-day event was the French National Percheron Championships in which the "best of breed" are chosen for both stallions and mares. The first day is dedicated to stallions. There were more than 100 of them present and they were shown in the courtyard of the chateau which is the main building of the national stud at Haras du Pin (created by Louis X!V). Today's photos will all be of the stallions, and we will post the "girls" tomorrow.
First off, a lovely 2-year old from the "lightweight" class, whose name is Tom (!) de Prainville:
The Percheron are all braided for presentation using wool, and when the braids are undone, they look like they have had a perm!
This magnificent 4-year old stallion is Rivulus de Lavande who was best in his category as both a 2-year and a 3-year old, and 2nd in the supreme championship this year. He is "expecting" 59 foals next spring!! He has a wonderful personality and is very sweet!
Here he is in front of the jury, in the castle courtyard:
And finally for today, here is Seigneur de la Meule who was this year's supreme stallion!
Tom: It is late and #1 is exhausted from two very, very long days at the Percheron National Championships, but we wanted to let you know that she is back safely, and here are a few photos of what she saw, to whet your appetite!
There will be more horsey pics tomorrow plus our regular Snuggles on Sunday feature!
"Thei-Chan": I know that you too will hardly believe this but #1 is abandoning us again!!! She says she is no going far or for long but I say ENOUGH! Who cares about the National Percheron Championships?! Tommy is going to stay with Ms. A and his friend Pie and we are being left all alone. #1 says the neighbours will come to feed us, play with us and cuddle us but what guarantees do we have? We may be totally left to our own devices until Saturday evening (hee hee hee....).
Anyway, given all of this "Thei-Chan" had to make another appearance. You will understand.
Let me go back to last weekend. You might have thought, from my sister's post on Tuesday that she alone captivated our visitor, Mr.M. but it was NOT SO! He played with me a LOT because I was so much fun!
As you know, I am quite an athlete, and fearless to boot, so I have been having fun with some of our newer facilities in the run: