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.
Tama-Chan: She' back, she's back, SHE'S BACK! Our #1 is home from Japan and we are all so very happy!
We've been celebrating each in our own way. I have been napping contendedly
Yuu-Chan has been supervising her at her desk from up in the hammock:
Tom is continually asking for tummy rubs (known around here as "Tommy Rubs"):
And Sei-Chan is back at her post, helping #1 with the computer:
We have been keeping #1 company non-stop since her return as she had a very upsetting experience when the house-sitters, who had seemed like very nice people, hurled abuse at her in the car on the way back from the train station, which is an hour away. Among other things, she was accused of keeping all of us as her prisoners on some kind of power trip, and being cruel to us kitties by keeping us indoors and to Tommy by not allowing him to stay in the garden all day. She couldn't even defend herself as they threatened to stop the car and leave he on the side of the road. The experience was seriously disturbing and she is still recovering. Fortunately, they are now gone, and we are all OK.