#1 here. For almost 15 years, September 2 was a very special day of the year as it was IKKYU's birthday! Ikkyu was my first cat and my very first Abyssinian. Born in Japan, he lived with me on three continents and was an only pet for the years we shared. He went to the Bridge just over four years ago, in late August 2007. I like to remember him on this day, even more than I usually do.
He was a cute kitten when he came to live with me in Tokyo:
And always had a keen sense of fun:
Although he also knew how to be serious!
He gave me 15 years of completely devoted affection and gleefully terrified all my friends who quickly learned not to get too close!
But to me, he was always sweetness itself:
He was always keen to help me with my work
But also knew how to relax:
Until we meet again, Sweet Boy...