Friday, 29 June 2012

Fourth on Friday! Our Blogaversary!!!

Tom: I always do the honors on our Blogaversary posts because I am the common thread running through all of our blog posts. We are really excited to be celebrating our FOURTH anniversary today! In the last four years, the Poupounette Gang has sadly lost two members, Sen-Chan and Yuu-Chan, but we have also expanded from two to seven!!! There used to be one woofie and one kitty. Now we are one woofie, four kitties and two horses (really? only two horsies? hahaha!).

When #1 was a child, she already loved all animals but her parents never agreed to having a pet, so she is now getting her own back big-time and loving it. And she loves the blogging. It has been truly special to make so many wonderful friends around the world with whom to share all the joy and sadness. So, thank you, all our friends for being there!

Since our third Blogaversary one year ago, we have added two new members, GENJI and VIOLETTE. Genji was planned and Violette just stole our hearts and moved into our lives. We love having them both with us.

Here is a walk down the memory lane of all of us Poupounette gang members, including those who are no longer with us.

First came IKKYU (Sep. 1992 - Aug. 2007), well before blogs even existed. Born in Japan. Lived with #1 on 3 continents. Her first window into the world of the Abyssinian:

Then came Sen-Chan (Sengikumaru) who inspired the blog with his nickname "Poupounet." He was with us such a short while (Jul. 2007 - Jan. 2009) but his sweetness will never be forgotten:

I (Tommy!) arrived not long after Sen-Chan and he and I were best buddies right from the start!

We were then joined by Tama-Chan (Tama-Hime) who was terribly scared of us at first but quickly understood how much we loved her!

Sei-Chan (Sei Shonagon) came to live with us (along with her Mummy, Viña, who later left) when she was only a few weeks old!

And she became best friends with Yuu-Chan (Yuusuke) when he joined us. Sadly, he was just a shooting star who lit up our lives for a short while before joining Sen-Chan at the Rainbow Bridge aged only 15 months (Jun. 2009 - Sep. 2010). He will be forever missed.

When Mama-Tama had four kittens, none of them were supposed to stay, but Bibi-Chan (Ebisu) decided different and #1 simply could not say no...

After Yuu-Chan left us, #1 was totally bereft and she decided that, instead of going out and getting another cat, it was time for her to realize an old childhood dream. And that is how Vidock (Vidock d'Albe), the Percheron colt who became a stallion, joined the family!

It was around the time of our Third Blogaversary that #1 decided that Bibi-Chan really needed a brother who would play boisterous  games with him, and that is how Genji came to us, by plane from South West France!

And last but not least is our sweet Violette (Violette de l'Aumone), the Percheron mare. Left in the field next to our house all winter with no hay or other food, she and #1 became friends and she was eventually invited to become one of us. She is a gorgeous girl and we are very proud of her!

But whose is that black head up behind Violette??????

Thank you for sharing this celebration with us. We are hoping that this wonderful blogging experience will go on for many, many more years! In concrete celebration terms, we have decided to do two things:

• We will have a draw on the comments and send a goodie bag to the winner, wherever in the world he/she/they may be.
• We will donate 1 Euro for each comment we get today to the MAYHEW ANIMAL HOME. They have a wish list on and we will round up what we get and send them something they really need!


  1. May you guys have many X millions blog posts and anniversaries. We really enjoyed this post. You guys are furry talented reporters.

    Tanaka and the amigos and san

  2. Happy FoURth Blogaversary!!!!

    Ah yes, even bakhk 'then' Bibi was channeling his inner Husky by not following 'The Plan'

    Here's to many more pawesome posts ANDS 'khritters'


  3. Congwatoolashuns on yoow blogovewsawy deew ones! I have enjoyed seeing yoow wowld thwoo yoow eyes and was sad wif you when yoow angels left and so vewy happy when new membews joined yoow family. I lookfowawd to many mowe gowgoos adventoowes and naps and womps
    I love yoo all
    Smoochie kisses

  4. Happy Blogoversary!

    Sending ear scratches for the gang and a huge hug for #1.

    Pei In The Life

  5. Happy happy blogoversary, dear friends! It was wonderful to see the lovely ones who came before. You do such a beautiful job of honouring their memory in the way that you blog. We have loved watching you all grow, and seeing the beautiful countryside you live in.

    We want to know who is in there with Violette!!!!! :)

  6. Happy Blogoversary! We love each and everyone of you ~ and will never forget your beautiful beloved Bridge-Angels. We have smiled and cried over the years with you ~ and although we don't blog much now, you are very special friends indeed, and always will be.

    Love Milo and Alfie and our mom xxx

  7. Happy Blogoversary - we love to visit and watch as your family grows and see how you all get on so well together and have fun. We were so sad when Yuu-Chan went on to Rainbow Bridge too soon.
    Now most important - who is being hidden by Violette and will we be introduced soon?
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  8. Ms. C never had pets either when growing up. Your blog has had an amazing history over just four years. Ms. C remembers the great privilege of meeting IKKYU and feeding him cheese. It was the highlight of her summer!

    Hugs and treats for all!
    -Abby Normal, Stygia, and Ms. C

  9. Happy Blogaversary!! We are so glad that we have such wonderful furriends like you! We miss Sen-Chan and Yuu-Chan too - but we know they are both watching ofur all of you and always in your hearts.

  10. Congrats guys - You kitties were the first Aby's I had met!

    Hugs and scritches to the kittys and big hugs to Tommy and the Horses!

  11. Happy Blogoverary! We have so enjoyed getting to know all of you! srsly.

  12. Conga Rats on your 4th Blogaversary! We know we haven't made time to visit much lately, but it must have been way too long because we don't remember meeting Genji and Violette! Maybe we have had too much nip lately and it's addled our brains...

    We loved reading about TWCB again and seeing everyone's pictures! The one of Sen-Chan running with Tommy is adorable!

  13. Concats (and from Grete, tail wags) on your 4th Blogoversary. We love you all...we can always feel the love in each and every one of your posts. Here's to many more years of blogging fun and friendship.

    And who is the mystery horsie???

    xoxo Cory and family

  14. Congratulations on your Blogaversary. It has been a true pleasure getting to know all of you.

  15. Happy Blogoversary! I am so happy that i found this blog and it has been such a great joy to read about all you adventures!!!

  16. Happy Blogoversary!!!! We enjoyed seeing pictures of everyone - even those who have gone before. We hope you have great day and everyone gets an extra treat (or two).

  17. Many congratulations on reaching your 4th blogoversary. We hope you have many more. We are very pleased we have found your blog.

    Molly, Taffy, MOnty and Winnie.

  18. Happy Blogaversary! Your family sure has grown over the years. Are you hinting that black head behind Violette is another new family member or is it just Vidock being shy?


  19. I absolutely love your blog and read it everyday! Sweet baby Sei is my favorite with her little pink toesies and adorable face. (but don't tell the other kids, I don't want any hurt feelings!). My dream is to one day travel to France and meet all of you! Play a little ball with Tommy, feed Vidock and Violette some carrots and play feather games with the Chans! Thanks for sharing your family with us number 1, you are awesome!

  20. Happy Blogaversary! We've been reading your blog from the very start.

  21. Happy 4th Anniversary friends!!! It is just wonderful to see the history of your blog and all the creatures involved in making #1 so happy :-) We think Sen-Chan had the most angelic face we have ever seen, we are so sorry that he and Yuu-Chan left for the bridge at such a young age.

  22. Happy blogsday Poupounette's central. Since #1 is such a fine human being and we are kind of very in love with THE Bibi (even though we love the others too, but, you know... love !)we add one euro for all the comments written today. To show our gratitude and love to all the fur persons in our lives, past, present, future. They helped, help and will always help us.

    So come on, nice visitors, write a comment !
    Ms A and Ms H (France).

  23. Happy Blogoversary! Boy does time fly. Hope you are blogging for many more years. We've been blogging for over 6 years, but did retire our Angel Butchy & Angel Snickers blog. It's still open for the public to view but we now post on our new blog,

    Wirey Hugs, Purrz & Licks,
    Katie, Sparky, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby, Hootie & Zeek

  24. Happy Blogoversary to you!

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

    Love, Oliver, Ruby and Miss Rose

    Thank´s for taking us down your memory lane <3

  26. Many congratulations on your 4th blogoversary. And what a magnificent post- Äiti says it is wonderful to read about someone else who didn't have pets as chil (well, not mammals) and now is living the dream. And of course, we are all that dream.
    With many congratulations, and a respectful toast to those no longer with us xxx

  27. Congratulations on your blogaversary
    Benny & Lily

  28. Lady Catherine Bastet29 June 2012 at 18:54

    Happy Blogoversary! We think it's Vidock hiding behind Violette - it's Vidock - we think we recognise his arrow-flash. ?
    My mum and I love this blog, and every day when we read it, it makes us smile and uplifts our hearts. We love each of you, past and present, but somehow dear Yuu-Chan and Tommy have grabbed our hearts especialluy. Thank you to all of you for everything. My Mum and I are going to check that wish list and see if we can help the animals there (I was a rescue cat, so I have a fellow- feeling with them all)

  29. Happy Blogoversary! I rarely comment, but I read your blog faithfully every day. I love the whole gang, and I'm so glad that Violette joined you recently -- every gang needs a beautiful mare, right? :) Here's to another happy year of blogging!

  30. Happy blogoversary! Don't tell me that #1 has gotten/ is getting another horse?! More will be revealed, I guess - I can't wait to hear this latest chapter!

  31. I LOVE that photo of Tommy and Sen-Chan in the field. THAT is what a happy Aby looks like!
    Happy blogiversary!

  32. Happy Anniversary my friends. I have been with you and watched the fur family grow for a year and a half with Admiral Hestorb and now,Katie Isabella . We met Violette along with the others when she showed us her beautiful self and joined the family.

    It is a pleasure to read the history of all of you and learn about fur members both past and present.

    Your blog is always a pleasure and one of beauty each day. Mom passes your blogs on to her sons.

    Blessings and more "Blogaversaries" to come my friends.

  33. Happy 4th blogaversary sweet friends! We luf the idea of you donating to the MayHew Animal Home. Many of us here on the CB have more
    than we need. XOXOXO

    Pee Ess - just who is that behind sweet Violette???

  34. Congratulations on your 4th blogoversary! We are so glad that you are our blogging friends. We really enjoy reading about all your adventures in France. Of course we love handsome Tommy (us long eared dogs must stick together) but we are very happy to have kitty and horse blogging friends too! Keep on blogging.

    Your friends,
    Niamh & Ambrose

  35. Happy Blogaversary from our gang to yours! It's so fun being friends (and MORE, says Maui), learning all about woofies and horses, and FRANCE! Things we never knew before. The walk down memory lane was wonderful and bittersweet. We love you guys!

  36. We came by to wish you a Happy Blogoversary. What an interesting story. It was nice to see those beautiful animal photos.

  37. Congrats on 4 wonderful years! All your gang are so gorgeous, and we love the horses too!
    (oh, who is that behind Violette?)

  38. Happy Blogoversary! We always enjoy visiting you! And thanks for the walk down memory lane! We love all of you!!

    (Now who is that behind Violette???)

  39. Happy 4th Blogoversary!!!!!!!!
    We enjoy your blog and we love to follow your adventures!! We also loved seeing the ones that came before!
    We look forward to many more adventures too!!
    Now!!!! Who IS that behind Violette????? Do you have news ;)
    Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
    Tiger,Treasure and JJ

  40. Happy 4th blogoversary, coincidentally close to July 4th! That was a great pictorial trip down memory lane with you. We have been reading your blog since a bit before Tama Chan had her kittens. We really enjoy it and will continue to do so as long as you write.

  41. This blog is absolutly wonderful
    It's not just a blog, it's a life and I love your writting way
    Long life to the poupounette blog and happy 4th blogoversary

  42. Happy fourth blogoversary! And we wish you many more! How wonderful to see how each of you, and in what order, joined the Family. We especially enjoyed seeing Sei with her mum. She had that amazing face with her delightful expression even as a baby kitty. We didn't know Yuu but there is something very mystical about him. He is absolutely a presence ; his gentle soul speaks through his eyes. So very beautiful.
    But each and every member of "the gang" is exquisitely special in his or her own way. Our love to you.

  43. Happy blogoversary! I'm glad we're all able to celebrate with you and the gang. Here's to many more! If I happen to win by some off chance, I hope you'd consider sending the goodie bag over to the Winnie's Wish kitties. :) And yay for Mayhew! What a fabulous way to celebrate. All the best to you and yours.


  44. A very Happy Blogoversary! We loved reading your story. We aren't sure what we enjoy about your blog more, reading about everyone or seeing your pictures. Everyone is so handsome! Concats on your accomplishment!

    Are Violette and Vidock going to be joined by Victoria?

  45. Woo Hoo Happy Fourth Blogaversary!!! We are thrilled to be among your blogging pals. We love seeing all your snuggles and the fun you all have together. But the very best part is the love that is so obvious in your family between #1 and each of you.

    Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane - it was nice to follow all the changes in your lives. Now the big question - is that potentially horse #3 in that stall with Violette?

    Have a great weekend.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  46. Happy Fourth Blogoversary! We have always enjoyed visiting with you all, in both good times and sad times, too. Today, we loved all the flashback photos and the bit of intrigue in the last photo - so who is the one behind Violette?


  47. Happy 4th Blogoversary! It's always fun to go back in time and enjoy those good memories.

    The Florida Furkids and Lexi

  48. Happy Four Years! And look at all the beauties who have moved through your life in that time!
    So enjoyed reading the history, seeing all the gorgeous photos ...
    here's to another four years and more.

  49. Happy blogiversary to all of you!

  50. What al lovely bunch you are, that you all may blog for a long time.
    Always love to read your adventures.

  51. We are late but happy Blogoversary.

  52. Missed reading this week so a belated happy 4th. We so look forward to your beauty, wisdom and sense of fun and hope you'll be blogging for many a year.

    Lizzie & 3 kitties

  53. Happy Fourth Blogoversary! We are sorry we are so late but our wishes are heartfelt :)
    We are glad we have met you and that we are friends even from afar. And here is a little tidbit about LP...her parents never let her have pets either despite the fact that she dragged all sorts of creatures great and small home in the hope of keeping them! Isn't adulthood wonderful? One can carve out one's reality as one wishes :)
    Here's to many more years of blogging!


    the critters in the cottage xo

  54. Oh My Cod! Me is SOOOO Mad at Mommy! Me missed your 4th blogoversary! Me shall send yous belated wishes and me thinks me shall fire Mommy!

  55. Happy Blogoversary. Like our family lots of changes..... We re so glad we know you all! We wish mom was a better blogger!!! So that we could visit you more!!

    Velcro, Ceilidh and Jack Sparrow

    Blossom and Skye

  56. I LOVE that photo of Tommy and Sen-Chan in the field. THAT is what a happy Aby looks like! Happy blogiversary!


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