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: We start today by bowing our heads in respect to our friend MANGO who has very unexpectedly and suddenly left for the Bridge. Mango was, to say the least, a HUGE presence in our Blogosphere and will be HUGELY missed by all of us. Our condolences to all his family.
We are more than ever aware of the importance of family, and of enjoying every joyous moment we share. We are so happy to have our #1 home with us. We know she has to go to the Percheron Nationals on Friday and Saturday, but as she is leaving on Friday morning and returning on Saturday evening, there won't actually be a single day when we won't see her!