Saturday, 29 December 2012

SEIturday Story

Sei-Chan: Well, let me see.... #1 did get over to see the Vs yesterday, and she is still feeling pretty fuzzy with her cold, but thanks you for the good wishes. She says it's as good a time as any to have a cold as she doesn't have to do much.

She hasn't been taking too many photo,s so there are just two new ones of me to share with you today:

I do have a nice story to share with you today, though. Someone asked in a comment not long ago if #1 had been saving any horses. Well.... After the Fish Run in September, good friends of #1's in England found out that their beautiful Percheron mare, Suzette, suffered from a genetic form of a condition that makes her muscles seize up and leaves her unable to work. The fact that it is genetic means that she cannot be used as a broodmare either, as she might transmit the condition. Horses, especially draft horses, are large animals that are difficult to keep if they are not able to do anything for you, and this mare is only 7 years old. Her owners were devastated and started to think how they might keep her alive, even though she would not be able to do more than decorate a field for the rest of her life. She also needs to be kept on a strict diet so as not to exacerbate the problem. 

#1 discussed this one day with Ms. A, Tommy's breeder, and Ms. A wondrously knew of an American couple with a vast property very close to their house who were looking to adopt some Percherons as rescues. So, phonecalls and emails were exchanged and the go  ahead was given for the adoption! Yesterday, Suzette returned to France, where she was born, and she will live comfortably in the fields at a beautiful chateau in Normandy! This wonderful property is available for rental part of the year, so if you are considering coming to France with a group of people, we highly recommend it. Details here.

Ms. A has promised to keep a close eye on Suzette and send regular news. #1 and Tommy will of course visit her whenever they go up to see his family. So, here is the lovely Suzette who started her new life yesterday thanks to the kindness of Americans, Mr and Ms. C!

Now you must realise that Suzette was part of a driven pair of horses and it is very hard to match horses in build, looks and coat. #1 worked with her friends for weeks to try and find a mare that would work as a replacement for Suzette in the pair. We are happy to report that she was successful, and the beautiful Tzena wil be making her way to England today!

And that is my feel-good story for this SEIturday!


  1. This is a most magnificent post, and it just shows what can be done when humans put their minds to it and start chatting to each other - miracles can happen. Networking is so important! It is great to have good news about rehoming and treating animals - whatever species- with respect and allowing them a great life, even though they are no 'use' to humans. We have a noce warm feeling after reading this. Let's hope it's not #1's fever/cold we've caught, hehehehe. Look after her and we hope she is better soon.

  2. Lady Katherine Bastet29 December 2012 at 11:56

    Sweet Sei, thank you for telling us this amazing story. Your #1 is a fine friend to animals, and her humility elevates the good she does to saintly levels (our apologies if that term offends). Suzette will be so happy in her new home, and Vidock and Violette will give #1 special smooches for helping one of their kind. purrrrs for you all

  3. What a great story and a happy ending for all concerned - equines and humans. Goodwill and kindness do sometimes prevail. Thank you, Sei-sei, for a feel-good Saturday tail, er, tale!

  4. Mom says The Zen-terra might be a bit tight fur a horsedog reskhue but she'd try ;-)

    PeeEssWoo: Hey Tommy - it's snowing - wish woo khould khome play whilst my #1 is at work!

  5. What a lovely story. Suzette is a very beautiful and lucky girl. I wanted mention, Sei, that your pose in that top picture is what I call " loaf of bread" cat. My meezer, Nikko, does it all the time. I think its so cute, you look quite yummy. :-)

  6. What a great story about both those Percheron girls. Too bad I don't have the funds to spend some time in the chateau. What a great place to visit.


  7. Thank you for sharing your story
    Benny & Lily

  8. What a great story - yes it makes us feel good today,

  9. What an awesome rescue story! I am so happy to know that there are humans like #1 and her friends who look out for Percherons in need!

  10. We all feel nice and warm and happy inside reading this story, Sei-Chan...and Maui says "EXTRA" cos of that fetching tummy shot!

  11. Sei-Chan
    Thank yoo fow that happy ending stowy. Thank dog that thewe awe cawing hoomans and Suzette will have a safe, happy home. I hope #1 will feel bettews soon and that all of you at Poupounette will have a wondewfully happy and healthy 2013.
    Smoochie kisses

  12. Oh..your story make me and mom happy and easy to fill our heart warm..thank you for sharing !
    And Sei Chan, we should do belly competition, my friend..I can't let you flirting human alone ; )
    Happy day, Happy Holiday

  13. So wonderful that #1 was able to help out. Glad that Suzette will have a wonderful rest of her life. Being properly spoiled.

  14. That was a wonderful story about Suzette. What an amazing coincidence (or maybe, synchronicity) that the American couple were looking to rescue exactly that breed of horse.

    Hope #1 feels better soon.

  15. That is a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing it with us. Have a great weekend Sei-Chan and everybody else at The Poupounette! XOXO

  16. This is a wonderful story for effuryone. Fanks fur telling us. Happy Sunday :)

    Tanaka and the amigos and san


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