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.
Tom: Only a few days left till Christmas and right, now, we are mostly grateful that #1 hasn't had a meltdown...yet.... She has too much to do, and too much pending from before. And we have 15 people coming over on Friday evening. It is a pot-luck dinner but we are hosting, so the place must at least look vaguely presentable. And of course, unexpected work always arrives when there is no time to do it! Oh, and it's raining non-stop!
Yesterday afternoon, we rushed over to see the Vs and then dropped in on Dr. C to give her some Christmas goodies. Now that the Vs are so much closer to where her practice is, she will be looking after them too!
We are all doing our bit for #1. Even Tama-Chan hopped on to her bed this morning for a cuddle, and Sei-Chan has been giving her lots of attention. As for me, well, you know what they say about spaniel eyes, don't you?