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: Even though I am queen of my own household, today, I bow my head deeply, along with all my siblings, to honour THUNDER, a dear, dear friend who has just crossed to that special place north of the Rainbow Bridge where the wonderful "Woo-Dogs" go. When we first started to follow The Chronicle of Woos, they had a beautiful girl by the name of Dakota who was gradually fading away, and Thunder, known affectionately as Thunder Dunder, or TD, was a young thing full of life and mischief. In the intervening years, he had become a grown-up who looked after his sister Ciara and his young brother, Lightning, and respected the grand old man of the family, Phantom. TD fell ill recently and it soon became evident that nothing might be done. The downward path was staggeringly swift and TD left us yesterday.
TD, Tommy always wished he could romp and play with you, and I have no doubt that, whatever your Sibe instincts, you would have been a good friend to all of us kitties. Today, we reach out to your Mom, Kathie, and all your family, and offer what comfort we can. We will not forget you, Thunder, and imagine you romping in a snowy landscape with Dakota and other old friends. Special thoughts for Phantom, Ciara and Lightning.