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.
#1 here. Houbibi managed to get out around 9:30 this morning. As of this writing at 3pm, he has not yet been caught. My last sighting of him was a little before 2pm, at which point he was relaxing on the grass, next to the hedge, but I could not get close. We will post once he is safely home. In the meantime, we would appreciate purrs for his safe return.
6:50pm: THE BEEBS IS HOME! I had left the door to the back room open (it's the only room in the house with a lockable door to the outside) and he walked in about 10 minutes ago. He has had a whole, very large slice of ham! Thanks for all the purrs!