Tom: Six years! It was six years ago, on a Sunday just like today, that we wrote our very first post! Back in those days, it was just Sen-Chan and me, and you can find that first post here.
We were wondering how to do this anniversary blogpost and we thought we would look back on the posts that cover our arrivals. Of course, Sen-Chan and I were already here when the blog started (Sen-Chan arrived in October and I arrived in December, 2007), so here are a couple of pictures of us from around that time.
Here is a pic of #1 with Sen-Chan, taken on his first (and sadly only) birtthday, on July 9, 2008:
And one of me showing my best smile, also taken in early July 2008:
The next one to join the Poupounette was Tama-Chan, in October 2008. Here is her first post. And here is a pic of her from that week:
We lost sweet Sen-Chan in January 2009, and little Sei-Chan moved in with us in March, initially with her mother, and initially thought to be a boy! It's hard to pinpoint a debut post, but here is one celebrating her SixWeekDay! She was almost too cute to bear, and her Mama, Viña del Mar (who just happens to be Tama's GrandMama!), was a real beauty! Here are the two of them:
In October of the same year, we were really lucky to welcome another red Aby, Yuu-Chan, who turned out to be one of the sweetest kitties ever. He had stayed at Poupounette Central several times with his siblings when very little…
He is the one on the left in the photo above. He moved in with us full-time in October 2009. His introductory post is here.
Did we mention that Yuu-Chan was sweet? Everyone adored him, Here he is with Sei-Chan:
When Tama-Chan came to live with us, the deal with her breeder was that she would produce one litter of kittens and then be spayed, and all the kittens would go to him. Tama-Chan had her litter of 4 kittens on December 4th 2009, and one of them decided, as soon as he could see and walk, that he was staying right here. Thus Beebs joined the Poupounette Gang!
Da Beebs has always been here, so we'll use the first SoS he featured in, two days after he was born, here. And here is a pic of him with his two brothers and sister, taken when they were just over three months old. Da Beebs is wearing the collar:
Yuu-chan was felled by the same awful FeLV as Sen-Chan in September 2010. We were all heart-broken. A couple of weeks later, #1 introduced the latest member of the Poupounette Gang, the first one to reside "extra-muros". The Big V (who was little back then) was introduced in this post. Back then, we thought that Vidock would grow to be 16 to 17 hands high. He is actually closer to 18!
I was, and still am, the only one who actually got to "hang" with Vidock:
It took more than 18 months for #1 to even consider getting another kitty after Yuu-Chan went to the Bridge, but in July 2011, our little blue boy, Genji, joined the family! You can read his first post here. He very quickly made himself at home!
We thought the family was complete then, but there was still a very large surprise to come! We had been writing in the blog for some months about the mare who was abandoned in the field next to the house when, finally, #1 decided to adopt her in March 2012! Our sweet Violette introduced herself to our readers in this post. Initially, she was only supposed to stay for a while, but she turned out to be a fabulous foster fail!
Here is a photo of #1 with Violette on the day she moved to her new home:
With Violette's arrival, we became eight, including #1. Four girls and four boys for perfect balance! We love blogging and sharing our adventures with friends across the globe. Long may it continue!
Now, we wanted to do something special to celebrate, something that would have the "Poupounette Stamp" on it, so we are holding a Blogaversary draw with, as a prize, a Vidock lucky horseshoe which we will happily ship anywhere in the world. Here it is:
This shoe is extra special as it was worn by Vidock during his training to drive and log! If you would like to be entered for the draw, please leave a comment. You can also enter if you leave comments but do not have a blog!