Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Way-Back Wednesday

Tama-Chan: Yes, it's me again. And yes, Tommy and #1 are leaving today. They plan to head out around noon.  We had some nice comments yesterday about Ikkyu, TOWCB, whose birthday was on September 2nd, so we thought we would show you some more pics of him today!

His arrival was a little unusual. #1 was living in Tokyo and had gone through a fairly bad depression. She was lucky to find a wonderful counsellor who helped through it, and this lady had an Abyssinian cat who had a litter of kittens. The counsellor had determined early on that #1 badly needed a kitty in her life, and that is how Ikkyu arrived! He was only seven weeks old:

But he very quickly made himself at home:

Ikkyu was a one-woman cat and the only person he loved in the whole world was #1. Together, they had many adventures! Ikkyu always joined in on the travelling:

They travelled together by plane…..

And through the Eurotunnel:

He helped with celebrations:

Advised her on her work:

And loved to relax:

Ikkyu never had to go to the vet for anything other than his annual shots for the first 10 years of his life. But, when he was 11, he started showing signs of renal trouble. He did well for a few more years but, at 14, he also developed diabetes and the combination of the two got the better of him a few days before his 15th birthday. He left #1 with a life-long love of Abyssinian cats, and here we all are!

This last picture is taken about a year before he went to the Bridge:

Thank you, Ikkyu, for the legacy of love you left.


  1. I could tell yesterday what an important kitty Ikkyu was in #1's life! It sounds like he and #1 had so many adventures together, and I hope to do the same with my human!

  2. We so enjoyed learning about Ikkyu - Murray loves reading stories like this.

    We are very glad to be back blogging, as you say different from facebook which is very instant! We find sitting down and reading through our friend's blogs much more relaxing and informative!

    It is lovely to be back catching up properly on all the news!

    take care
    Clive & Co

  3. It is not often you get a special kitty like that.
    Ikkyu was a very cool cat and we bet #1 still misses him a bit.
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

  4. What a wonderful helper Ikkyu was. Such a special little man.

  5. We enjoyed reading about Ikkyu. He was a special kitty who saved #1. We love reading stories like this. Have a good holiday #1 and Tommy. The rest of you are in good hands.

  6. I think you had a very smart counselor. Ikkyu was beautiful.

    Monty and Harlow

  7. Ikkyu was a beautiful kitty and was very special. It is so sad that cats can't live longer.

  8. Ikkyu was very beautiful. We think more counselors should prescribe kittehz!

    Have a safe trip!

  9. He sure was a special kitty kat
    Lily & Edward

  10. what a wonderful start to a life long love :)

  11. He sure was a most handsome and helpful dude. We loved seeing those photos!

  12. Ikkyu looked like a very sweet mancat and you have some lovely pictures of him.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  13. Ikkyu was a beautiful kitty, we're glad to know more about him. We wish Tommy and #1 great holidays ! Purrs

  14. Ikkyu was so beautiful - nice to have such great photos as memories of his time with #1.

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  15. Thank you #1 for sharing the story of Ikkyu and how he led to your family of Abyssinians. I had to look up Ikkyu - not sure if Ikkyu was named after the monk and poet, but 'Crazy Cloud' made me smile. What a wonderful companion Ikkyu was - and what a wonderful legacy he leaves.

  16. Ikkyu was adorable. We're so glad #1 had him when she needed him. We purr that she and Tommy have a good trip.

  17. Après la douleur de la perte restent les doux souvenirs.
    Les chats, surtout les Abyssins sont de merveilleux remèdes contre les maux de l'esprit.
    Ikkyu tu étais l'âme soeur de ton humaine comme Hisia est la mienne.

  18. What a fantastic story of love and life together with Ikkyu and #1! Thank you so much for sharing :)
    Marty and Mom

  19. **sniffz**
    **wipez teerz frum eyez**
    Oh Ikkyu ya were a KATGID send fer #1...we iz so glad dat Counseellur gave ya to #1...soundz like ya were her soulkitteh fer shure...
    Run free Ikkyu n nose yer neber fergotten n allwayz lubbed...
    Lub Nylablue n Mum too x0x0x0x0

  20. What a beautiful thing to read. The life of a beautiful baby that #1 choose and loved for many years. xox


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