Sunday, 2 August 2015

Tama's Birthday Sunday!

#1 here. Today is a very special day at Poupounette Central as our reigning Queen, Tama-Chan, celebrates her 7th birthday! Perhaps some of our newer friends are not familiar with how she came to be one of us. When this blog started, it was written by Tommy and Sen-Chan, both of whom were very young at the time. Then, one day, I got this photo from Sen-Chan's breeder:

I was totally transfixed. On closer enquiry, I found out that she was one of a litter of five sisters. She was drop-dead gorgeous but she had a problem which made her unsellable: she had only three toes on her right front foot and a couple of atrophied toes on her left front foot. Would I be willing to take her on condition he could breed her once? I said yes immediately and she moved in. She was a pretty scaredy-cat initially, but Sen-Chan and Tommy were both so sweet to her and she settled in very nicely.

She was devastated when Sen-Chan ran off to the Bridge but Tommy took over her care and, a few months later, Sei-Chan joined the household and the two became good friends:

In the autumn of the following year, she was bred to a handsome Aby boy and on December 4th, 2009, she produced four healthy kittens, three boys and one girl, by Caesarian section:

You all know that one of those kittens was Da Beebs!

And this was Tama just after the kits were weaned!

Ever since that time, there has never been any doubt that Tama-Chan is Queen of the Poupounette Gang. She rules her kingdom with a velvet paw, and is in fact the sweetest, easiest, least-demanding of the Chans!

Here she is at three:

At four:

At five:

At six:

 And here is the official seventh birthday portrait!

As an added bonus, here is one of Tama-Chan hanging out with her son, Da Beebs, yesterday:

Da Beebs, Sei-Chan, Genji, Tommy, Vidock and Violette join me in wishing our sweet Queen, Tama-Chan, a Very Happy Birthday and Many Happy Returns!

In celebration of Tama-Chan's birthday, we would like to have a draw for the catalogue of my photo exhibition, "The Travelling Percherons." I know that not everyone is into horses, so please say so if you woudl like to be included.


  1. Happy birthday, Tama! And thanks for telling us her story - I didn't know how she came to live with you!

  2. Happy Birthday, Tama-chan. Please include me in the drawing for The Travelling Percherons CATalogue!

  3. A very Happy Birthday to you Tama-chan. It was fun to hear your story. Glad Tommy took good care of you. We so miss having a dog here. Anyway, you have a great day.

  4. You just get prettier and prettier Tama-Chan. Happy Birthday to you sweet one.

  5. Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday beautiful Tama! We did not know your story and it was quite amazing!

  6. Happy 7th Birthday dear Tama Chan!
    We purr your day, and all your days, will be filled with joy.
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

    We would love a chance for your catalogue :)

  7. Happy Birthday Tama-Chan. You are very beautiful then and now.

  8. Sally and Nikko2 August 2015 at 18:01

    A very happy birthday to you Tama-Chan. You grow lovelier and more regal every year. Wishing you a great day full of snuggles and treats and all the worship due to the beautiful queen that you are.

  9. Happy Birthday Tama-Chan! I love your story and how you became Queen. The photos of all of you are so sweet! I really like the one with Tommy. Have a great 7th. It's your special day. Enjoy!

  10. What a wonderful life yous had! Happy birthday dear furrend and now mes will sings yous the song!
    *•.¸¸♪♫•Happy Birthday to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪♫•¸¸.•*
    ¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪♫•
    ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday Dear Zoey!!!!! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪♫•
    ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪♫•

    PS wes celebrating out 5th Blogoversary tomorrow, please stops by!

  11. Happy Birthday beautiful Tama ! We wish you a wonderful day filled with treats and cuddles ! Purrs

  12. Happy 7th Tama from us Small Furry Creatures from Alpha Centauri!

    Your kittens were SO beautiful (well it IS Da Beebs after all). Momkatt LOVES all that black on their heads when they were that small.


  13. Happy 7th Birthday Tama-Chan - you were such a cute (and tiny) kitten with your big eyes. We hope you have had a wonderful day filled with love and fun.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  14. Tama-every single on of those photos of you is absolutely gorgeous. We remember when you had your kittens, and that was about the time we got hooked on the blog. But we did not know about your toes. How very interesting. Were any of your kitten "blessed" with missing toes as well? I had thought not.

    So happy happy happy 7th birthday to you, and of course so many more as well.

  15. Happy birthday Tama-Chan!
    I didn't know her story, but seeing that baby picture, I can see why you couldn't resist! What a beauty!

  16. Happy Happy birthday Tama-Chan!
    Hope you get lots of treats :)


  17. On te souhaite un super chaniv Tama.
    On ne connaissait pas ton histoire. Ca nous a beaucoup intéressées de la connaitre.
    Notre photo préférée c'est celle de tes 4 ans. Tu as un doux air rêveur.
    On te souhaite beaucoup d'autres chaniv.
    Hisia et Loustiquette

  18. Happy Birthday, Queen Tama-Chan! How wonderful the breeder gave you to someone who loves you and thinks -- knows you are perfect.

    The Traveling Percherons sounds nifty!

  19. Happy Happy Birthday Tama-Chan! I can't believe I almost missed it because the woman is reading blogs late today!

  20. Happy Birthday, Tama-Chan! We hope you have wonderful day. We would love to be entered in the drawing for the catalogue of #1's photo exhibition.

  21. Happy Birthday, Beautiful Tama!!!! We are so happy that you became a part of The Pouponette - you and your family always bring us happy moments and sweet smiles.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  22. A very Happy Birthday Tama-Chan! My mum would love to be entered in the draw for the catalogue.

  23. Happy Birthday Tama-Chan! yoo r so beautiful

  24. Happy birthday Tama-Chan!

    I would love to be entered into the drawing. :)

  25. A very Happy Birthday Tama-Chan. We never realized you didn't have all your toes. Our mom say a big YES to include us in the draw. She would be on a plane to France if she could afford it to see your photos but the catalogue would be a close second.

  26. Happy Birthday Tama-Chan!!! You don't look a day over 4 years old. Have a wonderful week.

  27. Happy Birthday, Tama-Chan! Stunning photos, and you do indeed look regal!

  28. Happiest of birthdays, Tama! We think your #4 and #6 photos show off your stunning green eyes to perfection!

  29. Happy Purrthday Tama-Chan.

    Mum would be furry pleased to be considered for that book.

  30. Happy Birthday, Tama-Chan! You're as gorgeous as ever!

  31. No wonder #1 couldn't resist you! What a precious kitten you were, Tama. Now, you're a great beauty, loved by all.
    Happy Birthday, Tama!

  32. Happy Birthday, precious love, and many, many happy returns of the day.
    We're completely spellbound by your baby photo! Your extraordinary beauty and the sweetness in your soft, luminous eyes give new meaning to the word captivating. We think you're the most beautiful kitty we've ever seen!
    God bless you always, sweetheart.

  33. Those were such great photos, but Mad Fernant looks pretty happy to me!

  34. Happy birthday Tama! The photos of you when you were baby are so cute!


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