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.
Tommy: Woofs Everyone. Tommy reporting after yesterday's vet visit. It took all morning. This is because our vet has all the equipment in-house and we decided to wait for the results of the blood tests.
Let's start with me shall we? Over all, I am in great shape, apparently. But, I do have slightly elevate cholesterol levels and so #1 needs to adjust my diet a little. It's not going to be a drastic adjustment and I should continue to be a happy boy.
Things are a little more complicated where our little Genji is concerned. His amylase levels remain elevated, although not as bad as they were before. He was so stressed when he arrived that his heart was going BOOM BOOM, so Dr. C waited until later, when he had relaxed quite a bit to listen to it again, and it was OK, except that there is a suggestion of a tiny murmur. His urea levels, which had been perfect, have risen a bit, probably because he has been eating such a high protein diet. So, the little guy remains fragile and needs to be closely watched. Dr. C is having a think about what the best options would be for him, food-wise, to balance the various issues.
But, in case, you were thinking that Da Genj is sickly or anything, we want to share with you a little video that #1 took after we got home form the vet's yesterday:
Genji is a happy boy and we will all make sure he stays a happy boy!