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.
Sei-Chan: As you know, we live in France. We are about one and a half to two hours from Paris, either by car or train, in a rural area where nothing very exciting happens from day to day. Yesterday morning, we woke for the third time in less than two years to news of a horrible attack that took place in our country, and we are devastated. We are not affected directly, and out friends in the south of France are OK, but we are so sad that the world has come to this, the indiscriminate murder of dozens, hundreds of people on a regular basis in the name of some god or other. We are not a religious household. Our belief is that each and every one of us is responsible for being a decent human being, and that no crutch should be necessary to achieve this. We mourn every soul who died, and we hope that all those in hospital will recover, but do not talk to us of prayers. We cats, dogs and horses have no religion and we are a great deal more civilised than humans. That really says it all.
#1 had to go into Paris yesterday, as you know, because she had an eye appointment. It was a beautiful day and Paris looked lovelier than ever. We can only hope that somehow, people will learn one day to "see beautiful" rather than to let hatred fester in their hearts.