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.
Vidock: We're on our way, EveryFriend. We'll update later if we can.
#1 here. I am back from the Livet Veterinarian Equine Hospital Centre. It would seem that the Big V is suffering from laryngeal hemiplegia, also known as Roaring, in which one of the pieces of cartilage that usually open and close in the larynx becomes paralysed, thus obstructing the airway. He will have laser surgery (through an endoscope) tomorrow afternoon to scrape away some excess tissue and restore better air flow. It will involve just local anesthetic. All going well, he should be able to come home on Friday. His heart, by the way, is that of an athlete, and he weighs 880kg (1,950lb)! A few more purrs, woofs, neighs and crossed paws would be appreciated on Thursday.