Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Remembering The Traveller - Our Trav

#1 here. Today marks a whole year since we said goodbye to our sweet boy Trav (The Traveller). He was not with us for long, and he did not mingle with the other Gang members, with the exception of Tommy, but he was very much part of our world for 15 months, and we miss him more than we can say.

He showed up one day at the beginning of March 2015, and started to nap on the neighbour's old tractor in the hangar. This is the first photo I took of him:

He looked pretty rough, dirty and unkempt, and very hungry. I started by putting out some dry food for him near where he slept.

He was completely feral and absolutely did not trust people. He had clearly never been in a home or known any kindness. Strangely, he looked very similar to Manoush, a long-haired kitten who had turned up at the neighbours' back in 2007 and who had died recently from a saddle thrombus. I suspect the two were brothers and one found a home and the other not.


As  the weeks and months passed, I got into a routine of feeding Trav regularly, and he became part of our little community. He quickly understood that Tommy meant him no harm, and he became good friends with Grisette, one of the neighbour cats.

He was an uncut male but, after consulting with my vet, I decided to let him be on that score. He was too feral to catch without causing major trauma. The only medication he had was good food and wormers.

He grew fat, and began to love lounging in the sun, and exploring the fields on a sunny day.

He also discovered the back of my garage and the boxes filled with hay  that provided comfortable bedding.

As winter approached, I made him a comfortable and insulated shelter at the back of the garage although he always preferred his hay boxes! He was often asleep in one when I would come to give him breakfast.  I put the dishes on top of his shelter:

 I was never able to pet him, but I could get closer and closer to him without him running away . Ultimately, the only thing that mattered was that he was safe and had a full tummy.

He suddenly disappeared towards the end of June last year. I wasn't worried at first as he would go walkabout occasionally but after a week, I was really concerned. And then one day, I found him at the back of my garage, in his shelter. He was in terrible shape, badly wounded and covered in maggots. He had probably been run over. I was incredibly touched that he somehow managed to come back to the only home he had ever known. I had no choice but to take him to the vet and help him over the Bridge. I still look for him every day when I go out with Tommy. I had him cremated and his ashes are partly home and partly scattered over the field he loved.

Thank you for sharing a little time with us

In order to celebrate The Traveler, we are running a little commenthaton, and will make a donation to Winnie's Wish in his name.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Tama-Chan Tuesday

Tama-Chan: Well, it got cool, and then it got somewhat hot again, and last night, it started raining which we badly need. It's supposed to continue raining all week, and the temps will go down a lot! What is there to do at such times but look cute?

We have special posts both tomorrow and Thursday and hope you will join us for both. 

Monday, 26 June 2017

Manly Monday

Vidock: OK, Play the music. You know the one... The one from that old TV series... ZORRO!

#1 got me this fly mask. The ears are a bit longer than they need to be and it could be a little longer in the nose, but it's doing a pretty good job. 

 Da Genj: It's fun to sit at the window with your bro and enjoy the breeze!

Then again, it's also nice to hang out in a shady corner of the cat run!

Tommy: When I go out to restaurants, this often happens:

That's Mr. J, one of the two guys who own the restaurant. He almost always brings me some treats!
 It finally cooled off so I went for a walk in the woods with #1!

Da Beebs: How about a handsome profile?

Or an equally handsome sleepy face?

Fernant: Woof! It's me, Fernant. I was at Camp Tommy over the weekend. I really like it there!

Basha here. I just wanted to say hello to the beautiful Loustiquette.

We wish you all a good week!

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Snuggles on Sunday

Tama-Chan: We shared with you how incredibly hot it was here for most of the week and I have to say that it did affect our snuggling a little bit. Nobody had any energy. Still, we soldiered on, and this is what we have for you:

First of all, here I am with my Tommy:

And a slightly blurry Sei-Chan with Tommy:

Sei-Chan decided she needed some direct cuddles with #1 so she went and sat on her in bed!

Of course, this is something that Da Genj does all the time anyway, but this week, he decided to try something different:

And you may remember that Sei-Chan likes to hold paws with #1:

Fernant is with us for the weekend and he loves to snuggle! 

Da Beebs was too busy airing out his paws to snuggle...

And Miss Violette was right at the back of her shelter, hiding from the horseflies, but The Big V was willing!

 Happy Snuggling, Everyone!

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Savage SEIturday!

Sei-Chan: HeeHeehee... Did that title worry you? I didn't really mean it but you know how I have a bit of a reputation as being a scaredy cat? Well, yes... I am cautious and don't hang around too long if there is trouble brewing. But, believe me, I do know how to stand up for myself, and I have proof! #1 managed to catch this shot of me as I was being bothered by a certain unnamed blue boy:

Enough said, right? Except that I did also want to draw your attention to the Beebsy half-brother of mine. Talk about looking all innocent!!!

In other news, I am glad to announce that the heatwave has broken somewhat. It is still warm but nothing as warm as it was. We can all breathe!

Here is a nice sunpuddly shot of me:

And another:

With my new toy from Japan:

Ever since it got hot, I have taken to hanging out in this location. It is a little bit cool:

 Have a great SEIturday, everyone!

Friday, 23 June 2017

Family Friday

Tommy: We love it when the whole family is together at Poupounette Central, even when it's insufferably hot. I have been doing a lot of hanging out with my buddy, Da Beebs:

Da Beebs and Da Genj have been exchanging tips about how best to stay cool:

Mama Tama has been looking cute:

And also hanging with me:

 And Sei-Chan is busy supervising some photo archives of Percheron horses!

And before I leave you, we have a new photo of baby Joy in Japan with her mama. They are so cute together!


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Torrid Thursday

Da Beebs: Torrid really is the only word to describe the weather we have been having. It has been close to 100F (37°C+) for several days. We have two fans going in the study, and one in the bedroom. The downstairs is mercifully naturally cool. We have all been stretched out to the max.

Here I am with my sister Sei-Chan:

And with Tommy:

Da Genj was airing his tummy floofs:

Mama Tama was brave enough to lie in a semi-sunpuddle! Although the tile floor is relatively cool.

 #1 has been back and forth to the garage as she is having issues with the car's AC. Bad timing!

We're hoping it will cool down soon!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Wee Ones on Wednesday

Héloise: Tiny neighs, everyone! It's Héloise. The apple lady tells me that some people have been asking for photos of me, so here I am!

Here I am looking at the big field where the floppy-eared one runs after his ball:

My big sis, Doucette, is now back in the field with my Mama and me:

I use her for shade sometimes!

Joy-Chan: Nyaaaan! That's Japanese for Meow! Do you remember when that #1 lady was in Japan and she showed you some pics of me and my Mama? Well, I have been growing!

I am very good about drinking my milk every day! 

They say I am very cute...