Thursday, 29 June 2017

Our 9th Blogoversary!

Tommy: Nine years ago, my buddy Sen-Chan and I decided, with #1's approval, to start a blog. Sen-Chan's nickname was "Poupounet" and so we though that "Poupounette" would be a good name for our new endeavour. Neither of us was even a year old at the time, and so it was a journey of discovery for us. You can find our very first blog post here. And here is a photo of the two of us when we were young!

I cannot believe that nine whole years have passed since then. Sweet Sen-Chan went to the Bridge in January 2010, but I have continued to blog with the help of every one of my siblings as they came along. We love to blog and share our adventures, and really enjoy the friends we have made over the years. We are pretty regular bloggers, and have managed to blog every single day for the last five years! We have totalled close to 600,000 page views over the years and almost 58,000 comments.

I was pondering with #1 how best to do this post and we decided that we would link back to the posts celebrating the arrival of each of us. Of course, in my case, it is the first post, and the same holds true for Sen-Chan. The next one to arrive at Poupounette Central and who therefore knew both me and Sen-Chan was Tama-Chan. Here is the post in which Sen-Chan describes her arrival. Here she is with #1 a few days after her arrival:

The next one to join the family was Sei-Chan. Her arrival was somehow protracted as she first moved here in the spring of 2009 when she was four weeks old, along with her Mama, Viña Del Mar, and they stayed in the back room for almost two months. The post of her official move to the main part of the house is here, and here is a photo of her and Tama-Chan in the early days:

Sei-Chan was followed by sweet Yuu-Chan whose time with us was all too short (he was felled by FeLV when only 15 months old). He had also spent time here as a tiny kitten with his siblings. The first post he penned after moving in in early October 2009 is here. Yuu-Chan was sweetness made cat and he and Sei-Chan were particularly close:

Of all the members of the Poupounette Gang, only one is truly home grown and that is Da Beebs, He was born at the vet's by Caesarian on December 4th, 2009, and came home that same day! The post depicting the arrival of "The Fabulous Four" is here. And, needless to say, the squee factor went through the roof:

After Yuu-Chan left us in September 2010, #1 decided she needed something really large to hug and so The Big V came into our lives in October 2010. His first post, and the first Wednesday Whinnies, is here. He was quite little back then, you know... and much darker than he is now!

Eventually, though, # decided that Da Beebs really needed a playmate, as the girls didn't enjoy his boisterous nature very much, and so Genji, aka Da-Genj or Gen-Chan, came long in July 2011. His arrival post is here. It took him a little time to grow into his ears:

The last addition to our current family came in  March 2012. Violette had been living in the field next to the house all winter, and #1 wanted to get her out of there and find her a good home. So, she decided to buy her and have her trained so she could sell her. Five years later, you know how that project turned out... A major foster fail. You can find her first post here. And here is a photo of Violette the day after she joined the Gang:

Ever since the Gang has been complete, we have blogged every single day, despite #1's propensity for going away and travelling the world (guess what? She is leaving again tomorrow, but will only be good over the weekend). We are already looking forward to our 10th anniversary next year and to many more years of blogging.

If you have managed to read all the way down to here, we also wanted to say that we will be drawing a name out of the comments on this post to send a small gift celebrating our blogoversary!


  1. Happy Blog-o-versary... 9 years... that sounds like such a long time, but it still feels like yesterday as we wrote our first post.... all the best for the next 9(9) years :o)

  2. Happy birthday ! et merci de blogger quotidiennement (c'est rare...), j'ai découvert votre blog il y a un an et je suis fidèle tous les jours au rdv, cela fait du bien de voir des animaux aussi bien aimés, et cette entente entre eux. Une bulle d'oxygène que je savoure de mon bureau à Paris, ainsi qu'un petit exercice d'anglais !
    Have a nice day and year until the next Blogoversary. M

    1. Merci de votre gentil commentaire et très heureuse de vous faire un petit peu plaisir au quotidien!

  3. Happy 9th Blogoversary!
    We have enjoyed being a part of much of your journey :)
    We look forward to many more posts too.
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

  4. Happy Blogoversary!!!!!! We are so happy we have been able to get to know you through your blog. Sorry we don't get to comment much, but we do read all your post.

  5. Happy Blogoversary!!! It was nice to see all of you and how you arrived. Here's to many more years.

  6. Congratulations! I love starting my day with news of Poupounette Central!

  7. Happy 9th Blogoversary! Wow! We cannot believe it has been nine years already! Some of us here remember many of the additions made over the years to your wonderful family.We are happy that you have been dedicated to blogging and in so doing, allowed us in turn to share your daily adventures. Knowing you exist and thrive in this world at the same time we attempt to do the same, is truly uplifting despite the many miles which separate us! Here's to many more years of sharing adventures and friendship.

    Your faraway friends in faraway Vancouver, Canada,

    Sophie and the critters in the cottage xo

  8. Happy Blogoversary!! It has been quite the adventure and we look forward to many more.

  9. I am a relative newbie here, so it's great to learn the history of your blog. Happy Blogoversary, and hugs and warm thoughts to all your animal friends, both those here on earth and the one's waiting at The Rainbow Bridge.

  10. Happy 9th blogoversary! It's wonderful your family has grown so big over the years. Lovely to read about each of your family members, both here and at Rainbow Bridge. Thank you for sharing all your adventures!

  11. Oh wow, nine years! You are all so committed to your blog (and so good at Sunday snuggles), it is something for all of us readers to aspire to. This post was great for me because I'd managed to miss most of those posts about everyone arriving.

    (And good on you, #1, for getting that horse you'd always wanted - and the extra one!)

    Happy blogaversary! <3

  12. We sure enjoyed all of those wonderful photos. Happy Blogoversary from all of us!

  13. Congratulations! We love the way your #1 has set up your narrative. The stories were wonderful! Our mum was delighted to find she shares the same birth month and day as Sen-Chan. We appreciate all of the work #1 does to bring us such beautiful photos and lovely stories of your life in France. Well done all!

  14. Happy 9th Blogoversary ! We wish you many many more. We enjoyed reading the story of every member of the Poupounette Gang ! Purrs

  15. Happy Blogoversary! Somehow this missed our Feedly reader but we caught it off Facebook. We love reading your blog and experiencing a slice of life in France. Our mom dreams of visiting your country someday but if that never comes at least she can visit through your blog.

  16. Happy Blogoversary! you started blogging the day after I was born! Almost twins.

  17. Happy 9th blogoversary ! I came late to reading your blog (only within the last year) so I was glad to learn the backstories of everyone ! Keep on blogging !

  18. Happy Blogoversary! 9 years is amazing. And we are SO impressed that you have been able to blog everyday even with #1 traveling.

  19. A big, happy blogoversary to you all! I'm especially impressed that you guys manage to blog every day, even when #1 is on one of her long trips!

  20. A very happy blogoversary to all of you at Poupounette Central!
    I never realised that Vidock became part of the family when he was that young. His first post made me laugh when he called Tommy Mr Floppy Ears.

  21. Happy Blogaversary!!! 9 years is a long time. We aren't sure if we have followed you that whole time, but we think it is pretty close. We love your blog and love reading about all of your adventures, #1's and all the furries. We hope you have at least another 9 more ahead of you.

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

  22. C'est beau cette persévérance.
    Bon anniversaire au blog.
    C'est ... dommage que les percherons deviennent gris. Ils étaient absolument magnifique Vidock.

  23. WOO HOO!!!!!! Happy 9th Bloggie versary to you #1 an Chan Kittiess an Tommy doggie an Vee Horsesss!! What an acheevemint this iss!!! Mee an LadyMum are trulee amazed...LadyMum says yur thee QUEEN of Bloggin Numburr #1...mee has to agree!!!
    All thee postss are so sweet an wee are blessed to call youss' our furendss!!
    ~~~head rubsss~~~ Siddhartha Henry~~~ an (((hugs))) LadyMum


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