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.
Ollie: Woofs, Everyone! You want manly? I have manly for you! Mr. G and I went on 12km walk/run in one and a half hours. I think we might become long-distance running partners!
#1 is moving from Hokkaido, in the north of Japan, to Tokyo today. She has a very full schedule once again, and we are not sure whether we will be able to post during the week. We will try to include at least one post, but make no promises. Our apologies also for the lack of comments. #1 says she has only been gone for a week but has done so much that she feels she has been gone for a month already!
Tama-Chan: #1 has been crazy busy all this week, and the lecture she was invited to Japan to give was yesterday. It was a lecture on horses in France hosted by the Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Science. We are relieved to hear it went very well!
I am also relieved to tell you that, in the midst of all the madness, #1 also found the time to start doing a little shopping for us!
There will be more, but it's a good start! #1 says to tell you that we will try to visit some blogs tomorrow.
Rainbow Tommy: Woofs, Everyone! It has been quite a week with #1 in northern Japan. At last, she has been in northern Japan and so, far away from that monster typhoon! Anyway, I kept a close eye on her last week, and "strangely", this picture kept popping up on her Mac!
As for Da Beebs, he has been fluttering around her in the shape of a butterfly! She immediately knew him too!
So, Beebs and I are now returning to the Bridge and Sei-Chan and Sen-Chan are taking over. I know they will do a great job!
PS: For those of you who have been worried about #1 being in Japan, with that monster typhoon approaching, she is way up north, on the island of Hokkaido, so she should be fine. She is scheduled to fly down to Tokyo on Monday, however. We will keep you posted.
#1 here. As those of you on Facebook will know, my time in Japan has been very much centred on horses so far, but this does not mean that it has been catless!
On Tuesday, I spent part of the day with friends at the racecourse. He is a trainer and she is general caretaker and does all the horse decorations. Aside from horses, they love cats and have several. Today, I would like to introduce the very handsome Fuku-Chan:
This magnificent panther came to his owners when he was a tiny kitten, and he is now 16 years old.
He is much loved by Ms. Y!
He loves the special "Chûru" creamy treats!
But, you see, Fuku-Chan is diabetic and he needs daily insulin injections. Ms. M, Ms. Y's daughter, tests him to adjust the levels as needed:
And then he gets exactly the right amount of insulin.
Tama & Genji: Even though we are not thankful for #1 being away for such a long time, we are really thankful that we have Mr. G and Ms. N who take such wonderful care of us, so we don't feel lonely or sad.
Don't forget to join us tomorrow for a special edition of Feline Friday!
Ollie: Woof, Woof, everyone! Ollie here! I thought you would like some news of me! I am doing really well, and am being exceptionally well taken care of by Mr. G and Ms. N. And I have some pics taken by Mr. G to share with you!
I get to spend some quality time with my little buddy, Tora-Chan:
And Ms. N is making sure that my ears and the rest of me are properly combed!
PS: #1 is having a great time from what we hear! Tama an Genji will report tomorrow.
#1 here. Had I needed some proof that Tommy was indeed accompanying me this week, I got it in the most extraordinary way yesterday. I was at a meeting with someone about one of my upcoming conferences and she brought over a book of pictures by my late Japanese photographer friend. This was the first page at which she, by chance, opened the book:
Pretty amazing, don't you think? There he was... looking straight at me with that beautiful smile.