Monday 9 February 2009

Sen-Chan Won "Best Brofur of the Year"!

We were absolutely thrilled to find out this morning that Sen-Chan had come first in the "Best Brofur of the Year" 2008 contest run by The Cats Stephens! We would like to thank everyone who voted for him, and to congratulate not just the other winners, but all the contestants. Every single one is/was a special kitty or woofie. We will apparently be receiving winner badges to display on our websites but, in the interim, we would like to devote this column to some of the best shots of Sen-Chan being the exceptional brother he was. 

When he first came to live here, he was the only "4-Paws" in the house, but we had frequent visits from the neighbours' dog, Madrac, who herself went to the Bridge last month. Sen-Chan welcomed her with open paws from Day One:

Tom came home one month after Sen-Chan and the two were best friends right from the start, and shared snuggles, sleeptime and playtime:

And then, on October 20th, Tama-Chan came to live with us. She was terrified of Sen-Chan at first, hissing and growling at him with all her might, but he would not give up on her, and kept reaching out to her until she understood that he only wanted to love her.

Of course, he and Tom remained best friends through all this:

But the bond between the two cats was such a joy to see.

As you know, Sen-Chan left us very suddenly to go to the Bridge on January 2nd. We are all still reeling from the shock and miss him every minute of every day. But, Tommy obviously learned a lot from him, and as soon as Sen-Chan was gone, he immediately took over care of little Tama-Chan, and has been her friend, guardian and prince ever since. The lesson of love that Sen-Chan taught us all will always be with us. 


  1. Ohhhh, we just knew it had to be Sen-Chan! Concats, concats, concats! He so deserves this title! We are very touched by this lovely post about him. What a beautiful lesson to receive.
    A lot of purrs, Siena, Chilli & Britta

  2. Congratulations to your wonderful brother. He is a very deserving winner:) This was such a lovely post in his honour.

  3. What a lovely post. We are so happy that Sen-Chan received the honor. He was a wonderfyl brother and touched so many of our lives.

  4. We're all so pleased that Sen-Chan won. He certainly deserved it! And what a sweet retrospective of his all-too short life. He was one of those "pay it forward" kitties...he made life better for his companions like Tom and Tana-Chan and now that he's gone, they can carry on the lessons he taught on how to get along and be good siblings.

  5. We are furry glad that sen_chan won the honour. He was a great broffur and we had always enjoyed reading his outdoor adventures. I am not such a good broffur to the amigos but I try always.The pictures were just purrfect.


  6. So happy to read that he won! Mom is crying, and we send cuddles to everyone!

  7. Congratulations, and what wonderful pictures & story!

  8. Congrats to Sen-Chan! He truly was an amazing brother! Your post was a beautiful tribute to him and all the love he brought to your family.

  9. Oh goodness I'm leaking badly now... I miss my sweet Sen-Chan so much still, I guess I always will to some extent just like you do Tama-Chan and you too Tommy. But I have such a big belly full of kittens now and just days more to go until they are ready to be born! :) I know Sen-Chan would be very supportive of me at this time and luckily my brother Ramses is here to help, along with Mummy and Daddy - not forgetting D'Boy! ;)

    Anyway you can see my huge belly today Tama-Chan, I can feel the little kittens moving in it quite often and Mummy can even see them sometimes, but they're tightly packed it seems so she'll just have to wait a few more days to know how many I have! ;)


  10. I am so happy that Sen-Chan winned! Now, whenever you look at the beautiful blanket and badge, you can think of him and his spirit will keep you warm.

  11. Well deserved, congratulations, and thank you for sharing this lovely pictures

    ViVi & AB

  12. We is so happy! Concatulations!

  13. Congratulations! Those photos were so wonderful! Sen-Chan deserves such a nice award!

  14. Yay for Sen-Chan!

    You were all so lucky to have such a special kitteh in your life, even though it was only for a short time.

  15. Congratz! We voted for Sen-Chan. We love seeing him and remembering him, too.

    Abby & Stygia

  16. Congratulations, we are glad to read that Sen-Chan won. We voted for him too.

    Love the post today and all the wonderful pictures!!!

    Luna, Luzie and Olli

  17. we are so happy that Sen-Chan won. that's a wonderful honor for our precious departed friend. those photos of Sen-Chan with Tom and Tama-Chan are so cool. we love the one of the two cats together where they are all squity-eyed. so wonderful.


  18. Congratulations! Sen-Chan is the best fur brother ever. We are glad that we got the chance to know him, even if it was just for a little bit. Hugs and purrs to all of you.

  19. I am so very happy that Sen-Chan won!
    He was a very special boy, and is missed by many many of us..

    We loved this post, because it is wonderful to talk about our dear families that have passed over and celebrate their life, for you and for us :))

    Warm smiley hugs :))

  20. We still miss Sen-Chan very much. He was such a joy!

    -Gandalf and Grayson

  21. Beautiful post....So happy for Sen-Chan..we are giving him a big applause..:)

  22. I'm so glad Sen-Chan won!!!That is a lovely story and great pics!!!I would like to have a cat like that by my side...My Mico is not so kind...probably because he didn't have any socialization,so he's half wild..
    Kisses and hugs,

  23. Woohoo!!!! Congratulations on your award. Even though Mica is a wonderful catbro, I think Sen-Chan deserves the honor paws down.

    What a wonderful tribute to an extraordinary Aby!

    Your pal,


  24. Yay! What a wonderful way to honor his memory.

  25. Tama-Chan,

    We were so busy with the Inaugural Ball preparations...that we just found out that Sen-Chan won Best Brofur! We knew when everyone read his and your was a very special relationship and as you know, in so many ways, he is still there with you.


    Teri and the cats of Furrydance

  26. Congratulations!
    I really love your pictures. Sen chan was a very beautiful cat.
    I know Tom kun understands his position. You are very smart, Tom kun!

  27. A wonderful honor for a wonderful brother!

    I can see that he was the best brother ever!!!

    These pictures are just precious!

    Lots of Luv & Kisses
    Addie and Lucie

  28. Sen-Chan was a gracious mancat in every sense of the word. He is probably giving etiquette classes on the Bridge.

    Congrats out to you, Sen-Chan!!!

    Purrs Goldie


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