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.