This blog was started in June 2008 by a young sorrel Abyssinian cat called Sen-Chan and a slightly younger English Springer Spaniel called Tommy. The years that followed were full of hellos and goodbyes. Some, like Sen-Chan and Yuu-Chan, were lost very young. Other Abys like Sei-Chan, Bibi, and Genji stayed with us for quite a few years. But they too have gone now, as has Tommy. In the interim, several Percheron horses joined the family, starting with Vidock in 2010, Violette in 2012, and then Hotesse and Heloise in 2020. They contribute to the blog regularly. But the mainstays are Ollie, also an English Springer Spaniel, Tama, an Abyssinian queen who has been with us since late 2008, and Benkei (Benny), a little ruffian who joined us in 2021. We live in rural France, in a region called the Perche, which is famous for its heavy horses.
Tama-Chan: Rain? check. Wind? check. Snuggles? check. This is definitely a day for power snuggling, Dear Friends.To yesterday's pouring rain has now been added gusty wind. We are staying in! Now let's see if #1 managed to achieve her goal of getting snuggle pics of all us in the past week.
Let's start with Genji, power snuggler extraordinaire. His favorite snuggle buddy is #1 and he just crawls onto her at every opportunity, frequently disturbing her when she is trying to work... She's a pretty good sport about it.
Genji also spent time with Tommy who was busy snuggling with his stuffie!
Last week, we were missing a Big V snuggle pic but we do have one this week!
There was three-way snuggling going on with me, Tommy and #1!
I'm sitting on her in case you're wondering.
Here's a nice one of just me and Tommy:
And Tommy curled up with his #1:
A slightly blurry one of Genji and The Beebs:
And this is #1 and The Beebs. She didn't quite manage to get all of him in the photo!
And The Beebs and Tommy:
And a slightly blurry one of Sei-Chan and Tommy:
And one of #1 and Violette!
Hurrah! We have a full count!!! Have a super Snuggly Sunday everyone!
Violette: Pretty Neighs, Everyone! I am really thrilled at having a big post all to myself, and I have lots to tell you about. Let me start by telling you that I too saw the dentist the other day but it wasn't the end of the world (rolls eyes...). #1 says it's probably because I have had a pretty tough life so far and that the dentist was no big deal compared to being out in the freezing cold in February with no shelter or food until #1 started feeding me.
Anyway, the dentist visit turned out to be the occasion for something FUN! I actually got to meet The Big V at last, in person! Everyone had been going on about Vidock, but he had always been elsewhere, and now, there he was, kitty corner(!) across from me! I was so excited!
I think I agree with #1. He really does have doe eyes. Sigh...
Here I am watching him as he undergoes his dental ordeal:
And then he was gone. But my fun was only just beginning! #1 decided that it was time to start grooming me so I got my first experience of a full massage! I was a little bit surprised at first, but it didn't take me long to understand how good it felt. And I looked really good after all the remainders of my winter coat had been brushed away!
I also wanted to introduce you to my new friend, Imperiale. Isn't she gorgeous?
She is a more mature lady horse than I am and has already had several foals, so she can teach me many things (although apparently, right now, according to Ms. S, it is her daughter Toune who is busy teaching me how to be naughty... neeeeeeeigh!).
Tama-Chan: So here I am, Dear Friends, as promised. I did feel bad for my big horse brother so it was natural that I would give him space to vent. Anyway, the weather today is a little bit less bad than it was yesterday. At least, it seems to be getting warmer, although they are forecasting rain for the next 10 days...
With it being so dark and grey, there haven't been a lot of photo ops lately. I have been doing my usual guarding of #1's chair...
And spending time grooming:
And generally supervising...
But to be honest, it has been mainly this:
In closing, here are some blooms from our "Kanzan" cherry tree. It has managed to flower despite the awful weather and we are very thankful for that!
Tom: We keep thinking that the weather can't possibly get any worse, but it does! This morning, #1 and I braved howling winds and driving rain, and a temperature of 6C (48F). She kept telling me that the very fact that she came out in that and even played ball with me for 10 minutes was real proof of the extent of her love for me! This was the scene on our return:
We did get a little bit of a respite yesterday evening so we thought we would share a sky shot with you:
Vidock would like to say a big thank you for all the nice comments. He is feeling fine. For those of you who were puzzled by the procedure, the teeth that were taken out were wolf teeth and milk teeth. At his age, milk teeth need to come out to make room for adult teeth, but they're not always willing. And by the way, horses don't get cavities!
And in caae you were wondering, the girls will be getting the next three posts!
Vidock: Neigh everyone! Sweet Tama-Chan said I could have this post (she is getting Thursday instead) so I could tell you about my unbelievably awful experience yesterday. Let me warn you that this is not for the faint of heart. If you are squeamish, you had better stop reading right now!
Now, many of your talk with apprehension of visits to the vet, but I have found out that there is something much, MUCH worse out there. It is called the DENTIST! We horses need to see the dentist quite regularly to make sure that everything is operational and we can eat properly. Uneven and otherwise bad teeth can make it really hard for a horse to eat.
So, anyway, yesterday was my first time. Viking and I were brought up first and put in adjoining boxes where we discussed the situation:
And then this guy came at me and put this medieval torture contraption in my mouth!
Oh, the unbelievable awfulness of it!
Just look at that sadistic smile...
And the fruits of his appalling labours...
And look at the state I was in by the end of it!
Fortunately, #1 cleaned me up and I have lost nothing of my handsomeness!
So, in conclusion, all I can advise to you, My Friends, is that if anyone mentions the"D" word, run like the wind!
Tom: The weather continues both peculiar and annoying. Within a single hour, we can have everything from hail to glorious sunshine and back. It's crazy, and #1 has been bundling up and wearing her woolly hat! Anyway, it has not stopped me having a good time! The other day, I spent a pleasant moment with my very curly friend, Lola:
They have just moved and are still "under construction."
I also went on a horse viewing adventure with #1 and found a pond to paddle in:
And I hung out with my bro Vidock as well!
But Vidock mostly seems to prefer Big Tom's company...
Maybe Big Tom gives him advice about girls
Vidock said he just had to share this photo of his Dad, Orgueil, looking very manly...!
As for those two pussycat bros of mine, The Beebs continues to look for opportunities to escape but has been foiled by #1 so far!
And Genji continues to practice his manly look!
And that is our Manly Monday for you. We hope you enjoyed it!
Tama-Chan: You remember the pathetic effort last week when #1 did not have a photo of me snuggling to include? I did give her due warning and she listened, so here you are:, or rather, here I am with Tommy
Tommy has also been snuggling with Sei-Chan, of course:
And with Genji!
All, however, is not well as she did not manage to get a photo of My Bibi snuggling this week! All she got was this "stacked snoozing by Les Boys" shot...
Actually, we're short of a Vidock snuggle photo as well, although our big snuggle-filly Violette came through once again!
Maybe next week, #1 can get snuggle photos of all of us! Let's make that a project for the coming week, shall we? In the meantime, we wish you all a Very Snuggly Sunday!