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.
Tommy: It's me again! I think I may have overdone it a bit with the playing yesterday and I have a sore paw today. So, #1 has put me on Rimadyl and bed rest. It's not too bad as it's rather grey today. But I would appreciate a few woofs and purrs of encouragement. In the meantime, I am snuggling with my orange ball and dreaming of tearing through the fields again soon...
Tom: Happy New Week, Everyone! Tommy here, at your service to report on the overwhelming manliness at Poupounette Central.
I think I shall start with our newest neighbour. He just moved into the field where Violette used to live, with his Mummy. We think he's not far from being a newborn but he is showing signs of growing into a very manly moo, don't you think?
As for me, I have been having lots of fun with Harley:
And enjoying the flowers!
Vidock: Studly Neighs, One and All! I have been very busy showing off how handsome I am!
Don't you agree?
Gen-Chan: I am my #1's beautiful Blue Boy!
I love to explore under one or other of my sisters' watchful eyes:
Sei-Chan: May I first start with warm thanks to all of you for your kind words about my vet visit, blood test and resulting diet change. I so appreciate your kindness and support! #1 is looking after me really well and making sure I get to eat my meals in peace. In fact, she says it's harder feeding the others in the new way, in particular Bib-Chan who has always been very fussy.
I have to say, though, that The Beebs has been unexpectedly sweet in his moral support!
I have decided that he is a pretty good little brother after all...
So, here I am contemplating my lifestyle change whilst enjoying a nice sunpuddle:
As you can see from the photos, we've had some lovely weather this past week and then, yesterday, it turned grey and really cold again! We all thought about crossing our paws that that won't last, but then we decided to cross our tails instead!
Vidock: Studly Neighs, Everyone! Did you miss me? I certainly missed all of you but I suppose being a gentleman includes give my sis Violette blog time, right?
Anyway, I have moved to my new field which is really nice. It's big so I can move around it at top speed:
And there are beautiful views over verdant pastures and lots of lovely girls!
SO MANY GIRLS!
Gotta keep cool and concentrate on my apples and carrots!
As a special favour, I am giving some extra airtime to my bro Floppy-Ears Tommy:
Tom: I just wanted to share with you a short video that #1 took of me yesterday afternoon as I galloped around the big field in the sunshine. You can see my ears flying and hear the birds singing! If you cannot see the video below, you can watch it on YouTube here.
Tom: Woofs Everyone, Tommy here! You all know that #1 taught me a long time ago that I should never harm any other living being, and I am always very good about that when I am out and about. Lately, when we go out late at night, i have added a new twist to this: I let #1 know when our friend Mr. Hedgehog is out in the garden! That way, she can put a little food out for him.
It's hard to take photos at night, but here he is:
We have decided to call him "Thor"! So, as full "outside members" of the Poupounette Gang, that makes Rufus and Thor. Now we are waiting to see if our barn owl family is active again this summer.
In other news, the first day of Sei-Chan's diet went quite well. We think she is quite enjoying the individual attention! The other kitties are a little puzzled, however, at the disappearance of their usual buffet.
I have been having fun running around in the fields where the grass is growing fast and the dandelions are blooming!
Even though it's now been dry for several days, I managed to find the one remaining mud puddle to lie in a couple of days ago. #1 was not amused, and I got the hose...
So now I'm back to looking my usual sparkling clean self!
Finally, today being gardening day, I should tell you that our big cherry tree has finally begun to bloom:
And our bluebells are in bloom!
Of course, the bluebells are wild so there was no gardening involved!
Violette: Pretty Neighs, Dear Friends! Today's post is apparently ALL mine, but I shall start it off with a photo of my little kitty sis, Sei-Chan:
This was her taking it easy after she got home from Dr. C's yesterday. #1 spoke with Dr. C in the afternoon and her bloodwork was all fine, so there is nothing to worry about there. They will start implementing the new feeding regimen today. I wish them good luck! And by the way, I am due for my shots too but, in my case, the vet actually comes to me. And guess what? My vet is Dr. C's husband, Dr. R! He specialises in horses and other large animals.
Anyway, onto other, more interesting stuff! #1 and I had the most amazing photo shoots over the past week. Just look:
In other news, #1 has been told that I should be ready for her to ride within two weeks, so my schooling is picking up pace. The other day, I started working in the ring with Mr. L:
But then, he asked #1 to come into the ring and gave her the lunging rein!
#1 had never done that before, so it was a case of both of us going to school together!