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.
Sei-Chan: Dear Friends, #1 has hurt herself. She was riding Violette yesterday when the beautiful girl spooked at something, probably a bite by one of those evil insects. Anyway, Violette barrelled into another horse and #1's right leg got caught between the two. Not sure exactly what happened but there appears to be tendon damage on her quadriceps and she has to take it very easy for the next few days. We are all looking after her.
Violette: Pretty Neighs, EveryFriend! I have some fun stuff to share with you today. As you know, #1 has now been riding me for about three months and we have both been enjoying that a lot. But that was not the end of my basic schooling! The next step is driving. I shall be learning to pull a vehicle and so will be able to take a bunch of people out for fun times rather than just one on my back.
The first step towards "learning to drive" is something called the long reins, and so #1 and I started out together, along with our teacher, Mr. L:
#1 says I was a really good girl and so quick to learn!
And here I am afterwards, waiting for my treat bucket:
Vidock: Studly Neighs, Pals! #1 tells me that she is going to be riding me again tomorrow or the next day. I can't wait! In the meantime, Dr. R came over to give me my annual shots and check-up. Dr. R has seen so many badly cared-for Percherons that he ended up believing that there was no such thing as a truly healthy and beautiful Percheron. But then he met Violette, and a couple of days ago, he met me!
I think he has changed his mind!
Now I am told that, on some blogs, Wednesday is a day for "Whiskers" so I decided to submit this photo under the title of "Whiskery Whinnies":
Tama-Chan: Come close and let me mesmerise you, so that you will want to do nothing other than groom me with the Zoom Groom for hours on end, after which you will play with me with the little red dot machine....
Right, where was I? I think I ended up mesmerising myself...
Most of you will surely agree that there are few things more pleasant than lying on an item of your person's clothing:
I have had a very pleasant few days. #1 spent quite a lot of time over the weekend watching the European Dressage Chanpionships in which two individual gold medals were won by the amazing Charlotte Dujardin and her wonder horse, Valegro. I kept her company:
And eventually convinced #1 that she could give me a Zoom Groom session whilst watching:
I have also been lurking in one of the cubes in the bedroom, from where I get an excellent view of all the treat traffic!
Here's hoping that these delightful late summer moments continue for a while...
Sei-Chan: Sorry to be a little late in posting today. We had friends to dinner last night and ended up sleeping in this morning. We are very good that way, just sleeping with #1 until she gets up, rather than insisting on the same time each day.
We had really nice weather all week, giving plenty of opportunity for sunpuddle furtanning:
Even though he can be a bit of a rascal, sometimes it's fun to lizard-watch with young Genji:
I have also done further work on the dangle and have developed a "sports" version:
Or should it be called the "Pre-Whap" version?!
I think I need to ponder on that a while...
Today, we would also like to pay our respects to a very lovely lady who ran off to the Bridge this week. Each summer, our #1 enjoyed visiting the sweet BITZ in Prince Edward Island. She was a mature lady and very lovely. She became very suddenly and desperately ill, and nothing could be done to save her. She is now running like a kitten at the Bridge, reunited with her pal Fitzroy (FITZ).