Sunday, 29 June 2014

Our Sixth Blogaversary!

Tom: Six years! It was six years ago, on a Sunday just like today, that we wrote our very first post! Back in those days, it was just Sen-Chan and me, and you can find that first post here.

We were wondering how to do this anniversary blogpost and we thought we would look back on the posts that cover our arrivals. Of course, Sen-Chan and I were already here when the blog started (Sen-Chan arrived in October and I arrived in December, 2007), so here are a couple of pictures of us from around that time.

Here is a pic of #1 with Sen-Chan, taken on his first (and sadly only) birtthday, on July 9, 2008:

And one of me showing my best smile, also taken in early July 2008:

The next one to join the Poupounette was Tama-Chan, in October 2008. Here is her first post. And here is a pic of her from that week:

We lost sweet Sen-Chan in January 2009, and little Sei-Chan moved in with us in March, initially with her mother, and initially thought to be a boy! It's hard to pinpoint a debut post, but here is one celebrating her SixWeekDay! She was almost too cute to bear, and her Mama, Viña del Mar (who just happens to be Tama's GrandMama!), was a real beauty! Here are the two of them:

In October of the same year, we were really lucky to welcome another red Aby, Yuu-Chan, who turned out to be one of the sweetest kitties ever. He had stayed at Poupounette Central several times with his siblings when very little…

He is the one on the left in the photo above. He moved in with us full-time in October 2009. His introductory post is here.

Did we mention that Yuu-Chan was sweet? Everyone adored him, Here he is with Sei-Chan:

When Tama-Chan came to live with us, the deal with her breeder was that she would produce one litter of kittens and then be spayed, and all the kittens would go to him. Tama-Chan had her litter of 4 kittens on December 4th 2009, and one of them decided, as soon as he could see and walk, that he was staying right here. Thus Beebs joined the Poupounette Gang!

Da Beebs has always been here, so we'll use the first SoS he featured in, two days after he was born, here. And here is a pic of him with his two brothers and sister, taken when they were just over three months old. Da Beebs is wearing the collar:

Yuu-chan was felled by the same awful FeLV as Sen-Chan in September 2010. We were all heart-broken. A couple of weeks later, #1 introduced the latest member of the Poupounette Gang, the first one to reside "extra-muros". The Big V (who was little back then) was introduced in this post. Back then, we thought that Vidock would grow to be 16 to 17 hands high. He is actually closer to 18!

I was, and still am, the only one who actually got to "hang" with Vidock:

It took more than 18 months for #1 to even consider getting another kitty after Yuu-Chan went to the Bridge, but in July 2011, our little blue boy, Genji, joined the family! You can read his first post here. He very quickly made himself at home!

We thought the family was complete then, but there was still a very large surprise to come! We had been writing in the blog for some months about the mare who was abandoned in the field next to the house when, finally, #1 decided to adopt her in March 2012! Our sweet Violette introduced herself to our readers in this post. Initially, she was only supposed to stay for a while, but she turned out to be a fabulous foster fail!

Here is a photo of #1 with Violette on the day she moved to her new home:

With Violette's arrival, we became eight, including #1. Four girls and four boys for perfect balance! We love blogging and sharing our adventures with friends across the globe. Long may it continue!

Now, we wanted to do something special to celebrate, something that would have the "Poupounette Stamp" on it, so we are holding a Blogaversary draw with, as a prize, a Vidock lucky horseshoe which we will happily ship anywhere in the world. Here it is:

This shoe is extra special as it was worn by Vidock during his training to drive and log! If you would like to be entered for the draw, please leave a comment. You can also enter if you leave comments but do not have a blog!


  1. Wow, so much has happened in your lives in 6 years! Especially compared to us, where we are all the same as we were in 2008! Happy blogoversary, special friends!

  2. Such a joy to see all the old pics of the Chans and the Vs ~ we have loved you all, and cried with you when some left for the Bridge.
    We hope you have many more happy blogging years ahead ~ and although we don't blog much these days we love following you on FB.
    Oh ~ and we would sooooo love that lucky horse shoe ~ or one from beautiful Violette.
    Happy Blogerversary to you all. xx

  3. What a milestone ! SIX years blogging, wow ! And six years of sweet memories... Concatulations ! We wish you many many more blogging years ahead ! Vidock's horseshoe is a very special prize, we would love to get get it ! Purrs

  4. Happy Blog-A-Versary!

    Sending Hugs, Ear Sctaches, and Nose Kisses!

    Love Chingmy, Angel Bolo and Family

  5. I want it Undercarriage! Send it to me please!

  6. Congratulations on the Poupounette blog anniversary! Six years of wonderful photos and adventures, with many devoted followers around the world. Here's to many more years to follow!

  7. Happy 6th Blogoversary !
    How nice to document the years and see the family grow. You are all special and we look forward to more years of you all sharing your lives and fun with us :)
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

  8. A very Happy Blogoversary to all of you. That was great fun hearing all about all the members of your family. Sure glad you started blogging. We enjoy hearing about all of you. Take care.

  9. What a great look back...though bittersweet in some instances.

    Happy Blogoversary to you all!

  10. Congratulations on the 6th anniversary of your blog!I love being connected every day to all the members of The Poupounette; it's a wonderful way to start my day on the US west coast!

  11. A Super Happy Blogaversary to all of you! We loved the trip down memory lane. It would be so cool to have one of the Big V's shoes. I'm sure it would bring us lots of luck.

  12. Congrats on your 6th blogversary (we weren't even born then!). We hope you have a lovely day and know it will be filled with love.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  13. Congratulations!!! If you ever want to throw Violette's or Vidocks shoe away, throw it this way
    Lily & Edward

  14. Felicitations! Congratulations from all of us on your red-letter day.

  15. That would be so cool to have one of Vidock's horseshoes!!!!!! He's like a movie star hehehe.

    Happy blog-a-versary!!!!

  16. Happy Blogoversary!! Your family has grown very big! I enjoyed all the photos and stories of their arrival :-)
    Have a great day everyone!

  17. Happy Sixth blogoversary. We are always surprised at how much time has passed, yet how much we remember of all those happenings.

  18. The Gang has grown to accomodate #1's big heart, and many congratulations on your sixth blogoversary - quite an achievement! We love it, 'unbearably sweet' - yes, we know that only too well ,hehehehe.
    here's to man, many more blogging years. A pint of catnip is raised here in your honour.

  19. Happy blogaversary to the Pouponette Gang! Thank you for sharing the posts of the arrivals as I found you later so I now know how each family member came to join the family. Thank you for posting - love the wonderful updates from #1, the cats, and the horses!!

  20. Sally, Nikko and Amber29 June 2014 at 19:39

    A very Happy Blogoversary!! We have been a faithful reader since Tama had her babies. Thank you for sharing your wonderful adventures. Here's to many more bologoversaries!

  21. How quickly time goes by! I've been reading since Tama joined the gang. Thanks so much for the lively trip down memory lane.

    Lizzie & 2 kitties

  22. Happy Blogoversary! We've enjoyed many, many of your posts and look forward to continuing!


  23. A very happy blogoversary to you and all the gang! I'm blogless but have been following you for quite a while, and I just love your wonderful assorted household. A Vidock shoe would be marvelous! I'll bet it's HUGE, too. :-)

  24. Happy Blogoversary! Yours has always been one of our absolute favorite blogs to visit. Viewing your beautiful photography, reading about your fun and interesting adventures, and seeing what wonderful lives you live always makes our day brighter. Thank you for sharing it with us. We think Vidock's lucky horseshoe is an awesome prize and would like to be entered for the draw.

  25. Happy Blogoversary!!! What a fabulous look back...though sometimes sad, it made us smile. We have loved getting to know all of you and can't wait for future adventures!

  26. Happy Blogoversary to all of you. It was nice to take a walk down memory lane with you and see your happy times and some sad as I only found you in later years. I wish you many more happy years of blogging.

  27. We sure did enjoy this post, except for the sad parts, and we loved the photos, Happy Blogoversary gang!!! Oh, we would love to win the shoe!

  28. OH OH OH OH! Mommy and I would be truly honored if we were fortunate enough to win Vidocks shoe. We adore him as I know he already knows. Good luck to us in the draw. And Mom and I both LOVED the post and the links and the back stories. Thank you for those. Luck to us each one who are hoping for the Big V's shoe.

  29. Oh my goodness you have all had such a busy six years! Happy Happy Bloggaversary! You are a wonderful family that is for sure! Thank you Tommy for hosting and thank you for all the links. We would love to be entered into the drawing for Big V's horseshoe!
    Marty and Mom

  30. Happy Blogoversary to you all. We are happy to have gotten to know you over the years.

  31. We have absolutely loved being along for the ride the past six years...we've learned so much from all of you about so many different things! We are honored that you're our pals.

    Happy Blogaversary...and we'd like to try for the lucky shoe!

  32. I found your bog when researching HAJIME calendars. You had the same cat calendar! When I saw you had Abys (always wanted one), lived in France (always wanted to), had horses (loved visiting the studs in Cluny and Chantilly), beside the Japan connection (visited twice) I knew you were a blog to save. Have been visiting you daily since. Congratulations of 6 years! (Love the squirrels, too!) A shoe from Vidock would be a treasure!!

  33. What a wonderful post - loved catching up (because we didn't know about blogs when you started, so we didn't know about you) on all the kitten pics and colt posts. It's so interesting how Vidock's coloring has become lighter and more dappled, just like his dad.
    Happy Blogaversary!!

  34. Happy Blogaversary! Such a beautiful, loved family. Each and every one of you are very special to us. God bless you.

    1. P.S. Sen-Chan and I share the same birthday! I'm very


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