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: It is COLD!!! Just a few days ago, we still had warm temperatures and sunpuddles and then, all of a sudden, it's winter! We are all looking for cozy places to sleep, and I came across my Tomy's new Cuddl Duds throw!
#1 has not yet unpacked properly from her trip to the US. If she doesn't hurry up, she won't have unpacked by the time she needs to pack again for Japan!
Whilst she is here, I am back to supervising her morning ablutions:
Da Genj: It has suddenly gotten a whole lot colder and, with the move back to winter time this weekend, it is now dark a little after 8pm. So, we are very mush into cocooning mode at Poupounette Central.
Tommy: I have a beautiful new, ultra-soft throw that #1 bought me at a place called Kohls when she was in the States. She says they're called Cuddl Duds. I love it!
She also took this really nice pic of me in the late afternoon sun a few days ago:
Vidock: Here I am, cantering towards Ms. C who had the headcollars, after I heard #1's voice!
Beebs: Napping in a sunpuddle whilst I still had the chance. It is supposed to be cold and rainy this week.
Tama-Chan: Well, we are back in our regular SoS mode, but only briefly because, as you know, there will only be one more Sunday before #1 leaves again. But we are making the most of what we have, so here goes.
Since the Vs were missing from last week's post, let me start with them. First, #1 snuggling with Violette:
And with The Big V:
In business as usual, The Blue Boy stuck to #1 like Velcro. Here he is sharing some snuggles with her in bed:
Yes, he is sitting on her!
I have been snuggling with my Tommy:
My Beebs and Da Genj were almost within snuggling distance of one another on #1's bed:
And #1 managed to dig up a few more cheat pics from her time at the World Percheron Congress, this time with woofies.
This very handsome guy is called Clint:
And this little one is Blue:
Oh, and there was one horse. Her name is McKenzie! She is a champion!
Rainbow Sei: Oh Boy, Oh Boy, OH BOY! That was quite a trip! In fact both Yuu and I barely managed to hold on to our hats (by the way, I told Yuu that he needed a kitty-sized pair of cowboy boots and a hat like #1's! Don't you think he would look fab in them?). And now #1 tells me that we are off again in less than 2 weeks! Oops? Did I just spill some beans? You did know, right? This time, we are heading east, to the land of the rising sun. Enough said...
I shall start with Ikkyu today. It would appear that he liked to sit in bathtubs!
Here is my handsome Yuu, lounging in a sunpuddle:
Yuu, just like me, has those gorgeous pink pawpads! And just look at those long legs!
You will of course remember that #1 always said that I looked most fabulous in sunpuddles!
As did Sen-Chan who's also a redhead!
Trav of course is more the tall, dark and handsome type!
#1 tells me that it's beginning to get cold down there, so please stay warm and have a great weekend!
Tama-Chan: #1 has only been back a few days and photo-taking is not yet up to speed, so today, I don't have much to share. This is a fun one, though, of me and my son Beebs, doing a synchronised eating performance!
It was all going very well when Beebs being Beebs, he could not help but stick out his tongue...
Tama-Chan: Yes, she is back! #1 returned yesterday. She had two smooth flights to get to Paris but then, there was a hitch as Mr. G had a problem with his car whilst on his way to get her and he had to turn around, go home and get another car. So, instead of picking her up at 10am, he only got to the airport to the airport at noon, and it was almost 3pm by the time they got home. But home they did get, and that is the only thing that counts!!!
So, this was the scene shortly after she returned. No surprises there...
I decided to confiscate her boots, the old pair and the newly purchased pair, as a way to prevent her from leaving again:
And #1 is barely back, and look who else is around?
Mr. G took a couple of photos we want to include. One of my Beebs with Tommy, and one of him with my Beebs:
No snuggle shots of the Vs this week, as #1 is going to see them today, but there is one cheat snuggle shot with #1 and a lovely mare called Heier's Opal, at the World Congress. She belongs to the same nice people who sent us the Vital Essentials treats!
Now we are of course most thankful that #1 is back with us, but we are also thankful for this:
Obviously, it's much harder for #1 to bring stuff when she is flying than when she is travelling by car, but we think she did pretty well. She was given lots of treats by a friend of hers who works for a Wisconsin raw food company called Vital Essentials. In addition, she bought more treats for us and Tommy, a horse toy (!) for Tommy, a new Cat Dancer for us, the V's favourite treats from Tractor Supply (a 4lb bag!), plus a new headcollar for The Big V, a lovely violet tie rope for Miss Violette, and a great new comb. She can keep her job!