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.
#1 here. Quite a few people have asked me how the kitties have reacted to Tommy's not being there anymore. My response to them is that I think they knew what was happening, and took great pains to say goodbye to him. This particularly applies to Tama-Chan and Da Beebs, as Genji never quite that kind of relationship with him.
As Tommy sat on his bed on the landing, gradually getting weaker, and waiting for us to go to the vet, never to return, both Tama and Da Beebs came over to share some mega-snuggles with him. It was their way of saying goodbye to their beloved woofie.