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 Tuesday. This, Dear Friends, is my first TCT post since our Tommy has the awful diagnosis. It is no exaggeration to say that our whole lives were thrown upside down by what happened, and my poor Beebs suffered most of all. I introduced him to Tommy when he was just a tiny kit and losing him was just too much for him. Now, we have that little black and white terror roaming around the house. Believe me, I am doing my bit to teach him good manners. #1 breaks out laughing every time she sees him running for cover with me chasing him! Well, children need to learn to respect their elders, right?
I have been keeping a close eye on my Beebs, making sure he is eating properly:
It has been cold of late so I spend quite a bit of time hibernating in my igloo by the radiator:
Although I occasionally grace the sofa in the living room:
And take advantage of the occasional winter sunpuddle to get a little furtan and dangle a litle:
I thought it would never happen but we are all gradually getting used to little Ollie. It helps a lot that he has (almost) stopped yapping and chasing. He has now started to play bow a lot to Genji, and I think the two rascals will play together soon.
Da Beebs: Greetings, friends and fans! I would like to thank you for all your nice messages and purrs. I am feeling better (now that I no longer have to take those awful pink pills) and am eating well, so #1 is hoping that I am putting back on some of the weight I lost. I was supposed to go back to the vet today for a follow-up blood test, but Dr. C told #1 to wait a week if I seemed to be doing well, so we are waiting.
Yesterday, we had guests to lunch. They supposedly came to see Ollie but they in fact came to see me! Mr. M was my best pal, as you can see:
Da Genj: The photos above were taken my Mr. G, as are the two of me that follow. Mr. G noticed a strange lump on the woofie sofa:
It was me!
I thought it was very funny!
Ollie: Woof, woof, woof. Isn't life WONDERFUL? I have made so many friends since I arrived at Poupounette Central! But the two best ones by far have been woofies. There is a super-cool guy next door called Fernant. I have so much fun with him!
And then there is a girl called Yumi. She is the same age as TOWCB Tommy. When she first saw me, she wasn't really sure about me, but she quickly realised what a great pup I am and we played!
I love meeting other woofies! #1 says I will meet even more once I get my second round of shoots next week.
Vidock: Handsome neighs, everyfriend. Here is a picture of me and my friends in the mist the other day:
Tama-Chan: Hello, Dear Friends. We are gradually returning to blogging. It is taking a little time to get back up to full speed as Ollie requires a great deal of time and attention.
I cannot tell you how strange it is to do an SoS post without my Tommy. He was the snuggle core of our family, and Ollie has some way to go before we can snuggle with him. So, what to do? As you know, we Chans do not as a rule snuggle together. So, at this stage, most of the snuggling is taking place with #1 or Mr.G and family.
Here is Genji, gone undercover with #1:
And here is Genji snuggling with #1 whilst she is also snuggling with Ollie!
And we suspect that Ollie and Fernant will be snuggling together pretty soon!
For now, Ollie really loves to snuggle with #1:
And we also have a lovely photo of Ollie snuggling with Ms.N. taken by Mr. G:
Ollie does seem to be a bit of a snuggle magnet. Yesterday evening, he and #1 went to have dinner with some friends from Kenya, amd he certainly enjoyed all the attention he got from Ms.M!
Here is a pre-Ollie pic of My Beebs undercover with #1. He hasn't yet gone back to sleeping with her. He is eating better, though, so we are crossing all paws that he will put some of that weight back on. It has not been easy for #1 to give him his meds...
This week, we have some nice snuggle pics with the Vs! Let's start with The Big V, Vidock:
And here is Miss Violette:
Lastly, Dear Friends, today is exactly one month since we lost our beloved Tommy, so here is a pic of me snuggling with him when I was little:
And one of #1 snuggling with Tommy a few days before he left us:
Violette: Pretty neighs, everyone! It has been a while! We have been hearing echoes about major goings-on at Poupounette Central. But our lives continue in their usual quiet ways, over at Ms. C's place. Still, we had a bit of excitement on Wednesday! First came the veterinarian, Dr. R. Guess what? The horse vet where we live now is the husband of Dr.C who looks after the Chans and Ollie!
So, he came into the field to give me my shots:
Then the farrier, Mr. P, came and we got hooficures:
And then we got treat buckets!
Vidock: Handsome neighs everyfriend, the Big V here! Things for me were about the same as for Miss Violette: First the shots:
Then, the feet:
Yep... I know... Pretty muddy!
There was some lovely sun!
And the treat bucket!
And, as a bonus, here is a pic where you can see both of us!
Da Genj: Mee-Yow, everyone! Genji here. I need to start by apologising for the continuing intermittence of our posting. Welcoming a new puppy has proved rather more complicated and time-consuming than we expected, and #1 has not had the energy.
The big issue is that Ollie had never seen a cat before he got here. He also had never really lived inside a house, so he ended up being over-stimulated, and he would yap and yap every time he saw one of us. Tama, being Queen, just looked him up and down and stayed put, but Da Beebs and I were pretty stressed out by it. #1 had made the whole study area inaccessible to Ollie so we went up there to hide, and we ate very little for the first couple of days. #1 was pretty worried about Beebs because he needs to take medication at the moment, and eat to put weight back on. Anyway, it looks like little Ollie is a real sweetheart and a very fast learner. #1 believes that the breakthrough came a couple of evenings ago when he went with her to visit our friends Ms. C and Ms. S, and he met Sophie kitten. She is the same age as him and they figured each other out pretty quickly:
And then yesterday afternoon, this happened:
#1 told me she was incredibly proud of me! And she is pretty proud of Ollie too!
He has been busy being cute:
We are thankful that we have a little brother who is so quick to learn!
Here is a photo of me when I still wasn't too sure about him:
Last but not least on today's thankful list is Da Beebs' vet visit on Monday. As #1 was also taking Ollie, Mr. G and Ms. N also came with us. After the blood was drawn from Bibi to try and figure out his weight loss, he explored Dr. C's office (photos by Mr.G):
We were very thankful that the results showed no sign of any kidney problems or diabetes, but they did show an infection and liver issues. So, Da Beebs is on antibiotics for six days and must return next Monday for a second blood test. Dr. C is optimistic that it can be cleared up. And talking of clearing up, I am happy to say that "output" issues have also cleared up for all of us!
So, there you have it. A long post to catch up a little. We hope to return to more regular posting soonest. The Vs will catch you up on their news tomorrow.