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.
Ollie: Woof-Woof! Ollie here! It has been an exciting week so far and it's only Wednesday!
On Monday, #1 and I went for my lesson, in which I was learning to walk on the lead properly. I was doing pretty well but #1 must have put her feet in the wrong place at some stage because she ended up with a lightly pulled muscle... She is taking it easy.
On the same day, I had a totally awesome experience! I went for my first-ever carriage ride! The lady who is training me and her husband, Ms. J and Mr. R, have a couple of Percheron horses, and we went out for a drive. It was a beautiful day!
#1 did some driving too!
#1 was sitting up front, so Ms. J looked after me. #1 says there will be lots more so I had better get used to it.
And afterwards, Ms. Jane spent some time working with me: