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. My apologies for the lack of a proper post today. I had to leave very early to attend a foal sale where I was helping some English friends buy several colts, and I got back late, so I didn't have time. But here are a few pics from the sale!
These two guys have gone off to join Sampson Percheron Horses in Hampshire!
Ollie: Woofs everyone! I am very excited because my brand-new grown-up collar has just arrived!It is a handmade rolled leather collar and #1 ordered it for me from the same place she got all of Tommy's collars over the years. It is a craftswoman in England, called Emma Baker-Jones, who makes them:
I think my spaniel name tag looks great with it!
#1 and I also got our picture taken together a few days ago. We have tried to do one every month since I arrived. She was not here for my first birthday. so this was a few weeks late:
To give you an idea how much I have grown, here is the first picture we had taken together, when I was three months old:
I am thankful for all the love and good food that have helped me grow into a big boy!
We would also like to wish all our American friends a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Violette: Pretty Neighs, Everyone! I am writing today to say a big, big thank you to all of those who donated to and shared our campaign to get my Mama, Hotesse, and sister, Heloise, somewhere where they will always be loved and safe.
We have reached and slightly surpassed the original target figure of €2500. We are leaving the campaign up and running for a while yet, in case, anyone would still like to contribute. We will need funds for the farrier, and dentist, and to get supplements to help Hotesse's arthritis, as well as winter feed, so anything over the original figure is hugely appreciated, however small the sum is!
#1 spoke to their owner yesterday. It seems that he is very busy making (hard) cider at the moment but he told her he would call her back later in the week to start discussing details. Please cross all fingers, paws and hooves that all goes smoothly.
Tama-Chan: Well, the tragedy was discovered yesterday but you know... alliteration... Anyway, we are all incredibly sad here at Poupounette Central because, after returning from Paris, #1 found out that someone had stolen the gorgeous lead cat statue that was on my Beebs' grave. Can you imagine such a thing? Such utter callousness? #1 was just in tears when she found out. She has a pretty good idea who it is, but no idea how to catch him or get it back. She said it felt like Beebs left all over again...
Needless to say, we hope that the culprit knows nothing but suffering for the rest of his life.
I tried to give #1 all the comfort I could:
But I am sad too.
I just can't believe that anyone can be so mean.
#1 says she will look for another cat statue but doubts she wil find anything so beautiful.
Rainbow Sei: Hello everyone. I am busy again this weekend, as #1 is in Paris for a couple of days (Mr.G is holding down the fort at Poupounette Central), and I promised her I would go along. So, my apologies in advance if I only include pics of me this time. I have once again chosen pics of me when I was young:
This one is of me with my Mama, Viña Del Mar:
This is me determined to get closer to #1...
And this shows off the pink pawpads I was so famous for:
The rest of the Rainbow Gang will be back next week.
Violette: It's me again, and I want to start by thanking all of you who wrote in support, shared our post and helped out. We are confident that we will get there!
It has been a while since I gave you my news. Actually, I have been a little in the "doghouse" lately. I don't know how to tell you this but I tried to bite Ms. C a couple of weeks back... You see, a couple of times a year, I get really hot and bothered and my temper... well it tends to flare up... I am now back to my normal sweet self, and there will be consultations at some point with a vet to see if any further episodes can be avoided.
So, what with one thing and another, it was time to get our hooves done again, and the farrer came on Wednesday. Fortunately, it was not raining, but it was very cold!
Getting done, with the Big V looking on:
Do I look pretty?
Make sure you don't miss any bits with the gloss!
Come on, #1! I am ready for my treat bucket now!
Vidock: It's definitely getting to be nippy! So, whilst I was waiting for the farrier to arrive, I got to slum it in one of Ms. C's nice boxes!
Mr. B, the farrier, does very fine work:
And that young Ollie supervised quite closely.
But I have to admit that the treat bucket is the very best moment of all!
Violette: Pretty Neighs, Everyone. Violette here. Today, #1 asked me to help her with a very, very special post. As you know, I was born next to Poupounette Central to my Mama, Hotesse. #1 bought me seven years ago, after I spent an entire winter alone and not looked after. Since that time, Mama Hotesse has had four foals, Bichette, Doucette, Ebene and Heloise. Sadly, both Bichette and Doucette ended up on the meat lorry (#1 tried to save Doucette and was told she had been bought by someone, but was not able to confirm this). Ebene, the only boy, she found a home for in Germany. And now there is Heloise, who is still with her Mama.
#1 has been worried about Hotesse and Heloise. The owners/breeders are minimalists in terms of looking after their horses, and they keep complaining that it's all too much trouble and they want to get rid of them. #1 has been very worried about them. Hotesse is now 25 years old, so she is an old lady who deserves to live our her golden years in the best conditions. Heloise is drop-dead gorgeous and also deserves the best home possible. #1 and Ms. C, who boards the Vs, have been discussing the situation. Both #1 and Ms. C want to buy the mares but their financial situation is a bit sparse at the moment. With winter approaching they are becoming more worried.
So... #1 decided to put in place a GoFundMe campaign to raise the funds to help buy the two mares and look after them this winter. We know that things are tight for many of our blogging friends, but if any of you could possibly help, I would be most neighful.
#1 wrote about this on her Facebook page also, and we would both like to thank our friend Marlene, a fellow blogger (who hasn't been blogging for a while) for being among the first to donate! Thank you also to Cynthia from Bird Brains ad Dog Tales!
Once again, thank you for reading, sharing and any help you can give!