Friday 30 April 2021

Family Friday


Benny: It's me, Benny! Thanks for all the purrs, Guys! I had a pretty scary adventure but I am so happy to be home now! Everything went smoothly with my op. In fact, I'm not really sure what happened because I was asleep! Dr. C also looked way inside my ear. She is not sure what's going on and she says the jury is still out on whether further measures will be necessary, but it s better than it was, so she told #1 to just keep cleaning out every day and we would look again early next week. And I have to take the same antibiotcs for a few more days. I also got my microchip so I am now an official member of the Poupounette Gang! And I go re-tested for FIV.FeLV and the results were negative again, so that's good!  There was also a funny moment when Dr. C was giving #1 the results of the blood she had done and she was concerned about my liver enzymes until she suddenly remembered that she had asked #1 to give me cod liver oil which is probably what caused the result she got!

I'm so happy to be back with my bro, Ollie!

It's great to have a family! #1 told me I would also be getting my very own collar. Isn't that exciting?

Thursday 29 April 2021

Thankful Thursday - HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HELOISE!


#1 here. I had been watching Mama Hotesse closely and, on a sunny April 29th, four years ago, this is what I saw:

This little girl was special for several reasons. Firstly, we knew she would be Hotesse's last foal. At the age of 22, she had more than fulfilled her obligations as a brood mare, having produced ten foals in total. Secondly, the little filly's daddy, Titus, had been breed champion stallion and was a favourite of mine. And thirdly, she was a half-sister to my sweet Violette. For her last foal, Hotesse had produced absolute perfection! I was asked by her breeder to name her, and I called her Héloïse.

I went to visit them every day, and got my first cuddle in when Heloise was 2 days old!

It was clear right from the start that Heloise would be a stunner.

She grew up in the verdant fields around Poupounette Central.

She was a stunning yearling filly:

When she was about 18 months old, she went to Ms. C's for a while, to learn basic good manners, and was taken to her first show:

At two, she was a real beauty and, just like her sister Violette had done at that age, she decided to come and visit me!

She was still living in the same field but, in the autumn of her second year, I started to get worried. Her breeders had sold her older sister to the meat man, and I was really scared that she and Mama Hotesse would meet the same fate. I didn't have the funds to buy her, so I started a GoFundme campaign to which many wonderful people contributed. I then started to negotiate with her owners who, knowing how attached I was to them, tried to up the price. A deal was finally struck, and in March 2020, just as the Pandemic started to flare, they moved to Ms. C's! This is them on the day they arrived:

Shortly after that, France went into a strict lockdown and I was not able to see them for six weeks. The reunion afterwards was wonderful!

If such a thing was even possible, Heloise became even more beautiful!

She started her training with Ms. C:

And still enjoys cuddles just as much!

She has the unusual privilege of living with her mother and one of her sisters.

And she is a bit of a clown!

Today, Heloise turns four. Over the coming months, Ms. C will continue her training and we hope that, by the end of the year, she will be both ridden and driven. And who knows what the future will hold for her? Maybe some babies of her own?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HELOISE! I am so thankful to share my life with you! The spelling  does not have an "H" in it but here are some words from the late 1960s hit song, Eloise, that really resonate!

My Eloise is like the stars that please the night,
the sun that makes the day, that lights the way
And when my star goes by, I'll hold it in my hands and cry,
her love is mine, my sun will shine


Wednesday 28 April 2021

Wordy Wednesday


Benny:Mee-Mee-Meaoooo, Everyone! Benny here! I have been having a great time. I have helped #1 change sheets:

I've also been helping her with her work:

#1 said that I would be going somewhere different this evening, that I would sleep a lot, and then I would come home tomorrow. She told me not to be scared, and that she would be there on Thursday. I have decided that I will be a brave boy, and my buddy, Ollie, said he would come with #1 to get me! I love my bro, Ollie!

Tuesday 27 April 2021

Tama-Chan Tuesday


Tama-Chan: How are you, Dear Friends? I am a little bit tired. Why, do you ask? Well, it is actually exhausting to find a little scamp staring at you every time you turn around. I man, I can't spend all day growling, can I?

# 1says my expression in this shot is priceless:

We had some very nice days when the window was open.

Here I am relaxing with my shadow:

Then there is helping #1 at the computer:

And my most important mission which is to look cute and dangly!

#1 says she is taking PP in to Dr. C's tomorrow evening, as his op is first thing on Thursday morning. We will all be crossing paws that all will go smoothly.

Monday 26 April 2021

Manly Monday


Ollie: Woof Woof! Ollie here. I thought I would start this week with a "couple of doubles." Here, first, is me with the Big V:

And here I am with my little buddy, Benny:

#1 took this nice photo of me with our bluebells:

Benny has already started helping #1 with the computer:

The Big V is wondering if this is his best side...

We wish you all a very good week!

Sunday 25 April 2021

Snuggles on Sunday


Tama-Chan: Hello, Dear Friends, and welcome to our SoS post. We have lots of great photos for you this week. I wanted to start by telling you that I have changed my approach, and have taken to snuggling with # late in the evening in bed, and with her and Ollie in the morning is in bed!

The little terror (PP), Benny,  has started big-time snuggling with #1 too.

And he has been snuggling with Ollie!

I am happy to report that we have a full array of horsie snuggle pics this week. Let's start with this one, which was supposed to be a snuggle pic with Violette, when Heloise photo-bombed it!

Next is #1 with Mama Hotesse:

And, of course with The Big V!

Saturday 24 April 2021

Tommy's Sisterly Souvenir Saturday


Rainbow Tommy: Woofs, Everyone! How have you all been? Everyone at the Bridge is fine. #1 said I could host today because our numbers have swelled yet again with the arrival, a few days ago, of my last remaining sister, Elsie. You can imagine how happy we all were to see her, but of course Ms. A is so sad at having lost the last of what she calls the best litter ever. Elsie was born gorgeous. In later life, she had a hard time because she was diabetic and blind, but now she has regained her stunning beauty.

Welcome home Elsie. We were all very lucky to have lived our lives surrounded by love, and with both our human and canine families. Now, the canine family is all back together, including Mama Minnie, and Papa Joe. We know how much our humans miss us, but that is only for a while and, until then, we sleep in their hearts.

We also wanted to let you know that Mr. R is doing a little better, although he is still on a respirator at the hospital. Please continue crossing your paws for him!