Thursday, 2 September 2021


#1 here. I have been so busy that I have not been able to post since Tommy's commemorative post on August 21st. It is therefore ironic that this post will be about our beloved friend and neighbour, and Tommy's best friend, Fernant, running off to the Bridge. I got a message a couple of days ago from his family. He became very ill during he summer and it turned out he had both liver and kidney failure. He went from fine to almost unable to move in a very short time, and his loving family helped him to the Bridge. He was 10 years old. Over the years, he stayed with us so many times that he was an integral part of the Poupounette family.

For those who don't know his story, Fernant came from a famous Lab breeder in western France and was brought in to a vet at 3 months to be put down because had kennel cough. By the time he recovered, he would no longer be a cute, small puppy, and the breeder decided to have him killed. The vet said yes but did not, and he ended up being adopted by my neighbours. So, even though he died young, he had almost ten years of life that he would never have had otherwise. He was a wonderful friend to both Tommy and Ollie, as well as the cats who all loved him. His nickname, of course, was "Mad Fernant." He will be sorely missed by everyone at The Poupounette. Here are some photos of his life and many times with us:

On the day he arrived:

Fernant with his Dad:

When Fernant met Ollie:

Ollie in admiration!

Best buds:

He very quickly became friends with Benny:

He loved to rest his head on my knee:

Our last photo together, taken a few months ago by Mr. G:

Farewell, old friend, please don't bite down too hard on Tommy's ears, or steal all his balls! And we know that your pal, Basha, will also be pleased to see you!


  1. We're so sad that "Mad Fernant" has gone ! Fly free, Fernant, we bet you'll rock the Bridge ! Purrs and hugs to his family

  2. Enjoy playing with Tommy, Feenant!

  3. our tears are running... we loved your best friend... and we will keep him in our heart...

  4. Awww, that is so sad indeed. RIP, dear Fernant. ♥

  5. Such sad news, but the photos show us what a wonderful blessed life he had. I particularly love the photo of him running with Tommy ... I can "feel" their joy and exuberance. Sending condolences to all who loved him. RIP little one.
    Jan, Angel-Milo and Alfie.

  6. My human and I are so sad to see this. Fernant was such a huge part of this blog, like extended family. We will miss him lots.

  7. Mum and I are so very sorry to learn Fernant has crossed his Bridge.
    I know Ollie will miss him as will his family.
    WE send lots of love and purrs to his family.
    Purrs, Julie

  8. Tears spill for this loss, yet a glimmer of happiness that Fernant was fortunate enough to have a wonderful family and extended family with all of you. Much love from all of us to all of you!

  9. This is sad news, but as you say he had 10 years which he wouldn't have had. He and Tommy can play together once again.

  10. We're so sorry to hear that Fernant has gone to the Bridge. He sure was a good friend to all of you at the Poupounette. We didn't remember his origin story with your neighbors but he sure lived a great "second" life.

  11. fernant wuz such a hansum boy, our condolences to hiz fambly

  12. That is so, so sad and everyone there sure will miss that special one. Hugs from all of us to his very special family.

  13. Farewell Fernant, you had a wonderful if short life. Glad the vet found you a nice home all those years ago.

  14. Please pass on our respect and gentle woooos,


  15. We are so sorry to read of sweet Fernant's passing. We know he and Tommy are running free together again. But oh how he will be missed.

  16. I am so sorry to hear about Fernant. He was so handsome. I send comforting purrs to his family and all those missing him so much. ~Ernie

  17. We hope NAK was able to sneak away from her North of The Rainbow Bridge spot to woo BONJOUR to NAF!

    Thanks so much for sharing him with us!

    NAK's #1

  18. we are so sorry to hear this sad news about Fernant. He was a good friend to Tommy, Benny, and Oliie. We are happy we got to know him through you.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber


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