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.
Tama-Chan: I thought I would start by mentioning that #1 has gone off again. OK, it's just overnight, but she never submitted the required application forms or got the necessary signatures, did she? Her excuse is that it's the only way she can keep us in fresh chicken and treats. Should we believe her? Mr. G will look after us whilst she is away, including staying overnight tonight.
Now that I got that off my chest, let me see what I have for you this week. Like all my siblings, I have gotten my share of time lounging on the radiator:
I also enjoyed the sunpuddles, fleeting as they were:
Apparently, we are going to be getting lots more sunpudddles over the next few days!
I also like to keep #1 company and give advice when she is working on the laptop downstairs:
I have a special guest for you on today's post. We have good friends in Prince Edward Island, Canada, a brother and sister who were called Sami-Chan and Sama-Chan in our honour! Sama-Chan sent me this gorgeous photo of herself doing a fine dangle. I just had to share it with you!
Vidock: Well, actually, it's STUDLY Monday for me! I would like to start by thanking the many people who wrote such sweet comments following my Mama's departure for the Bridge. I was very touched. There were also lots of nice comments on Facebook. One lady who is a good friend and breeder of Percherons in the States told me that I should keep my chin up, so that is what I am doing:
Tommy: We have been getting a lot of rain and fog recently, as you can see from this photo:
Da Beebs: But we did get a few sunpuddle at unexpected times and we kitties were right there to enjoy them. Here I am in one of our hammicks, just soaking up the rays!
Da Genj: You know me. I'm the sunpuddle champ!
And here is an extra special of me and Da Beebs enjoying a sunpuddle together!
By the way, #1 did finally take the Christmas decorations down.
Tama-Chan: It's proving to be a very strange weekend. There were warnings of storms and snow. So far, we have had high winds and some snow, but we have also had some lovely sunpuddles. Well, you know how it is, we take them when we get them! And whatever the weather, it is still winter so time for mega winter snuggles, right?
I am of course always ready to snuggle with Tommy:
And I have a snuggle session with #1 every morning when she gives me my meds, with lots of wonderful brushies!
Sei-Chan has also been snuggling with Tommy:
And with #1:
Same thing for Da Beebs:
Genji, as you know, is more into snuggling with #1:
although he does enjoy hanging with Tommy too!
Here is the Big V getting a treat and snuggle combo from #1:
Sei-Chan: And so, here is the weekend again, before any of us knew it was even coming! I have a couple of pieces of good news to share first. #1 was supposed to go to Japan on a week-long business trip at the end of this month and it has been postponed until mid-March! We think it's very important that she be with us when it's winter, don't you agree? It also means that she will be here for my actual birthday, rather than at the other end of the globe! The other thing is that the good camera has been located. It's probably going to take another week or two for it to return to us, fully repaired, but at least we know it's coming!
Now, you know the old refrain by now, of grey and dark and a hard time taking photo, but #1 did manage to sneak one or two in this week. I was busy entertaining myself at the window in the study...
...when she disturbed me and got the stink eye in return:
I also decided that it was high time I too tried the low radiator in the living room for comfort and warmth:
I approve! It is really very pleasant! But there is a lot of competition for what is considered one of the best seats in the house.
It is still my birthday month, so here is yet another cute picture of me in my youth. I clearly was still trying to figure out how to wrangle all my limbs!
Vidock: Neighs, EveryFriend. It's me, The Big V, again. I hope you don't mind my posting twice in three days. My sis Violette and I know we're not as popular as Tommy and the kitties (we know because the number of comments drops off dramatically when we post) but I have something important to tell you. You see, I found out yesterday that my Mama, Jessy, has galloped off over the Rainbow Bridge to Horse Heaven, at the age of twenty.
My Mama was a beautiful lady who produced seven foals over her career as a broodmare, five girls and two boys. She was a gentle and kind soul, and she will be sorely missed.
Mama Jessy has gone off to join my younger sister Altesse, who left for the Bridge far too soon, at the age of five, a year ago:
I will always try to make them both proud of me. I know I can be a little bit naughty but I am a good boy, really, and I am lucky to have a #1 who loves me and takes good care of me. Here is a shot of me with Mama Jessy when I was about five weeks old:
And here I am now:
FAREWELL, MAMA JESSY from your loving son, Vidock.
Tommy: The number of photos that #1 is taking is still down, and it now looks like the good camera, the one that was sent for repairs, has disappeared. She will be following that up today and see if it can be located. In the meantime, we decided to do a TBT post, with one photo from each of the past 7 years, since there are seven of us!
I will start with a 2010 shot. This was the good old days when I still played a lot with the Frsibee:
Next up is Tama-Chan in early 2011. It was already a year since she had the Caesarean but it took a looooong time for all the tummy fur to grow back:
March 2012, and here is the classic shot of Violette attempting to move in to Poupounette Central!
Mid-2013, and here is Sei-Chan actively blogging:
Summer 2014 and Da Beebs out in the cat run:
May 2015 and Vidock looking very studly in his field:
And last but not least, Genji in mid-2016, after he had regained the weight he had lost in his pancreatitis attack: