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.
#1 here, posting from Japan. Do you guys remember when I was last in Japan, in June, and I posted about a kitten and her Mama who had been rescued by friends of mine? The first post about them was here, and then I wrote about calling the kitten Joy here. Well, in the 5 months since that time, the kitten has grown, a lot, and I had the good fortune to visit her again yesterday!
Since Joy and her Mama were rescued by a horse trainer, there is a lot of harness lying around. It looks like little Joy particularly enjoys collars!
Playing hide and seek with her Mama! It's Mama-Cat who is looking out.
More collar games:
Enjoying some of Mr. N's milk. He is the one who saved the kitties!
Little Joy discovered my backpack and spent quite a bit of time discovering al of its Chan smells!
Tama-Chan: You remember how, in the past, we have said several time show much we like the routine and the boring? Can there be truer words? We have had enough excitement to last us for a good long while ,and we are now in need of calm and relaxation!
These are not new photos, as they were taken by #1 before she left, but they give you the idea:
The Chans & Tommy: We would like to dedicate today's SoS post to our hero, Mr. G. We have to tell you that, in his case, G stands for Gabriel, and he is truly our angel!
Here is a photo of him with our cousin Tora-Chan, who is one of his kitties:
And one of him with Tommy:
Three cheers for Mr.G!
And #1 says thank you for all the lovely supportive messages yesterday. She was tearing her hair out there for about 24 hours. She is beyond angry with the sitters who were first-timers with us （and last timers too). She says she will contact the house-sitting site and tell them all about her experience.
Sei-Chan: Gentle readers, we are in shock. All of us. #1 received a note from our sitters saying that they were totally horrified at having to clean six litterboxes (the actual word for word was "We been cleaning shit ever since u left" and that this is taking all their time and making them sick, and it's too much responsibility caring for a sick animal (that refers to putting drops of medicine in my dry food). Anyway, long story short, they are packing their bags and have told #1 that whether she finds someone else or not, they are leaving on Sunday. As I said, we are in shock. Imagine how #1 is feeling, at the other end of the world.
We are hoping that our saviour, the wonderful Mr. G will be able to step in and take over. Please cross your paws he can!
STOP PRESS: #1 just got through to Mr. G and he will look after us. Three cheers for Mr. G!
Vidock: #1 is on her way to Japan and we will miss her very much, but before she left, she came to see us yesterday with even more treats than usual and the nice house-sitters. Here I am with her and with Mr. S, as well as woofie, Diddle:
They stopped by to say hello to Violette too:
And then they went to visit Hotesse, Heloise and Doucette! Please meet Ms. J and Mr.S: