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: Tommy mentioned yesterday that I would tell you today how we helped in a concrete way to make our #1 feel better, that is, aside from all the purring and snuggling. Here is the story.
On Sunday afternoon, #1 was in bed, with nurse Sei on duty. She was resting, almost dozing off, when the phone rang. She got up and answered the phone. It was our friend and her doctor, Dr. J. She had made an appointment to go and see him on Tuesday morning and had been thinking she might want to bring it forward to Monday, but she was certainly not expecting to hear from him on Sunday. He said to her "I heard from Tama-Chan that you were not feeling that great, so I thought I had better call and check up on you." #1 was a little foggy and befuddled until she realised that Dr. J had read the SoS blog post! That is how Tama-Chan had gotten her message through to him! He told #1 that he was home and if she felt up to it, she could come over for a consultation and a prescription right away. He is only about 10 minutes away, so that is what #1 did. He confirmed that there was an adult strain of bronchiolitis doing the rounds at the moment, that it was a rather persistent bug, but that there wasn't anything much to do other than rest. However, since she is scheduled to go to England on Friday, he have her a "what if" prescription so she can take some stronger meds with her in case her state deteriorates whilst she is away. Wasn't that really nice of him?
#1 says thank you for all the nice thoughts and words. She says she is beginning to feel better but will continue to take it real easy this week. Needless to say, we are all highly chuffed at the role we played in making her feel better! Hurrah for blogging!
Tommy here. Well, #1 is still coughing and such, so our activities have been pretty much curtailed. Tomorrow, we will tell you about a fun way that we have managed to make a difference in making her feel better, so please come back then! In the meantime, I just have a few very manly photo of me with our neighbour big kitten, Merlin. He's not quite a year old yet. He is very sweet. He comes running over when he sees us but then bolts at the slightest unexpected sound!
Tama-Chan: We would like to apologise for the lack of commenting these past couple of days. #1 caught a cold which has morphed into bronchitis and she has been coughing and coughing, and feeling rather under the weather. We of course have all been taking good care of her.
As she lay in bed yesterday afternoon, I snuggled up right next to her:
Then Genji took over from me:
Tommy, as always, was right by her side:
Sei-Chan has also been providing major snuggles:
Da Beebs has also been doing his bit but #1 didn't manage to catch him in action.
Violette sends a neigh. We are crossing paws and hooves that #1 feels better soon as she is supposed to go to England next weekend to see our bro, The Big V, and she needs to feel better by then.
Sei-Chan: No two ways about it, this week has been a total disaster in terms of photos of me except for some good snuggle shots that you will see tomorrow. But... January is my birthday month, so I thought it would be fun to go back and show you a few photos from January 2010, when I was coming up to my 1st birthday!
Things were a little odd in January 2010, because Tama was in the back room with her kittens, so it was just me, Yuu-Chan and Tommy outside with #1.
I was already a big fan of the hammock in the study, but I was just a little bitty thing back then!
And this is me on top of the shelf on #1's desk:
The great love of my life was Yuu-Chan. He was so very sweet to me:
I loved hanging out with him!
But I had also already discovered Tommy!
That January was also when little kitten Tora-Chan stayed with us for a few days before he went to live with Mr. G and his family He was pretty cute!
It all seems like such a long time ago1 I will leave you with one more shot of me in a sunpuddle:
#1 here. I can hardly believe it but it was nine years ago, in early January, that we suddenly lost Sen-Chan (aka "Poupounet"). We discovered almost at the last moment that he had FeLV. Sen-Chan was Tommy's first kitty friend, and he was the sweetest boy ever. We would like to remember him in today's post.
Warning bells did go off a little when I first visited the breeder and saw Sen-Chan. He had a cold and a clear problem in one of his eyes. But he climbed up my arm and nuzzled my neck. What could I do? He came home with me.
This was the day I met him:
He came home and we went straight to Dr. C who said he had cat flu and put him on antibiotics and cortisone. He started rallying pretty quickly, and even started to play:
Tommy had not yet come but he quickly made friends with Madrac, TOWCB Fernant:
He settled in and was pretty relaxed!
Tommy arrived a month after Sen-Chan and the two hit it off immediately!
Sen-Chan had a lovely first Christmas:
He was a happy boy!
This picture was taken about 10 days after we first started blogging!
I don't know how I figured it out, but I guessed that Sen-Chan was a cat I could let outside. He loved being outside and always stuck close to Tommy:
But there seemed to be something missing from his life and, several times, I found him heading to the "Fairy Tree". I have always believed that this tree is a doorway between worlds. He would go up to it and stare intently:
It was a stretch, perhaps, but I decided that he needed a kitty companion, and that is how little Tama came into our lives. At first, she wasn't too sure about Sen-Chan:
But she quickly realised how very sweet he was, and how well he would look after her:
Sen-Chan had remained prone to all kinds of infections over the time he was with me, and Dr. C had always made him well again. Around Christmas 2008, he had what seems like a bit of a cold and an eye infection. Dr. C put him on antibiotics and eye drops. I had to leave soon after Christmas as my nephew was getting married and family was gathering in England. I had very nice house-sitters from Australia and left not feeling too worried. In early January, I got a frantic call from the sitters to let me know he was very unwell and they had taken him in to the vet. I called Dr.C who told me she had run a blood test and found he had FeLV. As we talked she was called to the back. Sen-Chan had just had a massive heart attack and died. It had never even occurred to her to test him as cats from proper breeders should always be FeLV free. I was heartbroken, but Tama-Chan was completely lost. It was Tommy who took over and looked after her in one of the loveliest shows of love I have ever seen.
This is one of the last photos I took of Sen-Chan, with Tama:
And that is the story of Sen-Chan who, with Tommy, started this blog, and who will always remain in our hearts. He lived only 18 months but I would like to think he was very happy here. His portrait, by the very talented Kathleen Coy, hangs in my bedroom alongside that of Yuu-Chan who also died of FeLV:
Tama-Chan: At the end of last week, we received a wonderful package from our dear friends, the Amigos over at Cat Tales, in Singapore. We do not take part in any of the gift exchanges on the Blogosphere but we have been exchanging gifts with them for several years, and enjoy it very much.
When #1 brought the package down to the living room, I was having a nap on Tommy's Christmas beddie, and he was the first to take a close look:
It looked very interesting!
As Queen of the house, it behooves me to check everything out first:
There was an adorable pink fish, and a nip banana!
Needless to say, my lovely interlude with the gifts was interrupted...
My Beebs laid claim to the fish:
But there was competition over the nip banana!
In the end, Beebs got the banana:
And Genji grabbed the pink fish:
Both boys were happy!
#1 hasn't yet allowed us to have these Stinkies Catnip Sardines. They look awesome!
There were also lovely new collars for all of us!
Sei-Chan came down later for her turn with the nip banana:
A big thank you to Bujang, Akira, Tanaka, Popps, Rez and to San for the wonderful gifts!
Tommy: I also have something to be thankful for! When I was a little pup, #1 bought me a wonderful dog bed from LL Bean, with two covers, one for summer and one for winter. The winter one was in a Sherpa fleece and had started to fray quite badly, so #1 ordered a new piece of fleece and took it, along with the cover, to a nice seamstress in town. The result is fabulous!