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Bye-Bye Balls: Part Two

For those of you who read my last blog, you may remember that the week before last, we took little Charlie and Winston for their blood tests (it turns out they don’t have cat AIDS – phew!) before they lose one – well actually two – of the things that makes them male. What my girlfriend refers to as ‘プル玉’ (purutama/bouncy balls) are as of today gone.


In preparation for the day, we had to get another carry case as they’re now too big to share.

Then and now!

Dropping them both off in the morning was surprisingly emotional. The whole thing reminded me of when I did my work experience at a local vet back home in the UK. At that time, my lovely late little doggy Peggy had to be spayed and I for some crazy reason decided to help out with the procedure as much as I could while I was there. I don’t think I could have stomached seeing the procedure for these guys though. I think that would have hit a little too close to home for me.

After that, we decided to go to a local cafe (surprise) called ‘So Izumi’. I’d been wanting to go there for a while since it opened later last year. From the outside it looked like another hip cafe restaurant .

And lo’ and behold, it was. It has a very cosy atmosphere with your typical cover album of popular songs redone in a jazz style. Who’d have thought? One thing that this cafe does have that I have not seen before however, is a monthly fee option of 4,000 yen, which will let you have a special breakfast set (referred to as ‘morning’ in Japanese) once a day and one coffee per visit, with no limitation on the number of visits! Not a bad deal, I thought. They also have party options with a projector for use at private events, which I thought would make a great potential birthday joint. 2 hours all you can drink with a projector for gaming? Something to think about.

When we went to pick them up, Charlie did a little wee while the vet was explaining the procedure and medication. Poor thing! We thought that they would have to wear some Elizabethan collars for a while after the surgery, but apparently not, so no pictures of them in collars I’m afraid!

Off with their purutama!

The two of them won’t be able to eat or drink until later on in the evening, so they’ll have hang in there a bit more. However, we did get them some new toys that they can play with as little reward until then.

In hindsight not the best choice of toy.

For now we’ll let them rest for the evening and I’ll continue watching the Vicar of Dibley whilst enjoying my Terry’s Chocolate Orange and a nice cup of tea.

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