The First Years

(Copyright 2013-2015)


Sparkles and Mommie


This book was written by Sparkles (the cat) with Mommie’s help.  All ideas and entries are from the mind of Sparkles.  Side commentary is by Mommie.

When Mommie talks or has her ideas they will be in italics.  Everything else is MINE!


It was a regular Tuesday at the Pound.  I heard Mommie tell the caretaker she wanted an adult female cat that purred.  She walked right past me.  Luckily for me there were only two such animals in the shelter and neither of the cats measured up to her purring standards.  On her way out Mommie glanced at me and stuck her little finger into the cage – I guess to tease me or something.  That’s when I went into my LOUD purring mode. 

“Love at first sight.”   Mommie reached in and held me to be sure the purring didn’t stop.  I could have pur-r-r-r-ed forever if it meant getting out of that prison.  Mommie told the caretaker she wanted a cat today and if I were available she wanted ME.  Just think, someone really wanted me!  I guess she didn’t care that I was only five months old and male.  She just wanted a cat TODAY. 

In the office when Mommie was filling out the papers, she asked if I had a name.  Of course I had a name, I just didn’t know what it was.  Mommie took another look at me as I scurried under the desks looking for something, anything, to go for a run away from the cage.  Mommie told the caretaker about someone called Woffier* and then she said I brought a sparkle to her eyes, so she called me Sparkles which sounded good to me.

*Woffier was Mommie’s beloved 11-year old German Shepherd who died six weeks earlier.  Mommie was really sad about that.


Sparkles! Get off that pile of papers in the office! Right NOW!!”, Mommie yelled. She was calling from the kitchen. Yesterday she couldn't hear me if she stood in the doorway to the office.

What is going on? Even last night it was scary. Mommie heard me scratching on the front door and she heard me while standing in the kitchen. I thought Mommie was kind of deaf. Uncle Tom can hear me from anywhere in the house, but Mommie had to be within a few feet before she could hear me.

I have a feeling life is not going to be the same since Mommie got her new “ears”. I heard her and Uncle Tom discussing how much better Mommie could hear since she got new ears. I will have to be much quieter or quit doing some of the things I used to do when Mommie couldn't hear – like jumping of the pile of papers in the office. She will probably hear me when I jump up on Uncle Tom's favorite chair, too.

Patches doesn't do anything challenging anyway, but “challenge” is my middle name and I WILL find a way to do things a little more quiet now.

Sparkles “Challenge” Catnipper – has kind of a neat ring to it doesn't it?


Crumbling cookies!! Did someone say crumbling cookies? I LOVE cookies. Don't you?

Of course Mommie had said “that's the way the cookie crumbles”. I didn't see any cookies, crumbled or otherwise. What did she mean? Is she going to bring me cookies? If she is, I hope they are coconut cookies – they are the tastiest. Yum yum!!!

Mommie likes chocolate chip cookies. I probably won't get any if they are chocolate chip because Mommie will eat my share – with a mouth stuffed with cookies and saying: “Sparkles, you need to watch your diet; I will help you by eating your share.”

After discussing it with Patches we decided it was some saying that only humans understand because we didn't see any cookies coming our way.


Sep. 19, 2015
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Bella | Reply 22.09.2015 12.28

I think the GPS story is the best. Keep 'em coming.

Missy from Tennessee | Reply 18.09.2015 11.00

Sometimes my little brother upsets me, just like Patches does to Sparkles. Mommies have big hearts and can love two babies at the same time.

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22.09 | 12:28

I think the GPS story is the best. Keep 'em coming.

18.09 | 11:00

Sometimes my little brother upsets me, just like Patches does to Sparkles. Mommies have big hearts and can love two babies at the same time.

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