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.


Its 5:01 in the morning and MY FOOD BOWL IS EMPTY!!! I guess I could eat out of Patches' bowl, but his slobber remains make it so unappealing.

What to do? What to do? I know: I'll wake up Mommie. After all on Mother's Day I woke her up at 6 and she didn't complain and its only one hour earlier. She can just go back to sleep if she wants to and get up at 7 like she does every other day.

I jumped on the bed and m-e-o-w-e-d very loud. Mommie jumped up and grabbed me and started to pet me. Mommie, I don't need a pet, I am hungry. I slithered away from her clutches and led her out the bedroom door and straight to my bowl. She looked at my bowl and then at Patches' bowl.

This is only the fourth or fifth time Mommie has ever yelled at me. “SPARKLES, YOU NAUGHTY CAT. YOU COULD EAT OUT OF PATCHES' DISH.” Then she felt bad and got the food sack and loaded my dish down with food and even added a couple treats on top.

Before she went back to bed she hugged me and apologized for yelling at me. I guess I need to bring Mommie another dead mouse present.



Yesterday Mommie said she had “things to do, places to go and people to see” on Mother's Day. So I decided to help her out.

The first thing I did was wake her up at 6 a.m. Because if she has that much to do, I know she needs lots of time to get it all done. Even at 6 a.m. Mommie is funny. All she did was look at me in amazement; then she said “Grr-rr”. Mommie told me one time that when she says that it means she is pretending to be a bear. And, when she pretends something it is when she is trying to amuse me. Of course I laughed.

About noon Mommie said she was going to take a “catnap.” I knew I had to help Mommie out. If she took a catnap like I take a catnap, she wouldn't get any of her plans accomplished; after all, my naps last 6 – 7 hours. It would be night before she got up and went somewhere. So I woke her up. And, again she went “Grr-rr” which made me laugh.

After Mommie got home from going places, I brought her an extra nice Mother's Day present – a dead mouse which I placed on the front steps.




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Shirley M | Reply 14.03.2016 12.30

Congrats on the book. I just downloaded it from Kindle.

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