The First Year

(Copyright 2013-2014)


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.


(Recent events)  


Uncle Tom came blustering into the house barking at me (just like Sparky does):  “There are not one, not two, but FOUR baby kittens in the woodshed. I want to know what you have been doing the last few months since you have been here. First of all you took over the house and refused to let Patches in. Now that Patches is in you scare him so he hides from you. And, now you have four baby kittens in the shed! When are you going to quit running this household?” 

I'm sorry Uncle Tom, those baby kittens are not mine. Maybe you should be yelling at Patches. He was around the same time as I was and so was Spotty. Mommie set the record straight: “Sparkles has been, ahem, 'fixed' so he couldn't possibly be the father. You should really be talking to Spotty. I saw him in a very fatherly mode playing with those kittens earlier today.” 

I hope Mommie didn't see me playing with those kittens yesterday. I like to play with them because I can boss them around and really have fun with them. The momma is ok but she is not very friendly; she chased me away from the babies. 

Apparently the impression is that I RUN the cat menagerie. Maybe I shouldn't be so hasty to try to get back to Texas. Hmm. 

Nov. 2, 2014
THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: The inspiration for this book and this site is noted on page two of this site.
Nov. 2, 2014
THE END "Almost"
As you may have guessed by now, there are almost 365 entries -- where has that year gone. Sparkles is still being Sparkles and he gets into lots of trouble even as a "grown up" cat. But, mostly he has matured and manages to stay out of trouble most of the time.

In regard to this, Sparkles has taken a look at his life and has decided he needs to pray every day. (In his case maybe several times a day.) Mommie is recording his prayers as "Devotions with Sparkles" and this site will continue to be here with his prayers.

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To get the most out of your reading, please note that some of the daily diary entries might not make much sense unless you start at the beginning of the diary at DIARY BEGINS HERE. The top entry on this page is the beginning of the diary, the story just above this is the latest entry. 

Three or four diary entries are added each week.  No diary days are posted on Saturday or Sunday because some of our readers only have access to the internet at their work.

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Janet M. | Reply 18.11.2014 10.49

Sorry to tease you Sparkles, but it is 72 degrees here in California.

Shirley K. | Reply 14.11.2014 19.01

Where are you? Who is Uncle Tom? Just wondering.

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18.11 | 10:49

Sorry to tease you Sparkles, but it is 72 degrees here in California.

14.11 | 19:01

Where are you? Who is Uncle Tom? Just wondering.

08.11 | 10:43

Sparkles, you have been a real pill all along even when you were a baby. Good thing you are almost grown up.

21.11 | 13:09
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