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.


When Mommie and I went to the mountains with cousin Judy we saw chipmunks – everywhere. At one rest stop we almost played with them. Mommie and Judy fed the little suckers – they only liked almonds.

I tried to play with them, but their mommies were everywhere and they wouldn't let me near the little fellas. One time I lunged at one and his mommie came after me and almost bit me. That was close enough for me, so I just sat and watched them play. They seemed to say “ha, ha, big fat cat.” If I get to see them when they are bigger and their mommies aren't around, I'll show them who is BIG. They sorta smell like mice, so maybe they taste good too!! 

They wore me out. I slept good and long that night.  


Guess what Mommie and Aunt Helen did!! They smelled trees. In Judy's yard she has a Ponderosa Pine which she swears smells like butterscotch. So on our excursion to the mountains, we had to stop every so often so they could smell the trees.

When we stopped at the next camp, the manager came over and guessed what they were doing. She said her grandson said they smelled like strawberries. Of course, at the next stop they said they could tell that the one Pine smelled like butterscotch and the other one like strawberries. Since I am shorter all I got to smell was the doggie stuff (you get the idea).

With the chipmunks and the smelly trees we had a great day in the mountains.

Jul. 8, 2014
Look at the new messages from readers on the last page. Go ahead and leave a comment if you like. Look forward to hearing from you!
Jul. 8, 2014
Just to clear up things: Mommie is my people mommie and Momma is my cat mommie (biological).
Mar. 28, 2014
THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: The inspiration for this book and this site is noted on page two of this site.
May. 2, 2014
TO OUR NEW READERS. Some of the entries won't make any sense unless you read earlier entries.

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Dusty | Reply 07.07.2014 09.33

Have a great vacation! We will read you when you come back.

Jeannie C. | Reply 26.06.2014 06.02

Sparkles, You should be more sympathetic towards Sissy regarding the high water bill. After all, you probably taught her every thing she knows.

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07.07 | 09:33

Have a great vacation! We will read you when you come back.

26.06 | 06:02

Sparkles, You should be more sympathetic towards Sissy regarding the high water bill. After all, you probably taught her every thing she knows.

27.10 | 10:52

Mommie says to go to wloltigerlolw2 on YouTube to see a video of cats getting baths. I thought it was funny because I wasn't the one getting the bath. Ha ha.

04.07 | 08:12
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