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.


Mommie is taking a break and she won't be putting new episodes on this website until September.  (That doesn't mean I won't do things that should be reported, though.)  

Mommie says her garden and other outdoor activities are taking a lot of time which doesn't leave a lot of time for her to write.

I APPRECIATE all the attention you have given this site.  Remember, you can read the entire book here or the first half in the book, THE CATNIP DIARIES - The First Year, which is available on, or Kindle.  If you send a message on this site you can get an autographed copy of the book.

Thanks EVERYONE!!! 


Mommie says we were going on another trip to the mountains. This time I got to ride in the rear window – on top of all the luggage. Mommie made sure Auntie Helen put up a screen so I couldn't get into the front seat area. Even though cousin Gary was along for part of the ride, I had access to a small water pan and a dish of food. No treats showed up until we got to the motel.

It was fun to smile at all the kids in cars that passed us. Some of them pointed and I know they were looking at me. But Mommie gave me a little pill that she said would calm me down, so I slept most of the way there. Mommie did let me out at all the rest areas. We would always go to the back of the rest area where the pets were supposed to go. Of course, there were dogs, but I never saw another cat. Mommie said most kitty mommies can't trust their cats to come when they are called. I was really a good boy and was obedient. Besides, I was afraid Mommie might leave me and I didn't want to deal with any dogs.

The first night at the motel was fun. Mommie took me into the room and then proceeded to get the luggage out of the car. The door was just ajar enough that I slipped through. After Mommie got all settled, she started looking for me. I found the nice clerk at the front desk who couldn't resist petting me. When Mommie finally came to the front desk, the lady had found a nice box of kitty treats. (Boy, were they good. I wish Mommie had that kind.) Since Mommie hadn't told the clerk I was along, Mommie had to pay an extra $10 for me.

I guess Mommie thought I was worth the $10. I love Mommie!


May. 8, 2016
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Betsy | Reply 10.06.2016 18.20

I've had experience with karma too. Of course, I deserved it.

Shirley M | Reply 14.03.2016 12.30

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

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I've had experience with karma too. Of course, I deserved it.

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

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