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.


(From when I was a baby)


So there are lots of holes in the toilet paper in the bathroom. Okay it was me. But, Mommie, when you leave me all alone in the bathroom when you go away, I don’t have a scratching post. The toilet paper roll does the job nicely. I’m not going to tell Mommie where I go to scratch when she is home because she lets me run all over the house. It will be a surprise.

But, Mommie, I was just trying to help you clean house by toppling over the “stuff” on top of the air conditioner. Mommie, I know you know that air conditioner tops are not shelves. Remember the chair in the laundry room!


Yesterday was Daddie’s birthday and Mommie took me to see him and to bring him a little chocolate cake she had made.

I love going to Daddie’s home. There are a lot of nice OLD people living there. They like animals that come to visit. They don’t pinch and pull tails like the kids do. They just want someone to pet and someone who will lick their fingers and play with them.

I gave Daddie a big kiss on the cheek. He seemed to like it. He held and petted me for a long time. Mommie was concerned that I might scratch Daddie, but I did my best to keep my claws to myself. I don’t really know Daddie very well, but I love him.

Then Mommie brought out the cake. She had put lots of frosting on the cake, but no candles. Mommie said the cake wasn’t big enough to hold all the candles that Daddie would need.

A couple of nurses came in to sing Happy Birthday and to play with me. The nurses usually don’t get much down time – they are always running to help someone. Mommie also brought a bigger cake to give to the staff so they wouldn’t be left out. Mommie says sometimes the employees don’t get the appreciation they deserve.

Aug. 21, 2014
THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: The inspiration for this book and this site is noted on page two of this site.
Aug. 21, 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.
Aug. 26, 2014
NOTICE ! ! !
SPARKLES SEZ: Beginning this week entries will be done on Tuesday and Friday. Mommie says she has too much to do on the weekends and that she has too many irons in the fire. What does that mean? I hope she doesn't get burned.

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Dizzy Jean | Reply 25.07.2014 11.14

Sparkles, are you a trivia buff or a philosopher? You ask some of the most unusual questions most people wouldn't even think about. My question: why is that?

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25.07 | 11:14

Sparkles, are you a trivia buff or a philosopher? You ask some of the most unusual questions most people wouldn't even think about. My question: why is that?

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.

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