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.

AN APPLE A DAY . . . .

Mommie has gone off the deep end – she is trying to get me to eat apples. Apples are for mice, not cats. I don't care if she eats one every day, but not me. Even Patches has turned up his nose against the apples. Mommie says they are good for the body – maybe hers, but not my taste buds.

She keeps saying “An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away.” Of course, the doctor doesn't come to the house! So I guess she may be right.

I like to think “A Hiss A Day Keeps Patches Away.” Ha ha. Besides being a low-down snitch, Patches has bad breath. Everyone wonders why I hiss at him. Its because I don't want to smell his horrible breath. Although the hiss does keep his bad breath away, it also gives me POWER. Patches is afraid of me!!!

Mommie you do your apple and I'll do my hiss, OK?


Mommie and one of her friends were discussing a mutual acquaintance. Mommie said “our friend Joe really has a bad case of 'foot in mouth disease'. Do you know he said something to his girlfriend that he had promised not to tell anyone? Blah, blah blah. . . . “

I hope this disease does not carry over to cats because I put my foot in my mouth every day. I LIKE to put my foot in my mouth. And, I haven't heard Patches or Big Mouth say anything bad about my habit. Of course, they could be talking behind my back and I wouldn't know it.

I wonder what the disease looks like when it happens. I put my sweet feet in my mouth every day because I like to wash my feet. It would be awful if I got it. Does it cause a rash? Does it itch? How long does it last?

Too many questions. I am going to have to trust Mommie that she will take care of it if I get it.  

Jun. 4, 2015
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ELSIE FROM KANSAS | Reply 27.07.2015 19.55

Keep the stories coming. I know Sparkles gets into lots of trouble.

Jason from Maine | Reply 10.07.2015 20.20

Good to see new stories. I was beginning to think Sparkles had given up being cute!

Ann B. from California | Reply 08.06.2015 11.04

I think Mommie probably misses cuddling you too.

Jennifer | Reply 22.05.2015 07.30

Love reading the stories the second time around. Look foward to new episodes.

Frances from Beaumont | Reply 12.05.2015 11.32

I loved the "I'm going to get fixed" episode. In fact I enjoy looking at the old stories. They give me a laugh the second time around.

Joanie | Reply 20.03.2015 10.53

Hey, I like the pictures. Do you have more?

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Today | 19:55

Keep the stories coming. I know Sparkles gets into lots of trouble.

10.07 | 20:20

Good to see new stories. I was beginning to think Sparkles had given up being cute!

24.06 | 16:49

I wish I would have had a "Sparkles" when my wife died.

08.06 | 11:04

I think Mommie probably misses cuddling you too.

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