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 loves to go on trips. This time she took me. Ha ha Patches – you didn't get to stay in motel rooms and s-l-e-e-p on “interesting” smelling pillows.

This time Mommie asked for a pet room. I wish she would have asked for a cat room. She just shrugged her shoulders and indicated it didn't matter if it was a cat or dog room.

(Un)luckily we got a dog room. The cleaning crew must have missed the previous occupant's dog's signature claim on the room. The pillow was labeled “pet pillow” and the dog didn't want any other dog (or cat) to mistake the pillow for anything but “HIS” pillow. If you get my drift (scent).

Mommie couldn't understand why I didn't want to lay on that thing. Apparently she understood that I was going to sleep with her anyway, so she made room – just like at home, but I didn't have to listen to Patches snore.


With Mommie's bad arm she can't pick me up. I have to wait until she is sitting or lying down.

Patches doesn't sit on MY Mommie's lap at any time, so he was gloating that Mommie couldn't pick me up. He said (and I quote) “you're too fat, you're too fat – ha ha”. I guess I have been getting into the treat sack once too often. 

Mommie has this sack of treats by her chair in the living room from which she doles out treats once in a while. Every now and then she doesn't get the sack quite shut all the way. Since the sack is up off the floor, Patches can't get to it. Last week Mommie mentioned that the sack seemed to be getting lighter and she looked right at me when she said it. I pulled in my tummy and tried to look innocent. Mommie thought she heard Patches snicker. (Tattle tale.)

I guess Mommie wasn't fooled by my innocent stance because she put the sack into a covered basket. DRAT 

(Of course sometimes Mommie forgets things, so I am hoping she might let the basket lid slightly ajar once in a while.) 

Jun. 4, 2015
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Jun. 4, 2015

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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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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.

24.05 | 12:01

Rereading these stories makes me laugh again.

22.05 | 07:30

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

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