Sparkles                                                  Book’s Hero

Mommie                              Sparkles’ (People) Mommie

Dr. Candie                                        The Veterinarian

Dr. Bill                                             The Veterinarian

Daddie                                Mommie’s (People) Friend

Outdoor mommie                                   Cat Matriarch

Black Angel                             Outdoor mommie’s son

Sparky                                               Neighbor’s Dog

Sparky’s mommie                  Sparky’s (People) mommie

Melanie                                  Girl (People) Next Door

Calico                                    Sparkles’ (Cat) girlfriend

Sissy                               The "Beautiful" neighbor cat


By Eileen Novotny, co-author of the book “THE CATNIP DIARIES – The First Year” and creator of this site.  Helen Grundmann is the co-author of the book and a contributor to this site:  

In May 2012 I had to put my best friend in a nursing home.  Then three weeks later our beloved 11 year-old German Shepherd died of a heart attack.  I was in a deep depression.

 My sister, Helen, encouraged me to adopt a cat since they are loyal, give unconditional love. and are fun to have around.  Sparkles was the cat that I adopted from the animal shelter in July 2012. 

After emailing my sister, Helen, describing what kinds of trouble Sparkles was getting into, we decided to write a diary of his antics.  Helen has her own cat, Kittie, so we combined the antics of both cats to have an entry for every day for a full year.  Most of the entries are fiction, but we believe they could happen.  Other characters in the book are fictional, but they add depth and color to the diary entries.  Helen came up with most of the ideas and I put the ideas into diary entries. 

Anyone who is owned by a cat can visualize their own cats being just as naughty - or nice.

When 365 entries were on the books, Sparkles disappeared.  In my heart of hearts I believe Sparkles was an angel sent to bring me out of that depression.   

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16.01 | 11:39

I checked with the web server and was told the snow flakes were only temporary and they don't have any other options. I am sad too.

06.01 | 10:50

What happened to the snowflakes? I really liked it when my mama ran the pointer over the screen. I am 5 years old and my mama wrote this for me.

30.12 | 10:45

When are you going to get that Puppy? I'm praying for you.

23.12 | 13:21

Neato! The snow flakes move when the pointer does
I see that the pointer drops snow flakes whenever it moves. My Mommie wrote this for me. I'm 6 years old.

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