The First Years

(Copyright 2013-2017)


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.

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Mommie showed me a FaceBook posting showing a job posting in Ireland.  The posting said (paraphrasing by Mommie):  If you love cats, here is a job for you.  At our shelter we need someone to play with and cuddle cats all day.  

Mommie, I want you to cuddle and play with ME all day.  I promise not to scratch or bite. Mommie you never know what a foreign cat will do.  I will be a VERY good kitty if you stay here.

Mommie's note to self:  Get an updated passport as soon as possible.  You just never know when I might need to go somewhere.  OK Sparkles, I couldn't take you with me so I won't go.  But the job does seem interesting. I know I love you Sparkles, but playing with you ALL DAY.  That would be exhausting.  And, I know you would get tired of it soon.  



Jan. 26, 2018
Sparkles got bitten by a coon at least 5 times. He did not heal properly. Took him to the vet. Was told he had feline aids which was the reason he was not healing properly. After observing his severe pain and dismal outlook it was with heavy heart I authorized euthanasia for my special boy.
He crossed the rainbow bridge with no pain and lots of my love.
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Josey from Vermont 24.06.2017 22:14

Mommie, I am glad you are back! I was beginning to worry.

Beverly 30.03.2017 18:11

Other places charge for these. Thanks.

Chelsea M. 05.09.2016 20:06

Interesting concept. I am sending an envelope with my name, address, and stamp on it so I can receive these for free.

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24.06 | 22:14

Mommie, I am glad you are back! I was beginning to worry.

30.03 | 18:11

Other places charge for these. Thanks.

05.09 | 20:06

Interesting concept. I am sending an envelope with my name, address, and stamp on it so I can receive these for free.