Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Dear Sparkle: CAT-TO-CAT advice from the world's foremost FELINE columnist-Sparkle The Designer Cat


Dear Sparkle,
I kicked my Mom off of the computer because I think that it should be ME writing the book review today.
It only seems right that I should write the review and not my Mom because you wrote this advice book for CATS ONLY.
Mom is not a CAT. I am a CAT, so I do the review.
Love, Cody



Dear Sparkle,
I would like to thank you for taking the time to sign my book. That was pretty darned cool of you. Especially being as famous as you are.
Love, Cody


Dear Sparkle,
I really like how you have the replies to the letters seeking advice from assorted kitties broken down into various CAT-egories such as:
GAMES KITTIES PLAY
STRANGE INVASIONS
CAT VS. HUMAN
EPI-CURIOUS
LITTER BOX LETTERS
MIXED MAILBAG
I can see how you are famous. You organized this stuff really well. If a kitty has a problem that purr-tains to a certain CAT-egory. All they gotta do is put their paw on the right chapter.
Love, Cody


Photo courtesy of Janiss Garza
Dear Sparkle,
The photos that you have in this book are of superior quality. I understand your human captured your beauty by herself? Wow! She is purrty darned talented. I like how she put your sagacious words under each photo.
You have trained her well.
Love, Cody


Dear Sparkle,
I liked the advice letter about “Playtime Time Out” Wanna know why? My Mom is super lazy. She doesn’t play with me enough. She says she has BLOGS to write, BLOGS to read, it’s all about BLOGS, BLOGS, BLOGS!
When she does try to play with me, I go through my “cobra-routine” on the carpet. I stretch out and barely move. This frustrates Mom and she stops playing with me.
I guess I need to follow  your advice and show some enthusiasm when I play and maybe she will play with me longer.
Love, Cody

Dear Sparkle,
Thanks for printing the letter about “Housekeeper Havoc.” I could really relate.
I have a housekeeper who comes to my house and moves things around and makes everything smell AWFUL! She even has the nerve to tell me that she knows when I have POOPED! She tries to cover up the smell after I have worked so hard to make it smell like ME in my litter box.
You are right about the sucky monster dust inhaler not being dangerous, as long as I stay out of its’ way.
Thanks for the advice.
I could really relate to “Scared for my life” who wrote that letter.
Love, Cody

Dear Sparkle,
I want to thank you for answering the age-old question of why cats have expressive ears. I am sure a lot of kitties and their humans wanted to know the answer. You said, it’s because we don’t have eyebrows”
You aren’t just beautiful, you are brilliant.
That’s why you make the big bucks.
Love, Cody

Dear Sparkle,
It’s about time that SOMEONE addressed the issue of “Nickname Nightmare” as you did in your book.
Humans need to realize that we don’t like nicknames. I hate being called “Codester”, “Jelly Belly”, “Co-Dependent” and a host of other ridiculous names.
Thanks for your advice of telling us “when your human mangles your name, make yourself scarce.”
Keep up the great work!
Love, Cody


Dear Sparkle,
4-paws up on your idea for Vet Care Reform: “put the vets into carriers and bring them to US, instead of vice versa.”
PURR GENIUS!!
Love, Cody
Photo courtesy of Janiss Garza


Dear Sparkle,
I think your book is a MUST HAVE for any kitty worth their kibble. Who better to go to for answers to our burning questions than ANOTHER CAT?
You are right, about humans possibly not liking some of what they read. Sometimes the TRUTH HURTS!
I showed your book to my Mom and in a few instances you helped her see the error of her ways. Will she change? One can only hope.
You pointed out some impawtant issues that my Mom and other humans need to pay attention to!
Thanks for taking these impawtant matters into your own paws.
Love, Cody



Dear Sparkle,
Last but not least, I couldn’t agree more with your “Sparkle Says tidbit: the fact that dogs are so trainable does not make them smarter than us cats. Since when has being easily manipulated become a sign of intelligence?”
Love, Cody



 Dear Kitties,
Sparkle wrote this book to solve all of your “kitty conundrums!” There are 70 Questions and Answers, “Sparkle Says” sidebars and full-color photos throughout.
It is “definitely NOT your usual human-written cat book!!”
It is available at booksellers everywhere!

Also, if you haven't already, be sure to visit Sparkle on the web at www.sparklecat.com

Love, Cody









61 comments:

  1. Wow, Cody, thanks for the awesome review! I can tell you have taken my advice to heart, just by the way your wrestled the blog away from your human to write this review!

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  2. MOL! You are welcome Sparkle! Glad you liked it! It took all of my strength to get Mom off of the computer!

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  3. Dear Cody,
    You sure put a lot of time and thought into the book review. Very well done.

    I hope Sparkle's paw print autograph was made with ink. I hope. Have you looked at it closely? Hee, hee.

    P.S. I would be very interested in seeing photos of your "cobra routine."

    P.P.S. I have also been called "Jelly Belly."

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    1. Hi Mr. Black! I sure did! I was tearing my fur out trying to be sure that this was a better review than my Mom does!
      MOL about the pawprint!
      Ohhh I have an old photo of that routine but maybe my Mom will video it :)
      Ha! You are a "jelly belly" too!

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  4. What a wonderful review, what talent YOU have Cody. This looks like a wonderful book, Sparkle what an amazing kitty you are. we never knew that about our ears. You know what? Mummy has got a lot of eyebrows, I wonder if her ears will start to wiggle about :)xx

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    1. thank you so much Princess Jasmine! It is a CATABULOUS book! I didn't know that about our ears either! MOL about your Mummy's ears! xoxo

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  5. Me to LOVE LOVE LOVE Sparkle´s book and I have a pawdographed copy too :)

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  6. Cody what a sparkletacular review you did for Miss Sparkle's latest book! It sounds like it's got EVERYTHING covered and lots of great photos and advice? Who could ask for anything more!! Well done my friend.......

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

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    1. thanks so much Sammy! It took me HOURS!! Ohhhh yesss it has EVERYTHING covered, that's for sure! Thanks so much Sammy! Love, Cody

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  7. Best review ever! Love it! And we love both of Sparkle's books.

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    1. Miss Ingrid...you have me blushing....THANK YOU!! :)
      I have to read the second one too!
      xoxoxo

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  8. That looks well cool. We just need a dog version now. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Molly! You should write the dog version! Go for it! You have a "Terrific Tuesday" too!

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  9. Great review and that is a great book. We even have that one. Well done Cody. Take care.

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    1. thanks so much Marg!! :) So glad you have this book!

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  10. I can't wait to read sparkles book!

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  11. Excellent job on the review Cody. We really need to get that book we are afraid we have not been as strict with our parents and boys as we should.

    About that intelligent bit. Border Collies are suppose to be the smartest dogs in the world because THEY FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS. We thinks Great Pyrenees are because they solve the problem themselves. This is a joke GP owners have.

    Who is the Smartest?
    The Border Collie sees there is a problem (the sheep are out) runs barking to his Master wakes the Master up and then follows the Masters instructions.

    The Great Pyrenees sees there is a problem (the sheep are out) rounds up the sheep finds where they got out and prevents them from getting out again by closing the gate or blocking the hole. The stupid human sleeps through the entire episode.

    Mommy says she know who the smartest human is and it's not the Border Collie's Master.

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    1. MOL!!! Loved that!!!! That was great! Speaking of "Great Pyrenees" Dakota is having a give-away! Don't miss it!!!
      Thank you for your kind words AND the laugh!
      Love Cody

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  12. Cody, this is an amazing review, well done! Your human needs to let YOU do this more often.

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    1. now YOU are making me blush (((hugs)))) thank you my furiend!

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  13. Wow!!! That's the coolest review!!! We really enjoyed reading it and my mom was uhhh arrrr ohhh all the time. She was being silly.

    Love,
    Eva

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    1. Awww Eva THANK YOU!! Glad your Mom liked it!! Love, Cody

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  14. What an excellent review, Cody! We have Sparkle's book and we agree with you...we love it!!

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    1. thank you guys! Thanks for validating that this book is great!

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  15. Great review. Sounds like a good one even though there is a k-I-t-t-y involved
    Benny & Lily

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    1. thanks so much Benny & Lily and I am impressed that two fine dogs such as yourself, even have an interest in this!

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  16. Dearest Cody!
    Great post! me thinks yous is a brilliant writer and should write the blogs more often, not that me don't like your Mommy! Oh Poop! That came out all wrong....
    Cody your boor review rocked!
    kisses
    Nellie

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    1. Nellie that is so sweet of you! Thank you!! I think I should write the blogs more often too but you know how that goes! Some people have to be all over everything! MOL!

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  17. What a PAW-some review! About time the cats had their purr-sonal opinion heard.

    signed,
    Seren(dipity), da writin' kittee

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  18. That was one terrific review and it is a great book!!!

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  19. Cody dear,
    You are the wittiest and most hilarious book critic I've ever come across. Can't say the same about my brood. purrr....meow!

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  20. Great review, Cody! We've always thought Sparkle was a genius and you really captured the essence of her intelligence and superiority to unwitting humans quite well!! Sigh... we can only hope the humans recognize the many errors of their hapless ways!

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    1. Thanks so much Deb! You are right...if only the humans will learn from this! BTW Mom said to tell you she still isn't getting your blog :(

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  21. Cody...your mom better watch out. This was a PAWSOME review and I can easily see you taking over this whole blog-blog-blogging thing. What a great review...we loved how you were able to highlight the MANY parts of the book that are so RELEVANT to the TRAINING of your MOM. I mean human.

    You better make sure she reads your review AND the book like 50 gagillion times. Maybe there's a test you can make her take, just to make sure she's truly learned the material. ; )
    xo, Katie

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    1. Awww Katie! You really know how to flatter a kitty now, don't you? Thank you!! Yeah...I keep tryin' to take over this blog but Mom won't move her rotund behind away! Love your idea of making Mom take a test about this book. That's purrfect! xoxo

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  22. That is a very pawsome review you have done and I agree with others you should do it more often. Mum got the books for her Kindle and as of yet not had the time to read them. This made her want to get going.. Hugs GJ xx

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    1. Hi GJ! Thank you!! I will talk to my Mum and see if sometimes I can do more book reviews. You never know! Hoping your Mum gets to get some reading done! xoxoxo

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  23. Cody, that was a BRILLIANT review! You're right, the mom is NOT a cat, and she would have never been able to do that as well as you. Thanks for the recommendation ... we really want to check out Sparkle's book! :)

    Hugs!

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    1. meowmeowmans thank you!! Oh you are sooo right! Mom could NEVER handle a review like this! That's why I had to take over. Hoping you do check it out, it's great!

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  24. Dear Cody, My human says have YOU ever thought of writing a book? …. not wanting to take anything away from Miss Sparkle or nuttin', but you cut to the chase!! She also says she has the book on kindle and has read it already!!! I can't read it until it is published in Welsh of course!!!! ;) love Austin >^,,^<

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    1. Well Austin....the answer is YES.....the operative word being "thought"...that might be something I have to have Mom help me with in 2013. You never know!! I like that "cut to the chase"...yeah...I'm a straight forward kinda cat! Austin...wish you could teach me Welsh! :)

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  25. That is a great review Cody. Have you ever thought about doing it professionally?

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    1. thanks Eric and Flynn...actually yeah!! But no one will give me even ONE piece of kibble for it. What's up with THAT???!!!

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  26. Cody, my man, theese one is a fantastic review, you did a fabulous job on it! Enjoyed it thoroughly...and that Sparkle is uber-intelligent for sure (and pretty too). I bet her book is a smart read for us felines...

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    1. Awww shucks Clooney! Thank you!! You are right on all accounts! "uber-intelligent". pretty and a smart read!

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  27. An excellent review Cody and an excellent book.

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  28. We enjoyed the reveiw very much Cody! What a wondeful book :) xx

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    1. thank you! glad you liked it and the book is just too cute (and helpful!) xoxo

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  29. Yo Codester! Heard you liked this book. Great review.

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  30. Fantastic review! That Sparkle is super smart. I did not know cats express with their ears because they do not have eyebrows. Hilarious. I better get the book to find out what else I don't know.

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  31. I lubs this book and I lubz Sparkle....but I kind of lubs her from afar because Sparkle scares me just a little bit, you know what I mean?

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  32. Maxwell: Cody, dood. That was a pawsome review! We completely agree, Sparkle's book is the BEST.

    Allie: Except she forgot a chapter - the one on how to handle brats like Faraday.... but I'm sure that's going to find its way into the NEXT fabulous book!

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  33. It's nice to see a review from Cody. ;) I really enjoyed it!

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