Thursday, August 21, 2014

The World Has Lost Its "Sparkle"

Photo used from Sparkle's blog
We pray her human doesn't mind
Thank you to Sparkle (and her incredible human), for the never-ending kindness that you both showed Cody and I from the day we began blogging in 2009. 

You ALWAYS visited us and 100s of other bloggers EVERY DAY without fail. Your comments often made us laugh and we looked forward to them.

Sparkle, we all promise to take care of your human, she is always concerned about all of us and the kitties of the World. We will make sure that she is looked after too.

In honor of Sparkle's memory and the wisdom she shared with all of us, Cody and I wanted to share our review that we did back in 2012 of Sparkle's book. It meant the world to us to review it, the book is one of thousands of examples of Sparkle's wit and talent with words. We hope that her humor and insight brings you comfort, we are hurting along with all of you.........THANK YOU SPARKLE for the joy you gave to all of us and for the kitties you have helped. This is the WORST day ever.

From: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





Condolences for Sparkle's family may be left here

41 comments:

  1. Indeed the Sparkle has darken but she will always remain forever in our hearts.

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  2. A beautiful tribute to the wonderful Sparkle and her human. She will be missed by so many.

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  3. A lovely tribute to the wonderful Sparkle and her human.
    She will be missed by us all <3

    XOXO

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  4. Me and mom feel the same way as you. Beautiful tribute.
    I will miss Sparkle badly
    Purrs
    xox

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  5. It is such a sad sad day on the blogosphere. Our Mom cried so hard over Sparkle and we feel so bad for Janiss. What a wonderful tribute to Sparkle this is. She was certainly an Icon and will be so missed.

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  6. That was so beautiful, as was dear Sparkle. We are heartbroken.

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  7. What a wonderful tribute. We will miss Sparkle very much. She was -- and will remain -- an inspiration.

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  8. We still can't believe that Sparkle is gone. She was a social media icon...an inspiration to us all. We will miss her wit, her humor and everything she did to help homeless kitties find homes. The world lis a little less bright without its Sparkle.

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  9. Beautiful tribute Caren. This is so sad.

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  10. We are utterly heartbroken that our friend Sparkle has gone to the Bridge.

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  11. Our hearts broke today when we heard the news. Sparkle will live on in all of us.

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  12. What a wonderful way to honor Sparkle.
    We're so very heartbroken...we'll miss her so much.
    xo

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  13. Dat be a bootyful twibute.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

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  14. So sorry to read about your friend Sparkle and what a lovely tribute. She will be greatly missed by you and all her friends and of course her family. We send them virtual hugs and we pray Sparkle runs free and fast over the rainbow bridge to join many friends who have gone before.
    Best wishes Molly

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  15. Such a wonderful tribute. Sending hugs and prayers to her human.

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  16. So sad. Her human will need lots of extra love now.

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  17. Beautiful tribute to a very special cat. We'll miss her. Purrs

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  18. Just beautiful. Sparkle will forever be in our hearts.
    Sue B

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  19. What a perfect post for today, Caren and Cody. And the Dr. Suess quote at the end is great. Thanks.

    Hugs, Bugsy and Knuckles

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  20. It's a sad day but tributes like yours help. This is one of my faves so far.

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  21. sniffs... nice tribute for a kitty who shall be missed.
    Faythe @ GrammyMouseTails

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  22. I agree, the Dr. Seuss quote is a perfect fit :( Poor sweet Sparkle. We only discovered their blog a few months ago, but we still teared up reading her post. She will be dearly missed, and you did a lovely tribute.
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  23. What a beautiful tribute. It's so sad to hear the bad news about Sparkle. She will be deeply missed... :-( xx

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  24. thank you for this beautiful post, a wonderful tribute to a beloved one.

    emma and buster

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  25. Sparkle was such a good furiend to all of us and will be missed. We know she will remain in our hearts as we embrace Summer in her memory. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  26. It is a sad, sad day in the Cat Blogosphere today. Sparkle did so much for the kitty world, and she had so much good advice. She will truly be missed. Caren and Cody, your tribute is beautiful and extremely heartfelt. Thank you for restating your book review.

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  27. A really lovely tribute. Sparkle will be missed by so many xx

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  28. It is so sad about Sparkle. We didn't know her, but your tribute to her brought her to life for us. Deepest sympathies to her family and friends.

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  29. We really love your tribute to Sparkle, so heart-felt and true and beautiful...we will miss her so much and we still can't believe she is gone...much love to her Human.

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  30. Sparkle still shines Bright even though she has gone,xx Rachel and SPeedy

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  31. Beautiful tribute.
    I never really read Sparkles blog, but the bits and pieces I did read, I loved. She will be missed by many.

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  32. Fantastic tribute Cody! The Dr Seuss quote is one I will remember. Shine on Sparkle! We love you!

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  33. This is a very wonderful tribute to Sparkle. She was always such a sweetheart. Our hearts are hurting for her mom and all of Blogville. ♥

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