Thursday, December 18, 2014

Secret Paws, My Favorite Holiday Tradition!

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Hi my furiends!

It's Cody!  I am one thankful and oh-so-happy kitty!!!! Remember a few days ago when I told you  my Secret Paws package had arrived and Mom wouldn't let me open it? 

Well, Mom FINALLY
gave me Purrmission
to OPEN IT!
Ok, let me back up the bus a bit, I had to wait until sundown on the first night of Chanukah before Mom would let me near my package! The nerve! She had already made me wait for DAYS and the SUSPENSE was killing me!

Mom is one tough piece of kibble when she wants to be, that is for sure! Because it was the first night of ******Chanukah, Mom first made me paw around and find my pawsonal Menorah. Then, she made me put on my Yarmulke while she proceeded to document this debacle for all the World to see. Making me dig around and find my Menorah was completely ridiculous if you ask me, we don't ever LIGHT mine, because Mom says candles are too dangerous, but she wanted all of you to see the cute kitty Menorah she pawchased a few years back.



The things I have to endure to make this woman happy! Once this ordeal ended, Mom then requested that Dakota, Dad and I gather around their Menorah:



 (battery operated mind you, so much for tradition!) while we recited the candle lighting blessing for Chanukah:

Then, it was FINALLY time for me to find out WHO my Secret Paws package had come from!

Mom helped me open the box (I wanted to chew the tape but she felt that scissors were a better idea, go figure),  and I was completely blown away when I pawed open the envelope that was inside and saw this!
MY SECRET PAWS WAS NONE OTHER THAN
MELISSA AND TRUFFLES FROM
Click to visit their blog!



Secret Paws, My Favorite Holiday Tradition!
This is my third year participating in the Secret Paws gift exchange and it is a tradition that I hope will continue for as long as I continue to blog! Mom Paula does a most pawtastic job of coordinating all of the kitties, and it is a most anticipated event!

Mom and I were overcome with emotion when we saw all of the presents inside!!!! They were wrapped so beautifully!!! Mom didn't want to destroy the beautifully wrapped packages by ripping into  them,but I talked sense into her, I had waited long enough! There were a BUNCH of packages for ME!!


THERE WERE PACKAGES FOR MOM


THERE WERE EVEN PACKAGES FOR DAKOTA!!!

Mom was especially touched that Melissa and Truffles were so incredibly thoughtful to include Dakota! (To see what he received visit his blog!!)

Before I show you  all of the wonderful prezzies that I received look at what Mom got!


How appropriate that a kitty named Truffles, would get Mom chocolate TRUFFLES???? Mom was so touched at the thought that went into all of our gifts that she wouldn't stop screaming! Here is a photo of BOTH sides of the mug for you to see. Mom LOVES it!



Then, Mom was super touched by the kitty notepad because it reminded her of a photo of who else? ME, when I was a kitten!!!

Next, it was FINALLY time for ME to open MY GIFTS!!!!!!! I received not one, but TWO different kinds of kitty treats!!!  I also received a cat nip toy by one of my all time favorite makers of catnip!!!


And....a brand new Kicker toy from the Jackson Galaxy Collection by Petmate!!


I could barely contain MY excitement with all of these goodies and Mom was blown away!!! But...I KNEW there was MORE!!! I remembered when I was standing on the table smelling the packages, I smelled a MOST familiar and deeply loved scent!!


I knew that delicious aroma too well!  I smacked my lips with anticipation because I KNEW what it was!!! I pawed and pawed and sure enough, I was correct! It was:


"OH NO SHE DIDN'T!!!"
 OH YESSSSSSSSSSS SHE DID!!!!!
Melissa and Truffles both know that 2014 was my first year as an Ambassacat for Nutrish For Cats, a position that is near and dear to my heart and one that I treat with the utmost seriousness!!!! Mom was fussing that I was almost out of my Nutrish, and then...Melissa and Truffles sent me some!!! My all- time favorite flavor is the Chicken Purrcata, check out the delicious pieces of chicken!!!


I couldn't wait to dig in!!!


Thank you Melissa and Truffles
for your incredible generosity!
You made Mom, Dakota and I happier than you could ever know and we are beyond grateful! Thank you for all of the time, thought and effort you put into making us so incredibly happy! Now, if you will excuse me........there is a bowl of Chicken Purrcata with my name on it calling to me from the kitchen!!!


Love, Cody

******For the Fuzzy Tales Clowder and other curious cats! Mom found the answer to your question, "Why are there different spellings for the word "Chanukah?" Well, here is your answer that Mom found online:"With so many ways to correctly get the point of Hanukkah across, the proper spelling really turns into a matter of preference and mass appeal. If you want to fit in with the crowd, opt for the Hanukkah spelling, now the most widely used of the choices." So, ever the rebel who could care a rat's tush about "fitting in with the crowd"....Mom happens to visually prefer the spelling that uses a "C" and that is the one she chooses to use! So there you have it!

59 comments:

  1. We loved learning about your holiday tradiitons, and were excited with you as you opened your Secret Paws present Merry Christmas to one of our favourite tough pieces of kibble (LOL), Cody and Dakota! xxx

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    1. Awwww THANK YOU!! You just gave me a HUGE smile!!!! Merry Merry Christmas to you and yours too!!! xoxoxo

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  2. You look so cute with your Yarmulke! And my Gosh, what nice gifts you got!!! That's so awesome!!
    Happy Holidays - do you celebrate both?
    xo

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    1. Thank you my furiends!!!!! Yes, I am a lucky kitty!!! Happy Holidays to you too!!! No, we just do Chanukah but Mom particularly LOVES the songs, sights, smells, traditions and music of Christmas. Back in the day, Mom always helped decorate the huge office Christmas tree!!!! Mom LOVES Christmas! Love, Cody

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  3. Awww, what great gifts you got! So cool! We LOVE those pics of you! You're so cute! :) Smooches, Roxy & Tigerlino <3

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  4. What an awesome Secret Paws package! Truffles and her human really put together something sweet and thoughtful for you. Paws up to them! Cody, you may grumble that you had to wait until Chanukah to get your Secret Paws, but think of the kitties who have to wait until Christmas - that's a whole WEEK away!

    P.S. I ADORED your kitty Menorah!

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    1. Yep they sure did! We were deeply touched by it! Thanks about the Menorah, we love it too!

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  5. Cody, I am blown away by everything in your Secret Paw package. And I LOVE your kitty menorah!!

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    1. Simba we were too!!!! Thank you! We love it also!

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  6. Oh you lucky guy! My Mom won't let me NEAR my Secret Paws package until Christmas morning (she says). She's mean - your Mom's great.....whaaaaaa.....anyway, what a big pile of LOOT you got from Miss Melissa and Truffles! WOWZERS......of course you deserve lotsa prezzies because you've been PERFECT all year long. Enjoy!

    Hugs, Sammy

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    1. Hi Sammy! Yep I sure am one lucky guy!!!! My Mom isn't "great!" My holiday came BEFORE yours this year, sooooooo......she HAD to let me open my gifts! MOL!!!! Love, Cody

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  7. Truffles really knows how to put together a pawesome Secret Paws package! And that's a purrfect menorah. We don't think we've ever seen one quite like it.

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    1. she most certainly does, doesn't she? Ohhh Mom loves that menorah! She just remembered where she got it. She got it approx 2 or 3 yrs ago at a family-owned drug store that had the BEST and most unique gift items!!! (they have since been sold).........Mom used to find the BEST things there! Love, Cody

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  8. Cody… that picture of you in your yarmulke is priceless.. LOVE it.. and you buy your presents… Lucy is drooling!

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    1. Hi Hilary!!!! MOL MOL!! THANK YOU!!! Just think, when I marry Lucy (ooops! Did I just say that!?) you will get to see me in a yarmulke AGAIN!! MOL!!!! Pls give my beshert (however you spell it) a giant KISS from me and HAPPY HAPPY CHANUKAH TO ALL OF YOU!! Love, your future son-in-law, Cody

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  9. Oh Cody what wonderful secret paws pressies! How thoughtful of Melissa and Truffles. We haven't participated yet as I can never trust The Staff to get her act together in time!! That pic of you in the yarmulke is priceless!!! She says the spelling of Chanukah is because in the Hebrew there is a guttural H sound which doesn't translate into English as we don't have the sound!!! But she is a bit of a knowitall if truth be told MOL xox

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    1. Hi Austin!!! Oh yes they ARE wonderful!!!! Thanks so much about my photo! Oh and I should have known that YOU would know why there are different spellings for the word Chanukah!!! I should have gone to YOU! You are one brilliant kitty!!!! Thank you for sharing!!! xoxo

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  10. Holy catfish, Cody, you and your mom and Dakota hit the jackpot with those presents! What a wonderful package!

    And thank you for the explanation re: the different spellings. :-)

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    1. I know!! I am one LUCKY kitty!!!! You are MOST welcome, ANYTHING for YOU!!!

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  11. Looks like all the fuss was worth it Cody.

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  12. Oh my Cody you sure struck gold there. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  13. What a pawsome Secret Paws package ! Wonderful gifts ! Purrs

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  14. I am so, so happy to see how much you loved all of your prezzies, sweet Cody. Truffles was just *thrilled* to have you as her Secret Paw :)

    That kitty Menorah is TOO ADORABLE, and so are you!!!

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    1. Awwww you guys are just the SWEETEST!! Mom is STILL screaming with joy! MOL!!! I am too!!! We are remiss on getting your snail mail card out in a timely manner, but rest assured, we will! Thank you, THANK YOU sooooooooo much again! We love you all! xoxoxo

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  15. AWESOME package you got! The mug is particularly nice.

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  16. Love that kitty menorah! So very cute. And all of your Secret Paws gifts are just PAWESOME! Melissa and Truffles sure are sweet and thoughtful.

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  17. Secret paws? That sounds fantastic!! Look at all that great stuff!!!!! Paw-some!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  18. wow! it´s so sweet post!
    Concats for your gifts!!!!
    <3

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  19. Goodness, that was such a great package of goodies for you and your Mom Cody. Melissa and Truffles sure did a nice job. Loved the picture of Cody in his Yarmulke is just priceless and I loved hearing all about your traditions. It made our Mom smile big time to see you Cody and your Mom so happy with so many wonderful presents.

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    1. Thank you so much Marg! Your comment really touched me! Thank you!!! Cody was NOT thrilled with that on his head, trust me! It was so hard taking a photo of him lol. Thanks so much for always being so kind to us, we <3 YOU! Caren and Cody

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  20. What a fabulous package of goodies and Truffles sure found many things that were delightful to all!

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  21. Oh man, I love that kitty Menorah...too cute. What a haul of presents too - you are one lucky cat Cody! Truffles was very generous.

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    1. Thank you!!!! We do too! OMG we were totally blown away. Mom was practically in tears. We deeply, deeply appreciate everything!

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  22. My goodness, what a wonderful secreat paws you had Cody and Mom, those are such special and cool gifts!

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    1. Yes, we are truly blessed and deeply appreciative!

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  23. Those are wonderful gifts.
    Sue B

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  24. what a lovely package.....and we love that kitty Menorah

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  25. Looks like some pawsome presents!

    And we luv da kitty menorah!

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  26. Oh wow Cody, yous cleaned up, literally. MOL Dat sure duz look like sum pawsum noms, and yous do like it dat's fur sure. :) So glad yous got sum gweat purresents. Those wuz weally pawsum. We weally enjoyed spendin' time wiff yous seein' you so happy wiff yous gifts.
    Happy Hanukkah.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

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  27. What a lovely and generous Secret Paw package you got. You were really tucking into your food. I thought you might eat the dish as well. Mum wishes I would eat with such gusto.
    Your kitty Menorah is adorable.

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    1. MOL Flynn! mom laughed when you said you thought I might eat the dish too!! MOL!! Mom said she will send me to you and I can help you eat with more gusto. Love, Cody xoxoxo

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  28. You got a secret paw. NO !!!
    Never !!!
    Frankie de tabby has a secret paw too , times he will let me know he has it. BUTS I LUVS HIM
    Luvs Freya Rose Blossom X

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  29. That is the best Menorah ever with kitties on it and you look very cute next to it. The other one is great too. Melissa and Truffles really went all out on your gifts, they are very thoughtful.
    I am glad your mom answered the question about the spelling of Hanukkah, I was curious.

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    1. Thank you! I love it too!!! OMG I know! They were soooooooo generous!! We are deeply appreciative!

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  30. Love the kitty Menorah! Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. so do I and you are most welcome! Thank you for visiting!

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  31. Wow, you got some really neat gifts and you're a very fortunate kitty. I think the notepad is really cute.

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    1. We did and we are beyond grateful!!!!!!!! I LOVE the notepad and am already using it like crazy!

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  32. Wow! What a pawsome Secret Paws package you got, Cody. Truffles sure knows you...and your mom...well. Enjoy all your loot! And Happy Chanukah!

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    1. She sure does!!!!! Thank you so much!!! We were deeply touched! Thank you!!!!

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  33. Cody, you really hit the Secret Paws jackpot with that fabulous package of goodies!!

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  34. Cody, you got some very nice gifts!

    Happy Chanukah. We think that kitty Menorah is pretty darn cute! :)

    the critters in the cottage xo

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  35. Wow, Cody, you got some pawesome prezzies there!! Carmine loves our Tickle Pickle, too. We have not tried Noutrish, but the Mom is thinking about letting Lita try some; it sure looks yummy!! And our Mom loves that pink coffee mug :)

    Melissa and Truffles are very sweet. We hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season, dear friends!

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  36. Gosh, Cody, how lucky we are to have awesome Secret Paws, eh??! We never knew such a thing existed and our friends are SOOOO generous! Enjoy your grub and pressies, and have a blessed Chanukah to you, Dakota, mum and dad!

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  37. I love that "secret paws" idea! Those gifts are really nice, and as always, I love the pictures of Cody.

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  38. We love your kitty Menorah and that is a gorgeous picture of you with it, Cody! What awesome Secret Paws gifts you received from Truffles and Melissa, just fantastic...we are sure you will enjoy them all!

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  39. Those are such wonderful gifts, and we LOVE your kitty Menorah!! Secret Paws is the best and it's nice to see you enjoying yours so much :)

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