THE SPARKY REPORT #34 – BIRTHDAY EDITION

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(Singing) Happy birthday to me! Happy birthday to meee!!!

Here's Sparky, belting out a birthday song to herself. In just a few more days (June 5, to be exact!) Sparky Tabasco will turn one-year-old. As you can see, she's been practicing the birthday song all week. What she lacks in decorum, she makes up for in enthusiasm. Everyone's invited to Sparky's virtual birthday bash. The more, the merrier!

 

In preparation for the birthday festivities, I dragged out the Roomba self-propelled vacuum cleaner. She was fascinated by it until the Roomba began chasing her. 

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Uh-oh! UH-OH! It's following me! (Backs up rapidly)

After subduing the Roomba with a few sharp smacks, Sparky headed outdoors where she wouldn't be accosted by mechanical devices. First, she did a few stretching exercises before hunting for rodents.

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Stretch, aaannnddd hold it, 1-2-3-4 and relax.

 

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Gotcha! You're mine now, Mr. Shrew!

After losing her shrew repeatedly in the grass, Sparky decided to play with it on the sidewalk, where she (erroneously) thought there would be no place for the rodent to hide. Sparky was very VERY wrong. Shrews are tiny, and they've discovered that one excellent way to hide from their captor is to run underneath the enemy instead of running away. While the enemy turns in confused circles looking for their missing shrew, the shrew takes care to stay safely underneath. In a stroke of pure luck, I managed to get the perfect money shot of Sparky's shrew hiding under her tail while a frantic Sparky spun in circles looking for her captive.

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Look closely under Sparky's tail and you'll see the shrew hiding underneath. (Click on picture for a larger view) Every time Sparky moved, the shrew moved with her in order to remain hidden.

Well, that was enough frustration for Sparky! She decided to return indoors to finalize plans for her birthday on Thursday, June 5. She also decided to practice singing more songs for her birthday bash, this time with a little more oomph. *g*

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Sparky doing her Tom Jones imitation. ("What's New Pussycat . . .")

 

100 thoughts on “THE SPARKY REPORT #34 – BIRTHDAY EDITION”

  1. Happy Birthday Sparky Cat! A Gemini eh? That explains a lot — energizer battery driven, smart, spunky, talkative, and trickster.

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  2. Happy Birthday Sparky Cat! A Gemini eh? That explains a lot — energizer battery driven, smart, spunky, talkative, and trickster.

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  3. Happy Birthday Sparky Cat! A Gemini eh? That explains a lot — energizer battery driven, smart, spunky, talkative, and trickster.

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  4. Happy Birthday Sparky Cat! A Gemini eh? That explains a lot — energizer battery driven, smart, spunky, talkative, and trickster.

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  5. Happy Birthday Sparky Cat! A Gemini eh? That explains a lot — energizer battery driven, smart, spunky, talkative, and trickster.

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  6. Happy Birthday to Our Sparky! Has it really been a year??!! And well done, Mr. Shrew! That was really quite clever, wasn’t it?

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  7. Happy Birthday to Our Sparky! Has it really been a year??!! And well done, Mr. Shrew! That was really quite clever, wasn’t it?

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  8. Happy Birthday to Our Sparky! Has it really been a year??!! And well done, Mr. Shrew! That was really quite clever, wasn’t it?

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  9. Happy Birthday to Our Sparky! Has it really been a year??!! And well done, Mr. Shrew! That was really quite clever, wasn’t it?

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  10. Happy Birthday to Our Sparky! Has it really been a year??!! And well done, Mr. Shrew! That was really quite clever, wasn’t it?

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  11. So, Sparky’s birthday song must be ” Oh, It’s such a Purrfect day, I want to spend it with Shrew…..” ! πŸ™‚
    With apol’s to Van Morrison !!!

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  12. So, Sparky’s birthday song must be ” Oh, It’s such a Purrfect day, I want to spend it with Shrew…..” ! πŸ™‚
    With apol’s to Van Morrison !!!

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  13. So, Sparky’s birthday song must be ” Oh, It’s such a Purrfect day, I want to spend it with Shrew…..” ! πŸ™‚
    With apol’s to Van Morrison !!!

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  14. So, Sparky’s birthday song must be ” Oh, It’s such a Purrfect day, I want to spend it with Shrew…..” ! πŸ™‚
    With apol’s to Van Morrison !!!

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  15. So, Sparky’s birthday song must be ” Oh, It’s such a Purrfect day, I want to spend it with Shrew…..” ! πŸ™‚
    With apol’s to Van Morrison !!!

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  16. Hi, Pattie. I shall pass your birthday greetings on to Sparky. Yes, it’s been almost a year! I found Sparky as a starving orphan on the 4th of July last year. My life is immensely richer for having her in my household.

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  17. Hi, Pattie. I shall pass your birthday greetings on to Sparky. Yes, it’s been almost a year! I found Sparky as a starving orphan on the 4th of July last year. My life is immensely richer for having her in my household.

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  18. Hi, Pattie. I shall pass your birthday greetings on to Sparky. Yes, it’s been almost a year! I found Sparky as a starving orphan on the 4th of July last year. My life is immensely richer for having her in my household.

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  19. Hi, Pattie. I shall pass your birthday greetings on to Sparky. Yes, it’s been almost a year! I found Sparky as a starving orphan on the 4th of July last year. My life is immensely richer for having her in my household.

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  20. Hi, Pattie. I shall pass your birthday greetings on to Sparky. Yes, it’s been almost a year! I found Sparky as a starving orphan on the 4th of July last year. My life is immensely richer for having her in my household.

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  21. Happy Birthday, Sparky! It’s — Oh, sorry! Ahem. Meow, meow,mew mew mew, purr purr, yowl! Meeee-ow! *chin scratches* *throws catnip confetti* Also, when is Sparky going to release her Greatest Hits album??

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  22. Happy Birthday, Sparky! It’s — Oh, sorry! Ahem. Meow, meow,mew mew mew, purr purr, yowl! Meeee-ow! *chin scratches* *throws catnip confetti* Also, when is Sparky going to release her Greatest Hits album??

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  23. Happy Birthday, Sparky! It’s — Oh, sorry! Ahem. Meow, meow,mew mew mew, purr purr, yowl! Meeee-ow! *chin scratches* *throws catnip confetti* Also, when is Sparky going to release her Greatest Hits album??

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  24. Happy Birthday, Sparky! It’s — Oh, sorry! Ahem. Meow, meow,mew mew mew, purr purr, yowl! Meeee-ow! *chin scratches* *throws catnip confetti* Also, when is Sparky going to release her Greatest Hits album??

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  25. Happy Birthday, Sparky! It’s — Oh, sorry! Ahem. Meow, meow,mew mew mew, purr purr, yowl! Meeee-ow! *chin scratches* *throws catnip confetti* Also, when is Sparky going to release her Greatest Hits album??

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  26. Karin, Sparky has a unique, quirky personality, and it seems that each growth phase brings out even more personality. It’s like having my own personal jester in the house, especially when Sparky is full of devilish fun.
    And sometimes it feels like I have a rambunctious two-year-old hopped up on caffeine in the house!

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  27. Karin, Sparky has a unique, quirky personality, and it seems that each growth phase brings out even more personality. It’s like having my own personal jester in the house, especially when Sparky is full of devilish fun.
    And sometimes it feels like I have a rambunctious two-year-old hopped up on caffeine in the house!

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  28. Karin, Sparky has a unique, quirky personality, and it seems that each growth phase brings out even more personality. It’s like having my own personal jester in the house, especially when Sparky is full of devilish fun.
    And sometimes it feels like I have a rambunctious two-year-old hopped up on caffeine in the house!

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  29. Karin, Sparky has a unique, quirky personality, and it seems that each growth phase brings out even more personality. It’s like having my own personal jester in the house, especially when Sparky is full of devilish fun.
    And sometimes it feels like I have a rambunctious two-year-old hopped up on caffeine in the house!

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  30. Karin, Sparky has a unique, quirky personality, and it seems that each growth phase brings out even more personality. It’s like having my own personal jester in the house, especially when Sparky is full of devilish fun.
    And sometimes it feels like I have a rambunctious two-year-old hopped up on caffeine in the house!

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  31. Happy birthday, Sparky! We’ve certainly all derived enormous pleasure from her antics. But the shrew wins the battle of wits this time.
    MJP, glad to be a Sparky auntie *G*

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  32. Happy birthday, Sparky! We’ve certainly all derived enormous pleasure from her antics. But the shrew wins the battle of wits this time.
    MJP, glad to be a Sparky auntie *G*

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  33. Happy birthday, Sparky! We’ve certainly all derived enormous pleasure from her antics. But the shrew wins the battle of wits this time.
    MJP, glad to be a Sparky auntie *G*

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  34. Happy birthday, Sparky! We’ve certainly all derived enormous pleasure from her antics. But the shrew wins the battle of wits this time.
    MJP, glad to be a Sparky auntie *G*

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  35. Happy birthday, Sparky! We’ve certainly all derived enormous pleasure from her antics. But the shrew wins the battle of wits this time.
    MJP, glad to be a Sparky auntie *G*

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  36. Judy, I’m so glad you love the Sparky stories. She’s a real kick in the pants, let me tell you!
    I was amazed many years ago when I watched one of my cats play with a shrew, and the shrew kept hiding under the cat. I’ve observed this many times since then, and what’s so funny is that the cat doesn’t know the shrew is right under their belly!

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  37. Judy, I’m so glad you love the Sparky stories. She’s a real kick in the pants, let me tell you!
    I was amazed many years ago when I watched one of my cats play with a shrew, and the shrew kept hiding under the cat. I’ve observed this many times since then, and what’s so funny is that the cat doesn’t know the shrew is right under their belly!

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  38. Judy, I’m so glad you love the Sparky stories. She’s a real kick in the pants, let me tell you!
    I was amazed many years ago when I watched one of my cats play with a shrew, and the shrew kept hiding under the cat. I’ve observed this many times since then, and what’s so funny is that the cat doesn’t know the shrew is right under their belly!

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  39. Judy, I’m so glad you love the Sparky stories. She’s a real kick in the pants, let me tell you!
    I was amazed many years ago when I watched one of my cats play with a shrew, and the shrew kept hiding under the cat. I’ve observed this many times since then, and what’s so funny is that the cat doesn’t know the shrew is right under their belly!

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  40. Judy, I’m so glad you love the Sparky stories. She’s a real kick in the pants, let me tell you!
    I was amazed many years ago when I watched one of my cats play with a shrew, and the shrew kept hiding under the cat. I’ve observed this many times since then, and what’s so funny is that the cat doesn’t know the shrew is right under their belly!

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  41. Mary Jo, it seems like each day brings a new Sparky quirk to the fore. I think she has multiple personalities!
    Yes, that little shrew definitely won the battle of wits. I’m still amazed at how clever it was for the shrew to hide under Sparky. It was hilarious to watch a perplexed Sparky turning in circles trying to find her misplaced victim. She even sat on it once, and the shrew remained perfectly still so as to not give away his location.

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  42. Mary Jo, it seems like each day brings a new Sparky quirk to the fore. I think she has multiple personalities!
    Yes, that little shrew definitely won the battle of wits. I’m still amazed at how clever it was for the shrew to hide under Sparky. It was hilarious to watch a perplexed Sparky turning in circles trying to find her misplaced victim. She even sat on it once, and the shrew remained perfectly still so as to not give away his location.

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  43. Mary Jo, it seems like each day brings a new Sparky quirk to the fore. I think she has multiple personalities!
    Yes, that little shrew definitely won the battle of wits. I’m still amazed at how clever it was for the shrew to hide under Sparky. It was hilarious to watch a perplexed Sparky turning in circles trying to find her misplaced victim. She even sat on it once, and the shrew remained perfectly still so as to not give away his location.

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  44. Mary Jo, it seems like each day brings a new Sparky quirk to the fore. I think she has multiple personalities!
    Yes, that little shrew definitely won the battle of wits. I’m still amazed at how clever it was for the shrew to hide under Sparky. It was hilarious to watch a perplexed Sparky turning in circles trying to find her misplaced victim. She even sat on it once, and the shrew remained perfectly still so as to not give away his location.

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  45. Mary Jo, it seems like each day brings a new Sparky quirk to the fore. I think she has multiple personalities!
    Yes, that little shrew definitely won the battle of wits. I’m still amazed at how clever it was for the shrew to hide under Sparky. It was hilarious to watch a perplexed Sparky turning in circles trying to find her misplaced victim. She even sat on it once, and the shrew remained perfectly still so as to not give away his location.

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  46. Sherrie–
    Sparking is a Gemini. That is DEFINED as multiple personalities! Since it’s her birthday, maybe her next post can be a gallery of images of her growing through the year.

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  47. Sherrie–
    Sparking is a Gemini. That is DEFINED as multiple personalities! Since it’s her birthday, maybe her next post can be a gallery of images of her growing through the year.

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  48. Sherrie–
    Sparking is a Gemini. That is DEFINED as multiple personalities! Since it’s her birthday, maybe her next post can be a gallery of images of her growing through the year.

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  49. Sherrie–
    Sparking is a Gemini. That is DEFINED as multiple personalities! Since it’s her birthday, maybe her next post can be a gallery of images of her growing through the year.

    Reply
  50. Sherrie–
    Sparking is a Gemini. That is DEFINED as multiple personalities! Since it’s her birthday, maybe her next post can be a gallery of images of her growing through the year.

    Reply
  51. Late reply here. As you know, I’ve been having computer problems. Ugh.
    So Sparky is a Gemini? No wonder she has so many personalities! She certainly keeps me on my feet.
    And you must be a mind reader, because I had planned on charting Sparky’s first year through pictures for the next Sparky Report. Today is her first birthday, and I was just going through the pictures and smiling to myself. Such happy memories. She was such a twerp, so full of herself, very much her own person.

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  52. Late reply here. As you know, I’ve been having computer problems. Ugh.
    So Sparky is a Gemini? No wonder she has so many personalities! She certainly keeps me on my feet.
    And you must be a mind reader, because I had planned on charting Sparky’s first year through pictures for the next Sparky Report. Today is her first birthday, and I was just going through the pictures and smiling to myself. Such happy memories. She was such a twerp, so full of herself, very much her own person.

    Reply
  53. Late reply here. As you know, I’ve been having computer problems. Ugh.
    So Sparky is a Gemini? No wonder she has so many personalities! She certainly keeps me on my feet.
    And you must be a mind reader, because I had planned on charting Sparky’s first year through pictures for the next Sparky Report. Today is her first birthday, and I was just going through the pictures and smiling to myself. Such happy memories. She was such a twerp, so full of herself, very much her own person.

    Reply
  54. Late reply here. As you know, I’ve been having computer problems. Ugh.
    So Sparky is a Gemini? No wonder she has so many personalities! She certainly keeps me on my feet.
    And you must be a mind reader, because I had planned on charting Sparky’s first year through pictures for the next Sparky Report. Today is her first birthday, and I was just going through the pictures and smiling to myself. Such happy memories. She was such a twerp, so full of herself, very much her own person.

    Reply
  55. Late reply here. As you know, I’ve been having computer problems. Ugh.
    So Sparky is a Gemini? No wonder she has so many personalities! She certainly keeps me on my feet.
    And you must be a mind reader, because I had planned on charting Sparky’s first year through pictures for the next Sparky Report. Today is her first birthday, and I was just going through the pictures and smiling to myself. Such happy memories. She was such a twerp, so full of herself, very much her own person.

    Reply

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