Saturday, December 31, 2011

It's Caturday!

Welcome back for another edition of Caturday, where we catch up on the week's latest cat news, and get to meet some of your amazing kitties!

Before we get into this week's stories, I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on 2011 and give thanks to all of my family, friends, and readers - who are all quite possibly the same two people (Hi Mom and Dad!) - that have supported me throughout the past year by regularly stopping by and reading my posts, or leaving much appreciated comments of feedback and support.

As I sit here listening to the Smashing Pumpkins cover of the Missing Persons song "Destination Unknown" (sample lyric: Life is so strange / Destination unknown / When you don't know / Your destination / Something can change / It's unknown / Then you won't know / Destination unknown), I can't help but think that some of the best things that happened to me over the past 12 months (going to L.A. for the Fancy Feast commercial shoot, winning a Petties award, etc.) were things I couldn't have even dreamed of for myself. So, then why is it during this time of year we spend so much time focusing on setting restrictive goals for ourselves, when there's a whole world of unlimited possibilities ahead, better than anything we could have even planned or imagined?

In the second season of Mad Men (Episode 5), Bobbie Barrett delivered the line, "This is America. Pick a job and become the person that does it." I remember pausing the TV after hearing her say it, empowered by the revelatory nature of the statement. The quotation really resonated with me during a time of professional uncertainty in my life, when I felt my current job wasn't right for me, but was still unsure of exactly what I was "supposed" to be doing. I'm not sure that anyone, myself included, just wakes up one day and decides to become a cat blogger, but this is what it is, and 1,159 posts later, my resolution for 2012 is to just keep going with it to the best of my ability.

On to the week's cat news..

This was an abbreviated posting week due to the holidays, but I still managed to round up some items I really loved, including one about an angry kitty in a wig, one ugly cat necklace, a cat Christmas gift round-up, and a profile on Steve Madden, the feline fashionistowho went from rags to consignment shop kitty riches. Elsewhere, Russell Brand filed for divorce from his wife/kitty mama Katy Perry yesterday, and as bummed out as we all were by the news, my thoughts immediately turned to the couple's three cats, Kitty Purry, Morrissey, and Krusty. Kitty will surely stay with Katy, and Morrissey will remain with Russell - but what of their sole joint offspring, Krusty the kitten? Even her name (a mash-up of Katy and Rusty) is a reminder of their damned union, and I'm not trying to make light of this heartbreaking situation, but won't someone please think of the cats?

My "Best of 2011" posts also came to their thrilling conclusion this week, with the final entries devoted to my 20 favorite cat videos of the year, and a compilation of the best Maru moments of 2011 (pssst if you missed any of my "best of" posts which also included entries on cat news, commercials, and fashion, you still have plenty of time to catch up on them here).


This week's featured feline is a recently rescued cat named Honey, and I must admit that her journey from abandonment to beloved pet made me choke up a little bit. That being said, her tale is a thoroughly happy one, and feels like the purrfect way to end this, the final Caturday of the year.

Sonya writes,

"We rescued Honey a few weeks ago when a friend of ours found her in a box on the side of the road, and thought about us for a good home for her. We wanted to adopt a kitty for the longest while, so we went for a visit and felt the connection right away.

I don't understand why someone would do this to her, she is the sweetest little thing (that's one of the reasons for her name). She is calm, doesn't make any mess around the house, purrs like a little tiger, and she's so affectionate. We can tell how grateful she is just by the loving look in her eyes. My husband and I are already so in love with her. She sure found her home in our hearts!!"

Special thanks to Sonya for sharing Honey's story with us this week! We'll never know who left this beautiful girl on the side of the road that fateful day, but I wonder if they could've imagined it would end up being the best thing that ever happened to her. Congratulations to Sonya and her family on their new addition, and here's to wishing them a long, wonderful lifetime together, with days filled with the sweetest of Honey.

Alright, everyone. Have fun, and make sure to give your cat a big kiss at midnight tonight.

See you next year!

Want to see your cat(s) on Catsparella? I'm always accepting submissions for my weekly Caturday post! Just e
mail your best kitty pics to, and include your cat's name and anything else you'd like to share! I can't wait to hear from you!



Ingrid King said...

"So, then why is it during this time of year we spend so much time focusing on setting restrictive goals for ourselves, when there's a whole world of unlimited possibilities ahead, better than anything we could have even planned or imagined?"

I absolutely LOVE this quote! Here's to 2012 being an even more amazing year for you. Happy New Year, and I look forward to seeing you somewhere along the way next year.

Lolcat Lisa said...

Stephanie...where would we Crazy Cat People be without your hard work digging in the dirt (or litter) for the most interesting cat content around the world? Headbonks to you for 2012. PS Honey is one of the most beautiful cats ever!

Cliff Harwin said...

Your mother and I are extremely proud of you! You've made extraordinary progress. We always knew you would be successful.

KittyChair Designs said...

I second that! (Loving your quote, that is.) Calling New Year's resolutions "too restrictive" is going to be my new response to the "did you make any?" questions.

You do a wonderful job with/as Catsparella - keep up the good work in 2012 and beyond!

And regarding Honey ... Those photos look to me like she knows she won the kitty lottery! She is such a lovely cat and congrats to Sonya and her husband on their new addition.

Jacqueline said...

Honey is a real beauty and it warms our hearts to know she found a loving, happy home...Wishing you all a very Happy New Year filled with great health, much love and tremendous and hugs, precious friends...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki

ginger wright said...

glad i found your site and happy new year. honey is the only other cat i've seen who lies w/her legs out behind like my skippy does! what a beauty and so glad she has a loving home.

Catsparella said...

@Ingrid Than you so much for your kind words, Ingrid! It was wonderful seeing you at Blog Paws and the CWA conference, and I'm most certain that our paths will cross again in the new year! Sending best wishes to you, Ruby, and Allegra for much continued success in 2012 beyond your wildest imagination! :)

Catsparella said...

@Lolcat Lisa Thank you so much for your continued encouragement and support! I will try to continue to make you proud! Headbonks all around! :)

..She is extra gorgeous, isn't she??

Catsparella said...

@Dad :P

Catsparella said...

@KittyChair Designs Thank you so much, I really appreciate you saying that! And yes, Honey sure is working it! It's hard to believe that at the time those pics were taken, she had only been in her new home for about two weeks!

Catsparella said...

@Jacqueline, Calle, Halle, and Suki Thank you so much for always stopping by and making Caturday such a delight! I always appreciate your kind words, and hope you and your family (furry and otherwise) have a wonderful 2012 filled with health, happiness, and love!

Catsparella said...

@Ginger Wright Happy New Year! Thanks for stopping by and commenting; I'm so glad you found my site, too! It's funny, my cat Charlie will lay like that, but Priscilla would *never*! :)

The Island Cats said...

It's been a good year for you, Stephanie. And we hope 2012 brings more happiness and success to you!

BTW, Honey is adorable! Thanks for introducing us to her!

Happy New Year!

Catsparella said...

@The Island Cats Thank you so much!!! I'm very excited to see what the new year will bring! Thanks for being there and coming along on this journey with me! Happy New Year!

starification said...

Wow, Honey is a stunningly beautiful cat and I'm so glad that she is in the loving home she deserves.

I love your blog, keep up the good work!

Catsparella said...

@starification Me too :) Thank you, Amanda!! ♥

MaryMatthews said...

Honey looks like she found the purrfect name and home! What a beauty! Love the last picture especially because she looks so wise.

And Congrats to you Catsparella! Rock 2012!

Clooney said...

Oh what a sweetheart Honey is, so happy she ended up with such a loving family! Your blog rocks, it is fantastic! We wish you a 2012 filled with many blessings. Happy New Year!

(An aside from Cloon's Human: I WILL give Clooney a big kiss at midnite!)

Ann Dziemianowicz said...

Love to you! And wishing you a wonderful 2012, one filled with possibilities and the latest in kitty scoops and couture! xo

Honey is a real sweetie. So cute how she is posing. Do you think she would be interested in meeting my kitty nephew Al? He is a creamsicle and is very kind. But he doesn't have a job... We could do some cat matchmaking!

Honey is so fortunate she was rescued from the side of the road and now has a loving forever home.

crazycatladyx6 said...

I love a great adoption story and Honey is gorgeous (look at those Puss in Boots eyes!) much love to both kitty & humans

s said...

Honey is adorable! lovely colours <3

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