Christmas Eve: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Okay, the truth is that it was mostly good. But let’s start with the bad and ugly.


There was an outfit to be worn.

Yes, this is my if-looks-could-kill look

It was too big for me. Can you see how much the front strap sticks out?

She will do anything for treats.

It fit Binga much better, but in spite of her benign expression here, wearing it put her in a really bad mood. Boodie lucks out. She never has to wear anything because she’s shy and my human feels sorry for her. I don’t know why she does not feel equally sorry for me or Binga after we’ve been stuck wearing these things.

How fun to get something unexpected!

The good was that I got a nice surprise package from my Daily Abyssinian friends, Jacoby and his human!

Jake's human does awesome cartoons!

It included a cute card and a 2014 kitty cartoon calendar that Jake’s human created.

Is this what I really look like?

In fact, Jake’s human is really creative! The big surprise was this Somali stuffie that she made herself! She has done plush Abys before, but I think this is the first time she has tried a Somali.

Hey, I'm a cat - I'm allowed to sniff butts

Its tail is even bigger than mine! I am kind of envious.

Looks better on her than on me!

On top of being such a wonderfully sweet and generous gesture, giving us this Somali stuffie solved the problem of what to do with the dress after Binga and I rejected it. Thanks so much, Jake and Coco! You are both awesome!

I love the Secret Paws gift exchange

I also got my Secret Paws presents just in time to open them up on Christmas Eve! They are from my new friend Spike William. I have only known him for a few months, but I knew the kitties before him, Willow and China Cat, for several years. In fact one year, I got to send them Secret Paws gifts. Sadly, they both died this past year, Willow in March and China Cat in July. Spike was adopted in time to know China Cat a little. He is still young and quite lively!

There were almost smacky paws over the catnip toys

Look at all these awesome gifts! As soon as my human has a break between the holiday parties she is attending with her boyfriend, I will have her edit the rest of the photos so I can put them up on the Secret Paws 2013 blog!

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  1. says

    Meowwy Chrissymouse! And that dress…. oh my Ceiling Cat, hoomins luff dressing us up, don’t they? A good round of smacky paws may be in order here.
    Enjoy your presents.

  2. Charpps says

    WTG Boodie!! We never thought of trying that angle for getting out of having to wear silly costumes. That is now filed away in our stash of …….oh,oh here comes the human.
    Meowy Christmas Boodie and thanks,
    Jasmine, Joey, Eddie & Rosie

  3. says

    Merry Christmas to all of you. We love your stuffy. You scored all kinds of good stuff. We don’t like dressing up any more either. Hope all of you have a great day.

  4. says

    Those are all great gifts and the Christmas dress looks purrfect on your new friend!…We are very grateful for you all…Merry Christmas dear friends…kisses…Calle, Halle, Sukki, Mommy Cat, Daddy Cat

  5. says

    We discovered The Daily Abysinnian a few months ago through a comment they left here, but we didn’t know that their peep hand made stuffies. What a great gift, especially if it relieves you of clothing modeling duty.

  6. says

    Merry Christmas, Sparkle! and Binga, Boodie, and the humans too! You sure got some nice pressies :) We like your solution for the Christmas dress, though we thought you looked pretty cute in it :)

    Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, Hollie

  7. says

    I’m glad that no one tries to dress me!! One time the lady put a flower on top of my head and took a photo. I only tolerated this because I did not know there was a flower on my head. Only afterwards, when I saw the photo, did I realize the indignity which had been perpetrated on me. Dressing up the stuffing seems like a good alternative…

  8. Baby Tali says

    I loves that look on your face while yous wearing the dress..MOL..Binga don’t seem to likes it much either..Boodie is a lucky girly..You sure did score with the presents Sparkle..Has a fun Christmas day..Sparkle, Binga, Boodie & your humans people..Hugs 😀

  9. says

    Merry Christmas to all of you. Looks like you’ll have a great time with all those new toys. It’s a good thing you got the stuffy because it can model ALL your costumes instead of you.

  10. says

    Sorry about the dress, Sparkle! That is no way to spend a holiday. Oui Oui and Julie tend to be the ones dressed up here, and they both hate it. Our mom feels sorry for MMM, but she tried putting a Santa hat on her, and she took it better than the usual victims. At least, it didn’t put her in a bad mood. Anyway, a very Merry Christmas to all of you! Cheers!

  11. says

    Merry Christmas Sparkle! Wow….looks like that new stuffie arrived just in time to save you from having to wear that dress any longer….no doubt even Binga is glad SHE doesn’t have to wear it either. I mean it’s “Christmassy” but gee…..we aren’t little dollies to be dressed up right? My Mom doesn’t “get” that either! Anyway, looks like you got a lot of loot from your Santa Paws partner……this has been a bumper crop of gifts for Christmas this year….!

    Holiday Hugs, Sammy

  12. says

    I will have to butt the publicist to make her sign up for the Farm cats next year. She is not to bright some times.
    I am like you Sparkle – clothing is not for animals as much as humans try to dress us up. (You will see what I mean tomorrow. *sigh*)

    I hope you all have a wonder Christmaaa and get lots of treats.

  13. says

    Our human says that your human has excellent taste in dresses! Also, the dress was a little big for Chani as well. Our human actually bought the dress for an English Bull dog pup but made Chani model it first.

    We think you and Binga look beautiful in the dress and completely understand how put out you both must have been.

    Merry Christmas to you, your roommates and humans!
    9, Chani and Sheamus Popoki

  14. says

    I’m glad you liked it! I found that fabric and HAD to make a Somali with it…second time with longhair fur, first Somali. And first time with a cute pattern I found on DeviantArt. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  15. says

    Sparkle, the boyz here say you are Quite Fetching in that frock…perhaps you should have it tailored!

    Awesome gifts, and Merry Christmas to you and your family (Human and Feline, OK, and the Dawg, too) from alla us at The Lounge.

  16. says

    We are glad you all had a Merry Christmas!!
    Well, except for you and Binga in the dress 😐
    Spike sent you a pawsome gift package.Bet you all enjoyed it a lot!
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure,Tiger and JJ
    and Angel Tillie

  17. says


    Oh you guys, those CLOTHES!!!!!! :roll: 😆 :mrgreen: 😯

    I am SO Glad you got gifties to make up for the clothes.

    Merry Christmas you guys and may 2014 safe, happy and successful.

  18. says

    That was sure a cute dress. However, we cannot blame y’all for not wanting to wear it. Putting it on your adorable stuffy was such a great idea. You certainly got some super prezzies. Enjoy them all. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo


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