Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Secret Paws - 2000th Post


Several years ago (7 years), Mom Paula took the lead on the Secret Paws for the Cat Blogosphere.  At that time, we had 47 participants and have varied from 46-65 participants over the past 7 years. Sweet Praline was the original host of the Secret Paws in 2010 and we took over the duties after she went to the bridge a few months later.  We've met so many wonderful cats in the blogging world and their humans.
Truffle peeks inside the Secret Paws box while Brulee watches
Truffle and Brulee investigate their Secret Paws package

We've received packages from Luna and Zulu from Would You Like Some Fur with Your Wine; Rumbles and Diego from Rumblebum (Mom Paula still won't let us play with our toys from New Zealand); Sparkle from SparkleCat (Truffle still carries around her Tickle Gherkin); Katie and Waffles from Glogirly; Laila and Minchie from Cat-O-Holic (this was special to us because Laila and Minchie sent Sweet Praline her very first Secret Paws package back in 2008);  Zee and Zoey from Zee & Zoey's Cat Chronicles; and this year our package was sent from Spitty the Kitty from Spitty Speaks. It was really fun to travel back down memory lane as we found these links from the past.

Brulee suspects the smells are from a handsome mancat based on the envelope
Brulee sniffs the envelope from Spitty
Everyone always is a little disappointed because our Secret Paw isn't a secret to us since we host the exchange.  We always remind them that the random name generator selected our Secret Paw for us and we're always pleased and surprised by our packages.  We've known Spitty the Kitty for a long time and were excited when we were matched with him
Neatly wrapped packages in our Secret Paws box from Spitty the Kitty
Mom Paula was very impressed with Spitty's human and the time she took to wrap the packages. They were wrapped in pink tissue paper with lots of ribbons.  Mom Paula said she barely had time to get wrapping paper on the packages we sent to our Secret Paw.

Brulee claims the feather wand toy while Truffle waits to see what comes next
Brulee claimed the feather wand toy
We shared a photo earlier this week of Brulee playing with the feather wand toy.  Brulee loves feathers.  She'll sit there all day licking and playing with them.
Truffle claims the soft kitty blanket
Truffle claims the beautiful kitty blanket
The first thing Mom Paula pulled out of the box was this beautiful pastel-colored kitty blanket.  The only blanket we usually sleep on is our homemade Kitty Blankie that was sent to us from Mom ML as kittens, but as soon as Mom Paula put this blanket on the floor, Truffle climbed on and made herself at home.  Truffle thinks this blanket brings our her lovely silver and white fur.
Brulee and Truffle check out the goodies from their Secret Paw, Spitty the Kitty

We received so many more wonderful items from Spitty the Kitty and his Mom, Mary.  There were Kong toys, a Yeowww Rainbow, three kinds of treats (we love the freeze-dried rabbit), some silvervine toys, silvervine, and some socks and a throw for Mom Paula.  We'll share more photos of these items over the next few days.  Brulee really isn't into catnip and silvervine as much as she is the feathers. Truffle, however, is a different story.  Truffle loves catnip and goes wild over silvervine.  We received two toys filled with silvervine and to Mom Paula's surprise, both of us played with them. When Mom Paula pulled out her phone to videotape us playing with the silvervine toys, Truffle took over both of the toys.


You'll notice Brulee stepped back when Truffle decided she wanted both of the silvervine toys because she knows Truffle can be a mean "drunk" when she gets on a silvervine/catnip high.

We want to thank Spitty the Kitty and Mom Mary for the wonderful Secret Paws package.  We  hope everyone else enjoyed participating the Secret Paws exchange this year.

Pee ess - Would you believe today is our 2000th post?

42 comments:

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

Wow, congratulations on your 2000th post! Those are awesome gifts from Spitty and his human!

Angel, Kirby and Max said...

Spitty really knows what you girls like. Congrats on 2000 posts!

Lone Star Cats said...

Looks pawsome! We need to participate next year!

Hannah and Lucy said...

Congratulations on your 2000th post Paula - we bet Brulee and Truffle are enjoying that great nip!

The Island Cats said...

Wow, those are some special Secret Paws presents! We love the blanket...it looks really soft. Congrats on your 2000th post, too. That's quite an accomplishment!

Thanks for organizing Secret Paws again. It really is one of the highlights of the year.

Laila and Minchie said...

Great presents!!! Love the video of Truffle!

Concats on your 2000th post!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Wow! Concatulations on your 2000th post! And what a haul on your Secret Paws!

Dragonheart, Merlin, and Devi said...

What a great Secret Paws package! Thank you for organizing it. And congratulations on your 2000th post!

Brian said...

Such a nice bunch of goodies! Congrats on 2000!!!!!

The Swiss Cats said...

What a pawsome Secret Paws package ! Those are great presents ! We're still waiting for ours, but we know that sending overseas can sometimes last long. Concatulations on your 2000th post ! Purrs

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

Spitty is a great shopper. Happy 2000 blog posts-wow!!!

Mariodacat said...

Whoa - what a great milestone on your 2,000th post. M nearly fainted when she read that. She told me if we are ever going to make 2000, I'd better start doing more things so we have something to write about.

Caren Gittleman said...

What lovely, lovely prezzies!! And....Concatulations on post 2000!!!!!!!!!!!! catchatwithcarenandcody

The Florida Furkids said...

Super presents! Spitty is pawsome! ConCatulations on 2,000 posts!!

The Florida Furkids

Sweet Purrfections said...

Hopefully, you'll get it soon. I saw where your Secret Paw was preparing something for shipping on December 13.

Annie Bear said...

I've been reading a lot of these Secret Paws posts. It seems every year, I'm away in December and so I don't sign up. I really hope to sign up next year.

These are such wonderful gifts! I love the kitty blanket and the throw. It looks like there were toys to make you both very happy. I bet you're going to enjoy them for quite some time.

Annie Bear said...

I meant to also say I enjoyed looking at some of your past gifts. What nice times and gifts!

Just Ducky said...

Concatulations on 2000 posts. Mum didn't sign me up for Secret Paw this year, I don't know why. I wasn't happy I didn't get all sorts of new treats and toys. She said I gotta finish eating up the rest of the treats I already have!

Plus mum says that Angel Miss Praline was his Secret Paw one year, then she ran off to The Bridge. He loved the butterfly she sent and would carry it around and give our super deep MEORWWWS.

So hopefully I will be part of this next year again.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Secret Paws is a highlight of our season and we can't thank you enough for hosting it each year! Your package was amazing :)

Sweet Purrfections said...

Thank you for that memory of Sweet Praline.

We hope you can participate next year.

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

First, concatulations on #2000! You girls are awesome ;-)

You look very beauteous there on your new blankie. I am super glad you like everything--I was really stoked when I was matched with you--it was an honor to be your Secret Paws, but I was kinda nervous since you all *started* the whole thing, so I wanted to do a good job!

We look forward to reading your *next* 2000! XOXOXOXO

Three Chatty Cats said...

First off, a big thank you for organizing Secret Paws. We had fun participating for the first time. And wow, 2000 posts? What an awesome milestone! Congratulations!

Flynn said...

Those are lovely gifts from Spitty, and Truffle, you are really loving the silvervine toys. Concats on 2000 posts.

Jean Dion said...

Oh, Spitty did wonderfully for you. I love that blanket! And I love seeing your girls going wild for their toys.

Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

Dash Kitten said...

Wow this is one cool Christmas isn't it ladies. Heavens above wht wonders - and I thought Mom Paula spoiled you.....

Happy New Year :-)

Lindsay Pevny said...

You guys are so wonderfully spoiled by your kitty friends! Adorable photos as always.

Sweet Purrfections said...

Spitty did spoil us, didn't he?

Edie ThePug said...

I love the idea of Secret Paws! I think I may have to try this with some of my pug friends. It appears Brulee and Truffles did quite well with so many lovely and thoughtful presents!
And a BIG congratulations on your 2000th post!

AmyShojai said...

This looks like so much fun! I didn't participate...was out of town or snowed under (literally/figuratively!) much of the month. But maybe next year.

MattieDog said...

This! This is what we love about the pet community - very caring and loving, and truly engaged with one another. Look how beautiful and happy Brûlée and Truffles look playing with their newly gifted toys - fabulous!

Talent Hounds said...

Thank you for sharing this. The pet community is so caring and inclusive. Here's to another 2000 posts!
Happy New Year!

Ruth Epstein said...

Congratulations on your 2000 blog post, awesome pawsome

Shannon Adams said...

Oh my gosh, congrats on 2000 posts! What an accomplishment! We've done gift exchanges before and they really are so fun and you make such great friends. Pet people are so caring!

raisingyourpetsnaturally said...

2000 posts! That is amazing!! Double, no triple !!! Wishing you much success in 2017. Love that blanket.

Cathy Armato said...

Congratulations on your 2000th post! Quite an accomplishment. Your secret Paw idea is so wondy, what fun!! So many goodies in your box - enjoy them!
Love & biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

Katie A. said...

congrats on your 2000th post! I love the photos of your kitties enjoying their new goodies :)

Beth Patterson said...

Congratulations on 2000 posts! That is impressive. The Secret Paws exchange looks like a lot of fun too!

Tenacious Little Terrier said...

Congrats on the 2000th post! That blanket looks nice and soft. Minky fabric?

Sadie and Co. said...

WOW! Congratulations on your 2000th post! That's inspiring and a great way to start the new year. That package looks like it was fun for everyone. I especially like the glittery writing on the envelope - looks like a lot of love went into that package.

Kia said...

2000th post? How awesome! Congrats! The Secret Paws exchange sounds like so much fun :)

Montecristo Travels said...

Nice to be spoiled by your fan/friend! and congrats on the 2000th post! whoot whoot!

Princely Paws said...

What a perfect way to celebrate 2000 posts. I must congratulate you first on your accomplishement. That is quite a big stash of goodies looks like secret santa was real generous