Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Information About Participating in Secret Paws


The names of your Secret Paw were emailed to you today (Wednesday, November 25, 2020).  If you don't receive your name(s) by Friday night (November 27), please email us immediately at sweetpurrfections@gmail.com so we can take care of this.  We thought we'd post a few hints and reminders about participating in Secret Paws.

  1. Visit the blog of your secret paw to get to know a little about them.  If they don't have a blog, read comments in the email you received to learn a more about your special kitty. Some have left blog posts on previous Secret Paws webpages (http://secretpaws2017.blogspot.com).  Go to last year's posts on this page and type their blog name in the search bar on the top left.
  2. Double check the mailing address in your email to make sure it's a valid and complete address. You may want to look it up on the Internet to verify it.  If it's not valid, email us and we'll contact your kitty.
  3. Check deadlines for shipping with the post office, Fed Ex, UPS, etc., especially if you are shipping to another country.  We have a tab at the top of this page about shipping deadlines.
  4. We strongly recommend shipping your package using Priority Shipping in order to have a tracking number and insurance. Packages do get lost and this is the only way to track them and know when they are delivered.
  5. Be sure to include a card inside your package to identify who you are with your email and/or blog address so your secret paw can thank you.
  6. Review the likes and dislikes of the kitties from your email.  Some of the kitties have allergies and we'd hate them to get something that would make them sick.
  7. Feel free to include in a little surprise for the human.  They tend to like chocolates, notepads, and other special cat related items.
  8. Consider wrapping each item in holiday wrap.  Many of the kitties have expressed they enjoy this.
  9. Some of the kitties have woofies and other fur children in their houses.  This is an exchange for kitties, but if you feel comfortable sending something to the other species, please feel free to do so.
  10. Please accept the "author request" to post on this blog.  If you can't find the email request, please let us know and we'll send it again.
  11. Feel free to post about putting your special package together to ship on your own blog and on the Secret Paws web page!
  12. When you receive your package, please either send an email thank you to your secret paw and/or post on your blog and/or this blog pictures of your kitties enjoying the package. Some kitties never heard from their Secret Paws last year.  Failure to acknowledge the receipt of your package may disqualify you from participating in the future.
  13. Most of all, have fun!
  14. Any questions, please email us immediately at sweetpurrfections@gmail.com

We will check each day to see who has received their Secret Paws package and has posted either on their own blog or this blog. We won't contact anyone about receipt of Secret Paws package until the end of December. 

Please be patient with everyone. Some packages that are shipped overseas take a little longer. Some people don't open the packages until Christmas. 

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Secret Paws 2020 Information

 



Welcome to Secret Paws 2020!

When the kitties of the Cat Blogosphere, from all 'round the world, join paws for the holidays to secretly exchange names and share the joy of gifting one another. This has been a tradition for more years than any of us can remember, and each year it seems to grow and grow.

Gift costs are always kept to a minimum, and we do our best to exchange names "within country", so none have the added expense of overseas shipping. We do ask that one and all respect deadlines, so all kitties have their goodies to open on Christmas Day!  

So ~ whether you have joined in past years ~ or if Secret Paws is new to you ~ just let us know you want to be part of this event (deadline is 11/20/20, letting us know sooner is always better) ... and then you'll receive your very own
Secret Paw name from us, and Merry Meowy Holidays!


Thanks for being part of Secret Paws 2020



Who Can Participate? 

Kitties who are part of a blog can participate in the Secret Paws Exchange. It doesn't matter if you are posting on a regular basis as long as there is a blog address where people can visit and get to know your cats. We know many who don't blog or who have a FB page would like to participate, but the Secret Paws Exchange will be limited to blogging kitties this year.


How Can I Participate?

If you would like to participate in Secret Paws 2019, please email the following information to Truffle and Brulee at our email address (sweetpurrfections@gmail.com) by November 20, 2020.  Please put Secret Paws 2020 in the Subject Line.  It's easiest to copy and paste this information in your email to make sure you include everything.  


  1. Name of cat(s).  Please specify name of cats and the number of cats. 
  2. Email address.  
  3. Name of Cat Blog
  4. Blog address 
  5. Complete Mailing address:  It's important to include your human's first and last name because some post offices will not deliver to an address without this; especially if you live out of the United States.
  6. Phone Number:  This is for mailing purposes.  Some packages required a phone number
  7. Would you be willing to ship a package to a kitty from another country?  (Remember postage is higher and packages must be shipped earlier when shipping internationally)
  8. Favorite Color 
  9. Favorite Treat 
  10. Favorite Toy 
  11. Information on items that should be avoided (specific flavors, toys, treats, etc.)
  12. Anything else you would like your Secret Paw to know about you.

Let's try to limit this to $25.

Important Information

Please send your information to Truffle and Brulee by November 20, 2020.  Mom Paula will help us sort everything out within a week and we will email everyone their partner by November 23, 2020.  Keep the Secret Paws "secret" this year until you receive yours and then post about your package on this blog and/or yours.  The Secret Paws person/kitty that you send to may not be the same kitty you receive from.  Please try to make sure everyone receives their Secret Paws package by December 15, 2019.  We strongly recommend you ship international packages by December 1, 2020.  We also strongly recommend that you use priority mail with a tracking number.  

We will also send everyone an invitation to contribute to this blog site so you can post pictures and a thank you once you receive yours.


Special Note:  If you know of someone who could use a surprise package during the holidays but may not be able to participate, please let us know.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Spitty sent Sensational Secret Paws!

Secret Paws was Wonderful!

I received a box before Christmas and wanted to open it right away.
It had my name on it but my Food Lady said that I had to wait for Christmas.
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When I was finally able to open the box on Christmas morning I found that my Secret Paws were Spitty the Kitty and Mom Mary. You can go here to visit them at SpittySpeaks.
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  I am sorry that it took us so long to post the Secret Paws pictures. My Food Lady wanted to make sure that they were all in order and arranged so they can go into a photo book.
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Thanks so much to Mom Paula, Truffle, and Brulee at Sweet Purrfections for organizing Secret Paws 2019. 
We always look forward to Secret Paws every year!

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Our Secret Santa Paws The Celestial Kitties ROCKED OUR CHRISTMAS!!!

HIYA!!  SAVANNAH HERE!!!

I stayed in bed late on Christmas morning so KK and TKS did the honors for all of us opening up our prezzies from The Celestial Kitties, Leo, Glitter and Cashmere. And TKS was first to get right into that box to start getting those wrapped packages out where she could play with them.
And did those three ever send the bestest ever prezzies to us!! As some of you know, Miss Andrea is known for her skill with those knitting needles and she used them to make a special catnip mousie for EACH of us. You can see that Katie totally loved hers!!




Of course TKS also went nip crazy over several of the prezzies.
You can see that our Secret Santa Paws knew just what we liked. And one of the bestest ever was the paper bag made from catnip paper!
All in all, we kitties had a pawsome Christmas!! Thanks again to Celestial Kitties for their generous prezzies. We are still enjoying each and every one!
So how was your holiday?

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Spitty's Most Splendid Secret Paws!

Our furiends Carol (Lowbeer) and Peaches and Paprika (visit them here) outdid themselves
in sending me, yours truly, Spitty the Kitty, a regular Bounty of Treasures
I could scarcely contain myself as the Human helped me open them. 
It was so exciting I needed a good nap afterwards (I *am* 15-1/2 you know!)


This was the big box before we ripped into everything carefully opened each item
Doesn't it all look purrfect?

This was the adorable card from 
those beauteous ladycats,
Peaches & Paprika!

This wand toy has sisal wrapped around it, and a Mancat like me
can really dig his claws nice and deep. The fevvers are fun, too!

The road to Spitty's heart is paved with brushes as the three ladies 
seemed to know. I lost myself deep in ecstasy for a few minutes as 
the Human provided an assist in testing out the bristles.

I got a little carried away and put the bitey on this nice fishie.
I petted him afterwards though. He didn't seem
any worse for the wear ;-)

This toy will really light my fire!

Blankie Love is a thing, right?
I mean, there's nuffing wrong with it, right?

This kitty ornament, c'est Moi, le Roi! Remember that whole controversy 
last year over the white/gold or black/blue dress?
Well, this ornament may *look* blue against my furs, but as you 
can see below, it is most assuredly black-like-me!

And another cunning little ornament, a sweet stocking just for me!
I think it would make a nice necklace, as the red is so stunning 
against my furz!

My culinary needs were also catered to with this 
large and tasty mega-bag of my favorite treats.
These girlcats don't miss a beat!

Was it Nancy Reagan who spouted all that Human nonsense 
about saying No to Drugs? Phffft. *I* say a resounding YES!


I have saved the best (or one of the best--there were so many bests!)
for last: It is a sublimely private and comfortable little tent, all my very own!
I hope you will enjoy this lovely view of my tailio and floofy pantaloons.



Later, the Human snapped this (rather lopsided and winky) candid shot of me enjoying myself with my new blue crinkle ball (sadly hidden). 

We can't say
Thank You
enough to Carol and Peaches and Paprika!
Kissies all around &
Happy New Year!
YYY

Monday, December 30, 2019

Thank you, Secret Paws!

Charlemagne and Tamar here.  We want to thank our Secret Paws, Iza, Ayla and Marley, from Mark's Mews for all of the great goodies!  

We ended up opening our presents a bit later because Charlemagne got into trouble.  He broke into a present for one of our kitty friends and ate an entire bag of Temptations in one night.  Oops!  Momma was worried that he would be super sick and didn't want him to be tempted by anything else.  

On top of that, Momma's computer is pretty busted.  The screen does't work unless you are pushing on it with one hand and where you have to push changes all of the time.  It makes it hard for her to work on it.  

Here we are next to our box while we waited for Momma to open it:




Here's a nice note fro TBT and the kitties:


Charlemagne says, "Oooh - what's in the box?


Tamar:  "Hey!  I get to see, too!"


"Okay, we can both look."


Tamar:  "Yum!  Salmon treats!"


Charlemagne:  "oooh and a nice box to play in and chew on!"


Here's all of our super cool Christmouse loot!


Tamar:  "Hey, I'm liking this catnip!  Normally, I don't care about it, but this smells good!"



"I'm glad you are happy with yours,  Then you can stay away from mine!"





"You can stay away from mine, too!"




Charlemagne - really getting into the nip zone......




"Really good nip!"


"Hmmmmm.  Mine seems to have worn off,  Bummers!"


Thanks again for all of the goodies, Iza, Ayla, Marley and TBT!