火花 left us a week and a day ago today, and ever since, the cat blogosphere has been in mourning. So today, instead of tears of sadness, let’s spread tears of joy for a life well lived. 火花 was a small cat, never weighing much more than six pounds and often less, but her presence on the internet was larger than life. Any big cat would have envied her influence.
但是让’s start at the beginning. When 火花 first came home to Los Angeles, she almost instantly became a blogging kitty. And she was just a kitten. Here she is at five months. Does she look a little like anyone you know?
但是很快她意识到有必要提供猫咪建议 — from a cat’的观点，因此她开始了自己的“猫对猫”建议专栏。几个月后，她还开始审查有关猫的书籍和猫的物品。早在2003年，2004年和2005年，这就是一个新颖之处。猫在互联网上只是一个短暂的话题，并且为猫写博客吗？几乎不存在。
火花 set out to change that —她做到了！当她发现还有其他的猫博客发展而来，并建立了Cat Blogosphere时，她已经取得了几项成就：她成为了屡获殊荣的模特，照片在Cats USA竞赛中获得了最高奖项，她的博客出现在Yanik Silver的书中， 互联网上的月光, and she had already begun promoting cat rescues via social media, by helping spread the word about Winging Cat Rescue on her MySpace account. 火花 was a pioneer.
By the time 火花 had found 推特, the Cat Blogosphere, and so many of her friends, she was getting ready for her next accomplishment: she became an author. She had two books of her cat-to-cat advice published in her life time, and at the time of her death she had two more partially written and left unfinished.
但是无论她是 帮助世界兽医筹集资金 日本地震和海啸后，挽救了生命 一只小猫， 要么 采访杰克逊银河, 火花 always kept it real and down to earth. Maybe she got some help on that from her roommates Boodie, and especially Binga. 火花 mostly saved her catitude for humans, those creatures who were born to serve kitties but who don’对于任何对猫造成伤害的组织或立法者，请务必时刻意识到这一点。
Over the course of her lifetime, 火花 wrote over 2100 blog posts and two books, was featured on wall calendars 11 years in a row, and her image will live on in the cards, mugs and other items in her Zazzle store. She befriended hundreds of cats on the internet, and had a pawful of special pals. She had a lot of fun, a lot of laughs, and shared her bounty with her readers — it wasn’她觉得自己慷慨大方，这是她收到这么多钱后能做的最少的回馈。
火花’s legacy will live on, beginning with the commenthon attached to this memorial service. One of 火花’最喜欢的猫营救所是 虎斑猫’s Place，新泽西州林格斯组织（Ringoes，NJ）竭尽全力帮助绝望情况下的猫。他们的许多居民有特殊需要…他们被采纳了！这是一个非常特别的地方，闪闪发光’从现在开始直到9月1日星期一劳动节周末（太平洋时间午夜）为止，人类在此博客文章上的每条评论承诺捐款1美元，最高捐款额为500美元（也欢迎您向此特别小组捐款）。因此，请在下面分享您对Sparkle的最爱回忆，或者祝她旅途愉快。…她可能去哪里。我们都有不同的信仰，无论是精神上的还是信仰上的，但是有一件事情可以肯定 —Sparkle尽了最大的努力使这个世界变得对猫来说更好，为此，她将继续生活在我们的心中。