Announcing the Winner of Hazel’s Halloween Writing Contest!


Happy Meowlloween!!!

Did you get any good candy or kitty snacks? I sure did! It’s been a great day, I met a ton of awesome people at Madison Print & Resist, and then I came home to read a fat stack of beautiful stories for my first-ever Hazel’s Halloween Writing Contest!

Thanks so much to everyone who submitted a story! I loved reading them all, and I encourage you to submit to future contests!

For tonight, I was looking for a story about luck, and tonight’s winner does an outstanding job of integrating luck as a central theme of the narrative.

The main character is a black cat himself burdened with bad luck, which I found a compelling twist on the prompt. Instead of being bad luck, the cat experiences bad luck. As does his future momma before the story begins.

It is only through their relationship that both cat and human emerge on the other side, reversing their fortunes after an impressive and emotional arc. Their luck changes for the better through the mutual love necessary to heal the wounds of devastating circumstances.

Beautiful and succinct and without further ado, Hazel Fluffypants presents:

The Story of Rupurrt Ninja Kitty

Rose Gardner, momma to Rupurrt Ninja Kitty

Rupurrt Ninja Kitty

Once there was a little black kitten who became separated from his kitty mom and siblings. Nobody knows how it happened or what may have happened to them.

During that August, there were heavy and frequent thunderstorms, Rupurrt, knowing he desperately needed help, went to somebody’s house looking for help as he had a prolapsed rectum from all the worms in his body. The people there brought him to an amazing vet the next morning who has saved Rupurrt’s life at least 3 times in his short lifespan.

He was then introduced to a shelter who put him online for adoption. A woman who came forward to adopt him as Rupurrt’s momma thought there was a much better home for him out there. The woman at the last second had a medical issue and was unable to adopt him. Rupurrt’s momma saw him online again and said you aren’t given second chances very often and jumped on adopting him. Without even meeting him, Rupurrt’s momma fell in love with him by his picture alone and even though he loves to push things to the limit, she hasn’t one second of regret.

He is my lucky boy, he has brought so much incredible happiness to my life and has shown me that through adversity, you can smile, you can enjoy life. He came into my life during one of the most difficult times. I was battling depression and in counseling over the death of my husband and knowing I was losing my house in the process. He showed me and continues to show me every single day that everything can be cured with a loving touch and a purr. No matter how bad things get, I have him by my side. I come home from work and he is in the window, pawing at it so that I can come in, pick him up and cuddle his purring self. He alone, single-pawed, has helped me find a new road. I have completed school, found the love of my life and we have moved back into the house. I don’t believe any of this could have happened without his positive energy keeping me going. Not only is he good luck, he is the love of my life.


5 thoughts on “Announcing the Winner of Hazel’s Halloween Writing Contest!

  1. The Feline Contingent

    Dear Hazel Fluffypants & Auntie Rose,

    Fangu for such a beautiful story. It brought tears to our meowmie’s eyes. Her family was owned by a black cat also, who did many of the same things Mr. Rupurrt did.

    Our meowmie also suffers from depression, and she doesn’t know what she would do if she didn’t have us kitties to purr for her.

    Headbonks And Cheekrubs,
    Lilith, Rosco, & Tina
    The Feline Contingent

    • Rose Gardner

      Thank you so much for your kind words! Depression is hard enough to get through without having to do it alone. The love from just one kitty can make your day in a most impressive way ❤

  2. Rose Gardner

    Hi Hazel Fluffy Pants, thank you so very much for this contest. I knew Rupurrt was a seriously special little boy, but I’m so happy the world can see it too. He’s one of the best things to happen to me. There’s nothing like the love of a kitty when everything else seems to be falling in on you and he’s there waiting, with a purr and a gentle touch. That puts all back into its order.

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