Gretzky’s last appearance: Rep. Loretta Sanchez's 2011 Christmas card. (Courtesy of Loretta Sanchez)

Rep. Loretta Sanchez finally released her 2011 Christmas greeting — and it’s still about her cat Gretzky, who has co-starred on her wacky cards through the years. The fuzzy Himalayan died last year, so the 2010 card was a tribute to him. This year the California Democrat asked her constituents for ideas, and they (overwhelmingly) still wanted the cat. So Sanchez and new husband Jack Einwechter posed next to a tree — decorated with ornaments bearing Gretzky’s face. “Everyone loves it,” she told us. “It’s not as crazy as usual, but it’s still about Gretzky.” Look for a new pet to grace next year’s card: The couple plans to add a new four-legged member to the family soon.

Photo Gallery: Sanchez’s cards through the years