Nicknames: Sparkles, Spark-O-Matic, Handsome little man, Spark
Birthday: January 23rd 2005
Likes: Playtime, sleeping in from of the fireplace and napping in the sun, sitting on Mom's lap, going for walks, giving kisses, sleeping with mommy, daddy, Tucker, Molly and Katie in the big bed
Pet-Peeves: Being told not to bark, Tucker being bossy and Molly and Katie bugging me, getting my nails trimmed
Favorite Toy: Gray Squirrel, anything stuffed that squeaks
Favorite Food: Chicken, Turkey, green beans, carrots and just about anything home cooked.
Favorite Walk: Around the neighborhood - he is an excellant walker! He stays right next to me and walks like a real gentleman.
Best Tricks: Sitting pretty and laying down for treats, rolling over for belly rubs, jumping and grabbing his leash. Generally looking very sweet and adorable!
Arrival Story: I answered an ad in the local newspaper about a mixed Chihuahua/Yorkshire Terrier puppy. When we got to the peoples house, here was this little tiny black puppy that immediately snuggled up in my neck and gave me a kiss. Enough said! He was going home with us.
Bio: Sparky is a wonderful little companion. Sweet, playful and can be a real handful. He loved his cat brother, Tony, who is now at the Bridge, and they got to be pretty good pals. His kitty sister Harley, isn't as friendly! He has gotten used to having a little brother and sisters and is usually very patient with them. He is happiest when he is with his human parents and works hard to please us. He listens so carefully and his ears always give him away. They are like little antanae. He loves to play fetch his toys and tug of war. He is a tough little guy - and thinks he is a much bigger dog. He is so good natured that he loves going to see his Vet and the vet techs. He actually smiles at them! He has gotten used to having two little sisters and he pretty much lets them get away with anything! Even biting on his legs and taking his toys! He is a real sweet natured little guy!
Wow, it's been such a long time since mom updated my diary for me. this is a special day for me - I am 7 years old today. that sounds pretty darned old, but mom says I am still young and not to worry about a silly number!
I am hoping for a little ice cream treat tonight to celebrate my birthday. Maybe I'll get to go get it with mom? that would be fun! It's been so wet and windy and cold lately, that we don't get outside as much as I'd like. Well, to be perfectly honest, I tend to stick my nose out the door and then go right back inside! who wants to potty in the wet and wind? Not me!
So I'm off to celebrate by taking an all day nap! BOL
We don't really celebrate this anniversary, but mom keeps track of it of course - it's 4 years today that mom and dad brought me home. She says she still remembers how excited she was to have me and how scared she was to raise a puppy. See she'd never done that before and she wanted to make sure she did it right. I'm not complaining - I think she did a great job! I'm a pretty happy guy most of the time and I love my mom and dad a lot. Even when she says I am "chunky" and need to cut back on the kibble a bit. Shucks mom - just more of me to love! and more to keep you warm at night too!
So she's been looking at my puppy pictures today and remembering all those fun times - like trying to teach me to use a potty pad (never worked!) and learning to walk on a leash (which I do great!) and trying to teach me to come when I was called (sometimes I do that if I feel like it) and the first time I ever barked! Now I bark way too much she says - but I have learned what Quiet means and listen most of the time. Then there are the things that I taught her - sleeping in mom's bed is way better than that dumb crate! who's bright idea was that anyway? Didn't last long, did it mom!?! And how to play fetch and which toys are the very best to get me. And that bringing home puppies was not the way to make me happier! It's OK now though - I really do love my siblings - most of the time anyway. So it's been a great four years! I'm sure glad you found me mom!
I had my 4th Birthday (and mom forgot to write in my diary on my birthday - shame on you mom) and it was just like the day before and the next day too! I don't feel any older or different. I did get a new toy though. Mom said just one cause it was just Christmas and I got a bunch of new toys then. Katie and Molly and even Tucker tried to take it away and play with it of course. That's OK, I can share my toys pretty good.
It's starting to get a little warmer now days. And the sun stays up later in the evenings too. I won't be long and it will be light enough when mom gets home to have a walk. I like to go for walks, I just don't care too much for the getting ready part. Have to put on that darned harness - which doesn't feel bad - I just don't want to put it on. I much prefer to walk with just a collar. But my over-protective mom says that it's not good for my little neck to have a collar pulling on it. And that if she needs to grab me up real fast a collar is no help at all, but a harness is. Now what I can't figure out, is why she'd want to grab me up fast? Doesn't she know that I am a big, brave guy and can scare off those big, scary dogs? Well, maybe not - OK I'll wear the harness.
Other than that, not a lot happening right now. We didn't get our usual January snow and I kind of missed that. Katie is getting older and isn't quite as annoying as she used to be. She still tries to play with me and sometimes I will and sometimes I just don't feel like it. She has started to run and fetch my toy with me and lots of times I just let her get it and carry it back to mom. It's OK most of the time anyway!