Labrador Retriever/Samoyed
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Home:Naples, FL  [I have a diary!]  
Sex: Female   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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Sparky, SparkleDo, ScoobyDo (her niece is Scooby Don't!), Charkle (when we confuse the dogs' names)

Quick Bio:
-mutt-dog rescue

Sleeping, Sleeping, Sleeping. Oh, and going for a walk w/ her mommy.

Charlotte- nothing like bringing a puppy in the house

Favorite Toy:
Her motto has always been, "Toys are for posers." However, she used to be a big bone slut.

Favorite Food:
Science Diet Senior Formula

Favorite Walk:
Around the neighborhood.

Best Tricks:
Sit, Bang! (Playing Dead), Paw & Other Paw.... Only if food is involved.

Arrival Story:
As a young 6 year old kid, I was in the age where I was DYING to get a dog. So on one 4th of July, my dad came home with this stray puppy that his boss had picked up. She's been in the family ever since.

I've Been On Dogster Since:
November 13th 2004 More than 12 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

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The Last Days of a Great Dog

In Peace Now

March 25th 2005 7:29 pm
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Today, at 1:45 my brother and mother brought Sparkle to the vet so she could be put to sleep. Sparkle managed to last much longer than the doctor originally projected (she had a month tops at the time), but she finally got to the point where a simple walk three steps outside of our home became too much effort. Sparkle was my first dog (I was six years old when my father brought her home) and I definitely considered her as a sibling. I unfortunately could not go for her final moments because I spend my entire Fridays at FGCU. I got so engrossed with a project I was going to receive a critique on, I forgot to tell her goodbye this morning and it makes me feel terrible. The thing is, Sparkle knew how much I cared (even w/ a hyper puppy in the house) for her especially in the last two months. Sparkle was there for me during my turbulent childhood and her love helped me pull myself into an everyday person who can function perfectly in life. I'll always remember her, but I can now focus on my bright future with my other dog Charlotte- who will hopefully become a great dog like Sparkle one day. I think the best way to finish Sparkle's final entry would be like this...
Thank you for so many years of love and loyalty especially during the times I felt completely alone in life. I'm glad you were my first dog and I miss you terribly already on your first day gone. It is comforting to know that you're no longer in pain. Good-bye.


A Problem/ A Diagnosis

January 27th 2005 9:09 am
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As a sixteen year old dog, I know I am getting on in my years. I guess that is why neither my family or myself did not seemed surprised when I began to walk with a slight limp in early January. This happens to me every now and then just because I can't move around like my niece, Charlotte. However, the limping became worse within a week and now I drag my front right leg around when I have to walk. Getting up has become a real chore and Kristi often has to give me a nudge. The family realized how badly I needed a trip to the vet just days as the limp became steadily worse. On Tuesday, January 25, 2005, Kristi and her mom took me to visit the nicest doctor I ever had to deal with. It turns out he is the same doctor that helped Charlotte survive during her Tylenol overdose. He was gentle and kind and even patient when I screamed during the leg examination. They did bloodwork and took some simple X-Rays of my problem area. The doctor was nice enough to tell my family how healthly my blood and organs were for a dog my age. It did turn out that I also developed arthritis in my spine. My family wished that was my only problem. The X-Ray of my front right leg brought some sad news: I developed a bone cancer. It will spread rapidly and I will be gone within a month's time at the most. Until then, the doctor gave my family some pain killing medicine until I realize that it is time to let go. Everybody is very saddened. Even Charlotte has been very respectful in my presence (she used to run around so quickly and often bumped into me).

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