Sparky the Wonder Dog

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri MO Salesperson#2004006871

Sparky the wonder dogOne might ask how a dog can be a wonder.  Here is my attempt to post about my newest family member, Sparky.  Sparky is a Collie/Shepherd/Husky?? mix.  He was rescued and adopted from the St. Louis Humane Society.  His name at the time of adoption was "Brody".  I did not care for the name but thought I would get used to it.  Well, after about a week of forgetting the dog's name I decided it had to be changed.  I mean who calls a dog "Brody"?  The only Brody I could ever remember was the guy in the Jaws movies.  I did not want to equate calling my dog with the blood thirsty shark!

So we talked about names.  It took nearly 2 days to agree upon a name.  (There was another Sparky in my life when I was a young girl.  He was my Grandma and Grandpa's dog.  He was the best dog.  He would let the grand kids crawl all over him and never ever growl.  He was the ever vigilant protector.  He feared nothing or so the grandchildren thought.  Later when we were older we found out he did have one fear- THUNDER!  The dog hated storms.)  Hands down, I won on the naming of the dog.  He caught on very quickly to his new name.  Since he was a stray, his Humane Society name did not matter to him anyway. 

Sparky is a wonder because of the 8 dogs we brought into the "family" area with us, he was the only one to play ball.  I always wanted a dog who was smart enough to play games.  So this did it for me.  Also, he seemed very much at ease with all of us.  We filled out the papers and proceeded to bring him home.  This was a stray dog who thought I was his protector, so he wanted to ride on my lap as I drove the 30+ miles home from the pound.  It was a messy ride.  He was nervous and tried to climb over the seats and children the whole way home.  Needless to say, when we arrived home I was quite content to let him run.  He did not go far and was more than happy to chase and retrieve the ball I threw for him. 

Since Sparky seemed to be an intelligent animal, I decided to teach him some tricks.  The first was to sit and heel.  He did well with both.  Next, I thought, let's try "shake".  He caught on immediately.  He was still having trouble with "come" when called.  So I enlisted the help of a shock collar but I could not bring myself to push the button.  I went back to offering treats as a reward for coming when called, then after a few days, just a great deal of praise and lots of attention. 

My cousin has dogs that do all sorts of tricks.  So inspired by her, I decided he should learn to roll over.  It took all of 2 days for Sparky to learn this one.  He does it on command now but only if you have a treat for him.  He does not even care anymore if it is me commanding him.  All the visitors to our "ranch" thoroughly enjoy this trick.  Our home is not really a ranch but the neighbors have cows and horses so we call it a ranch.

About a week after we rescued Sparky, I let him out before going to bed.  I heard him yipe and proceeded to open the door thinking he was ready to come in.  He did charge into the house nearly knocking me down. It took two seconds for me to realize what had happened.  He had been SKUNKED!  He smelled horrible.

I quickly shut the door and went to the phone to call a couple of experts.  The first said to use tomato juice.  I check the pantry, NONE!  I called another friend.  He said he had viewed a show called Myth Busters recently covering this topic.  Their solution was to wash the animal with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.  I thanked him and got off the phone.

I looked at Sparky a basically black dog and decided I did not want to bleach his fur so I opted to use the baking soda mixed with soap.  I assembled the necessary ingredients and put on a rain suit so I could give an emergency bath.  I quickly found out Sparky does not like water. He almost knocked me down twice during the 30 minute bath.  Finally we were finished and he smelled pretty good.  I brought him in and went to bed. 

Needless to say, Sparky now stays away from those cute little black and white animals.   He has learned they are DANGEROUS! 

This dog is truly a wonder.  He is constantly finding a new way to make us laugh or impress us.  With those ears perked and the nose twitching, Sparky makes us smile and happy he is a part of our family.  Welcome home wonder dog!  We hope to have many years with you.

 

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Ann Hayden Real Estate Agent St. Louis Missouri

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Li Read
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Great post!    I've rescued dogs and cats, over the years, and all of them were valued family members.   Sparky sounds like a true gem -- like the name, too!

Aug 27, 2008 04:24 AM #5
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Patricia McCallum
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Hi Ann

I am so happy that you are having a wonderful experience with your new family member and that you rescued this beautiful boy from the Shelter.  Dogs do so much for us and ask for so little in return.  The SPCA is my "pet" charity (no pun intended) and 5% of my commission is donated to the local shelter.

I have 2 dogs and although the dog hair gets a little tiring and my german shepherd is known as "my weapon of mass destruction" , I wouldn't give them up for anything! 

Take Care and Best Wishes to you and Sparky!

 

Patricia McCallum

 

Aug 27, 2008 05:04 AM #6
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Awesome story,

He is one "charmed" dog...he leads a charmed life.  He is spoiled but he loves me.

Thanks for stopping by,

Ann

Aug 27, 2008 06:29 AM #7
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Cheryl,

Thank you.  I think he is gorgeous... 

Li,

It was pretty easy to find him a name.  He has such a wonderful personality.  Thanks for your comments.

Patricia,

I am right there with you on the hair issue and the W of MD.  Sparky likes to play in the house as do the kids. 

Cool idea on the pet charity. 

Best wishes to you and your "clan",

Ann

Aug 27, 2008 06:34 AM #8
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April Hayden-Munson
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What a great story!  And how good of you to rescue an animal in need.  He looks absolutely wonderful.

Aug 27, 2008 11:58 AM #9
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April,

He is the best.  And what a personality.

Thanks for stopping by and reading the post,

Ann

Aug 27, 2008 01:32 PM #10
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John Novak
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It's clear that Sparky is really appreciative of the second chance you've given him, and quick to learn. Looks like there will be plenty of great memories ahead.

Aug 27, 2008 02:11 PM #11
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John,

Sparky reminds me everyday that I am loved unconditionally...right after I feed him.  ;-)

He continues to be a source of entertainment for us all,

Thanks for stopping by,

Ann

 

Aug 28, 2008 05:41 AM #12
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Kathy McGraw
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Hi Ann- Your Spraky looks very similar to a dog I rescued, however mine was a Belgium Travern, a herding dog.  Wow what a smart dog, and everyone including the shelter thought he was a long haired German Shepherd.  Your Sparky sounds like a wonderful new addition to your family.

Aug 29, 2008 03:21 PM #13
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Kathy,

He is a great addition to the family.  And he makes me go for a walk nearly every day.  ;-)

I will have to look up the type of dog you mentioned.  The pound here only said he was a collie of some type.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Labor Day!

Ann

Aug 30, 2008 02:15 AM #14
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Tracy Soussi
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Great Story, thanks for sharing.

Aug 30, 2008 02:07 PM #15
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Tracy,

Thanks for stopping by and reading it.

Have a great Labor Day weekend!

Ann

Aug 31, 2008 01:46 AM #16
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Howdy Ann

Sparky sure is a very fine looking puppydog. He is luck to have a loving family now.

I sure did enjoy reading about your Wonder Dog!

Baker Home Inspection and Consulting

Aug 31, 2008 02:50 PM #17
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Dale,

Thank you for stopping by and for the kind words. 

Have a Happy Labor Day,

Ann

Sep 01, 2008 02:56 AM #18
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Pat Whitehouse
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Ann-Sparky is a beautiful dog. I'm happy he is a rescued dog. I have 7 cats, 2 dogs and 2 horses. All rescued except one of the dogs.

Sep 02, 2008 03:33 PM #19
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Pat,

WOW!  You must live in animal heaven.

Thank you for rescuing so many animals.

Ann

Sep 02, 2008 11:38 PM #20
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Pat Whitehouse
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Ann-I'm a softie when it comes to fur babies. It makes me real angry when people treat animals cruelly

Sep 03, 2008 06:10 AM #21
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Pat,

I must be a softie, too. 

Ann

Sep 03, 2008 01:30 PM #22
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Pat Whitehouse
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Ann-I think your photo says strong but has a warm wonderful heart.

Sep 04, 2008 03:27 AM #23
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Pat,

Yes he does have a great heart and he can pull like a sled dog.

Have a terrific night,

Ann

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