He’s gone. My baby is gone.
He had a stroke a couple months ago and hadn’t been able to walk. He either rode in his stroller or I carried him. He had some good quality of life left. Friends traveled from all over to visit and love on him one last time. He got lots of pets and treats and spent a lot of time sunbathing on his blankets in the grass. He had another stroke on Saturday. He spent the day puking and whimpering in his stroller. I decided that it was time. He had a great final day on Sunday and had one last visitor on Monday. He died in my arms with his beloved Doctor Sam nearby at 1:30 pm on Monday, May 24, 2021.
Thank you to all of his many friends and fans who responded to his blog posts and provided all the love and support over the years. It has been a great joy to write his blog and to share his adventures with you.
Thank you tremendously to Jim and Rene and Jerry and Wyatt who have been absolutely marvelous in answering our many questions and being so kind.
Much love from Becky, in mourning
Sparky is losing control of his back end because he has so much damage to his spine after nearly 14 years walking on three legs. He falls frequently and can’t get up. He can no longer stand up to eat his meals.
He continues to eat large meals of shredded chicken and dog food. He sleeps on my lap most of the time.
He has a new stroller that he really likes. We sit outside in the sun and go for strolls in the neighborhood.
Despite the fact that he is in a lot of and can barely stand up, he was wagging his tail and quite cheerful when he went to see Dr Sam today. He has been in love with her for years.
I really thought she was going to say that today was going to be his last day, but we got a reprieve. She said that he is to be completely confined for the next six weeks- no walking at all except on a short leash to go potty. The rest of the time he will be on my lap or in his crate or stroller. I will carry him to his dishes when he needs food and water. I will give him pain meds four times a day. We will cuddle and sunbathe and have backrubs and belly rubs and reminisce about the old times when we used to hike for miles and all the times he tried to hump his little girl dog friends. We will go visit all the people who love him.
In six weeks, or quite possibly sooner, we will say good bye.
Dr Sam said,
”This is Sparky’s last year, but I don’t think it is his last month.”
I am going to try to add some photos and videos.
Thank you for being Sparky’s fans for all these years.
HI IT IS ME SPARKY. WE ARE MAZING. IT IS A GREAT DAY TO BE LIVE. IT IS SPRING AND THE SUN SHINING AND WARM AND HAPPINESS. I GOED WALKING ROUND THE PART MENTS AND MOMMY. I GETTED PETTED SIX! TIMES TO BE SO HAPPY. OUR NEIGHBORS PETTED ME GERRY AND JOYCE AND DAVID
AND TIO JOSE TWO TIMES
AND JUAN THE
MAINTENCE GUY. HE NEVER PETTED ME FORE. I BEED SO HAPPY I DANCED ROUND.
IT IS WONDERFUL TO BE HAPPY AND HEALTHY.
WE HAVED A TERRBLE WINTER. I GETTED A LITTLE WHITE MARK IN MY EYE IN NOV. MOMMY DID NOT KNOW WHAT IT WAS. THEN MY EYE GETTED RED AND ICKY. WE GOED TO SEE DR SAM QUICK! DR SAM SAID
SPARKY HAVES A ULCER IN HIS EYE TO NEED EYEDROPS. MOMMY TRIED TO PUT DROPS IN MY EYE FOR THREE WEEKS. IT WAS NOT EASY CUS I WOULD NOT COPERATE. I DO NOT LIKE TO HAVE THINGS PUTTED IN MY EYE. THE FECTION GETTED WORSE. MY EYE HURTED LOTS. WE GOED BACK TO DR SAM AND I TRIED TO BITE HER. IT WAS NOT MY FAULT CUS I HURTED SO MUCH. DR SAM MAKED FOR ME MEDICATION WITH MY OWN BLOOD! CAN YOU BLIEVE IT? THAT WAS ON MON. ON WED MY EYE BUGGED ME SO MUCH SO I TRIED TO WIPE IT WITH MY PAW AND I
IT WAS TERRBLE TO BLEED AWFUL. I BEED SO SCARED AND MOMMY. WE DRIVED
TO SEE DR SAM. IT WAS A MERGENCY.
DR SAM GIVED TO ME ANTIBIOTICS.
YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE
I CANT SPELL IT.
THE DOG EYE DOCTOR IS FAR WAY IN THE BIG CITY CALLED SPOKANE.
MOMMY CALLED TO MAKE A POIN MENT.
SHE CALLED THE HOTEL TO MAKE RESVATIONS. SHE CALLED HER BEST FRIEND TO GO WITH US. SHE PACKED OUR BAGS. WE GETTED IN THE CAR AND DRIVED FAST! TO SPOKANE. ON FRI MORN I GOED TO THE HOSPTAL. THE NICE DOCTOR LOOKED AT MY EYE. SHE CALLED MOMMY ON THE PHONE TO SAY
SPARKY CAN NOT SEE WITH HIS EYE. IT IS HURTED BAD. HE HAVES CANCER IN IT. HE IS IN TERRBLE PAIN. I HAVE TO TAKE OUT HIS EYE. DO YOU GREE?
MOMMY SAID YES COURSE. MAKE HIM STOP HURTING.
SO THE DOCTOR GIVED TO ME ANSTHSTIA TO GO TO SLEEP. SHE TAKED WAY MY EYE AND SEWED UP MY EYELID. MOMMY COMED TO PICK ME UP AND WE GOED BACK TO THE HOTEL TO SLEEP. I SLEEPED IN THE BED WITH HER.
THE NEXT DAY WE COMED HOME. IT WAS A LONG AND LONG TRIP. AND THEN I CUPERATED. I GETTED BETTER BIT BY BIT. I COULD NOT EAT CUS I HAVED A REACTION TO THE ANSTHESIA. I ALLUS DO. SO MOMMY GIVED TO ME TUNA AND CHEESE. THEN SHE CIDED TO COOK FOR ME CHICKEN AND I EATED! I EATED AND EATED. I DO LOVE IT. SHE TRIED TO GET ME TO EAT DOG FOOD BUT I WOULD NOT. SO SHE COOKED MORE CHICKEN!
IT HAS BEED 10 WEEKS SINCE I HAVED SURGERY. I EAT CHICKEN FOR BREAKFAST AND LUNCH AND DOG FOOD FOR DINNER. I TELLED TO YOU AT THE BEGINING HOW GOOD I AM DOING TO MAKE YOU HAPPY. I DID NOT WANT YOU TO BE SAD CUS I LOSED MY EYE. I WANTED YOU TO BE HAPPY CUS I GETTED WELL.
I AM 14 AND A HALF YEARS OLD. I GO FOR WALKS EVVY DAY AND MOMMY. THE NEIGHBORS DO LOVE ME. ON NICE DAYS I LAY IN THE GRASS TO SUNBATHE AND GET BACKRUBS. I SPEND MOST OF MY TIME SLEEPING ON MOMMYS LAP ON THE SOFT CHAIR.
I AM DOING OK. I HOPE YOU ARE TOO.
PLEASE WRITE TO ME COMMENTS TO SAY IF YOU LIKED MY STORY.
THANK YOU FOR READING MY BLOG.
MUCH LOVE FROM
ONE EYED TRIPAWD SUPERDOG
PS MOMMY SAYS SHE WILL GET FOR ME A PEGLEG AND A EYEPATCH TO BE A PIRATE BUT I THINK SHE IS JUST PLAYING.
HEY EVVYBODY IT IS ME SPARKY SUPERDOG
GUESS WHAT? I HAD A BIRTHDAY ON OCTOBER 4 TO BE 14 YEARS OLD. I HAVE BEEN A TRIPAWD FOR 13 YEARS. MOMMY SAYS THAT IS PRETTY MAZING. I CAN STILL GO FOR A WALK FOR 15 MINUTES EVVY DAY. I LAY OUTSIDE IN THE SUN FOR HOURS EVVY DAY. IT IS STILL SUMMER TIME HERE IN WASHTON.
IN JULY I LIMPED AND CRIED TO HAVE A ROUGH TIME BUT NOW I DO NOT. I FEEL PRETTY GOOD FOR A OLD DOG. I TAKE TWO MEDS FOR PAIN. MOMMY GIVES TO ME BACKRUBS. SHE DOES LOVE ME. OUR NEIGHBORS LOVE ME TOO. LORNA AND TIO JOSE STOP BY TO SEE ME AND PET ME LOTS TO BE SO HAPPY.
I DONT PLAY WITH MY TOYS MUCH ANY MORE. I MOSTLY SUNBATHE AND SLEEP IN MY BED IN THE DAYTIME. I LAY NEXT TO MOMMY ON THE BIG CHAIR WHILE SHE LOOKS AT THE PHONE AND THE TV. AT NIGHT I DO A FUNNY THING. I LICK MOMMYS LEGS FOR A LONG TIME FORE I CAN GO TO SLEEP. I DON’T KNOW WHY. I JUST HAVE TO. MOMMY MADE ME STOP LAST NIGHT AND I HAD A HISSY FIT AND HOWLED FOR TEN MINUTES. THEN SHE RUBBED MY BELLY AND I GOED TO SLEEP.
MOMMY GIVED TO ME DUCK TREATS WITH GLUCOSAMINE AND CHONDROITIN FOR MY BIRTHDAY. THEY ARE DELICIOUS.
I AM A VERY GOOD DOG.
I AM FEELING OK.
HOW ARE YOU DOING? DO YOU KNOW ANY TRIPAWDS THAT ARE ELDERLY LIKE ME? HOW ARE THEY DOING? PLEASE TELL TO ME THE ANSWER. I WANT TO KNOW.
MUCH LOVE TO JIM AND RENE AND WYATT RAY
HI IT IS ME SPARKY SUPERDOG. DID YOU MISS ME? COURSE YOU DID. I AM CUTE AND CUTE. AND SMART. AND SWEET.
WE HAVE BEED IN OUR PARTMENT TOGETHER FOR 45 DAYS. MOMMY THINKS I AM GOING GOOFAMUNGA. THAT IS A BIG WORD. IT MEANS STIR CRAZY. AT NIGHT I GO TO BED AND MOMMY. I USTA GO UNDER THE COVERS AND GO TO SLEEP. DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT I DO NOW? I GO GOOFY. I LICK MOMMY’S LEGS AND FEET TO TICKLE HER. I LICK THE SHEETS. I LAY ON HER NECK AND LICK HER EARS. THE OTHER NIGHT I STANDED UP ON MY HIND LEGS AND PUTTED MY FRONT PAW ON HER SHOULDER AND
SATURDAY NIGHT I MAKED HER PICK ME UP SEVEN TIMES TO GET OUT OF BED. I WANTED FOOD AND WATER AND TREATS AND TO GO OUTSIDE. SOMETIMES I COULD NOT SPLAIN TO HER WHAT I WANTED. IT WAS A LONG NIGHT. BUT GUESS WHAT? LAST NIGHT MOMMY PUTTED CLEAN SHEETS AND A QUILT ON THE BED AND I GOED TO SLEEP JUST FINE. I DID NOT BE GOOFY.
I HATE CAMERAS. MOMMY TRIED TO TAKE MY PICTURE TODAY AND I RUNNED WAY. I WOULD NOT COPERATE. WE WERE GOING TO SHOW TO YOU THE PICTURES SHE TAKED BUT WE HAVED TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES.
MAYBE WYATT CAN HELP US DELETE SOME OLD PHOTOS SO WE CAN UPLOAD SOME NEW ONES AND SHOW THEM TO YOU.
WE ARE FINE AND FINE. JUST BORED A LITTLE BIT. A COUPLE PEOPLES COMED TO SEE ME FOR FIVE MINUTES. THAT WAS NICE.
IT IS SPRING. IT IS SUNNY AND RAINY AND WARM AND COLD ALL IN THE SAME DAY. WE SIT OUTSIDE WHEN IT IS WARM NOUGH. THE SUNSHINE FEELS GOOD ON MY OLD BONES. I AM ALMOST 14. CAN YOU BLIEVE IT? I HAVE ARTHRITIS IN MY BACK AND MY SHOULDER. I TAKE PAIN MEDS. MOMMY GIVES TO ME A MASSAGE EVVY DAY.
WE HOPE YOU ARE DOING WELL.
PLEASE WRITE TO ME SOME COMMENTS.
LOVE FROM SPARKY A LITTLE DOG
DR SAM IS MY DOCTOR WHO TAKES SUCH GOOD CARE OF ME.
TERESA IS HER RECEPTIONIST THAT IS ALWAYS KIND TO US.
GUESS WHAT? WE ARE CONFINED TO THE HOUSE SO DR SAM AND TERESA BRINGED TO US GROCERIES AND DOG FOOD.
THEY ARE THE BEST PEOPLES.
WE HAVE A GREAT SUPPORT SYSTEM AND LOTS OF FRIENDS.
LOVE FROM SPARKY TO ALL OUR FRIENDS.