The Sparky Report #12

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Good day, readers! I managed to catch Sparky Tabasco in a quiet moment with surrogate papa, Christopher. The above picture is proof that Sparky does have non-shenanigan moments. She has to. How else can she replenish her mischief tanks?  *g*

Much of the time, she delights in tormenting Shona, my Boxer, as shown in the below picture. Shona happened to be walking past my desk when Sparky decided to practice her ambush skills. As you can tell by the hilariously startled look on Shona's face, Sparky's ambush was a success!

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Sparky has recently discovered the delights of the wastepaper basket under my desk, and it has become her favorite ambush hideout. With just her ears and eyes visible over the rim, she lies in wait for unsuspecting passers-by, then pops up like a jack-in-the-box to administer a series of pats.

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Here she is, plotting to ambush Christopher, who's pretending to be asleep.

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And here they are playing slap-slap. Even though Christopher is a senior citizen, he has to be the best-natured cat ever.

 
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After a day of ambushes and other high-jinks, Sparky usually finds a place to flake out. In the below picture, she has settled into the vee of my legs on the recliner, front legs hanging down by her sides, and one hind leg sticking straight up in the air. She slept like that until I had to get a drink of water. Never a dull moment around this place!

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Do your cats sleep in weird positions? Or weird places? If you have more than one cat, do they sleep together, or with the dog?

105 thoughts on “The Sparky Report #12”

  1. Sorry, but even in that picture with Christopher, I can see Sparky plotting mischief. The pictures are delightful. I’m having such fun watching these almost weekly posts.

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  2. Sorry, but even in that picture with Christopher, I can see Sparky plotting mischief. The pictures are delightful. I’m having such fun watching these almost weekly posts.

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  3. Sorry, but even in that picture with Christopher, I can see Sparky plotting mischief. The pictures are delightful. I’m having such fun watching these almost weekly posts.

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  4. Sorry, but even in that picture with Christopher, I can see Sparky plotting mischief. The pictures are delightful. I’m having such fun watching these almost weekly posts.

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  5. Sorry, but even in that picture with Christopher, I can see Sparky plotting mischief. The pictures are delightful. I’m having such fun watching these almost weekly posts.

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  6. LOL, Shannon! You know Sparky too well! She does indeed look like she’s plotting mischief. For instance, just now I caught her drinking out of my water glass. Mind, she has fresh water in her bowl, but she’d rather drink people water. Or dog water. She’s forever drinking out of the dogs’ water bucket (with all the attendant dog germs and bits of food).

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  7. LOL, Shannon! You know Sparky too well! She does indeed look like she’s plotting mischief. For instance, just now I caught her drinking out of my water glass. Mind, she has fresh water in her bowl, but she’d rather drink people water. Or dog water. She’s forever drinking out of the dogs’ water bucket (with all the attendant dog germs and bits of food).

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  8. LOL, Shannon! You know Sparky too well! She does indeed look like she’s plotting mischief. For instance, just now I caught her drinking out of my water glass. Mind, she has fresh water in her bowl, but she’d rather drink people water. Or dog water. She’s forever drinking out of the dogs’ water bucket (with all the attendant dog germs and bits of food).

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  9. LOL, Shannon! You know Sparky too well! She does indeed look like she’s plotting mischief. For instance, just now I caught her drinking out of my water glass. Mind, she has fresh water in her bowl, but she’d rather drink people water. Or dog water. She’s forever drinking out of the dogs’ water bucket (with all the attendant dog germs and bits of food).

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  10. LOL, Shannon! You know Sparky too well! She does indeed look like she’s plotting mischief. For instance, just now I caught her drinking out of my water glass. Mind, she has fresh water in her bowl, but she’d rather drink people water. Or dog water. She’s forever drinking out of the dogs’ water bucket (with all the attendant dog germs and bits of food).

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  11. These pictures are fantastic, Sherrie! They never fail to make me laugh on Sunday when I see them and read about her antics. The trash can ambush especially made me LOL.
    My two heathens are actually the best at night when I go to bed (surprisingly). As I think I’ve shared, they both lie down beside me, one on either side, and stay in place until the alarm rings in the morning! A miracle! They’re not as cuddly with each other as other pairs I’ve had though.
    I just saw a spot on the Today show yesterday for the Shutterfly picture books. I don’t really know too much about them, but it seems like a great way to preserve Sparky and these great pictures (or make multiple copies and sell them!).

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  12. These pictures are fantastic, Sherrie! They never fail to make me laugh on Sunday when I see them and read about her antics. The trash can ambush especially made me LOL.
    My two heathens are actually the best at night when I go to bed (surprisingly). As I think I’ve shared, they both lie down beside me, one on either side, and stay in place until the alarm rings in the morning! A miracle! They’re not as cuddly with each other as other pairs I’ve had though.
    I just saw a spot on the Today show yesterday for the Shutterfly picture books. I don’t really know too much about them, but it seems like a great way to preserve Sparky and these great pictures (or make multiple copies and sell them!).

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  13. These pictures are fantastic, Sherrie! They never fail to make me laugh on Sunday when I see them and read about her antics. The trash can ambush especially made me LOL.
    My two heathens are actually the best at night when I go to bed (surprisingly). As I think I’ve shared, they both lie down beside me, one on either side, and stay in place until the alarm rings in the morning! A miracle! They’re not as cuddly with each other as other pairs I’ve had though.
    I just saw a spot on the Today show yesterday for the Shutterfly picture books. I don’t really know too much about them, but it seems like a great way to preserve Sparky and these great pictures (or make multiple copies and sell them!).

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  14. These pictures are fantastic, Sherrie! They never fail to make me laugh on Sunday when I see them and read about her antics. The trash can ambush especially made me LOL.
    My two heathens are actually the best at night when I go to bed (surprisingly). As I think I’ve shared, they both lie down beside me, one on either side, and stay in place until the alarm rings in the morning! A miracle! They’re not as cuddly with each other as other pairs I’ve had though.
    I just saw a spot on the Today show yesterday for the Shutterfly picture books. I don’t really know too much about them, but it seems like a great way to preserve Sparky and these great pictures (or make multiple copies and sell them!).

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  15. These pictures are fantastic, Sherrie! They never fail to make me laugh on Sunday when I see them and read about her antics. The trash can ambush especially made me LOL.
    My two heathens are actually the best at night when I go to bed (surprisingly). As I think I’ve shared, they both lie down beside me, one on either side, and stay in place until the alarm rings in the morning! A miracle! They’re not as cuddly with each other as other pairs I’ve had though.
    I just saw a spot on the Today show yesterday for the Shutterfly picture books. I don’t really know too much about them, but it seems like a great way to preserve Sparky and these great pictures (or make multiple copies and sell them!).

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  16. Sherrie, she’s getting so big! She’s going to catch Christopher soon. And then in that size package, you’ll really be in trouble 😉
    All’s quiet here tonight for a change. No wayward cats fighting over fuzzies, no dobes fighting over bones. You’d think someone pushed a button and shut them all off.
    But like Sparky, it only lasts for a moment.
    How’s Nova?

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  17. Sherrie, she’s getting so big! She’s going to catch Christopher soon. And then in that size package, you’ll really be in trouble 😉
    All’s quiet here tonight for a change. No wayward cats fighting over fuzzies, no dobes fighting over bones. You’d think someone pushed a button and shut them all off.
    But like Sparky, it only lasts for a moment.
    How’s Nova?

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  18. Sherrie, she’s getting so big! She’s going to catch Christopher soon. And then in that size package, you’ll really be in trouble 😉
    All’s quiet here tonight for a change. No wayward cats fighting over fuzzies, no dobes fighting over bones. You’d think someone pushed a button and shut them all off.
    But like Sparky, it only lasts for a moment.
    How’s Nova?

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  19. Sherrie, she’s getting so big! She’s going to catch Christopher soon. And then in that size package, you’ll really be in trouble 😉
    All’s quiet here tonight for a change. No wayward cats fighting over fuzzies, no dobes fighting over bones. You’d think someone pushed a button and shut them all off.
    But like Sparky, it only lasts for a moment.
    How’s Nova?

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  20. Sherrie, she’s getting so big! She’s going to catch Christopher soon. And then in that size package, you’ll really be in trouble 😉
    All’s quiet here tonight for a change. No wayward cats fighting over fuzzies, no dobes fighting over bones. You’d think someone pushed a button and shut them all off.
    But like Sparky, it only lasts for a moment.
    How’s Nova?

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  21. Hi, Donna. I’m delighted that the pictures make you laugh. They make *me* laugh, too. Sparky is such a vibrant, bigger-than-life creature. She keeps this household laughing.
    I’m glad to hear that your two “heathens” keep you company in bed. I would love to have my cats sleep with me, but alas, allergies mean the cats are forbidden entry into my bedroom. If I allowed them in, I’d get no sleep for all the coughing and sneezing I’d be doing.
    I’ll admid I don’t know much about Shutterfly either, but I have been toying with vague ideas on how I can share Sparky’s story (and pictures) with a wider audience–maybe a children’s book? Food for thought!

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  22. Hi, Donna. I’m delighted that the pictures make you laugh. They make *me* laugh, too. Sparky is such a vibrant, bigger-than-life creature. She keeps this household laughing.
    I’m glad to hear that your two “heathens” keep you company in bed. I would love to have my cats sleep with me, but alas, allergies mean the cats are forbidden entry into my bedroom. If I allowed them in, I’d get no sleep for all the coughing and sneezing I’d be doing.
    I’ll admid I don’t know much about Shutterfly either, but I have been toying with vague ideas on how I can share Sparky’s story (and pictures) with a wider audience–maybe a children’s book? Food for thought!

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  23. Hi, Donna. I’m delighted that the pictures make you laugh. They make *me* laugh, too. Sparky is such a vibrant, bigger-than-life creature. She keeps this household laughing.
    I’m glad to hear that your two “heathens” keep you company in bed. I would love to have my cats sleep with me, but alas, allergies mean the cats are forbidden entry into my bedroom. If I allowed them in, I’d get no sleep for all the coughing and sneezing I’d be doing.
    I’ll admid I don’t know much about Shutterfly either, but I have been toying with vague ideas on how I can share Sparky’s story (and pictures) with a wider audience–maybe a children’s book? Food for thought!

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  24. Hi, Donna. I’m delighted that the pictures make you laugh. They make *me* laugh, too. Sparky is such a vibrant, bigger-than-life creature. She keeps this household laughing.
    I’m glad to hear that your two “heathens” keep you company in bed. I would love to have my cats sleep with me, but alas, allergies mean the cats are forbidden entry into my bedroom. If I allowed them in, I’d get no sleep for all the coughing and sneezing I’d be doing.
    I’ll admid I don’t know much about Shutterfly either, but I have been toying with vague ideas on how I can share Sparky’s story (and pictures) with a wider audience–maybe a children’s book? Food for thought!

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  25. Hi, Donna. I’m delighted that the pictures make you laugh. They make *me* laugh, too. Sparky is such a vibrant, bigger-than-life creature. She keeps this household laughing.
    I’m glad to hear that your two “heathens” keep you company in bed. I would love to have my cats sleep with me, but alas, allergies mean the cats are forbidden entry into my bedroom. If I allowed them in, I’d get no sleep for all the coughing and sneezing I’d be doing.
    I’ll admid I don’t know much about Shutterfly either, but I have been toying with vague ideas on how I can share Sparky’s story (and pictures) with a wider audience–maybe a children’s book? Food for thought!

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  26. Theo, you’re right–Sparky is growing fast! She may never get to be Christopher’s size, however, as she has that long, lean, Oriental body shape, while Christopher’s shape is compact and muscular.
    Glad to hear all’s quiet at your place. Right now, Sparky and Christopher are snuggled up to each other, sleeping, so it’s quiet here, too.
    You asked about Nova, my sweet little Doberman who was always so patient with Sparky. I regret to say Nova passed away two months ago, from complications of Wobbler’s Syndrome, a genetic spinal cord/neck degeneration that causes severe pain and partial paralysis. It reached a point where the only humane option was to have her put to sleep. I miss her terribly (so does Shona), and I know you’ll understand the depths of my grief, having lost your own precious Dobie several months ago. I have my name with two rescue groups, and I’m hoping to have another Dobie soon. In the meantime, I have hundreds of pictures of Nova. I especially treasure the ones showing a 9 ounce Sparky nestled between the front feet of a gentle, 70 pound Nova.

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  27. Theo, you’re right–Sparky is growing fast! She may never get to be Christopher’s size, however, as she has that long, lean, Oriental body shape, while Christopher’s shape is compact and muscular.
    Glad to hear all’s quiet at your place. Right now, Sparky and Christopher are snuggled up to each other, sleeping, so it’s quiet here, too.
    You asked about Nova, my sweet little Doberman who was always so patient with Sparky. I regret to say Nova passed away two months ago, from complications of Wobbler’s Syndrome, a genetic spinal cord/neck degeneration that causes severe pain and partial paralysis. It reached a point where the only humane option was to have her put to sleep. I miss her terribly (so does Shona), and I know you’ll understand the depths of my grief, having lost your own precious Dobie several months ago. I have my name with two rescue groups, and I’m hoping to have another Dobie soon. In the meantime, I have hundreds of pictures of Nova. I especially treasure the ones showing a 9 ounce Sparky nestled between the front feet of a gentle, 70 pound Nova.

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  28. Theo, you’re right–Sparky is growing fast! She may never get to be Christopher’s size, however, as she has that long, lean, Oriental body shape, while Christopher’s shape is compact and muscular.
    Glad to hear all’s quiet at your place. Right now, Sparky and Christopher are snuggled up to each other, sleeping, so it’s quiet here, too.
    You asked about Nova, my sweet little Doberman who was always so patient with Sparky. I regret to say Nova passed away two months ago, from complications of Wobbler’s Syndrome, a genetic spinal cord/neck degeneration that causes severe pain and partial paralysis. It reached a point where the only humane option was to have her put to sleep. I miss her terribly (so does Shona), and I know you’ll understand the depths of my grief, having lost your own precious Dobie several months ago. I have my name with two rescue groups, and I’m hoping to have another Dobie soon. In the meantime, I have hundreds of pictures of Nova. I especially treasure the ones showing a 9 ounce Sparky nestled between the front feet of a gentle, 70 pound Nova.

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  29. Theo, you’re right–Sparky is growing fast! She may never get to be Christopher’s size, however, as she has that long, lean, Oriental body shape, while Christopher’s shape is compact and muscular.
    Glad to hear all’s quiet at your place. Right now, Sparky and Christopher are snuggled up to each other, sleeping, so it’s quiet here, too.
    You asked about Nova, my sweet little Doberman who was always so patient with Sparky. I regret to say Nova passed away two months ago, from complications of Wobbler’s Syndrome, a genetic spinal cord/neck degeneration that causes severe pain and partial paralysis. It reached a point where the only humane option was to have her put to sleep. I miss her terribly (so does Shona), and I know you’ll understand the depths of my grief, having lost your own precious Dobie several months ago. I have my name with two rescue groups, and I’m hoping to have another Dobie soon. In the meantime, I have hundreds of pictures of Nova. I especially treasure the ones showing a 9 ounce Sparky nestled between the front feet of a gentle, 70 pound Nova.

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  30. Theo, you’re right–Sparky is growing fast! She may never get to be Christopher’s size, however, as she has that long, lean, Oriental body shape, while Christopher’s shape is compact and muscular.
    Glad to hear all’s quiet at your place. Right now, Sparky and Christopher are snuggled up to each other, sleeping, so it’s quiet here, too.
    You asked about Nova, my sweet little Doberman who was always so patient with Sparky. I regret to say Nova passed away two months ago, from complications of Wobbler’s Syndrome, a genetic spinal cord/neck degeneration that causes severe pain and partial paralysis. It reached a point where the only humane option was to have her put to sleep. I miss her terribly (so does Shona), and I know you’ll understand the depths of my grief, having lost your own precious Dobie several months ago. I have my name with two rescue groups, and I’m hoping to have another Dobie soon. In the meantime, I have hundreds of pictures of Nova. I especially treasure the ones showing a 9 ounce Sparky nestled between the front feet of a gentle, 70 pound Nova.

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  31. Sherrie, that was a great shot, catching Shona just at the moment Sparky ambushed her. (However I think you meant Sparky instead of Christopher in the sentence. I don’t know if you want to or can change it.)

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  32. Sherrie, that was a great shot, catching Shona just at the moment Sparky ambushed her. (However I think you meant Sparky instead of Christopher in the sentence. I don’t know if you want to or can change it.)

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  33. Sherrie, that was a great shot, catching Shona just at the moment Sparky ambushed her. (However I think you meant Sparky instead of Christopher in the sentence. I don’t know if you want to or can change it.)

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  34. Sherrie, that was a great shot, catching Shona just at the moment Sparky ambushed her. (However I think you meant Sparky instead of Christopher in the sentence. I don’t know if you want to or can change it.)

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  35. Sherrie, that was a great shot, catching Shona just at the moment Sparky ambushed her. (However I think you meant Sparky instead of Christopher in the sentence. I don’t know if you want to or can change it.)

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  36. Judy, I replied to your comment, but it disappeared, so here goes again. Thank you for the correction! I did indeed mean Sparky, not Christopher! It’s been fixed now.
    I’m glad you enjoyed the picture of Sparky ambushing Shona. I always keep my camera handy on my desk for such occasions, and once in awhile I get lucky!

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  37. Judy, I replied to your comment, but it disappeared, so here goes again. Thank you for the correction! I did indeed mean Sparky, not Christopher! It’s been fixed now.
    I’m glad you enjoyed the picture of Sparky ambushing Shona. I always keep my camera handy on my desk for such occasions, and once in awhile I get lucky!

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  38. Judy, I replied to your comment, but it disappeared, so here goes again. Thank you for the correction! I did indeed mean Sparky, not Christopher! It’s been fixed now.
    I’m glad you enjoyed the picture of Sparky ambushing Shona. I always keep my camera handy on my desk for such occasions, and once in awhile I get lucky!

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  39. Judy, I replied to your comment, but it disappeared, so here goes again. Thank you for the correction! I did indeed mean Sparky, not Christopher! It’s been fixed now.
    I’m glad you enjoyed the picture of Sparky ambushing Shona. I always keep my camera handy on my desk for such occasions, and once in awhile I get lucky!

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  40. Judy, I replied to your comment, but it disappeared, so here goes again. Thank you for the correction! I did indeed mean Sparky, not Christopher! It’s been fixed now.
    I’m glad you enjoyed the picture of Sparky ambushing Shona. I always keep my camera handy on my desk for such occasions, and once in awhile I get lucky!

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  41. Hi, Jenny. I’m delighted that you enjoy the Sparky updates, as well as the pictures. I’ll always have plenty of pictures, because photography is one of my hobbies, and the dogs and cats are always prime subjects!

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  42. Hi, Jenny. I’m delighted that you enjoy the Sparky updates, as well as the pictures. I’ll always have plenty of pictures, because photography is one of my hobbies, and the dogs and cats are always prime subjects!

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  43. Hi, Jenny. I’m delighted that you enjoy the Sparky updates, as well as the pictures. I’ll always have plenty of pictures, because photography is one of my hobbies, and the dogs and cats are always prime subjects!

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  44. Hi, Jenny. I’m delighted that you enjoy the Sparky updates, as well as the pictures. I’ll always have plenty of pictures, because photography is one of my hobbies, and the dogs and cats are always prime subjects!

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  45. Hi, Jenny. I’m delighted that you enjoy the Sparky updates, as well as the pictures. I’ll always have plenty of pictures, because photography is one of my hobbies, and the dogs and cats are always prime subjects!

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  46. I have to agree. Sparky looks way to wide awake to be resting in that first picture. We have an island cat that showed up at our house and adopted the dog. They sleep and play together. I should probably mention that the cat is about 8 lb and the dog is a great dane.

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  47. I have to agree. Sparky looks way to wide awake to be resting in that first picture. We have an island cat that showed up at our house and adopted the dog. They sleep and play together. I should probably mention that the cat is about 8 lb and the dog is a great dane.

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  48. I have to agree. Sparky looks way to wide awake to be resting in that first picture. We have an island cat that showed up at our house and adopted the dog. They sleep and play together. I should probably mention that the cat is about 8 lb and the dog is a great dane.

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  49. I have to agree. Sparky looks way to wide awake to be resting in that first picture. We have an island cat that showed up at our house and adopted the dog. They sleep and play together. I should probably mention that the cat is about 8 lb and the dog is a great dane.

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  50. I have to agree. Sparky looks way to wide awake to be resting in that first picture. We have an island cat that showed up at our house and adopted the dog. They sleep and play together. I should probably mention that the cat is about 8 lb and the dog is a great dane.

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  51. Okay, you guys know Sparky too well! I guess she lives up to her middle name of Tabasco, eh? *g* Yes, she does look like she’s plotting mischief.
    Ella, how adorable that your 8 pound “island cat” plays with your Great Dane! (I’ll bet your GD is happy to have a playmate.) It sounds like the cat must be a stray, hence the term island cat.

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  52. Okay, you guys know Sparky too well! I guess she lives up to her middle name of Tabasco, eh? *g* Yes, she does look like she’s plotting mischief.
    Ella, how adorable that your 8 pound “island cat” plays with your Great Dane! (I’ll bet your GD is happy to have a playmate.) It sounds like the cat must be a stray, hence the term island cat.

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  53. Okay, you guys know Sparky too well! I guess she lives up to her middle name of Tabasco, eh? *g* Yes, she does look like she’s plotting mischief.
    Ella, how adorable that your 8 pound “island cat” plays with your Great Dane! (I’ll bet your GD is happy to have a playmate.) It sounds like the cat must be a stray, hence the term island cat.

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  54. Okay, you guys know Sparky too well! I guess she lives up to her middle name of Tabasco, eh? *g* Yes, she does look like she’s plotting mischief.
    Ella, how adorable that your 8 pound “island cat” plays with your Great Dane! (I’ll bet your GD is happy to have a playmate.) It sounds like the cat must be a stray, hence the term island cat.

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  55. Okay, you guys know Sparky too well! I guess she lives up to her middle name of Tabasco, eh? *g* Yes, she does look like she’s plotting mischief.
    Ella, how adorable that your 8 pound “island cat” plays with your Great Dane! (I’ll bet your GD is happy to have a playmate.) It sounds like the cat must be a stray, hence the term island cat.

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  56. Who needs a panda cam, seriously? *g* Sherrie, she is getting so BIG!!
    Cats in funny positions… A cat I had years ago loved to be held flat on his back in my arms, and rocked, like a baby. Never seemed to want to get down. Oddly enough, he was one of the most challenging kittens I ever raised, and one of the most affectionate cats when he grew up. Affectionate to me, that is. He would allow other people to pet him, but always washed himself when they finished, as if to get rid of the contamination. You can imagine how many family members he offended with his snubs!

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  57. Who needs a panda cam, seriously? *g* Sherrie, she is getting so BIG!!
    Cats in funny positions… A cat I had years ago loved to be held flat on his back in my arms, and rocked, like a baby. Never seemed to want to get down. Oddly enough, he was one of the most challenging kittens I ever raised, and one of the most affectionate cats when he grew up. Affectionate to me, that is. He would allow other people to pet him, but always washed himself when they finished, as if to get rid of the contamination. You can imagine how many family members he offended with his snubs!

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  58. Who needs a panda cam, seriously? *g* Sherrie, she is getting so BIG!!
    Cats in funny positions… A cat I had years ago loved to be held flat on his back in my arms, and rocked, like a baby. Never seemed to want to get down. Oddly enough, he was one of the most challenging kittens I ever raised, and one of the most affectionate cats when he grew up. Affectionate to me, that is. He would allow other people to pet him, but always washed himself when they finished, as if to get rid of the contamination. You can imagine how many family members he offended with his snubs!

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  59. Who needs a panda cam, seriously? *g* Sherrie, she is getting so BIG!!
    Cats in funny positions… A cat I had years ago loved to be held flat on his back in my arms, and rocked, like a baby. Never seemed to want to get down. Oddly enough, he was one of the most challenging kittens I ever raised, and one of the most affectionate cats when he grew up. Affectionate to me, that is. He would allow other people to pet him, but always washed himself when they finished, as if to get rid of the contamination. You can imagine how many family members he offended with his snubs!

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  60. Who needs a panda cam, seriously? *g* Sherrie, she is getting so BIG!!
    Cats in funny positions… A cat I had years ago loved to be held flat on his back in my arms, and rocked, like a baby. Never seemed to want to get down. Oddly enough, he was one of the most challenging kittens I ever raised, and one of the most affectionate cats when he grew up. Affectionate to me, that is. He would allow other people to pet him, but always washed himself when they finished, as if to get rid of the contamination. You can imagine how many family members he offended with his snubs!

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  61. I Love the Sparky Reports! I’ve got 3 cats and a dog along with other assorted critters. As I type this on my netbook, I’ve got one cat stretched across my lap and one arm, my dog by my side and the troublemaker cat sprawled in front of the dog’s nose. (He’s contemplating attacking the dog as he so often does…)
    Everything and everyone in the house is fair game for kitty nap time. They sleep in multi-cat piles as well as on their own–it all depends on their moods. It isn’t unusual to find one of them fast asleep half hanging off of one of their cat trees. The 3 year old cats will climb on our shoulders and sleep there if we let them. The most unusual place any of them sleep is when my torti sleeps on top of the golden retriever. The two of them often curl up with each other. 🙂

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  62. I Love the Sparky Reports! I’ve got 3 cats and a dog along with other assorted critters. As I type this on my netbook, I’ve got one cat stretched across my lap and one arm, my dog by my side and the troublemaker cat sprawled in front of the dog’s nose. (He’s contemplating attacking the dog as he so often does…)
    Everything and everyone in the house is fair game for kitty nap time. They sleep in multi-cat piles as well as on their own–it all depends on their moods. It isn’t unusual to find one of them fast asleep half hanging off of one of their cat trees. The 3 year old cats will climb on our shoulders and sleep there if we let them. The most unusual place any of them sleep is when my torti sleeps on top of the golden retriever. The two of them often curl up with each other. 🙂

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  63. I Love the Sparky Reports! I’ve got 3 cats and a dog along with other assorted critters. As I type this on my netbook, I’ve got one cat stretched across my lap and one arm, my dog by my side and the troublemaker cat sprawled in front of the dog’s nose. (He’s contemplating attacking the dog as he so often does…)
    Everything and everyone in the house is fair game for kitty nap time. They sleep in multi-cat piles as well as on their own–it all depends on their moods. It isn’t unusual to find one of them fast asleep half hanging off of one of their cat trees. The 3 year old cats will climb on our shoulders and sleep there if we let them. The most unusual place any of them sleep is when my torti sleeps on top of the golden retriever. The two of them often curl up with each other. 🙂

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  64. I Love the Sparky Reports! I’ve got 3 cats and a dog along with other assorted critters. As I type this on my netbook, I’ve got one cat stretched across my lap and one arm, my dog by my side and the troublemaker cat sprawled in front of the dog’s nose. (He’s contemplating attacking the dog as he so often does…)
    Everything and everyone in the house is fair game for kitty nap time. They sleep in multi-cat piles as well as on their own–it all depends on their moods. It isn’t unusual to find one of them fast asleep half hanging off of one of their cat trees. The 3 year old cats will climb on our shoulders and sleep there if we let them. The most unusual place any of them sleep is when my torti sleeps on top of the golden retriever. The two of them often curl up with each other. 🙂

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  65. I Love the Sparky Reports! I’ve got 3 cats and a dog along with other assorted critters. As I type this on my netbook, I’ve got one cat stretched across my lap and one arm, my dog by my side and the troublemaker cat sprawled in front of the dog’s nose. (He’s contemplating attacking the dog as he so often does…)
    Everything and everyone in the house is fair game for kitty nap time. They sleep in multi-cat piles as well as on their own–it all depends on their moods. It isn’t unusual to find one of them fast asleep half hanging off of one of their cat trees. The 3 year old cats will climb on our shoulders and sleep there if we let them. The most unusual place any of them sleep is when my torti sleeps on top of the golden retriever. The two of them often curl up with each other. 🙂

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  66. Also, as for sharing Sparky with a wider audience–I think we need a calendar. I was going through the store today, saw a “Kittens” calendar and thought, “Sparky!”
    Her peeking out of the trash can with those huge wide eyes should be one of the month-pics.

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  67. Also, as for sharing Sparky with a wider audience–I think we need a calendar. I was going through the store today, saw a “Kittens” calendar and thought, “Sparky!”
    Her peeking out of the trash can with those huge wide eyes should be one of the month-pics.

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  68. Also, as for sharing Sparky with a wider audience–I think we need a calendar. I was going through the store today, saw a “Kittens” calendar and thought, “Sparky!”
    Her peeking out of the trash can with those huge wide eyes should be one of the month-pics.

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  69. Also, as for sharing Sparky with a wider audience–I think we need a calendar. I was going through the store today, saw a “Kittens” calendar and thought, “Sparky!”
    Her peeking out of the trash can with those huge wide eyes should be one of the month-pics.

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  70. Also, as for sharing Sparky with a wider audience–I think we need a calendar. I was going through the store today, saw a “Kittens” calendar and thought, “Sparky!”
    Her peeking out of the trash can with those huge wide eyes should be one of the month-pics.

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  71. Oops, my replies seem to be disappearing!For some reason, Typepad is eating them. So here goes again.
    Lucy, I love the idea of a kitty cam! Actually, several humane societies across the US have them, and it’s so neat to be able to go to their sites and watch the kittens play in real time. If I could rig up one for Sparky, I’ll be she’d entertain audiences everywhere!
    Like you, I used to have a cat that liked to be held in my arms like a baby. He also adored tummy rubs, and would stretch out as far as he could, arms and legs extended, all his toes spread. True bliss!

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  72. Oops, my replies seem to be disappearing!For some reason, Typepad is eating them. So here goes again.
    Lucy, I love the idea of a kitty cam! Actually, several humane societies across the US have them, and it’s so neat to be able to go to their sites and watch the kittens play in real time. If I could rig up one for Sparky, I’ll be she’d entertain audiences everywhere!
    Like you, I used to have a cat that liked to be held in my arms like a baby. He also adored tummy rubs, and would stretch out as far as he could, arms and legs extended, all his toes spread. True bliss!

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  73. Oops, my replies seem to be disappearing!For some reason, Typepad is eating them. So here goes again.
    Lucy, I love the idea of a kitty cam! Actually, several humane societies across the US have them, and it’s so neat to be able to go to their sites and watch the kittens play in real time. If I could rig up one for Sparky, I’ll be she’d entertain audiences everywhere!
    Like you, I used to have a cat that liked to be held in my arms like a baby. He also adored tummy rubs, and would stretch out as far as he could, arms and legs extended, all his toes spread. True bliss!

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  74. Oops, my replies seem to be disappearing!For some reason, Typepad is eating them. So here goes again.
    Lucy, I love the idea of a kitty cam! Actually, several humane societies across the US have them, and it’s so neat to be able to go to their sites and watch the kittens play in real time. If I could rig up one for Sparky, I’ll be she’d entertain audiences everywhere!
    Like you, I used to have a cat that liked to be held in my arms like a baby. He also adored tummy rubs, and would stretch out as far as he could, arms and legs extended, all his toes spread. True bliss!

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  75. Oops, my replies seem to be disappearing!For some reason, Typepad is eating them. So here goes again.
    Lucy, I love the idea of a kitty cam! Actually, several humane societies across the US have them, and it’s so neat to be able to go to their sites and watch the kittens play in real time. If I could rig up one for Sparky, I’ll be she’d entertain audiences everywhere!
    Like you, I used to have a cat that liked to be held in my arms like a baby. He also adored tummy rubs, and would stretch out as far as he could, arms and legs extended, all his toes spread. True bliss!

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  76. Glenda, I used to have a Siamese that slept on top of my Doberman. He was one of my show dogs, back when I did the dog show circuit, and he loved the kitties.
    One night I passed the laundry room where my Dobie slept, and in the dark I saw this weird optical illusion: a pair of eyes rising rhythmically up and down, up and down. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what was going on, so I switched on the lights. The eyes were those of my Siamese, who was curled up on top of the Doberman, and as the dog breathed in and out, the cat rose up and down. Talk about an eery moment!
    I secretly think the Dobie liked having the cats use him as a bed. It kept him warm on cold winter nights.

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  77. Glenda, I used to have a Siamese that slept on top of my Doberman. He was one of my show dogs, back when I did the dog show circuit, and he loved the kitties.
    One night I passed the laundry room where my Dobie slept, and in the dark I saw this weird optical illusion: a pair of eyes rising rhythmically up and down, up and down. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what was going on, so I switched on the lights. The eyes were those of my Siamese, who was curled up on top of the Doberman, and as the dog breathed in and out, the cat rose up and down. Talk about an eery moment!
    I secretly think the Dobie liked having the cats use him as a bed. It kept him warm on cold winter nights.

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  78. Glenda, I used to have a Siamese that slept on top of my Doberman. He was one of my show dogs, back when I did the dog show circuit, and he loved the kitties.
    One night I passed the laundry room where my Dobie slept, and in the dark I saw this weird optical illusion: a pair of eyes rising rhythmically up and down, up and down. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what was going on, so I switched on the lights. The eyes were those of my Siamese, who was curled up on top of the Doberman, and as the dog breathed in and out, the cat rose up and down. Talk about an eery moment!
    I secretly think the Dobie liked having the cats use him as a bed. It kept him warm on cold winter nights.

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  79. Glenda, I used to have a Siamese that slept on top of my Doberman. He was one of my show dogs, back when I did the dog show circuit, and he loved the kitties.
    One night I passed the laundry room where my Dobie slept, and in the dark I saw this weird optical illusion: a pair of eyes rising rhythmically up and down, up and down. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what was going on, so I switched on the lights. The eyes were those of my Siamese, who was curled up on top of the Doberman, and as the dog breathed in and out, the cat rose up and down. Talk about an eery moment!
    I secretly think the Dobie liked having the cats use him as a bed. It kept him warm on cold winter nights.

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  80. Glenda, I used to have a Siamese that slept on top of my Doberman. He was one of my show dogs, back when I did the dog show circuit, and he loved the kitties.
    One night I passed the laundry room where my Dobie slept, and in the dark I saw this weird optical illusion: a pair of eyes rising rhythmically up and down, up and down. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what was going on, so I switched on the lights. The eyes were those of my Siamese, who was curled up on top of the Doberman, and as the dog breathed in and out, the cat rose up and down. Talk about an eery moment!
    I secretly think the Dobie liked having the cats use him as a bed. It kept him warm on cold winter nights.

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  81. Lucy, what an inspired idea! A Sparky calendar! As much as it appeals to me, probably the only interested buyers would be Sparky’s fans. Still, I love the idea.
    You mentioned one of the calendar pictures could be Sparky peeking out of the wastepaper basket. Actually, I could do 12 months of peek-a-boos, because Sparky has this endearing though peculiar habit of peering at you from behind object, with only her ears and eyes showing. I’ve never had another cat do that, but I find it so appealing. Though I have several pictures of her playing peek-a-boo as a tiny kitten, I wish I’d taken more. They grow up so fast!

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  82. Lucy, what an inspired idea! A Sparky calendar! As much as it appeals to me, probably the only interested buyers would be Sparky’s fans. Still, I love the idea.
    You mentioned one of the calendar pictures could be Sparky peeking out of the wastepaper basket. Actually, I could do 12 months of peek-a-boos, because Sparky has this endearing though peculiar habit of peering at you from behind object, with only her ears and eyes showing. I’ve never had another cat do that, but I find it so appealing. Though I have several pictures of her playing peek-a-boo as a tiny kitten, I wish I’d taken more. They grow up so fast!

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  83. Lucy, what an inspired idea! A Sparky calendar! As much as it appeals to me, probably the only interested buyers would be Sparky’s fans. Still, I love the idea.
    You mentioned one of the calendar pictures could be Sparky peeking out of the wastepaper basket. Actually, I could do 12 months of peek-a-boos, because Sparky has this endearing though peculiar habit of peering at you from behind object, with only her ears and eyes showing. I’ve never had another cat do that, but I find it so appealing. Though I have several pictures of her playing peek-a-boo as a tiny kitten, I wish I’d taken more. They grow up so fast!

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  84. Lucy, what an inspired idea! A Sparky calendar! As much as it appeals to me, probably the only interested buyers would be Sparky’s fans. Still, I love the idea.
    You mentioned one of the calendar pictures could be Sparky peeking out of the wastepaper basket. Actually, I could do 12 months of peek-a-boos, because Sparky has this endearing though peculiar habit of peering at you from behind object, with only her ears and eyes showing. I’ve never had another cat do that, but I find it so appealing. Though I have several pictures of her playing peek-a-boo as a tiny kitten, I wish I’d taken more. They grow up so fast!

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  85. Lucy, what an inspired idea! A Sparky calendar! As much as it appeals to me, probably the only interested buyers would be Sparky’s fans. Still, I love the idea.
    You mentioned one of the calendar pictures could be Sparky peeking out of the wastepaper basket. Actually, I could do 12 months of peek-a-boos, because Sparky has this endearing though peculiar habit of peering at you from behind object, with only her ears and eyes showing. I’ve never had another cat do that, but I find it so appealing. Though I have several pictures of her playing peek-a-boo as a tiny kitten, I wish I’d taken more. They grow up so fast!

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  86. Sherrie,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Nova. But glad that Christopher is still with you!
    Gage is now 12 and on steroids for spinal stenosis. We are treasuring the time we have left with him, but he sure is slowing down. Except in the food department. For a dog who really didn’t care much about food, steroids have certainly changed that! He’s on Jenny Craig now with green beans for treats. 🙂
    Good luck on the Dobie hunt.
    <3

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  87. Sherrie,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Nova. But glad that Christopher is still with you!
    Gage is now 12 and on steroids for spinal stenosis. We are treasuring the time we have left with him, but he sure is slowing down. Except in the food department. For a dog who really didn’t care much about food, steroids have certainly changed that! He’s on Jenny Craig now with green beans for treats. 🙂
    Good luck on the Dobie hunt.
    <3

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  88. Sherrie,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Nova. But glad that Christopher is still with you!
    Gage is now 12 and on steroids for spinal stenosis. We are treasuring the time we have left with him, but he sure is slowing down. Except in the food department. For a dog who really didn’t care much about food, steroids have certainly changed that! He’s on Jenny Craig now with green beans for treats. 🙂
    Good luck on the Dobie hunt.
    <3

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  89. Sherrie,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Nova. But glad that Christopher is still with you!
    Gage is now 12 and on steroids for spinal stenosis. We are treasuring the time we have left with him, but he sure is slowing down. Except in the food department. For a dog who really didn’t care much about food, steroids have certainly changed that! He’s on Jenny Craig now with green beans for treats. 🙂
    Good luck on the Dobie hunt.
    <3

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  90. Sherrie,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Nova. But glad that Christopher is still with you!
    Gage is now 12 and on steroids for spinal stenosis. We are treasuring the time we have left with him, but he sure is slowing down. Except in the food department. For a dog who really didn’t care much about food, steroids have certainly changed that! He’s on Jenny Craig now with green beans for treats. 🙂
    Good luck on the Dobie hunt.
    <3

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  91. Hi, Kay! So good to hear from you! Thank you for the condolences on Nova. I miss her terribly. I adopted a young rescue Dobe two days ago and she’s adorable. Shona has a new buddy to play with, and Sparky has a new dog to torment.
    I can’t believe Gage is 12! I remember when you got him as a puppy. And yes, steroids will sure pack on the weight. Nova was on steroids at the end, and she got very round, though she wasn’t eating any more than usual. And Jenny Craig for dogs? LOL! Maybe I should try green beans for doggy treats!

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  92. Hi, Kay! So good to hear from you! Thank you for the condolences on Nova. I miss her terribly. I adopted a young rescue Dobe two days ago and she’s adorable. Shona has a new buddy to play with, and Sparky has a new dog to torment.
    I can’t believe Gage is 12! I remember when you got him as a puppy. And yes, steroids will sure pack on the weight. Nova was on steroids at the end, and she got very round, though she wasn’t eating any more than usual. And Jenny Craig for dogs? LOL! Maybe I should try green beans for doggy treats!

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  93. Hi, Kay! So good to hear from you! Thank you for the condolences on Nova. I miss her terribly. I adopted a young rescue Dobe two days ago and she’s adorable. Shona has a new buddy to play with, and Sparky has a new dog to torment.
    I can’t believe Gage is 12! I remember when you got him as a puppy. And yes, steroids will sure pack on the weight. Nova was on steroids at the end, and she got very round, though she wasn’t eating any more than usual. And Jenny Craig for dogs? LOL! Maybe I should try green beans for doggy treats!

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  94. Hi, Kay! So good to hear from you! Thank you for the condolences on Nova. I miss her terribly. I adopted a young rescue Dobe two days ago and she’s adorable. Shona has a new buddy to play with, and Sparky has a new dog to torment.
    I can’t believe Gage is 12! I remember when you got him as a puppy. And yes, steroids will sure pack on the weight. Nova was on steroids at the end, and she got very round, though she wasn’t eating any more than usual. And Jenny Craig for dogs? LOL! Maybe I should try green beans for doggy treats!

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  95. Hi, Kay! So good to hear from you! Thank you for the condolences on Nova. I miss her terribly. I adopted a young rescue Dobe two days ago and she’s adorable. Shona has a new buddy to play with, and Sparky has a new dog to torment.
    I can’t believe Gage is 12! I remember when you got him as a puppy. And yes, steroids will sure pack on the weight. Nova was on steroids at the end, and she got very round, though she wasn’t eating any more than usual. And Jenny Craig for dogs? LOL! Maybe I should try green beans for doggy treats!

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