The Sparky Report #19

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THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY

The above picture shows Sparky chumming up with my new rescue Doberman, Kyanne. Notice that Kyanne has a large dog bone. Kyanne doesn't like to share her bones. Sparky doesn't care. She wants to be friends with Kyanne, and by golly, she will be! That cat thrives on danger! (Thankfully, Kyanne is good-natured around cats.)

TREADMILL TABBY

Not satisfied with putting her life in potential danger by trying to steal a bone from a possessive Doberman, Sparky decided to conquer the treadmill. It didn't take her long to get the hang of it, since she'd been watching me to see how it's done. The first few days she kept shooting off the end of the machine, but determination is her middle name, so she persisted, as evidenced by the below series of pictures, taken over several days.

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Let's see, front feet first . . .

 

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Whoa! Doing the splits!
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Maybe if I come in from the side . . .

 

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Well, THAT didn't work. Let's try it this way.
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Perhaps if I just leap onto the machine . . .

 

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Well, that didn't work. How about this?
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Okay, here goes. Final attempt.

 

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SUCCESS! There's no stopping me now!

(Remember, to view larger versions, just click on any picture. Sorry for the dinky size of the above pictures. Typepad is being contrary and won't let me resize them or place them side-by-side instead of in a vertical column.)

 

 

 

 

70 thoughts on “The Sparky Report #19”

  1. That picture of Sparky and Kyanne is card worthy if I ever saw one!
    Garth lives dangerously as well, but so far, the dobes have been really passive around him. Shorty on the other hand is so much better than a dog and doesn’t give them or their things more than a passing glance.
    I LOVE the treadmill! Ours in in the basement, but I have to think Garth would be right there next to Sparky. Silly cats. 🙂

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  2. That picture of Sparky and Kyanne is card worthy if I ever saw one!
    Garth lives dangerously as well, but so far, the dobes have been really passive around him. Shorty on the other hand is so much better than a dog and doesn’t give them or their things more than a passing glance.
    I LOVE the treadmill! Ours in in the basement, but I have to think Garth would be right there next to Sparky. Silly cats. 🙂

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  3. That picture of Sparky and Kyanne is card worthy if I ever saw one!
    Garth lives dangerously as well, but so far, the dobes have been really passive around him. Shorty on the other hand is so much better than a dog and doesn’t give them or their things more than a passing glance.
    I LOVE the treadmill! Ours in in the basement, but I have to think Garth would be right there next to Sparky. Silly cats. 🙂

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  4. That picture of Sparky and Kyanne is card worthy if I ever saw one!
    Garth lives dangerously as well, but so far, the dobes have been really passive around him. Shorty on the other hand is so much better than a dog and doesn’t give them or their things more than a passing glance.
    I LOVE the treadmill! Ours in in the basement, but I have to think Garth would be right there next to Sparky. Silly cats. 🙂

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  5. That picture of Sparky and Kyanne is card worthy if I ever saw one!
    Garth lives dangerously as well, but so far, the dobes have been really passive around him. Shorty on the other hand is so much better than a dog and doesn’t give them or their things more than a passing glance.
    I LOVE the treadmill! Ours in in the basement, but I have to think Garth would be right there next to Sparky. Silly cats. 🙂

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  6. Theo, it’s a good thing Garth and Sparky don’t live near each other. Can you imagine the trouble those two could get into?!!
    I’m sure your Garth would love that treadmill as much as Sparky loves mine. She knows the sound of it being turned on and comes running. Now I sometimes turn it on for her own entertainment. So far, we’re on setting #1, which is the lowest setting. It’s looking like Sparky is ready for setting #2, which is a little bit faster than #1. I can’t wait to see how she handles the faster pace!

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  7. Theo, it’s a good thing Garth and Sparky don’t live near each other. Can you imagine the trouble those two could get into?!!
    I’m sure your Garth would love that treadmill as much as Sparky loves mine. She knows the sound of it being turned on and comes running. Now I sometimes turn it on for her own entertainment. So far, we’re on setting #1, which is the lowest setting. It’s looking like Sparky is ready for setting #2, which is a little bit faster than #1. I can’t wait to see how she handles the faster pace!

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  8. Theo, it’s a good thing Garth and Sparky don’t live near each other. Can you imagine the trouble those two could get into?!!
    I’m sure your Garth would love that treadmill as much as Sparky loves mine. She knows the sound of it being turned on and comes running. Now I sometimes turn it on for her own entertainment. So far, we’re on setting #1, which is the lowest setting. It’s looking like Sparky is ready for setting #2, which is a little bit faster than #1. I can’t wait to see how she handles the faster pace!

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  9. Theo, it’s a good thing Garth and Sparky don’t live near each other. Can you imagine the trouble those two could get into?!!
    I’m sure your Garth would love that treadmill as much as Sparky loves mine. She knows the sound of it being turned on and comes running. Now I sometimes turn it on for her own entertainment. So far, we’re on setting #1, which is the lowest setting. It’s looking like Sparky is ready for setting #2, which is a little bit faster than #1. I can’t wait to see how she handles the faster pace!

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  10. Theo, it’s a good thing Garth and Sparky don’t live near each other. Can you imagine the trouble those two could get into?!!
    I’m sure your Garth would love that treadmill as much as Sparky loves mine. She knows the sound of it being turned on and comes running. Now I sometimes turn it on for her own entertainment. So far, we’re on setting #1, which is the lowest setting. It’s looking like Sparky is ready for setting #2, which is a little bit faster than #1. I can’t wait to see how she handles the faster pace!

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  11. Nothing like proving that cats are curious, lol. Great pictures, thanks for the update. (and, be advised, dogs can fracture their big chewing teeth on those large bones!)

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  12. Nothing like proving that cats are curious, lol. Great pictures, thanks for the update. (and, be advised, dogs can fracture their big chewing teeth on those large bones!)

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  13. Nothing like proving that cats are curious, lol. Great pictures, thanks for the update. (and, be advised, dogs can fracture their big chewing teeth on those large bones!)

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  14. Nothing like proving that cats are curious, lol. Great pictures, thanks for the update. (and, be advised, dogs can fracture their big chewing teeth on those large bones!)

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  15. Nothing like proving that cats are curious, lol. Great pictures, thanks for the update. (and, be advised, dogs can fracture their big chewing teeth on those large bones!)

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  16. Hi, ELF. You know what they say about cats: “Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back!” *g*
    Re fractured teeth from dog bones: that’s why my dogs get raw bones, not cooked. Cooked bones can splinter, and the splinters can cause mouth wounds and perforated stomachs and intestines. And giving them the big femur bones is safer than, say, rib bones. And while fractured teeth could be a possibility, I’m comforted by the fact that in 40 years of dog ownership, none of them suffered a cracked tooth from dog bones. (Knock wood!)

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  17. Hi, ELF. You know what they say about cats: “Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back!” *g*
    Re fractured teeth from dog bones: that’s why my dogs get raw bones, not cooked. Cooked bones can splinter, and the splinters can cause mouth wounds and perforated stomachs and intestines. And giving them the big femur bones is safer than, say, rib bones. And while fractured teeth could be a possibility, I’m comforted by the fact that in 40 years of dog ownership, none of them suffered a cracked tooth from dog bones. (Knock wood!)

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  18. Hi, ELF. You know what they say about cats: “Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back!” *g*
    Re fractured teeth from dog bones: that’s why my dogs get raw bones, not cooked. Cooked bones can splinter, and the splinters can cause mouth wounds and perforated stomachs and intestines. And giving them the big femur bones is safer than, say, rib bones. And while fractured teeth could be a possibility, I’m comforted by the fact that in 40 years of dog ownership, none of them suffered a cracked tooth from dog bones. (Knock wood!)

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  19. Hi, ELF. You know what they say about cats: “Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back!” *g*
    Re fractured teeth from dog bones: that’s why my dogs get raw bones, not cooked. Cooked bones can splinter, and the splinters can cause mouth wounds and perforated stomachs and intestines. And giving them the big femur bones is safer than, say, rib bones. And while fractured teeth could be a possibility, I’m comforted by the fact that in 40 years of dog ownership, none of them suffered a cracked tooth from dog bones. (Knock wood!)

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  20. Hi, ELF. You know what they say about cats: “Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back!” *g*
    Re fractured teeth from dog bones: that’s why my dogs get raw bones, not cooked. Cooked bones can splinter, and the splinters can cause mouth wounds and perforated stomachs and intestines. And giving them the big femur bones is safer than, say, rib bones. And while fractured teeth could be a possibility, I’m comforted by the fact that in 40 years of dog ownership, none of them suffered a cracked tooth from dog bones. (Knock wood!)

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  21. Raw bones are best! Softer plus the enzymes that occur naturally in raw meat help keep their teeth clean along with chewing on the bone of course. 🙂

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  22. Raw bones are best! Softer plus the enzymes that occur naturally in raw meat help keep their teeth clean along with chewing on the bone of course. 🙂

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  23. Raw bones are best! Softer plus the enzymes that occur naturally in raw meat help keep their teeth clean along with chewing on the bone of course. 🙂

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  24. Raw bones are best! Softer plus the enzymes that occur naturally in raw meat help keep their teeth clean along with chewing on the bone of course. 🙂

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  25. Raw bones are best! Softer plus the enzymes that occur naturally in raw meat help keep their teeth clean along with chewing on the bone of course. 🙂

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  26. Glenda, you’re right about raw bones being the best. Back in the day when I used to show Dobermans, my vet marveled at the exceptionally white teeth of one of my elderly show dogs had. That dog was always chewing on raw bones, and he had the prettiest white teeth and sweet breath.

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  27. Glenda, you’re right about raw bones being the best. Back in the day when I used to show Dobermans, my vet marveled at the exceptionally white teeth of one of my elderly show dogs had. That dog was always chewing on raw bones, and he had the prettiest white teeth and sweet breath.

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  28. Glenda, you’re right about raw bones being the best. Back in the day when I used to show Dobermans, my vet marveled at the exceptionally white teeth of one of my elderly show dogs had. That dog was always chewing on raw bones, and he had the prettiest white teeth and sweet breath.

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  29. Glenda, you’re right about raw bones being the best. Back in the day when I used to show Dobermans, my vet marveled at the exceptionally white teeth of one of my elderly show dogs had. That dog was always chewing on raw bones, and he had the prettiest white teeth and sweet breath.

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  30. Glenda, you’re right about raw bones being the best. Back in the day when I used to show Dobermans, my vet marveled at the exceptionally white teeth of one of my elderly show dogs had. That dog was always chewing on raw bones, and he had the prettiest white teeth and sweet breath.

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  31. Louisa, how clever of you! I’ve heard of treadmill-desks, but have never seen one. I’ll bet they look fascinating! I’m so impressed by your ingenuity! Would love to see pictures when you get it set up. Do please keep us posted here on the Word Wenches!
    Knowing your Miss Rebecca Marie, I’ll bet she will be fascinated by the desk/treadmill setup and will spend happy hours thinking of the mayhem she can cause once you’re out of the room. LOL!

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  32. Louisa, how clever of you! I’ve heard of treadmill-desks, but have never seen one. I’ll bet they look fascinating! I’m so impressed by your ingenuity! Would love to see pictures when you get it set up. Do please keep us posted here on the Word Wenches!
    Knowing your Miss Rebecca Marie, I’ll bet she will be fascinated by the desk/treadmill setup and will spend happy hours thinking of the mayhem she can cause once you’re out of the room. LOL!

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  33. Louisa, how clever of you! I’ve heard of treadmill-desks, but have never seen one. I’ll bet they look fascinating! I’m so impressed by your ingenuity! Would love to see pictures when you get it set up. Do please keep us posted here on the Word Wenches!
    Knowing your Miss Rebecca Marie, I’ll bet she will be fascinated by the desk/treadmill setup and will spend happy hours thinking of the mayhem she can cause once you’re out of the room. LOL!

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  34. Louisa, how clever of you! I’ve heard of treadmill-desks, but have never seen one. I’ll bet they look fascinating! I’m so impressed by your ingenuity! Would love to see pictures when you get it set up. Do please keep us posted here on the Word Wenches!
    Knowing your Miss Rebecca Marie, I’ll bet she will be fascinated by the desk/treadmill setup and will spend happy hours thinking of the mayhem she can cause once you’re out of the room. LOL!

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  35. Louisa, how clever of you! I’ve heard of treadmill-desks, but have never seen one. I’ll bet they look fascinating! I’m so impressed by your ingenuity! Would love to see pictures when you get it set up. Do please keep us posted here on the Word Wenches!
    Knowing your Miss Rebecca Marie, I’ll bet she will be fascinated by the desk/treadmill setup and will spend happy hours thinking of the mayhem she can cause once you’re out of the room. LOL!

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  36. Glenda, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the action shots of Sparky. Most of the time she’s cooperative, having gotten used to the flash of the camera since infancy. But sometimes all I can manage is a quick press of the shutter button without having time to focus. So as you can see by the above pictures, some of them are not properly focused. On the other hand, one of Sparky’s favorite nesting places is the wastepaper basket under my desk, and I have taken many MANY perfectly focused pictures of her fast asleep on a pile of paper trash in the wastepaper basket. Such a peculiar (but highly entertaining)cat!

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  37. Glenda, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the action shots of Sparky. Most of the time she’s cooperative, having gotten used to the flash of the camera since infancy. But sometimes all I can manage is a quick press of the shutter button without having time to focus. So as you can see by the above pictures, some of them are not properly focused. On the other hand, one of Sparky’s favorite nesting places is the wastepaper basket under my desk, and I have taken many MANY perfectly focused pictures of her fast asleep on a pile of paper trash in the wastepaper basket. Such a peculiar (but highly entertaining)cat!

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  38. Glenda, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the action shots of Sparky. Most of the time she’s cooperative, having gotten used to the flash of the camera since infancy. But sometimes all I can manage is a quick press of the shutter button without having time to focus. So as you can see by the above pictures, some of them are not properly focused. On the other hand, one of Sparky’s favorite nesting places is the wastepaper basket under my desk, and I have taken many MANY perfectly focused pictures of her fast asleep on a pile of paper trash in the wastepaper basket. Such a peculiar (but highly entertaining)cat!

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  39. Glenda, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the action shots of Sparky. Most of the time she’s cooperative, having gotten used to the flash of the camera since infancy. But sometimes all I can manage is a quick press of the shutter button without having time to focus. So as you can see by the above pictures, some of them are not properly focused. On the other hand, one of Sparky’s favorite nesting places is the wastepaper basket under my desk, and I have taken many MANY perfectly focused pictures of her fast asleep on a pile of paper trash in the wastepaper basket. Such a peculiar (but highly entertaining)cat!

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  40. Glenda, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the action shots of Sparky. Most of the time she’s cooperative, having gotten used to the flash of the camera since infancy. But sometimes all I can manage is a quick press of the shutter button without having time to focus. So as you can see by the above pictures, some of them are not properly focused. On the other hand, one of Sparky’s favorite nesting places is the wastepaper basket under my desk, and I have taken many MANY perfectly focused pictures of her fast asleep on a pile of paper trash in the wastepaper basket. Such a peculiar (but highly entertaining)cat!

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  41. LOL, Kay! Would you believe that treadmill has been in the box for 4 years? Because of ongoing renovation on my 100-year-old house, I had no place to put the treadmill. So when UPS delivered it, I stored the box in a closet, telling myself I’d put it together once I had a place for it. Unfortunately, the renovation is taking a very long time to complete, due to a number of problems. So I finally dragged the box into my office and set up the treadmill in front of the sofa.
    From the moment I turned on the treadmill, Sparky showed intense interest in it. She persisted until she got the hang of it, and now she uses it more than I do!

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  42. LOL, Kay! Would you believe that treadmill has been in the box for 4 years? Because of ongoing renovation on my 100-year-old house, I had no place to put the treadmill. So when UPS delivered it, I stored the box in a closet, telling myself I’d put it together once I had a place for it. Unfortunately, the renovation is taking a very long time to complete, due to a number of problems. So I finally dragged the box into my office and set up the treadmill in front of the sofa.
    From the moment I turned on the treadmill, Sparky showed intense interest in it. She persisted until she got the hang of it, and now she uses it more than I do!

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  43. LOL, Kay! Would you believe that treadmill has been in the box for 4 years? Because of ongoing renovation on my 100-year-old house, I had no place to put the treadmill. So when UPS delivered it, I stored the box in a closet, telling myself I’d put it together once I had a place for it. Unfortunately, the renovation is taking a very long time to complete, due to a number of problems. So I finally dragged the box into my office and set up the treadmill in front of the sofa.
    From the moment I turned on the treadmill, Sparky showed intense interest in it. She persisted until she got the hang of it, and now she uses it more than I do!

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  44. LOL, Kay! Would you believe that treadmill has been in the box for 4 years? Because of ongoing renovation on my 100-year-old house, I had no place to put the treadmill. So when UPS delivered it, I stored the box in a closet, telling myself I’d put it together once I had a place for it. Unfortunately, the renovation is taking a very long time to complete, due to a number of problems. So I finally dragged the box into my office and set up the treadmill in front of the sofa.
    From the moment I turned on the treadmill, Sparky showed intense interest in it. She persisted until she got the hang of it, and now she uses it more than I do!

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  45. LOL, Kay! Would you believe that treadmill has been in the box for 4 years? Because of ongoing renovation on my 100-year-old house, I had no place to put the treadmill. So when UPS delivered it, I stored the box in a closet, telling myself I’d put it together once I had a place for it. Unfortunately, the renovation is taking a very long time to complete, due to a number of problems. So I finally dragged the box into my office and set up the treadmill in front of the sofa.
    From the moment I turned on the treadmill, Sparky showed intense interest in it. She persisted until she got the hang of it, and now she uses it more than I do!

    Reply

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