THE SPARKY REPORT #17

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What? No picture of Sparky??? The above photo is merely to set the stage for the Sparky tale that follows. This is one end of my office. Notice the brass lamp on the right with a white shade. It’s one of those lamps that turns on by tapping your finger anywhere on the lamp base. Very handy–unless you happen to have a mischievous half grown kitten.

Lately I’d noticed the lamp was turned on all by itself. This happened several times. I checked the cord, checked the lightbulb, tapped the base a few times, and all seemed to be okay. Huh. Weird. And then last week I discovered the cause: Sparky Tabasco.

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So, all I have to do is touch the lamp with my paw . . .

 

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Getting into position for a little mischief.

 

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Little Miss Innocence. Who turned on the light? Gosh, beats me!

 

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Wow, everything looks brighter with the lamp on! Now, let’s see if I can break Mom’s new treadmill

 P.S. Yes, Sparky did manage to break my treadmill the second day I had it!

40 thoughts on “THE SPARKY REPORT #17”

  1. Oh my! Lamps and treadmills, what fun.
    I love the pictures above the sofa, hung like they would be in a Regency gallery, right up to the ceiling. Where the old saying above the line came from.
    I guess the main solution to the treadmill/exercise conundrum is to teach Sparky to walk on a leash like a dog and take her for walks??? That’ll wear both of you out. Wait, she already has you worn out?

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  2. Oh my! Lamps and treadmills, what fun.
    I love the pictures above the sofa, hung like they would be in a Regency gallery, right up to the ceiling. Where the old saying above the line came from.
    I guess the main solution to the treadmill/exercise conundrum is to teach Sparky to walk on a leash like a dog and take her for walks??? That’ll wear both of you out. Wait, she already has you worn out?

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  3. Oh my! Lamps and treadmills, what fun.
    I love the pictures above the sofa, hung like they would be in a Regency gallery, right up to the ceiling. Where the old saying above the line came from.
    I guess the main solution to the treadmill/exercise conundrum is to teach Sparky to walk on a leash like a dog and take her for walks??? That’ll wear both of you out. Wait, she already has you worn out?

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  4. Oh my! Lamps and treadmills, what fun.
    I love the pictures above the sofa, hung like they would be in a Regency gallery, right up to the ceiling. Where the old saying above the line came from.
    I guess the main solution to the treadmill/exercise conundrum is to teach Sparky to walk on a leash like a dog and take her for walks??? That’ll wear both of you out. Wait, she already has you worn out?

    Reply
  5. Oh my! Lamps and treadmills, what fun.
    I love the pictures above the sofa, hung like they would be in a Regency gallery, right up to the ceiling. Where the old saying above the line came from.
    I guess the main solution to the treadmill/exercise conundrum is to teach Sparky to walk on a leash like a dog and take her for walks??? That’ll wear both of you out. Wait, she already has you worn out?

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  6. Oh my gosh! That is just too funny! Cats are wonderfully pesky, aren’t they? I get up every morning to find almost all of my cupboard doors, both the upper and lower, open. Don’t have a clue what Garth (who was named when we got him) does in there in the middle of the night, but he’s very busy!
    Good luck with that treadmill. I do hope it’s repairable. Then again, maybe Sparky wants to be your only exercise…

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  7. Oh my gosh! That is just too funny! Cats are wonderfully pesky, aren’t they? I get up every morning to find almost all of my cupboard doors, both the upper and lower, open. Don’t have a clue what Garth (who was named when we got him) does in there in the middle of the night, but he’s very busy!
    Good luck with that treadmill. I do hope it’s repairable. Then again, maybe Sparky wants to be your only exercise…

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  8. Oh my gosh! That is just too funny! Cats are wonderfully pesky, aren’t they? I get up every morning to find almost all of my cupboard doors, both the upper and lower, open. Don’t have a clue what Garth (who was named when we got him) does in there in the middle of the night, but he’s very busy!
    Good luck with that treadmill. I do hope it’s repairable. Then again, maybe Sparky wants to be your only exercise…

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  9. Oh my gosh! That is just too funny! Cats are wonderfully pesky, aren’t they? I get up every morning to find almost all of my cupboard doors, both the upper and lower, open. Don’t have a clue what Garth (who was named when we got him) does in there in the middle of the night, but he’s very busy!
    Good luck with that treadmill. I do hope it’s repairable. Then again, maybe Sparky wants to be your only exercise…

    Reply
  10. Oh my gosh! That is just too funny! Cats are wonderfully pesky, aren’t they? I get up every morning to find almost all of my cupboard doors, both the upper and lower, open. Don’t have a clue what Garth (who was named when we got him) does in there in the middle of the night, but he’s very busy!
    Good luck with that treadmill. I do hope it’s repairable. Then again, maybe Sparky wants to be your only exercise…

    Reply
  11. OH! One more thing I meant to mention but can’t edit my earlier post…hasn’t he tried to launch himself off the table yet to grab the whirlygig hanging from the ceiling there? Because if I was a cat, that would be awfully tempting…

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  12. OH! One more thing I meant to mention but can’t edit my earlier post…hasn’t he tried to launch himself off the table yet to grab the whirlygig hanging from the ceiling there? Because if I was a cat, that would be awfully tempting…

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  13. OH! One more thing I meant to mention but can’t edit my earlier post…hasn’t he tried to launch himself off the table yet to grab the whirlygig hanging from the ceiling there? Because if I was a cat, that would be awfully tempting…

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  14. OH! One more thing I meant to mention but can’t edit my earlier post…hasn’t he tried to launch himself off the table yet to grab the whirlygig hanging from the ceiling there? Because if I was a cat, that would be awfully tempting…

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  15. OH! One more thing I meant to mention but can’t edit my earlier post…hasn’t he tried to launch himself off the table yet to grab the whirlygig hanging from the ceiling there? Because if I was a cat, that would be awfully tempting…

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  16. “Above the line”? Wow, I didn’t know that. Thanks, Shannon. I love trivia.
    Glad you like the pictures. I have lots and lots of wall space and since I’m wild about art, I have quite a large collection. I’ve had to resort to doing groupings like the above in order to get as many art pieces on the wall as possible.
    Loved your suggestion of using a leash on Sparky. I wonder how she’d like that? She certainly enjoyed the treadmill before she broke it. You won’t be surprised to learn that 5 minutes after I started using the treadmill for the first time, Sparky was already pouncing on the rubber track. After riding the track to the end of the treadmill and being dumped on the floor, she learned to trot in order to stay on the track. I’ll try to get some pictures to post, showing her trotting along with her tail up. (Provided I can fix the thing!)

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  17. “Above the line”? Wow, I didn’t know that. Thanks, Shannon. I love trivia.
    Glad you like the pictures. I have lots and lots of wall space and since I’m wild about art, I have quite a large collection. I’ve had to resort to doing groupings like the above in order to get as many art pieces on the wall as possible.
    Loved your suggestion of using a leash on Sparky. I wonder how she’d like that? She certainly enjoyed the treadmill before she broke it. You won’t be surprised to learn that 5 minutes after I started using the treadmill for the first time, Sparky was already pouncing on the rubber track. After riding the track to the end of the treadmill and being dumped on the floor, she learned to trot in order to stay on the track. I’ll try to get some pictures to post, showing her trotting along with her tail up. (Provided I can fix the thing!)

    Reply
  18. “Above the line”? Wow, I didn’t know that. Thanks, Shannon. I love trivia.
    Glad you like the pictures. I have lots and lots of wall space and since I’m wild about art, I have quite a large collection. I’ve had to resort to doing groupings like the above in order to get as many art pieces on the wall as possible.
    Loved your suggestion of using a leash on Sparky. I wonder how she’d like that? She certainly enjoyed the treadmill before she broke it. You won’t be surprised to learn that 5 minutes after I started using the treadmill for the first time, Sparky was already pouncing on the rubber track. After riding the track to the end of the treadmill and being dumped on the floor, she learned to trot in order to stay on the track. I’ll try to get some pictures to post, showing her trotting along with her tail up. (Provided I can fix the thing!)

    Reply
  19. “Above the line”? Wow, I didn’t know that. Thanks, Shannon. I love trivia.
    Glad you like the pictures. I have lots and lots of wall space and since I’m wild about art, I have quite a large collection. I’ve had to resort to doing groupings like the above in order to get as many art pieces on the wall as possible.
    Loved your suggestion of using a leash on Sparky. I wonder how she’d like that? She certainly enjoyed the treadmill before she broke it. You won’t be surprised to learn that 5 minutes after I started using the treadmill for the first time, Sparky was already pouncing on the rubber track. After riding the track to the end of the treadmill and being dumped on the floor, she learned to trot in order to stay on the track. I’ll try to get some pictures to post, showing her trotting along with her tail up. (Provided I can fix the thing!)

    Reply
  20. “Above the line”? Wow, I didn’t know that. Thanks, Shannon. I love trivia.
    Glad you like the pictures. I have lots and lots of wall space and since I’m wild about art, I have quite a large collection. I’ve had to resort to doing groupings like the above in order to get as many art pieces on the wall as possible.
    Loved your suggestion of using a leash on Sparky. I wonder how she’d like that? She certainly enjoyed the treadmill before she broke it. You won’t be surprised to learn that 5 minutes after I started using the treadmill for the first time, Sparky was already pouncing on the rubber track. After riding the track to the end of the treadmill and being dumped on the floor, she learned to trot in order to stay on the track. I’ll try to get some pictures to post, showing her trotting along with her tail up. (Provided I can fix the thing!)

    Reply
  21. Theo, I used to have a cat that was forever getting into the cupboards and making all kinds of racket after bedtime. That’s why my cats are no longer allowed to run loose in the house after lights out. They have a bedroom all to themselves, with beds, litter boxes, food and water. Now I can sleep all night without interruption. I would love to let them sleep with me, but I’m allergic to cats and my eyes and nose would start itching like crazy and I’d cough my head off. I’m consoled by the fact that I get to spend all day with them.

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  22. Theo, I used to have a cat that was forever getting into the cupboards and making all kinds of racket after bedtime. That’s why my cats are no longer allowed to run loose in the house after lights out. They have a bedroom all to themselves, with beds, litter boxes, food and water. Now I can sleep all night without interruption. I would love to let them sleep with me, but I’m allergic to cats and my eyes and nose would start itching like crazy and I’d cough my head off. I’m consoled by the fact that I get to spend all day with them.

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  23. Theo, I used to have a cat that was forever getting into the cupboards and making all kinds of racket after bedtime. That’s why my cats are no longer allowed to run loose in the house after lights out. They have a bedroom all to themselves, with beds, litter boxes, food and water. Now I can sleep all night without interruption. I would love to let them sleep with me, but I’m allergic to cats and my eyes and nose would start itching like crazy and I’d cough my head off. I’m consoled by the fact that I get to spend all day with them.

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  24. Theo, I used to have a cat that was forever getting into the cupboards and making all kinds of racket after bedtime. That’s why my cats are no longer allowed to run loose in the house after lights out. They have a bedroom all to themselves, with beds, litter boxes, food and water. Now I can sleep all night without interruption. I would love to let them sleep with me, but I’m allergic to cats and my eyes and nose would start itching like crazy and I’d cough my head off. I’m consoled by the fact that I get to spend all day with them.

    Reply
  25. Theo, I used to have a cat that was forever getting into the cupboards and making all kinds of racket after bedtime. That’s why my cats are no longer allowed to run loose in the house after lights out. They have a bedroom all to themselves, with beds, litter boxes, food and water. Now I can sleep all night without interruption. I would love to let them sleep with me, but I’m allergic to cats and my eyes and nose would start itching like crazy and I’d cough my head off. I’m consoled by the fact that I get to spend all day with them.

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  26. Theo, Sparky has indeed tried to latch onto that wind chime. Thankfully, it’s just out of reach. But never fear. She’s practically decimated one of my hanging plants. In fact, most of my plants have teeth marks on the leaves. There’s also teeth marks on the paper towels, on the toilet paper, on the Venetian blinds, on my shoes, on my desk clock, on my tape dispenser, on my box of Kleenex . . . need I go on? *g*

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  27. Theo, Sparky has indeed tried to latch onto that wind chime. Thankfully, it’s just out of reach. But never fear. She’s practically decimated one of my hanging plants. In fact, most of my plants have teeth marks on the leaves. There’s also teeth marks on the paper towels, on the toilet paper, on the Venetian blinds, on my shoes, on my desk clock, on my tape dispenser, on my box of Kleenex . . . need I go on? *g*

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  28. Theo, Sparky has indeed tried to latch onto that wind chime. Thankfully, it’s just out of reach. But never fear. She’s practically decimated one of my hanging plants. In fact, most of my plants have teeth marks on the leaves. There’s also teeth marks on the paper towels, on the toilet paper, on the Venetian blinds, on my shoes, on my desk clock, on my tape dispenser, on my box of Kleenex . . . need I go on? *g*

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  29. Theo, Sparky has indeed tried to latch onto that wind chime. Thankfully, it’s just out of reach. But never fear. She’s practically decimated one of my hanging plants. In fact, most of my plants have teeth marks on the leaves. There’s also teeth marks on the paper towels, on the toilet paper, on the Venetian blinds, on my shoes, on my desk clock, on my tape dispenser, on my box of Kleenex . . . need I go on? *g*

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  30. Theo, Sparky has indeed tried to latch onto that wind chime. Thankfully, it’s just out of reach. But never fear. She’s practically decimated one of my hanging plants. In fact, most of my plants have teeth marks on the leaves. There’s also teeth marks on the paper towels, on the toilet paper, on the Venetian blinds, on my shoes, on my desk clock, on my tape dispenser, on my box of Kleenex . . . need I go on? *g*

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  31. Oh dear ! I don’t know who has it worse you with your fiendish Sparky Tobasco or me with a lunatic spaniel who is slowly (did I just say slowly?) maybe quickly decimating the house!Thankyou thankyou the person who devised dog cages !!The lord and master keeps threatening to build a kennel in the garden muttering ‘well he is meant to be my gun dog and working dogs should be outside etc etc !’I very nearly agreed this morning when I forgot to close a door and in five minutes flat he had a hole in one of my favourite scarfs! I knew I should have got a cat!

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  32. Oh dear ! I don’t know who has it worse you with your fiendish Sparky Tobasco or me with a lunatic spaniel who is slowly (did I just say slowly?) maybe quickly decimating the house!Thankyou thankyou the person who devised dog cages !!The lord and master keeps threatening to build a kennel in the garden muttering ‘well he is meant to be my gun dog and working dogs should be outside etc etc !’I very nearly agreed this morning when I forgot to close a door and in five minutes flat he had a hole in one of my favourite scarfs! I knew I should have got a cat!

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  33. Oh dear ! I don’t know who has it worse you with your fiendish Sparky Tobasco or me with a lunatic spaniel who is slowly (did I just say slowly?) maybe quickly decimating the house!Thankyou thankyou the person who devised dog cages !!The lord and master keeps threatening to build a kennel in the garden muttering ‘well he is meant to be my gun dog and working dogs should be outside etc etc !’I very nearly agreed this morning when I forgot to close a door and in five minutes flat he had a hole in one of my favourite scarfs! I knew I should have got a cat!

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  34. Oh dear ! I don’t know who has it worse you with your fiendish Sparky Tobasco or me with a lunatic spaniel who is slowly (did I just say slowly?) maybe quickly decimating the house!Thankyou thankyou the person who devised dog cages !!The lord and master keeps threatening to build a kennel in the garden muttering ‘well he is meant to be my gun dog and working dogs should be outside etc etc !’I very nearly agreed this morning when I forgot to close a door and in five minutes flat he had a hole in one of my favourite scarfs! I knew I should have got a cat!

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  35. Oh dear ! I don’t know who has it worse you with your fiendish Sparky Tobasco or me with a lunatic spaniel who is slowly (did I just say slowly?) maybe quickly decimating the house!Thankyou thankyou the person who devised dog cages !!The lord and master keeps threatening to build a kennel in the garden muttering ‘well he is meant to be my gun dog and working dogs should be outside etc etc !’I very nearly agreed this morning when I forgot to close a door and in five minutes flat he had a hole in one of my favourite scarfs! I knew I should have got a cat!

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  36. Jo, I’d say you have it the worst! At least with Sparky, her antics often make me laugh. Watching her figure out how to manage the treadmill was amazing.
    But destructive dogs? Oh my. Been there. And yes, I absolutely agree with you regarding crates. I’ve always trained my dogs to the crate, and they love it. To them, it’s their den, a place to nap, a place to get away from a busy household, a place of comfort.
    As I type this, both my dogs are in their crates with the door open. They come and go at will. Right now, they’re both happily chewing on a bone. Their crates are side-by-side, and though I have them covered with blankets now that winter’s here, they can still keep each other company. I do keep the crates in the central part of the house so that they can see me if I’m in the kitchen or my office. I like their company, and they like mine. *g*

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  37. Jo, I’d say you have it the worst! At least with Sparky, her antics often make me laugh. Watching her figure out how to manage the treadmill was amazing.
    But destructive dogs? Oh my. Been there. And yes, I absolutely agree with you regarding crates. I’ve always trained my dogs to the crate, and they love it. To them, it’s their den, a place to nap, a place to get away from a busy household, a place of comfort.
    As I type this, both my dogs are in their crates with the door open. They come and go at will. Right now, they’re both happily chewing on a bone. Their crates are side-by-side, and though I have them covered with blankets now that winter’s here, they can still keep each other company. I do keep the crates in the central part of the house so that they can see me if I’m in the kitchen or my office. I like their company, and they like mine. *g*

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  38. Jo, I’d say you have it the worst! At least with Sparky, her antics often make me laugh. Watching her figure out how to manage the treadmill was amazing.
    But destructive dogs? Oh my. Been there. And yes, I absolutely agree with you regarding crates. I’ve always trained my dogs to the crate, and they love it. To them, it’s their den, a place to nap, a place to get away from a busy household, a place of comfort.
    As I type this, both my dogs are in their crates with the door open. They come and go at will. Right now, they’re both happily chewing on a bone. Their crates are side-by-side, and though I have them covered with blankets now that winter’s here, they can still keep each other company. I do keep the crates in the central part of the house so that they can see me if I’m in the kitchen or my office. I like their company, and they like mine. *g*

    Reply
  39. Jo, I’d say you have it the worst! At least with Sparky, her antics often make me laugh. Watching her figure out how to manage the treadmill was amazing.
    But destructive dogs? Oh my. Been there. And yes, I absolutely agree with you regarding crates. I’ve always trained my dogs to the crate, and they love it. To them, it’s their den, a place to nap, a place to get away from a busy household, a place of comfort.
    As I type this, both my dogs are in their crates with the door open. They come and go at will. Right now, they’re both happily chewing on a bone. Their crates are side-by-side, and though I have them covered with blankets now that winter’s here, they can still keep each other company. I do keep the crates in the central part of the house so that they can see me if I’m in the kitchen or my office. I like their company, and they like mine. *g*

    Reply
  40. Jo, I’d say you have it the worst! At least with Sparky, her antics often make me laugh. Watching her figure out how to manage the treadmill was amazing.
    But destructive dogs? Oh my. Been there. And yes, I absolutely agree with you regarding crates. I’ve always trained my dogs to the crate, and they love it. To them, it’s their den, a place to nap, a place to get away from a busy household, a place of comfort.
    As I type this, both my dogs are in their crates with the door open. They come and go at will. Right now, they’re both happily chewing on a bone. Their crates are side-by-side, and though I have them covered with blankets now that winter’s here, they can still keep each other company. I do keep the crates in the central part of the house so that they can see me if I’m in the kitchen or my office. I like their company, and they like mine. *g*

    Reply

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