Sparky the Dog
From his foster mom, May 19, 2017
We received Sparky April 6, 2017, from Madison Heights Animal Control. His owner had contacted them saying his family was having medical problems and couldn't keep him anymore. His birthday is February 10, 2013, making him 4 years old. He is a white poodle mix and weighs about 21 pounds. Sparky has a great smile with an adorable under-bite. One tooth on the bottom is tinted orange; probably from the food his owners fed him. Look in the photos; I think you'll be able to see it.
Sparky had not been vaccinated since he was a puppy, and he had not been neutered. He is now up-to-date on his vaccinations as well as micro-chipped and neutered. Looking at his past vet records, it appears he had a dental cleaning done February 7, 2014.
He also had not been groomed in a long time (see photos), so he went April 12, 2017. The groomers had an extremely difficult time with him. It took 3 of them, and a muzzle, to groom him, and they were not able to do his face and feet, (which were done the following Monday when he was neutered and micro-chipped). His groomers said they had never seen a reaction as bad as his was, and they groom a LOT of rescue dogs. He was even doing "crocodile rolls". They were very concerned about his stress level. He was very happy to see me when I picked him up; he could see me when I walked in and immediately started wagging his tail.
And he did not do well when he was micro-chipped and neutered at our vet. They had a very difficult time and ended up having to really drug him. He was extremely glad to see me when I picked him up; I held him in my lap for a good 10 minutes before we left. (As with all critters who are difficult at their vet, Sparky is now "red flagged" at ours.) He was very traumatized. The next day, I had a very difficult time getting him to come out of his crate, and then getting him to go outside. It took him about 2 weeks to get back to his normal self.
Sparky has actually been having a really good time at my house. When I first brought him here, he seemed to think he was on a big adventure. He didn't seem confused or stressed or depressed, like many dogs do when they lose their homes. He did NOT want to be crated, and still doesn't like it, but is much better about it, especially when bribes (treats) are involved.
He's eating good food now, Costco's Kirkland brand, ½ cup 3 times a day. At first he wasn't eating much; maybe his junk food tasted better. But now he has a very healthy appetite. My dogs are crated when I feed them (to eliminate potential drama), so Sparky has learned that good things can happen in a crate.
My dogs are also crated when I'm not at home, but I find that I can trust Sparky (unlike my own dogs) when I'm gone. So he has the privilege of not having to be crated when I'm gone. He is crated at bedtime; treats are his incentive to go in.
He loves sitting on the built-in bench in front of my picture window. He is one of those "annoying" dogs that warns anyone walking by that he is guarding the house, so they should just keep on walking. He also loves to sit on the first shelf of the cat tree, also in front of the same window. (See photo.)
Sparky loves, loves, loves being outside in my backyard. He used to be quite reluctant to come in, but he's fine now.
He gets along very well with my 2 ten year old Cocker Spaniels (a boy and a girl) and my fifteen year old Shih Tzu (boy). Because he is feeling more at home here, he is starting to chase my cats, where at first he pretty much ignored them.
Sparky should NOT be adopted to a home with young children. He has some very bad manners, what I call puppy-like behavior. He gets overly excited, he is not a good listener, he playfully tries to nip my heels in the house when I'm walking, he runs from me when I need to crate him (it's a big game), he demands my attention by continually pawing my legs, he has not yet learned that no means no and stop means stop, he tries to play-bite my hand, etc.
He's a HORRIBLE walker on a leash. He is SO EXCITED to be going for a walk that I have to wait until he calms down to get the harness on him. (I've had dogs pull out of collars.) When walking, he really, really pulls. I keep him on a very short leash.
Sparky needs an owner who is patient but very firm. He will "walk all over" someone who gives in to him and that WILL cause problems. I would highly suggest that he take a dog-training course. He needs to learn good, appropriate manners.
He also needs an owner who is quite active and has a lot of energy. He loves attention and hugs. He is SO HAPPY WHEN I COME HOME!!! He will also ask for attention from me when I'm sitting down, by putting his front paws on my lap. He brings toys to me to throw and will bring them back continuously. Right now, he's sharing my chair with me, taking the back half.
Also, Sparky is not a dog that will take kindly to being grabbed by his collar to make him do or not do something. When I first brought him home, I always gave him some good petting first, when I needed him to do something he didn't want to do. Since I had no idea what his life was like before moving in with me, I didn't want to make him too anxious.
It is very important to me that potential adopters know the good and the bad about the critter they want to adopt. I want my fosters to have happily-ever-after endings. Sparky can only be adopted by an experienced dog owner.
If you would like to set up a meet and greet, please complete our online adoption application form on our website: www.paawarren.org
The adoption fee includes heartworm test, current vaccines, spay/neuter and microchip!
The adoption fee is $200.