My good friend Sparky passed away yesterday
Sparky was born about fifteen years ago to a pair of beagles who purportedly were good rabbit dogs. His master named him Sparky, a name that has stuck with him throughout the years.
When Sparky was a couple of years old my uncle was looking for a rabbit dog and acquired him. After a couple of seasons of hunting rabbits without Sparky taking one bunny track, Herman was ready to try a new dog and passed him on the my parents.
When my elderly beagle Buck passed in January of ’03 dad suggested that I take Sparky for he really didn’t do much other than feed him. Soon we had ‘Ole Sparky totally spoiled. Any time we stepped outdoors Sparky would watch us intently, if we so much as moved in his direction he was at the end of his chain barking and bawling hoping for a treat and a pat on the head.
As the years took their toll his eyes began to glaze, his vision became bad and his hearing worse but he still welcomed me home each evening with his beautiful beagle bellows. Now the end has come and we miss our friend.
Image by Chad Oneil Myers, October 2007
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