This is my dog, Sparky! He’s a Boston Terrier / Shih Tzu / Chihuahua mix, and he’s three years old.
I had wanted a dog for a very long time. After my beloved pet rabbit, Indy, died, there was an empty place in my heart that could only be filled by another pet. After much consideration, I finally decided that I wanted a dog, and I began looking for the perfect match.
After a few weeks of searching, I found Sparky in an online classified ad. Sparky was around three months old when I met him, and as soon as I saw him, I knew that he was the one I had been looking for.
He didn’t like the car ride home and sat, frightened and motionless, in my arms. When we got home, he met my family’s other two dogs, who weren’t really sure what to think about him.
From there on, my bond with Sparky grew and grew, and continues to grow even today. Sparky is the most endearing, sweetest, cutest dog ever (yes, I know we all think our pets are the cutest ones ever).
Sparky loves eating, sleeping, snuggling next to me in bed, playing with stuffed toys, chewing on rawhides, taking his beloved stuffed toys outside with him, going for walks, getting treats, wearing the sweaters I crochet for him, and getting hugs. Well, sometimes he seems embarrassed when I hug him, but secretly, he loves being loved. His very favorite game is find the food, where I take pieces of his kibble and hide it amongst his blankets and toys. Some of his favorite treats are pita chips, peanut butter pretzels, peanuts, and potato chips.
Every day, I am amazed by how much I love Sparky, and how much he loves me. I think pets are important to people because they love their humans unconditionally, and in return, teach us how to love unconditionally as well. They are there for us when no one else is, they accept us for who we are and what we do, and no matter what, they are always there to remind us of how wonderful life is when you share it with someone else.