Hanging out with Sparky

A month or so ago, my wife, who volunteers with one of the area Boxer rescue groups, called and told me that there was a boxer she wanted us to foster for a bit.   She said he was in a shelter, had been literally dropped off by his owners in the street in front of the shelter and had an abscessed tooth.

She goes to pick him up and then took him to the group’s vet.  Turns out the abscessed tooth was a benign cancerous growth, right on his front lip.  It was about the size of a golf ball.  After several vet visits, it was determined that they could indeed remove the growth, but that they’d also have to remove his lower jaw, and part of his tongue.  And that’s surely no way to live.

So, a foster opportunity turned into basically a hospice care for this dog, an older, very well trained Boxer.

For whatever reason, he bonded pretty quickly to me, and he follows me around everywhere.  Knowing his time is drawing to an end soon, I’ve been giving him lots of attention, pets, and treats.  He’s a really, really good dog and I’d like nothing else than to spend 5 minutes in a dark alley with his irresponsible owners who just dumped him off.

I’ve taken to bringing him out in the front yard with me when I get home, letting him get a break from the other dogs and just getting to look and smell at stuff from a different vantage point.  He’s very well trained, will sit, stay, get down, and shake on command.  He LOVES people and just has to be close to you.

It’s a damn shame.

Sparky

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~ by Derrick Birdsall on June 11, 2010.

7 Responses to “Hanging out with Sparky”

  1. He’ll be with my Dobie, Tawni, running and playing up at Rainbow Bridge waiting for us one day. Good job DB. You’re doing God’s work.

    AP

  2. Thanks Albert.

  3. Oh, such a sad (yet, sweet) story. You and your wife are good people (me and hubby would do the exact same thing). Just know you are giving Sparky the best days of his life, showing him so much love. You have a mighty big heart there, Derrick. You just earned MUCHO respect points in my book! Hugs (to Sparky, of course. 😉 )

  4. Good show. It’s wonderful that Sparky will live out his days in a caring home. Thanks for passing that on.

  5. You and your wife are awesome for giving Sparky the love and care he deserves during the remainder of his time here. I love Boxers but have a special fondness for Greyhounds. We’ve given forever homes to two greys – one was a retired racer, the other dumped locally (grrr).
    As for the photo, I like the perspective and composition. Nice work.

  6. thanks all – gonna be a tough couple of weeks or so….

  7. […] Sparky was the wonderful Boxer that we had been fostering for the last few months.  As I mentioned in my previous post about Sparky, he had cancer on his lower jaw, and it was just a matter of time. […]

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