O-NCC, TN-E, S-TN-N, OAC, EJC, WV-N, RS-N, JV-N
Sparky is a Siberian Husky mix rescued in late 1998 at 10 months of age from a home that was just too busy to pay attention to him. He is still as smart and perfect as the day he came home. Sparky was a handful at first; he never came when called and constantly escaped such that we frequently had to chase after him in stocking feet regardless of the season! He had no use for humans whatsoever and simply could not be motivated by the usual means. One of our very first obedience instructors once told me, "You might try giving him up and finding a dog you can actually train." But when Sparky discovered agility he became a happier, more obedient husky. He competes in NADAC and ASCA agility and has numerous titles.
Sparky never had an interest in tennis balls; he always believed retrieving was beneath him. When he was almost 8 years old I began in earnest to teach him to retrieve a tennis ball - no easy task! Eventually, with a little patience and a lot of cat food (Sparky's favorite treat) I taught Sparky to happily run to the box and bring me the tennis ball. His success was short-lived; at 10 years old Sparky retired from flyball (and most agility) due to a damaged cranial cruciate ligament in his right rear leg.
Sparky lives happily with his littler sister, Tanner, little brother, Zoom, and three cats. Lots of great dogs like Sparky end up homeless due to "behavioral issues" but that is not necessary. Open your heart to a rescue dog, establish a solid relationship through positive training and love, and you'll have the joy of living with the best dog you've ever loved.
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