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Getting Sparked By My Sparky!

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Saturday, September 07, 2013



I adopted Sparky at the end of January of this year... and he has become like my child lol. I wish I could take credit for his awesome name, but it was already his name from his previous owners who could no longer keep him. If that wasn't a sign that he was meant to be my fur baby, I don't know what is. emoticon

Since then he has kept me accountable with our daily walks. On the days I work my brother or mom come over and make sure he gets his walk. So he knows, come 9-11 pm, someone will be there to take him for his walk. He also can sense when I might be getting lazy, because he will make sure to whimper if it's approaching 11pm and we haven't left yet. He gently reminds me that it's time to get off my tush! emoticon

Sparky eats in the afternoon when I wake up (since I work nights), and if I sleep in a little late he is patient to a point, and then if I push it too far, he let's me know that he's hungry. He gets excited to eat, he loves his food, he wags his tail and he gets to his bowl and he chows down. But his daily walk is the world to him. If he even begins to think I might be flaking, he will let me know, and get all crazy. One day he walked right over to his leash, sniffs it, as if he was saying "It's still here, so what's the problem?!"

So I am trying to take a page out of Sparky's book. I can like to eat, I can thoroughly enjoy it, I can eat yummy things and then move on with my day. But the real adventure is the ACTIVITY. It's more fun, it gets us moving, our hearts pumping, and we have a great sense of pride and accomplishment after we complete it!

For someone who was/is an emotional eater (and still battle it today), it was a huge thing to me to take a step back and realize that food doesn't need to be the highlight to my day. There is so much more to life than just the food, and the feeling I get after I take him for a walk or do my exercise can not compete with the momentary happiness from eating any food. Don't get me wrong, I still love food and I always will, but I've been embracing that and cooking some healthier options and really experimenting with what I want to eat. Yesterday I made a steak sandwich that was to die for. emoticon

So let's all take a lead from Sparky emoticon and get out there and be active today, and let's enjoy it while we're at it! emoticon


^Sparky if he doesn't get his walk. emoticon
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TERRIJ7 2/16/2014 12:03AM

    Good for you---and good for Sparky!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 9/23/2013 9:18AM

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WHITEANGEL4 9/19/2013 3:33PM

    Loved the story of Sparky. Sparky helps keep you accountable and that makes him a special spark friend

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ALIDOSHA 9/18/2013 5:53PM

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BABIESTEPS 9/12/2013 9:47PM

    Loved this story! Good for you for realizing that food doesn't have to be the highlight of your day! So happy you and Sparky found each other! I really was meant to be!
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ILIKETOZUMBA 9/11/2013 10:22AM

    LOL how cute!! He seems like a sweet boy, and what a little motivator he is! :) I'm so glad you guys found each other.

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JUSGETTENBY42 9/9/2013 9:28PM

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BEEANDHAM 9/9/2013 12:58PM

    Fur babies are the best! Wish I could take my cat out for a jog. :)

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SIMONEKP 9/9/2013 7:27AM

    Nice dog, I use to have a ton of pets but my allergies were out of control so they had to go.

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DALMOM2007 9/9/2013 6:02AM

    Your dog is adorable!

Yesterday, my dog was persistanct and got me out there to meet my dialy and weekly walking goals. What would we do without our lil' furry personal trainers? emoticon

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SALLYLEE84 9/8/2013 10:21PM

    Man have your dog and my dog been talking? Because he will totally cut me if he doesn't get his walk. emoticon But yes we can definitely learn a lot from our fur-babies! emoticon emoticon

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JAMER123 9/8/2013 9:59PM

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Good blog, Steph. Love your Sparky!!

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SUSIEMT 9/8/2013 9:48PM

    Good blog Steph!

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ROCKYCPA 9/8/2013 9:36PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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DRTOVAH 9/8/2013 9:17PM

  thanks for sharing your pet with us!

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JSEATTLE 9/8/2013 9:12PM

  Love your Sparky!!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 9/8/2013 8:59PM

    Sparky is 1 emoticon pet

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CHARTHESTAR 9/8/2013 8:57PM

    Dogs are wonderful!

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LIVELYGIRL2 9/8/2013 8:05PM

  Don't anyone hit me, but dogs can take walks better than cats.I think they are more enthusiastic for this purpose, and it's great to have a buddy that helps you want to exercise. emoticon

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NJPRINCESS9091 9/8/2013 7:48PM

    Great post! I have two furry babies and they keep me from being lazy too. They add so much joy to my life, as Sparky does to yours.

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JOANNHUNT 9/8/2013 7:17PM

    AWESOME. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

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NEWTINK 9/8/2013 6:03PM

    aww sparky is precious ... good attitude on the eating and activity emoticon

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LCRUMLEY81 9/8/2013 4:39PM

  pets are the best.

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DIANNEMT 9/8/2013 4:25PM

    Great message!! Wish I could get hubby excited about "activity" instead of food.

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MARYJEANSL 9/8/2013 4:14PM

  There's nothing like having a dog to love! And mine always gets her walk too - if it weren't for her, I would get no exercise at all.

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PATRICIAANN46 9/8/2013 4:12PM

  There is nothing like a wonderful dog companion to keep you moving. I had two of them up to a week ago. Not only do they keep you moving, but they make the moving enjoyable for both of you. emoticon

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MRSRIGS1 9/8/2013 2:59PM

    Sounds like Sparky will be your biggest cheerleader! emoticon

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NASFKAB 9/8/2013 11:37AM

  beautifully put

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IDICEM 9/8/2013 11:19AM

  So wonderful that you found Sparky!
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NEPTUNE1939 9/8/2013 11:07AM

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GARDENCHRIS 9/8/2013 11:05AM

    cute blog!

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CICELY360 9/8/2013 10:23AM

  Good blog

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MONTREAL12 9/8/2013 10:08AM

  Great realization in terms of "food, not being the high-light of our day" sometimes it just seems that way; because we make it so! emoticon

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GOOSIEMOON 9/8/2013 9:54AM

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HALO1015 9/8/2013 8:55AM

  My Halo the Wonder Dog is the same way. We have a walking schedule and we stick to it EVERY day!! emoticon

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SHOAPIE 9/8/2013 8:49AM

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DJSHIP46 9/8/2013 8:48AM

    I have three little dogs and one of them really doesn't need to or like to take a walk... but I need to take a page out of Sparky's book to and start making sure the other two get to walk each day... Thanks for the gentle nudge!!!

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SHERYLP461 9/8/2013 8:09AM

    Sounds like Sparky needs a big reward for all he has done to help!

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GLORYB2014 9/8/2013 7:51AM

    Our pets are our children and can also be our exercise buddy. Sparky is a beautiful dog and it's great that he loves his walks with you!

"Spark On", both of you!
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PENOWOK 9/8/2013 7:36AM

    He sure looks like a sweetheart! I love your lesson from him-you can enjoy your food AND you love to move!!

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SANDYCRANE 9/8/2013 7:31AM

    Great dog. You two were meant for each other.


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TRYINGHARD54 9/8/2013 7:25AM

    good for sparky... :-)

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BESSHAILE 9/8/2013 7:02AM

    Nothin like a dog to get us up and at 'em. In fact - I wish I could be as wonderful as my dog thinks I am.

I love the picture of him sitting in your lap.

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WATERDIAMONDS 9/8/2013 6:54AM

    Now that's terrific. You're helping a dog by giving him a home and he's helping you be leading you toward better health. What perfect synergy!

Thank you for sharing this blog.

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MIMIDOT 9/8/2013 6:33AM

    Sparky seems to have lived up to his mane by sparking you. Great blog!


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