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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Remembering Sparky F. Spaulding

Today is a sad day at hour house. One year ago today, my Bro, Sparky went over the Bridge.
I'm posting his biography as it was written by my Daddy:

Sparky (aka “Shrimpo”) Frosty Spaulding 1997 – March 19, 2010

Sparky passed away on March 19th at the age of 13. Sparky entered our lives on July 16, 1997 at the age of 6 months, when one of our 1st “clients” dropped him off to take care of him for 2 weeks. Ron was perhaps the 1st to hold him with love when he entered the house and from that moment on he was infatuated with Ron. The luckiest break of his young life and ours was when the client didn’t pick him up 2 weeks later and disappeared from contact. Sparky had already integrated himself into the family with his warm and lively personality and his show dog good looks and there wasn’t even a decision on whether to keep him. We renamed him Sparky due to his happy personality and his fresh start on life.

Sparky always entertained us with his funny and quirky personality. Sparky played constantly throughout his life with his sister Chi-Chi. He had great respect for his much older sibling Chupy, but would playfully attack her whenever she came in from the outside. He also loved his “Uncle” Riki Ming Toi and would amazingly hold his own when the 2 much larger Shih Tzu’s (Chi-Chi and Riki) would playfully gang up on the little guy. When Leo T. joined the family in November 2000, Sparky immediately took a fatherly liking to him, a close relationship that would remain for the rest of his life. They (Sparky, Chi-Chi and Leo) became such a close family surrounded by a circle of love. When little “Uncle” Danny G. joined their extended family in August 2009, Sparky was so patient and welcoming of him on our trips to Glenview.

As much as he loved his siblings, he lavished us with his attention and uniqueness to the point of obsession. Without any training, he would follow laser like behind Ron’s right heel and without a leash when we would go on our many walks. He was fearless with his loyalty, even following Ron into Lake Michigan and the Gulf of Mexico. If Ron was home, you could easily find Sparky at his side, on his lap, or resting on his shoulder. Sparky would sense when Ron was ready to leave the house, and would serenade him with his happy barks, nervously munch on some bits of food, and then await his return in the front window. He was so feisty when he had something in his head and wouldn’t take no for an answer.

We enjoyed many wonderful trips with him including Wisconsin Dells, Galena, Door County, Mackinaw Island, downtown Chicago, 2 trips to Florida, and many boat rides on Lake Michigan and Lake Geneva as well as the shoreline walks. He was a member of the 3 pack of “rock stars” that got attention everywhere we went, and it was he who children would always want to pick up and hold. The threesome would love their summertime visits to TCBY, where they would enjoy their yogurt together and get lavished with attention from others. He loved his days at the spa (groomer), and would somehow sense it early in the morning and follow Amalia until she would pick him up to leave.

Despite being 13, we were mesmerized by his youthful looks and personality that he retained throughout his life. His body was laid to rest at Aarrowood Pet Cemetery next to Chupy, Teddy, and Riki Ming Toi.

He will be so missed by his family, and will remain in our hearts forever.
I'm Still Here

Friend, please don't mourn for me

I'm still here, though you don't see.

I'm right by your side each night and day

and within your heart I long to stay.

My body is gone but I'm always near.

I'm everything you feel, see or hear.

My spirit is free, but I'll never depart

as long as you keep me alive in your heart.

I'll never wander out of your sight-

I'm the brightest star on a summer night.

I'll never be beyond your reach-

I'm the warm moist sand when you're at the beach.

I'm the colorful leaves when fall comes around

and the pure white snow that blankets the ground.

I'm the beautiful flowers of which you're so fond,

The clear cool water in a quiet pond.

I'm the first bright blossom you'll see in the spring,

The first warm raindrop that April will bring.

I'm the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine,

and you'll see that the face in the moon is mine.

When you start thinking there's no one to love you,

you can talk to me through the Lord above you.

I'll whisper my answer through the leaves on the trees,

and you'll feel my presence in the soft summer breeze.

I'm the hot salty tears that flow when you weep

and the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep.

I'm the smile you see on a baby's face.

Just look for me, friend, I'm everyplace!

Author Unknown

Thank you for your time,

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Inspirational Message ~ The Seed Of Love

OMD! I have been MIA for TWO weeks... Cannot believe my Yorkie eyes!

Neeko is baaaaaack with a pawsome message :o)

Some of you may know that I belong to the YorkieBrigade Chapel and this past Sunday, I had the honor of being a guest speaker again.

Anyone is welcome to join by clicking here

With the permission of Gorgeous Mary-Margaret, our Chaplain, I'm posting the pawsome service:

(Sent out Sunday Morning at 12:30AM for any early rising members in Labrador, Greenland and Brazil)

Good morning, everyone. Welcome to Chapel on this, our fifth week of Sunday Inspirational Messages. We have a return guest at the all know him as the dashing, the charming and the irrepressible Neeko. Today he speaks to us in his professional capacity as Neeko S. Spaulding, PhD. Please give him a warm welcome.....


(cheers, applause applause....excited whispers among the parishioners...gradually quieting down as Dr. Spaulding approaches the microphone)

Hello all :o)

Pawsome Thanks for having Meee as your guest speaker on this Blessed Sunday.
I would like to give gracious thanks to our wonderful Chaplain, Gorgeous Mary-Margaret, for making our beautiful gathering possible.

Today, I am going to share my thoughts about Love and I would like to start with a quote from the Bible:
“Love is patient; Love is kind and envies no one.
Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude; never selfish, not quick to take offense. There is nothing Love cannot face; there is no limit to its faith, its hope, and endurance. In a word, there are three things that last forever: faith, hope, and Love; but the greatest of them all is Love.”

The way I see it, is that when we are born, God plants the seed of Love in our hearts.
For that seed to grow, it has to be nurtured.
I'm so blessed to have Pawrents, Family members and Friends that shower Meee with Love so my seed of Love grows with each passing day.
When one is showered with Love, one can return that Love into the lives of others making them feel important and special.
By doing this we can make our world a better place.
The magical thing about being Loved is that we can overcome anything that life "throws" our way.
You know you are Loved when no matter how many mistakes you may go thru, the person that Loves you the most is always there with encouraging words and positive attitude.
Some may think that nobody Loves them when all they need to know, is that God always Loves us unconditionally. He is our Creator and He is always by our side. The depth of God's Love cannot be measured.
The beauty of it is that God always sends the right people into our lives to shower us with His Love.
When we are Loved we have that inner peace that is so important in our lives. It gives us tranquility to feel that everything is going to be alright. It gives us the patience to understand why things are happening the way they do. It gives us the power to not take offense when somebody is having a bad day.
I would like to conclude with Don Juan de Marco's quote:
"There are four questions of value in life... What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only Love."
May you always feel Loved so your seed of Love never stops growing ♥

(more applause....respectful yet enthusiastic)

(Mary-Margaret approaches the pulpit and stops Dr. Spaulding before he can leave)

Thank you so much for your wonderful Inspirational Message, Dr. Spaulding.
The Ladies of the Leather Collar have voted to present you with this lovely engraved circular tag to be added to your neckpiece - the YorkieBrigade Chapel "Sit, Stay and Speak" award. Note that it's engraved with your name "Neeko S. Spaulding" on the back side. This is the first ever award of this kind commissioned by the Ladies of the Leather Collar and is quite an honor.

(Dr. Spaulding blushes and finds himself speechless, but the smile on his face says it all for him)

We truly appreciate you, Dr. Spaulding, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to address us, and to remind us what friendship and love are all about.
Coffee and Danish will be served in the garden in the Chez de le Chien, courtesy of the Fachsie Dachsie Brownie troop #411.
Please turn to your neighbors and wag your tails as a sign of peace.
Bingo and potluck in the community center Thursday at 7:00PM. Don't forget to set your clocks forward next weekend or you'll be late to Chapel.
Volunteer speakers are being recruited and everyone is encouraged to share their story or present us with an Inspirational Message. The more we give to our community, the more our community will give back.
The congregation that prays together, stays together.
Blessings and see you next Sunday....

Mary-Margaret O'Brien
Lt. Chaplain - Yorkie Brigade Chapel
"Yorkie prayers are Angel's wishes!"
"Pups for PPL"
"A dog has lots of friends because he wags his tail and not his tongue." Anonymous

I'm incredibly humbled by receiving the YorkieBrigade Chapel "Sit, Stay and Speak" award :o)
My good friend Miss Sugar from Sugar's Paw House, agreed to make the circular tag for Meee :o)
Pawsome Thanks, Miss Sugar!