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 Sparkie “Doodle” Skaggs

Sparkie “Doodle” Skaggs

Fishers, Hamilton County, Indiana, USA
Death 5 Nov 2006 (aged 1)
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Burial Non-Cemetery Burial
Memorial ID 16484967 · View Source
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Sparkie was the youngest member of our family. My husband brought him home in October 2005, he belonged to one of our friends and needed a new home. He had the sweetest personality, and loved to play for hours at a time. He and I shared the chore of house training and he was so good about it and learned very quickly. We spoiled him a little because he was so sweet. The first winter that he was here, I layed one of my husband's coveralls on the floor, and Sparky quickly made a bed out of it. He always slept on my side of the bed, though, he was "Daddy's Dog", he was "Mommy's Baby".

He bonded very quickly with our family but was closest to my husband. Every night when my husband came home from work, he would climb up on the couch and lay with him, and in the winter, would climb under the blanket with him. He would lay his head on my husbands shoulder and sleep. During the day, Sparkie would tell me all about how he wanted to play. A friend of mine, bought him this rubber chicken, and at first he appeared to be terrified of it. I finally got tired of it laying there on the floor, so I threw it out in the back yard, Sparkie was so funny with it. He ran out in the back yard and began hitting it with his nose, causing the silly thing to squeak, he then would throw it up in the air, and run around with it, he even took it over to the fence to show it to his friends next door, two more dogs). He would play with it for hours.

I had never had a Beagle before. He hunted absolutely everything including chickens, moles, squirrels, chipmunks, and anything at all that came across his path. I never saw him kill anything, but he loved to chase them. Although Sparkie loved to play with the animals outside, he loved our cat, Lavender. She would rub on his legs and chest and purr from the time that we got him. Sparkie would in turn give her a bath. He bonded very quickly to our other dog, Sweetie, and slowly became her newest baby, in the long line of those that she had claimed as her own before.

On the morning of November 5th someone left our back gate open, and Sparkie went for a walk in the neighborhood when my husband let him out to go potty at 4 am. About 8:30 the man who lives a few houses down from us, who has a doggie door, said that Sparkie had come in for a visit, trying to wake him up to play with him, but when the man saw what time it was, he told him to go home (Sparkie had visited him many times before when we first got him, we did not know that the fence in our yard was not connected in 3 places, and he would go for walks all of the time until we discovered the problem and repaired the fence). We had called him and whistled for him for hours, but then I walked out in the backyard and discovered the gate open, and began to panic.

About 9:00 I went looking for him, and I even went to the man's house with the doggie door, but no one answered. I called him, and drove around the neighborhood for hours. I finally decided to call the Dog Pound to see if he had been picked up, even though I knew that if they had him, that they would not call me until Monday, at least I would know if they did). While I was driving around again later, I got a call from them on my answering machine, stating that someone had called in an injured animal near my location, but by the time that they go there, the animal was gone.

I decided to call the emergency animal hospitals in the area to find out if he had been brought in, and I finally found him about 3:00 p.m. I called the closest animal hospital, and they did have a beagle brought in that morning and that he was deceased. They told me that he had been hit by a car 19 blocks from my home, though I am convinced that he is the same animal that was hit on our street. I asked them if we could come and see if it was our baby and they agreed to allow us to do so. Because my husband didn't know how badly he was hurt, he would not let me go in to the room, but when he went in the room, he knew it was him and came out to tell me. He said that he was on an examination table wrapped in a blanket, and looked as if he was sleeping. They told us that they would take care of him. We would truly like to thank them for their generosity in both taking care of our baby and in allowing us to see our Sparkie for the last time.

I would also like to thank the person who took him to the hospital and made all the frantic calls to get him taken care of so that he did not lay in the road and die alone.


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