Roberta's Las Vegas Real Estate Blog: Sparky of Fabulous Las Vegas

Sparky of Fabulous Las Vegas

I know I have mentioned  my diving Jack Russell dog, Sparky.  I am finally going to officially introduce her. She lived in an abusive situation for several years before she came to live with us about 4 years ago.  She is 8 ½ years old and full of fun!  She has some issues from the abuse but is a very happy, spoiled, little girl now.  She had a health problem about a year ago. She had a cancerous tumor removed from her hind leg, but  has recovered from it nicely. Unfortunately, she does have to have surgery this Tuesday to remove her anal gland because it keeps getting infected.  The vet says it should be an easy procedure and will correct the problem.

 

Sparky loves anything that involves play.  In the summer, we swim together everyday and her really cool trick is that she dives to the bottom of the pool to retrieve toy torpedos.   We don't really think that she likes to swim because she never just goes into the pool unless there is play involved.  She will dive on to my kids and their friends if they are being wild and if they are under the water too long, she will try to "rescue" them by digging with her front paws (while still swimming) and biting their hair to get them above the water. She is lots of fun and very entertaining.  Of course, she reminds me everyday that it is time to go into the pool.  This summer, we finally bought an underwater camera so that we could capture all her tricks.  Make sure you check out the you tube video. It is amazing!  

 

 

In the colder months, when we can't use the pool,  we take her on long walks through our neighborhood or in the park.  At the park, she likes to look for the ducks in the pond and she loves to chase the birds.

  

Every evening, after dinner, we have a game of balls that we play where we keep 2 balls away from her by throwing them back and forth, similar to monkey in the middle (with her being the monkey).  When she gets the balls, she keeps both and we try to get them off of her.  Again, she reminds me when it is time to walk or play with the balls.  She has me well trained.

 

Since we moved to Las Vegas from Pittsburgh PA, we have lots of friends that come to visit.  Everybody is entertained by Sparky and wants us to send them pictures and videos of her.  So, my husband put together a website for Sparky and also to answer everyone's travel questions about Las Vegas.  Sparky has gone global with her website!  Seems that it is unusual for Jack Russell to dive under the water.  We almost had a plane full of Japanese tourists come to visit Sparky, but their trip got cancelled.  I'm not sure how our homeowners association would have felt about us conducting a show in our backyard!

 

I hope you enjoyed the videos and website of Sparky.  We have lots of fun with her and love to share her tricks with everyone.  She is a very special dog and she knows it!

 

If you are interested in relocating to Las Vegas or would like information on Las Vegas real estate, please email me roberta@search4lasvegashomes.com  or call me at 702-354-8988.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Comment balloon 25 commentsRoberta LaRocca • January 27 2008 06:24PM

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This is TOO much fun for words!  Everyone should checkout Sparky's website and mySpace page.  I have not laughed that hard in a while.  Next time I get to Vegas I am going to visit her.  What a wonderful pup! 

Have you started planning her Bat Mitzvah yet... only 4 years to go!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 10 years ago
What a great video. She sure does have the torpedo retreival thing down pat.  I had to laugh at the "...she has me well trained...' comment.  Boy, if that's not the true measure of a spoiled dog I don't know what is.
Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) over 10 years ago
Hello I hve a Jack russel also and he was a Xmas eve rescue of sorts.  They are active little guys aren't they?
Posted by Gayle Balaban, E. TN Waterfront Real Estate (The Best Spot Realty/Waterfront Real Estate/Ooltewah Real E) over 10 years ago
Roberta, your Sparky certainly doesn't qualify for Letterman's stupid pet tricks! That is one amazing dog! I love the video and what an incredible dog you've got there.
Posted by Linda Scanlan (A Fan of AR) over 10 years ago

Steve: Glad you enjoyed Sparky. She is a lot of fun and enjoys visitors, especially during swimming season.

Jesse & Kathy:  She sure is good at retrieving those torpedos and she will keep doing it as long as you do!  Yes, she is a spoiled little dog.

Gayle: Oh yes, Jack's can be very active.  Sparky is calm for a Jack but full of energy.  Good luck with your Jack.

Linda:  She is amazing.  Thanks for checking out her video.

Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 10 years ago
Roberta- What a cool dog. What a diver! I think the website is great, how funny!
Posted by Mark Horan, "The Resident Chef" - Resident Team Realty LLC & (Resident Team Realty, LLC & Toni's Property Management LLC) over 10 years ago

Sparky is amazing! I just emailed the video to my sister in Calif who has a Jack Russell she will love it!

http://activerain.com/blogsview/355283/Sparky-of-Fabulous-Las

Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) over 10 years ago

Mark:  She is a great diver!

Charles: I'm sure your sister will enjoy the video.

Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Roberta, Sparky is fabulous.  Hutch's sport was to go mountain biking with me and my husband everyday  day after work.  we would ride for miles.  He is a great breed for that because he could keep up and always stayed with us.  I don't think Hutch would be into torpedo diving, we will leave that to Sparky!

Thanks for sharing!

Audrey

Posted by Audrey June-Forshey, GRI, Gaithersburg, MD (RE/MAX Realty Services) over 10 years ago
The video of Sparky was quite entertaining.  The music was awesome-glad you gave us the song info at the end.  I really wanted to go to Las Vegas this year and it doesn't look like that will happen-please stop reminding me how warm and fun Vegas is ;)
Posted by Jennifer Esposito (JenRan Realty, LLC) over 10 years ago
Hi Roberta, I've never seen a dog website before, cute.  Sparky looks like a real joy to have in your lives. Dora
Posted by Dora Baycroft (Royal LePage Prince George) over 10 years ago

Audrey: I guess every dog has his or her own hobby.  Thanks for visiting.

Jennifer:  Glad you enjoyed the video and music.  Sorry you can't make it to Vegas this year.

 Dora:  I think you'd be surprised just how many there are. The page was made for friends and family, but we started hearing from dog lovers all over the world, and so many have their own sites. In Japan I think everyone has them. In the US there's also quite a few, plus Dogster, and I just looked and they have 363,860.   Sparky received an invite to post one there

Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 10 years ago

My kids loved Sparky and want to know how we can train our dog to do that, they would love to take her in the pool. Thanks for the laugh and I'm glad the dog has got you so trained.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 10 years ago
Sparky looks a lot like my rat terrier, Rico!  What a cutie!
Posted by Audrey Hoffman, VoteAudrey (VoteAudrey blog) over 10 years ago

Todd:  Funny thing is, we did not train her to do that trick.  She loves to play so much, that one day she just went to the bottom of the pool and retrieved the torpedo.  She has been doing it ever since.  I'm glad your kids enjoyed her video.

Audrey:  Thanks for stopping by.  I think she's a cutie too!

Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 10 years ago
How did Sparky learn to swim and dive so well? I bet she is trully happy you are her person, it seems she has (as you say) will trained. Sparky swim better than a few of my friends, cool vidio.
Posted by Kevin Hollingsworth, Kevin Hollingsworth Newport Beach Realtor/Notary (MJC Realty Inc.) over 10 years ago
Kevin:  Sparky is a great swimmer and diver and I'm sure she is happy that I am her person!   I explained in my response to Todd (above) how she started swimming) 
Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Hey Roberta...what a fun post and a great pet.

Idea for a follow up-localism post: Animal shelter to take in abused pets.

Posted by Jolynne Photography, Creative Wedding Photography, Family Portraits, Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, Senior Pictures, Event Photography (Jolynne Photography) over 10 years ago
Joey:  I'm glad you enjoyed the post!  Great idea for a follow up!  Thanks!
Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 10 years ago
Roberta you have a special pup!!  I suspect I'll probably be passing on a JRT though.  The boys keep me going.  I was worn out just reading about her days on her website!! 
Posted by Sandy Noll, Real Estate Team From Mill Creek to Mercer Island ((RSVP Real Estate) 425.890.0878) over 10 years ago
Sandy:  She is special and lots of fun!  JRT's do require a lot of work and dedication.  If you can't give that to them, it just won't work.  Maybe when your boys get bigger and you are bored, you can get one.
Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 10 years ago
That sounds like a good idea.  To help keep me young!!
Posted by Sandy Noll, Real Estate Team From Mill Creek to Mercer Island ((RSVP Real Estate) 425.890.0878) over 10 years ago

Sparky is a great swimmer. It seems she is a fantastic dog too. How is she now? Did she had the procedure done? I hope she is doing fine. 


Posted by Griselda Tealdo-Perez, REALTOR®, e-Pro, GRI, TRC (Coldwell Banker Real Estate) over 10 years ago
This is incredible!!!!!! Might justify a summer visit to LV to see it in person
Posted by Jennifer Allan (Jennifer Allan, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Sandy:  A JRT would definitely keep you young!

Griselda: Sparky is a great swimmer and a wonderful dog! Thanks for asking about her surgery.  She is doing great now!  She had her check-up yesterday and seems to be healing just fine.  We still have to take it easy with her which does not make her happy.  She is ready to play, play, play! 

Jennifer:  You would enjoy seeing her swim in person!  She is very entertaining!

Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 10 years ago

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