Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: Memories of Sparks.

It’s difficult looking at Sparks’ photigraph still. I work at home and Sparks used to lye under my desk. She would put her head on my lap when she wanted attention and I would give her a luxurious head and neck rub. 

If Sparks remained staring at me, I knew it was time for her afternoon walk. As gracefully as a dog could, she would help me put her into her purple harness and I would connect her leash.

Sparks was with us fourteen-years. I recall thinking  a couple-of-years before she passed, that I would have to remember the moments when I rubbed her belly and she made happy sounds. I would need to think about how she cuddled into me with total trust and devotion. I would have to remember because one day she’d be gone.

It’s been awhile since Sparks left us and I haven’t had a dog to keep me company at home. 

My husband drove us to the Humane Society, one Saturday. To his excitement, we found a one-year-old dog who looked a great deal like Sparks when she was a puppy.

“What about her?”my husband asked me and I laughed.

“She’s perfect,” I said and we adopted Dakota.


Thanks to Roger Shipp for hosting the Flash Fiction Challenge.



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30 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: Memories of Sparks.”

  1. Wonderful story! It sounds like Sparks was a really special dog and companion. I know another dog can not take his place, but can certainly follow the same path and be another wonderful dog and companion and it’s so nice that the puppy looks like Sparks.

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    1. Yes you hit the nail on the head, as you often do Jessie. Sparks cannot be replaced and the main character needed time to mourn her. But a puppy is a new start, a chance to make another forever friend for her and her husband.

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  2. Aw, wonderful and sad. I know exactly what you mean, too. My cat is sick and I’m doing that same thing — reminding myself to notice and appreciate and remember all the adorable things now, before it gets worse. Saying goodbye is so terrible…

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      1. My cat is only 3 1/2, but then I thought I was about to lose her a year ago when she was first diagnosed with kidney disease, and she’s still around, so I figured it’s all “bonus” time from here on.

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      2. Yes I know — my last cat lived to be 18! But this little darling won’t, sadly. The kidney disease is terminal; they told me “a few months, maybe a year” twelve months ago. She seems to be happy and is doing well now, except for having to be hand fed ten times a day, but I’m trying to be realistic.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and commenting! Yes, the picture looks a lot your two cuties. They are beautiful. I wish I still had a dog but it’s not a good fit right now. Hoping eventually to get a cute small one 🙂

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      1. I totally understand — knowing that now is not a great time is really better for the dogs! When you have the time, space, and margin to have a dog, it’ll be a much better fit for everyone (versus stress over something that should be fun!). Sending warm thoughts!

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