Davi Interviews Jacksonville’s Cutest Pet: Sparky the Wonder Dog

Humble mutts are rarely in the spotlight, but that hasn’t stopped them from becoming remarkable pets or being selected as Jacksonville’s Cutest Pet.

Sparky, described by many as a “wonder dog”, came to The Jacksonville Humane Society in 2007. He survived the streets, the shelter fire of 2007, and the whole shelter life experience before being adopted by a loving family in 2016. Now, he is living his best life in a cozy home with lots of adventure and affection.

Davi: Hi Sparky! In three words, sum up your life.

Sparky: Life is good.


Tell me something about yourself that most people don’t know.

I’m 15 years old. When people see me, they think I’m still a puppy. Ha, that’s a joke!  Oh, and I rarely bark. Instead, I make this “ARH ARH ARH” grunt, sort of like Chewbacca, but it’s less threatening and way cuter.


Wow, you look great for your age! So, what was your life like before you found your new home?

Supposedly, I was found on the streets and then spent time in the shelter while waiting for my forever home.


Do you have any special talents?

I can hear people even think about opening Tupperware from across the room or eating in the kitchen, no matter how quiet they try to be. When it comes to food, I’m all ears. Pure talent, I tell you!


I can totally relate to “all ears” and food! Do you have a favorite toy?

Nope. My humans have tried giving me toys, but I just look at them like “What is this? What am I supposed to do with this?” My motto is “if I can’t eat it, then I don’t want it.” Oh, and I don’t play catch either. It’s just not my thing. I suppose I don’t fit the typical dog stereotype. I’m not basic.


Speaking of eats, what foods do you crave most often?

Any roasted meat, especially chicken! Yum! And don’t even get me started on the smell. OMG, it’s like heaven! I mean, I have never been to heaven but that’s what I imagine it would be.


If you had the world’s attention for 10 seconds, what would you say?

I could talk about world peace, but that would take more than 10 seconds. Besides, this is about me! Generically speaking, I’d say “adopt, don’t shop”. There are so many shelter dogs, like me, in need of a good home. Adopting a shelter animal is worth it, I promise. Where else can you find the perfect combo of unconditional love and companionship?


That was a barking good answer! What has been your biggest challenge in life so far?

Surviving the devastating Jacksonville Humane Society fire in 2007. That was a frightening experience.


Oh, I’m sure it was. Where is your happy place these days?

On the bed with my humans, of course.

What’s the best part about being part of your family? 

I totally run the house! On a more sentimental note, they shower me with affection and love on me every day. They know I’m not getting any younger, so they try to give me the best life I can possibly have. I’m so spoiled, you have no idea.


Being spoiled is a great feeling! Ok, last question. What’s the best way to spend your day?

With my humans, sticking my head out the window during car rides, chilling at our beach house, and getting fed on the spot. Since I found out I have Cushing’s syndrome, I’m hungry all the time, and plus, I love food!


Sparky is a living example that you don’t need a pedigree to be a best friend. Of course, every dog is unique, however, each mixed-breed dog is a one of a kind pooch that will undoubtedly have a positive, profound effect on your life and hold a special place in your heart forever.