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Chocolate & White Border Collie puppy Sparky was born January 25th 2018, third of six puppies at Sutterton Veterinary Hospital, Lincolnshire UK. The sac that contained him was filled with bright green mucus that stained his white fur for the first 3 weeks of his life. Apart from that there was nothing untoward about his birth so what happened 4 days afterward was totally unexpected.

His mother, Meggie, nursed him for 4 days. He was no smaller than his siblings, all were a good size and there was no apparent reason why his mother chose to push him out from among her puppies on January 29th. Their owner, Wendy discovered him against the side of the whelping box cold and stiff and she thought he was dead till she heard him sigh. Immediately she performed mouth to mouth resuscitation and pummeled his heart area, and rubbed his body vigorously all the while praying to God and to angels for Sparky's survival. She named him Sparky due to the tiny spark of life he had left to live. The puppy was frozen, and Wendy knew that the first thing to do was to get him warm, so she placed him in a box next to the wood-stove with a microwave pet bed beneath him, nice and warm and soft cloth over the top of him until 4 hours later he was toastie warm and hungry. Wendy made him up some warm puppy milk and fed him with a dropper every 2 hours for the next 2 weeks until he advanced onto a baby's bottle. At 4 days he started by taking 10 mls every 2 hours advancing to 190 mls several weeks later before being weaned onto solid food.. However the one thing Wendy noticed as odd was that he appeared to cough and retch after every meal although no milk was ever vomited. And Wendy suspected something wrong with his throat. Yet vets could find no cleft pallet, or anything else to warrant the retching. It was a mystery that as the weeks went by he simply grew out of. To this date no one knows why it happened, but Wendy realised that this would have caused his inability to suckle from his mum. Someone did suggest that he may have an extra long pallet.

The weeks went by and Wendy thought it odd that Sparky did not appear to grow. His siblings were growing well, and although Sparky had all his vaccines when they did he was less than half their size. Wendy decided to keep him, and had weaned him on Royal Canin mousse but found that he would not pick at it by mouth, she had to spoon it in to the roof of his mouth when he would swallow it, but if she placed it on his tongue he would literally open his mouth and let it fall out.

By the time he was 19 weeks old he still weighed beneath 2 kilos and his siblings were ten or twelve kilos by this time and although Wendy had seen several vets about him none had been concerned, just said he was a small hand reared puppy.

Then he stopped drinking water. Now he loves his water and has always drunk literally tons so Wendy knew that something was amiss, especially as it was a very hot day and Sparky was panting. So she took him back to the vet and said something has to be wrong with this puppy, its not just that he is hand reared and he never was a runt, and various blood and urine tests showed vets an unusually large liver and an inflamed pancreas and painkillers by drip were provided, and Sparky spent several days at Sutterton Vet Hospital before being transferred to the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket where he spent a whole week.

It was discovered that Sparky is a rare puppy, one that some vets had never experienced and his details are going to go into the veterinary medical journal because Sparky was born with Type 1 Diabetes and he will be on insulin for life.

Naturally, the cost of the veterinary treatment over the last few weeks and the ongoing cost to keep Sparky alive are colossal. To date the bill is £5300. Vets tell Wendy that the prognosis is not good, and the upkeep of Sparky will be something she must weigh up very carefully. Is it worth spending so much money on Sparky? He will never get any better, but since he has had insulin he has begun to grow and weighed almost 3 kilos by 22 weeks old. Since having his insulin Sparky grew more in 3 weeks than he did in 3 months.

Wendy believes Sparky needs the chance to live, and they have a special bond between them. Despite his small size Sparky will stand up to bigger dogs and chase them away from Wendy as if protecting her. Unless it is another Border Collie and then he allows them to come close to her, even strange Border Collies that he does not know, he knows enough that they are his breed and will not harm her.

Sparky knows a few tricks, 'give me 5', and 'spin', where he goes around in a circle, and 'tails' where he grabs another Border Collie's tail and holding tight as they run, he surfs the meadow grass until he lets go. Such a delight to see.

Sparky's favourite squeaky toy is the one he has had since 4 days old a rainbow coloured teddy, that he sleeps with and plays with and enjoys people using as a tug o war toy with him. He has it with him at every stop over at the vets and makes the staff smile when he cuddles up to his teddy to sleep.

He eats from a dish now, but only kibble, he enjoys the crunch, he will not entertain wet food and no longer does he retch after eating, and he drinks well, and plays and every single person that meets him for the first time falls in love with him. He looks like a little fox, and many people call him a Micro Collie due to his small size. At 22 weeks of age he stood 8 1/2 inches high.

Wendy says that Sparky is needed in this life, he makes people smile, he is affectionate and clever and loyal and quick to learn as Border collies are.

Wendy did not know about this fundraiser, she had no idea that her son and girlfriend (me, Gemma) were creating it for her, we just hoped that people out there may be generous enough to donate a few pounds that would help go toward the cost of Sparky's treatment.

Wendy is an writer and intends to write about Sparky in her book 'In the Lives of Border Collies,' and it would be wonderful if, thanks to generous people like you, Sparky's story has a happy ending.

Thank you.


Gemma Fisk, Fisk Literary Services, UK.

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  • Gemma Fisk3 months ago
    Gemma Fisk

    Gemma Fisk

    3 months ago

    Sparky is still holding on, it’s looking like he may have diabetes but we’re not sure of the cause just yet.

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  • Naresh Solanki

    Naresh Solanki

    Jun 8, 2018

    I hope that my small contribution helps to get better life for Sparky and that more people donate for this noble act of Saving Sparky.I think it maybe a good idea to have option of PayPal or other.


  • Sharon


    Jun 3, 2018

    I met little Sparky at Sutterton Vets,he is so cute and he deserves the best of treatment to make him well and grow into a beautiful and happy dog.x


  • Lynne Smith

    Lynne Smith

    May 25, 2018

    Let's hope Sparky pulls through ♥


  • Christine Bradshaw

    Christine Bradshaw

    May 24, 2018

    Keep fighting Sparky,hope this helps Wendy.from Meg (Kola) and her family.


  • Louise Copeland

    Louise Copeland

    May 23, 2018

    Come on Sparky you can do it love Eva x


  • Susan Hudson

    Susan Hudson

    May 23, 2018

    Keep fighting Sparky x


  • Emma Jenner

    Emma Jenner

    May 23, 2018

    All the best xx


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Owner of Fisk Literary Services, UK.

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