Heartbreaking update on terminally ill dog Sparkle who sat out in her front yard for ‘extra love’

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In Sommerville, Boston lived an adorable and very friendly little 11-year-old dog named Sparkle. For the past decade she enjoyed sitting outside and interacting with the neighbors; of course the pets on top of her head made it even more worthwhile for her.

Tragically, Sparkle had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and as her neighborhood grieved the sad news, Sparkle just wanted to make sure she could still deliver smiles and adoring words while repaying the attention with her sweetness. And it was on November 9, when a passer-by took Sparkle’s photo and shared it on social media.

” Made a new friend on my walk today.”

Eric Magnussen on Twitter

Sparkle’s owner Melora Rush wanted to give her neighbors a chance to say goodbye, and so she posted signs next to her dog’s favorite sitting spot. It read:

“Sparkle has cancer in her upper jaw, which sadly cannot be cured. She is being treated as needed with antibiotics (for secondary infection) and pain medications. Sparkle is 11 years old and has given joy and comfort to many in the neighborhood. We hope she will continue to be with us for several more months, but we cannot know. Depending on her daily condition, she may be spending more time inside these days.”

Melora Rush

Sparkle became a beloved star and popular doggy inspiration; her popularity soared and her photos went viral. Rush created a Twitter account @MayorSparkle and also made made a blog to update fans on her dog’s remaining days. Oh, the people she met, and the love she brought.

And with collectively broken hearts, on November 18th, 2021, Sparkle passed over to the Rainbow Bridge, and her farewell blog post came:

“Sparkle was sweet and loving to the very end. Thank you to her many friends and fans for giving her so much love, day after day for the past ten years. And thank you everyone else who didn’t get to meet her in person, but still sent such kind wishes these past several days.”

Twitter/ Blog post

Rest in peace Sparkle. You will be missed.

Read previous coverage of this special little dog here.

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