S.P.A.M. Killer dead at age 441
Sparky the S.P.A.M. Killer, passed
away on December 28, 1999 due to liver failure. Most of you knew
this little peekapoo as Sparky the S.P.A.M. killer but he was also
known by those close to him as "Gizmo".
Gizmo "Jones" was
born on August 24, 1986. I picked him up from the pet store on
December 1st, 1986 as a present for my girlfriend. This little guy
saw me "evolve" into the migrant programmer I am today.
Many nights I sat up late studying and cramming for exams while
little Gizmo hung right in there - looking at you with those big
bug-eyes and butt-ugly mouth. It was enough to keep you
concentrating on the work at hand.
When I got married in 1987,
Gizmo was right there with me - well, not at the wedding but he came
with us to our new home. In 1990, Gizmo saw us bring our first child
home from the hospital. As a first time parent, I was nervous about
how he would react to children. He was great. Even when our 1 year
old would pull on Gizmo's fur with his sticky little hands, Gizmo
would just sit there and take it. And when our son became interested
in Gizmo's eyes - trying to poke at them out of curiosity, Gizmo
would just move away without even a bark.
Two more children and a cat
later, Gizmo was still "da-man". We never really taught
him any tricks but in 1997, we found he possessed a strange talent -
Gizmo liked to wear shades. And with that, Sparky the S.P.A.M.
killer was born.
Gizmo really ate the SPAM
in those photos and he liked it too!
By 1998, Gizmo had slowed
down. He lost his hearing and started having problems, which
required medication to keep him going. Through it all the "Gizzer"
hung in there like a trooper - always calm, cool, and collected. He
slept a lot but that was normal for a little dog his age.
This past summer Gizmo
began having heart problems. And again, additional medication was
necessary to keep him going. the doctors felt that he could live
another 6 months or so with medication. Things seemed to get better
for a while but then he became very ill over the past week.
We will all miss this
little guy and we thank him for his help in supporting the cause. He
was truly a "core migrant" and a best