Today, I get to interview a true Hollywood star! Sparky Malarkey from the Pet Matchmaker won the 2013 Zoomie award for Best Rescue Spokesdog, played the role of the Big Scary Black Dog in the independent film, “The Invitation”, and is a certified therapy dog.
Napa: What breed are you?
Sparky: Well, as I’m a rescue no one knows for sure, but over the years the best guess seems to be Lab/Akita/Chow – and I say part bear!
Napa: Tell me more about working at The Pet Matchmaker. I’d love to learn more about the company.
Sparky: Well, TPM (The Pet Matchmaker) is a non-profit 501c3 organization founded by actress and animal advocate Elaine Hendrix with a mission to help the world create a happily ever after for all animals. We are all volunteers. I hosted and my human produced a web show project called “Happily Ever After” and we hope to do more.
Napa: What is a typical day like in The Pet Matchmaker office?
Sparky: Well actually, we work from home. (And on location.) However, I was an office dog for 9 years prior to TPM as my human worked as an event producer and publicist. I’ve always gone to the office with her on both freelance and long-term gigs. In LA lots of offices are dog-friendly, and all of hers have been – I demanded it in part of her contracts! My last office was at an event/pr boutique firm that produced large charity events in Los Angeles. The office was in a large warehouse because we had to store all the auction items for the clients. Therefore, I had LOTS of space!
So my typical office day:
Go greet everyone first thing – they can’t do good work without a greeting from me – then drink some water from my office water bowl, and take a nap on my office dog bed. I always “greet” the mailman when he/she comes in (I use the term greet loosely) and we always take a walk around the block when my human takes her breaks.
There were also some employees’ little kids that came in and hung out after school sometimes (in our last office) and so I always hung with them. I’m great with kids. We speak the same language that adult humans don’t get! They also like to snuggle on me like a giant bear pillow in the corner of any office that was free!
Napa: Whose desk do you sit under most often?
Sparky: I’m far too big to sit under a desk…but I’m always by mom. I doubt she could do her work properly without my presence. She’s very needy of my time. BOL (bark out loud)!
Napa: When you get bored around the office (in between important in the office tasks), how do you keep busy?
Sparky: Napping, I need my beauty sleep!
Napa: What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten around the office (even if you weren’t supposed to)?
Sparky: Bacon! I’m not allowed to eat it ever as mom doesn’t eat it, but if I smell a BLT around the office with the slightest whiff then I will be there STAT! (sssh don’t tell her).
Napa: Where are you from? What’s your favorite trait about the area you live in?
Sparky: I’m from Hollywoof, CA! My favorite trait is the year round super pawsome dog-friendly weather! A beach day could be 12 months of the year – even if it’s occasionally cooler in winter, it’s not that bad!
Napa: If you could tell your human co-workers anything, what would it be?
Sparky: Always share your lunch with me. Always.
Napa: Can you share any advice for other office dogs?
Sparky: Keep the barking at the mailman, UPS & FedEx to a minimum.
Napa: What’s your favorite part about matching pups with their future forever home?
Sparky: Oh just knowing a life is being saved! A life that will show endless loyalty & love without judgment to whoever is lucky enough to be that pups furever home!
Napa: Do you ever write for The Pet Matchmaker website? If not, what kind of content would you love to share?
Sparky: No, but I do have a video I made about a great rescue couple that rescues senior pets in need!
I also have 4 more in the can about to be edited and posted at TPM: One is about an actor dog that became blind, one is coverage of a charity dog beauty pageant, another is red carpet coverage at the American Humane Society Hero Dog Awards (I’m a canine correspondent) and one is coverage of a book signing event for a dog genre book.
Are you an office dog? Is your co-worker a canine? Get in touch on Twitter or leave a note in the comments section if you’d like to be interviewed!
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