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Sunday, January 29, 2012

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It seems this weekend, like most, has flown by and I haven't had any luck lately formulating a topic for a new blog post.  I have an idea gestating in the planning stage so until that's complete I wanted to at least update what's been going on in Casa Keegan the last few weeks.

I want to give a congratulations to my wonderful wife Aimee, who has been elevated to an assistant director position within her office.  She is a loyal, diligent and supportive worker for her organization and it's nice to see her recognized for her efforts.  She's also a great mother to three growing children.

Condolences to my brother-in-law, his family, my sister and niece and nephews for the loss of their Mother and Nana.  Mrs. Johnson was such a sweet and lovely woman.  She was always interested in what was going on with us and she always had something important to say.

Congratulations to my sister Regina, her husband Bobby and her two daughters and son with the birth of their new baby boy Jake Leo, born January 28.  Jake weighed over 9 pounds and is a welcome addition to their family.  I am looking forward to meeting you.

My children also look forward to meeting you too.  Today we celebrated my son Joseph's birthday.  He will turn 6 tomorrow.  We had a small gathering and took Joseph bowling.  Everyone had fun and I recall how much my life has been enriched with him and his twin sisters in my life.  I am truely blessed.  Joseph is a lucky boy to be surrounded by so many cousins.  Baby Jake is the 28th grandchild for my Mom and to put things in perspective, Joseph was the 16th and that was 6 years ago.  two more grandchildren are expected in the family later this year totaling 30 grandchildren for my parents.

How do you like the Fall television season so far? Clearly NBC is having major problems with bad shows, several which have been cancelled already. I have been enjoying the new show on Fox called Alcatraz. It stars film actor Sam Neil and its premise is that Alcatraz was closed in the early 60's because of its outdated crumbling facilities but really it's because the convicts disappered to 2012 and now they need to be apprehended today. Mysteries will be slowly revealed a la LOST but it's new, fresh and I'm a sucker for time travel.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Chewbacca our new Puppy

Over the long Thanksgiving weekend last year my family visited Uncle Leo's home. There my twin daughters had a fun time playing with his dog. There the idea to obtain a dog for my family began. A search for small dogs at local shelters proved futile as there were far too many large and menacing looking dogs looking for homes. A small dog, such as a chihuahua, would suit or house perfectly as we have a small yard and inside space. Also, my children wouldn't be gripped with fear from a larger dog.

My wife, son and I went to a local pet store after checking out the selection of chihuahua puppies on its website. We had our eyes set on a white pup named Skippy. We asked to see him in a quieter space in the shop along with another puppy. Skippy was pretty exuberant and he was vocal and jupping on the other puppy. We then asked if they had any other chihuahuas and the employee brought back our puppy. I forget what name he was given by the store but he is a black and tan little guy weighing about 5 pounds. He was getting picked on by Skippy and the other female pup but he seemed to take it in stride and not react aggressively. After talking with my wife and son, we decided this was the puppy we wanted.

We decided on a name for our puppy in the store: Chewbacca, Chewy for short. Chewy was almost 4 months old at the time and in almost two months of having him with us he has adjusted well to the daily hustle and bustle at Casa Keegan. He has reduced the amount of accidents inside the house, thankfully. He also enjoys cuddling up with either me or my wife. With the children, he has had moments of terror as one of my daughters, Samantha, picks him up as though he was a doll. Slowly she's getting used to treating him as a living thing. Also, we continue to impress upon the kids the need to not make Chewy nervous by yelling and screaming.   We continue to seek improvement in this area. Chewy lives up to his name as he likes his chew toy alot.

 We are enjoying Chewy's addition to our family and I now realize the special joy all pet owners have from their relationship with their furry friend.