A Dog For My Dad

I meant to post a recipe for Rum Raisin Cheesecake days ago – even adding a teaser post about the recipe on Facebook and then the little fellow above came into my life.

And I was pretty much dominated by those big blue eyes and puppy breath for a full 72 hours. My dad had been talking nonstop about getting a puppy for the last month. On Christmas, he opened the watch we got him – gushed about it, sighed and said, “I honestly thought you were going to get me a pup.”

Being that Jared and I are pretty much best kids on the planet, we began our search that night. Within 24 hours I located an amazingly gorgeous, Shih-Tzu – Yorkie Mix puppy for my dad. We lured him out to our house with the promise of my special New Year’s Day, Herb Crusted Pork Loin and allowed him to discover the puppy that had nestled himself under our coffee table.

We called him all sorts of old man names like Harry, Herb, Wilbur, and Walden – but Louie seemed to be the winner. Louie then affectionately turned into Lou, Lou-Lou and then Shit Head after he relieved himself twice on my cream tree skirt.

My dad’s reaction was pretty much priceless – he high-fived me then gave me the best hug ever. The next six hours were full of puppy play, huge smiles, and lots of pork and sauerkraut. Louie and my dad have now settled into their new life together and I’m pretty certain that Louie couldn’t have found a better dad!

I’ll be back tomorrow night with the aforementioned cheesecake, but until then – I’ll leave you with this:

83 Responses to “A Dog For My Dad”

  1. Barbara | Creative Culinary — January 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Do you know what I love even more than baked goods? Yes…it’s dogs. My ‘pup’ is fourteen drives me nuts because she is losing her hearing and feels a need to bark and cry to go out and come in, begs constantly and is altogether a PITA. That I love. I have said I’m done with dogs after Abbie and then I see a puppy photo and just melt.

    Here’s to your Dad and Louie and to his good kids who made his year start off with the perfect pal.

  2. Steph — January 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Louis is absolutely adorable! Your Dad and Louie are both lucky to have each other!!!

  3. Karen Peterson — January 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Okay, I will take this post over a cheesecake recipe…so adorable and there is nothing like a new puppy, even when his name is occasionally s***head (our dog’s name is Tucker, you can only imagine what he gets called when he is in trouble). What a nice surprise for your dad!

  4. Ann P. — January 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    that is THE sweetest face I have ever seen! I’m melting! <3 <3

  5. Angie — January 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    awww he is so adorable !! What a nice sweet surprise for your dad! Louie is such a cutie! Happy New Year to you!

  6. Tracy — January 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Sweet puppy!!! I would have guessed he was an Austrailian Shepard. Seriously, google AS puppy pics and see what I mean. I had an AS growing up so I a very fond of them :)
    Love your blog!

    • diane — June 14th, 2012 at 12:30 am

      I’m with you..I think the puppy has to have Aussie in him… We had an Australian Shepherd too, for 16 years.. may Freddy RIP. Don’t see the Shih-Tzu – Yorkie Mix at all. Very sweet and adorable dog no matter what he is though!

  7. Momma — January 3, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Your readers are right, you and Jared are the best kids, a mom and dad could ever have. He is going to work with your dad every day and the employees at the dealership love him! You guys make me smile every single day – love you both very much.
    -Momma xxoo

  8. Laurie Abkemeier — January 3, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Love this. LOVE this. What a great story.

  9. AmyRuth — January 3, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    You seem to have a resounding roar of approval! Well Done!
    Sounds like your Pop was truly surprised. That’s the best

  10. Lisa — January 3, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    OMG–He has to be the cutest puppy EVER. I’m still laughing about what you called him after he used your tree skirt!!! I’m sure he was quickly forgiven since he is adorable.

  11. Kayla — January 3, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I have a Shorkie as well. And let me tell you, they are awesome dogs! Our little Bella was kind of naughty during her puppy stage and relieved herself wherever she felt like it. But she grew out of it and is now such a great new addition to our family. I hope your dad has the same luck with Louie, he is SO adorable! :)

  12. Jenne — January 3, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Just precious! Your Dad now has a furbaby!

  13. Margaret Murphy Tripp — January 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    I’m a sucker for puppy-breath…..so happy for your Dad!

  14. Zina — January 3, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    so happy for your dad, nothing like puppy breath..my guys is 10 weeks old and still has the puppy breath… what beautiful blue eyes !!!

  15. Brian @ A Thought For Food — January 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    GAH! How can you resist that face? You can’t, can you? My pup (she’s 3… so she’s not a puppy anymore. But she’s my dog baby) gives the cutest looks. Can’t say no (but I do, because I have to be responsible).

  16. Laurel G — January 3, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    gah! so stinkin’ cute!

  17. Becca — January 3, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Assesses Louie is the cutest thing I have ever seen! I love his little blue puppy eyes and his coat is gorgeous! I bet that will be the highlight of your dads new year.

  18. Maria Setiawan-Allen — January 3, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Ah…your dad is the luckiest person ever to have you as a daughter!! What a perfect loving present!!

  19. jen — January 3, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    There is nothing more special than giving your parents a gift that you know they have always envisioned, but never thought they’d ever achieve. Mine was a trip to Custer’s Last Stand with my 76 yr old father from PA. The look on his face getting out of the car was second only to my first two boys meeting their baby brother for the first time. Makes me both smile and cry everytime I think of it.

  20. Val — January 4, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Oh. My. Gosh. Melts my heart – Louie the Sh*t Head! :)

  21. Sandy — January 4, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Thank you for the smile this brought me! Such a sweet story! :)

  22. Donna — January 4, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Oh!!! Louie is so so so adorable!

  23. angela@spinachtiger — January 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Too often people post a picture of their dog that just died (in memorium). I was so happy to read this story about a dog just getting started and such a cutie too.

  24. Kristen — January 4, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Oh my gosh – that is one adorable pup!!

  25. Susieqr — January 5, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Jamie, thanks for taking such good care of your dad while I’m gone. He is truly blessed to have such wonderful children:). Susie & Chulito xoxo

  26. Dad — January 5, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Louie is so awesome, he has slept all 4 nights all the way through until 7:00 AM. I think he is on his way to being potty trained no accidents yet. He is a very happy puppy, You & your brother are the best! Love both of you so much, looking forward to seeing you Sunday! Love,

  27. Gwynn — January 7, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    I love your dad! If you’d like any tips on puppy poddy training, let me know! Happy New Year and I’m enjoying your site. Thanks! G

    • Gwynn — January 7th, 2012 at 11:58 pm

      And what a lucky guy to have you guys and your mom – a
      lovely family <3

  28. Angela — July 10, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Cute! Looks part Australian Shepard?!

  29. Georgette — October 8, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    What a Wonderful Story, I just melted when I was reading it. You guys are the Best Kids and so very thoughtful. You have made your Dad so Happy and the puppy! What a cutie Louie is.

    • Jamie — October 8th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks so much, Georgette!


  30. Jenn Niffer — September 26, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    I came across your website during my search for apple spice mix.
    I recently had to say good bye to my “pup” of 13 years. Your story of Lou and that puppy pic tugged at my and I’m sure everyone else s heart strings. Would you have an updated picture of Lou?

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