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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:

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  1. Jenn Niffer says:

    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?

  2. Georgette says:

    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.

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks so much, Georgette!


  3. Angela says:

    Cute! Looks part Australian Shepard?!

  4. Gwynn says:

    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

    1. Gwynn says:

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

  5. Dad says:

    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,

  6. Susieqr says:

    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

  7. Kristen says:

    Oh my gosh – that is one adorable pup!!

  8. angela@spinachtiger says:

    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.

  9. Donna says:

    Oh!!! Louie is so so so adorable!

  10. Sandy says:

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