Happy New Year! 

On a lighter note...

Well, this interface is even easier to use than I realized. I have no excuse for not using it. Let's see if we can get 2006 started on a better note. Martha and I even got our New Year Newsletter out this year.

So let's start this out with a quick New Year's note. We had a New Year's Eve party at our last night. It was much smaller than in years past, but more intimate as well. Jason and Kelly brought Allie and since I wasn't feeling very well, I chose her as my primary company for the evening. Can you believe that baby was up past midnight?

Speaking of midnight, you have to hand it Dick Clark for hanging in there. He was a little quick on the countdown (unless our audio/video timing was off) and sounded like he had a lot of trouble speaking, but it was good to see that he's still kickin.

Martha and I started off the New Year with some cleaning, work, and updates (like this one). We also took a break to watch Batman Begins. Great story, in my opinion. Chalk one up for successful prequels. I hope I can define myself by my actions this year.

Have a happy New Year!
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From Seisures to Suites 

Quick back entry from just before Christmas...

Since Chief and Kolder's breeder was unavailable to watch them while Martha and I were out of town, we ended up taking them to the new PetSuites that opened up about 10 minutes from us. They do a subpar grooming job, really just a simple wash and brushout, but the two seemed to get along well in one "large" run. Food there is free, as long as Iams or Eukanuba is okay. No sponsorship or agreements with P&G. I asked out of curiosity. :-)

PetSuites also afforded us slightly better monitoring than family or friends could have. This was important because the Wednesday before we left, Chief had a scary seizure right in front of me. I had just got done yelling at him for getting into the trash, so I felt terrible. He hit the floor and his legs went straight up in the air. He was shaking uncontrollably, his back was arched, and his mouth was wide open. I held him until he calmed down a minute or two later, but then I was even more afraid. He was completely unresponsive and staring right through me. He seemed to respond to my voice, so I stayed with him. Martha's family had just put their dog down the might before (old age) and I was afraid I was going to lose Chief too.

I finally decided I needed to call a vet and as soon as I sat down, BOOM! He jumped right to his feet as if he didn't remember what had happened. He was terribly thirsty and hungry. When I let him outside an hour later, he was doing sprints back and forth across the back yard - as though he had been reborn. As soon as the contractor left (roof work), I took him to the vet. Dr. Lisa at the Animal Care Center in Forest Park said that, based on the symptoms I described, it was definitely a seisure. She did a blood test and everything came back okay. She said that is the nature of a seizure - he could have one again that day, in a few months, or possibly never. They have always slept in the room with Martha and I, so I'm pretty sure they have never had one before while we were home. I usually wake up at their slightest cough. Anyway, we're so glad he is okay.

Thank God for our health! and our pet's health!
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Welcome! How exciting is "blogging"? We'll see. For those who are not familiar with this buzz word, "blog" is short for "web log". It is basically a journal on the web. People have been doing it for years, but some marketing genius created a buzz word for it and the popularity has snowballed. Probably the biggest reason is because of new easy interfaces like the one I'm using to create this entry. And because people like you are actually reading them.

Bored yet?

Anyway, my idea is to use this as a single source of updates on our exciting lives. ;-) We used to send a somewhat yearly "Christmas" letter. Usually, we had it out by Valentine's Day. This year, it's almost Easter and there is still no letter. We haven't sent one since the holiday before our wedding. Therefore, I will try to start adding some entries to catch folks up. I hope you enjoy the updates.

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