Two days after Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison, he's taking steps to ease the difficult situation for his two daughters.
The family adopted a dog Friday night.
The Blagojevich’s now have what's called a Malti-Poo, a cross between a Maltese and a Poodle.
It's actually the family's second dog, and at a time like this, a cute puppy can do a lot to soothe the pain for the kids.
This is a hard time for Patti Blagojevich and her two daughters, 15–year-old Amy and 8-year-old Annie to find anything to smile about.
But they are doing the best they can, by adding a new puppy to the mix.
They adopted it from PAWS. The dog had been a stray until the shelter took it in.
The family plans to name it Twix after the candy bar, to go with the dog they already have, Skittles.
“We feel these are difficult times for our family,” Blagojevich said. “This little puppy and Skittles here are comforting and they're just something that our little girls can love and cuddle with and get comfort with.”
The family actually got Skittles three years ago, right after the ex-governor was arrested on corruption charges. It was a move also designed to give the girls something to take their minds off the difficult situation they were facing.
Blagojevich's lawyers filed papers Friday, suggesting at what federal prison they think he should serve his 14 year sentence. That decision will be made by the Bureau of Prisons some time in the weeks ahead.
A weary Blagojevich tried to keep up a good face, saying he needs to be strong for his wife and daughters.
“I'm doing fine, I'll be fine, we're going to be good,” Blagojevich said. “We trust in the higher purposes of things, faith, in God and I believe it's all going to work out.”
The folks at PAWS had named the puppy Luella and had initially been contacted by the Blagojevichs last week about getting a poodle-mix.