Finnegan's First Fourth

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

"The dog lives for the day, the hour, even the moment." 
 - Robert Falcon Scott. 



Finnegan was so excited for the 4th of July celebration to begin, he woke up at 3:15 this morning. His usual modus operandi, it's never too soon for a party to start. We think it has to do with his desire to be with people he loves, and eating food. 


Although, normally he does give us a little more time to sleep, with his wake-up call around 4:45 AM. Oh well, he won't be a puppy forever, so we choose to accept this temporary loss of sleep in good humor. Most days. 


We are happy to report he seemed unfazed by the occasional loud booms from the neighbors shooting off fireworks last night. Tonight, when others join in the pyrotechnical displays, and it goes on for hours, we'll see how well he does. 


Today is also our anniversary. Bernie and I have been married for eighteen years. We will be spending most of the day in our yard. We're building a circular rock patio for our fire-pit, and hope to get started today. We love projects. 


Naturally, Finnegan will be somewhere nearby. As usual, we have much to celebrate. Happy Fourth of July to you too, however you choose to spend the day.  



Posted by

Debb Janes  Bernie Stea
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We help buyers and sellers in Camas, Washougal, Brush Prairie/Hockinson, Salmon Creek, Felida, and other Vancouver, Washington Areas. 

We bring our passion for nature and beautiful environments to Real Estate. Multigenerational and family estates, country land and homes, and small farmsteads are our speciality.

We agree with our clients, "The true luxury of rural living is having elbowroom for the soul.


Comments (23)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Debb and Bernie --  wow!  Sounds like an explosive day of celebration at your multi-generational home.  Happy Anniversary.   May Finnegan have a good and very restful first Fourth.   

Jul 04, 2020 07:51 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning Debb and Bernie,

Our nephew is looking good, and I think that he woke up early to wish you a Happy Anniversary, he did not want to forget...perhaps his inner time thinks he is still on Central Time Zone?   How fun that you are building a patio for your fire-pit.  I love projects like that...We built a used brick path at our home in Los Angeles...A

Jul 04, 2020 07:52 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Sharon Lee Yes, poor Mac didn't love it did he?  Gibbs, my sister's dog, is even worse. They have to give him medicine to calm him down. Poor baby. Honestly, as much as I enjoy watching them, I wish they were not allowed - especially for our animals.

Yes, we will miss you on our deck this evening, Sharon. 

Jul 04, 2020 08:12 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thank you Michael Jacobs - so far, little Finnegan takes much in stride. 

Jul 04, 2020 08:14 AM
Laura Cerrano

Another great one worthy of a feature if I do say so myself. Love and light

Mar 11, 2021 09:08 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I think you're right-in Wisconsin he went to bed at 10 - and woke up at 6:00. Here, we have  a tough time keeping him awake after 8PM - so the inner time is a real possibility Ron and Alexandra Seigel - you know Finnegan's Auntie and Uncle will included in our cheers as we sip on that delicious Champagne. Thanks again. 

Jul 04, 2020 08:16 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - Finnegan is so cute sitting there. Have a great 4th.

Jul 04, 2020 08:24 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks Grant Schneider - and shortly after this early morning photo, he fell asleep and has been sleeping all morning. Hahaha. Guess that 3:15 AM wake up call was too much for him. 

Jul 04, 2020 10:32 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

He's such a cutie!  Those early wake up calls can't end soon enough!!  Did I mention about 6 months ago Gary started putting Barney at the end of our bed as he was always making noise and getting up during the night.  That ended that.  He's so happy to be sleeping on our bed and is as quiet as can be every night and all night!  Happy puppies!


Look forward to seeing the finished project on the round patio.  We built one years ago and it still looks fantastic.  We use it for a big table, not a fireplace.

Jul 04, 2020 10:36 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Debb, sincerest congratulations to Bernie and you on your wedding anniversary!!!!!  How neat is that?????

We were married on FLAG DAY (June 14th) and you on THE FOURTH!!!!

HOGS and FROGS forever!!!!


Best wishes to Finnegan to enjoy the day as well, and take lots of pics of your new circular rock patio!


Jul 04, 2020 11:49 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Debb- Happy Fourth of July to your whole family including Finnegan.( I swear, he makes me smile everytime I see his photo) And a big Happy Anniversary to you and Bernie!!!!  


Jul 04, 2020 02:41 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Hope you guys had a Happy Fourth of July combined with the Anniversary... now Finnegan will surely be looking forward to next years party:)Endre

Jul 04, 2020 11:17 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - Happy Anniversary!!! You are experiencing a lot of happiness these days with the Fourth of July, your wedding anniversary, the pyrotechnical displays planned for this evening, and most of all everyday licks and love from Finnegan who is discovering all the beauty, sights, and sounds as he grows from puppy into adult life. It sounds like he's adjusting well into his new life at home. I love that photograph of him with his very patriotic bandanna! Have fun making your circular rock patio. I have a feeling it will be pretty special. Enjoy working outside this afternoon and relaxing during tonight's celebration. 


Jul 05, 2020 09:01 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Debb, I'm going to join Finnegan, in wishing you a Happy Anniversary and a Happy Fourth of July - a little late.  I'm glad that the booms don't bother him.  About half of our dogs are bothered by it and the others aren't - it's still quite a handful on a celebratory night.

Jul 05, 2020 06:19 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I hope that Finnegan was not aggrieved by the celebration. We do not have any pets. Yet, on Facebook and I saw many neighbors complaining about the LOUD and frequent explosions of illegal fireworks and how it scared their pets.

We felt like we were in war zone much of the evening of the Fourth with the last LOUD explosion waking us at 1 AM on the fifth.

Jul 06, 2020 06:42 AM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

Noticed this was about your Golden son making the first comment in a while. Love Finnegan's bandana. I found a bunch of flag bandanas from Dollar Tree recently to use as pop-bys. 

Jul 06, 2020 07:15 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Finnegan is a very lucky pup!

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jul 07, 2020 05:22 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Sometimes especially with Covid, be joyful for the moment is what it’s all about

Jul 09, 2020 11:18 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Roy Kelley I love a good doggy with a smile like that! Love and light and all the best as usual.

Jul 09, 2020 11:20 PM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

What an adorable pup ... and being Irish myself, I love his name!! 

Jul 15, 2020 11:44 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

We had a lot scared animals at night with illegal fireworks. There are actually 2 fires from the area. I overheard our neighbor telling others it was not legal. You Fu*) &ff.  I closed the door and went back in. This morning I had to clean the street full of burned launchers. 

Jul 17, 2020 07:02 AM