Dogs love Keegan Wieczorek, and Keegan loves dogs. At least once a week, the sunny 6-year-old sets up a lemonade stand in front of his house and offers dog biscuits to customers and passersby. His sign says the lemonade is 60 cents and the biscuits are 5 cents each, but he rarely charges for biscuits.
The neighborhood dogs know about the sweet deal and can often be seen dragging their owners toward the stand. One such neighbor, pulled by her dog Ladybug, said her dog is usually afraid of children, but Keegan is the exception. "Ladybug sees Keegan and just wants to come right over. She lets him pet her and give her treats," she said.
Neighbor and family friend Marianne Strong said Keegan's enthusiasm and warmth have charmed a lot of people on the block. "We love Keegan," she said. "He is so big-hearted, bright and friendly. It's fun seeing all the dogs around here pulling towards him. He's a delight."
Keegan is also quite a salesman. As cars and foot traffic cruise past, he waves and shouts out "lemonade for sale." If he's not satisfied with the turnout, he'll go door-to-door and round up customers. "He makes pretty good money doing it, " said his mother, Sharon Wieczorek. "We make him buy his own lemonade and he will still net about $20."
Keegan took a short break from his lemonade and dog biscuit stand to chat with the Daily Tidings.
DT: What school do you go to?
KW: Helman. I'm starting first-grade. I liked kindergarten, and I'm excited about being in first-grade. My kindergarten teacher was Miss Driscoll. She's my favorite teacher so far.
DT: What are your favorite subjects in school?
KW: Math. I like it because it's fun and educational. I have a video game that helps with math. There are 10 math games and they are really fun.
DT: What do you like to do outside of school?
KW: Watch my favorite TV shows in the morning, like "Sonic X," "Dino Squad" and "Sushi Pack." And I like to play basketball, ride my bike and scooter.
DT: Talk about your dog biscuit and lemonade stand.
KW: I don't remember how I got started selling lemonade, but now I do it all the time. I sell a lot, too. After my dog Stella died I decided to feed the dogs in the neighborhood with the leftover bones. I was going to sell the biscuits with the lemonade, I mean to, but I end up just giving them to the dogs. Dogs love it. They always drag their owners to my house.
DT: What do you want to do when you grow up?
KW: I think I want to be a real estate agent like my dad or something that brings lots of money.
DT: Talk about something you have done that makes you proud.
KW: I'm proud about feeding dogs and selling so much lemonade.
DT: Talk about something that is challenging for you.
KW: Walking on circus balls — those things kids walk on in parades. And it's way too hard to juggle.
DT: Tell us about someone in your family who makes you happy.
KW: Boden, my baby brother. I always get to play with him and every night when he crawls up the stairs he always comes to my room to say goodnight.
DT: Would you like to add anything to this interview?
KW: Nope. I better get back to selling.