Some families have divided loyalties over colleges and/or college teams.
Some families are divided over their favorite football teams.
Or music choices.
We are playing The Name Game and it’s being taken seriously.
Everything is progressing with Puppy-To-Be.
(My future service dog, best friend, and photography assistant!)
The puppies turn seven weeks old today.
As most of you know, we previously were promised a puppy from a breeder.
When the puppy turned eight weeks old the breeder told me I could come get him “anytime” and helped me name him … Fred.
A few days later she backed out of our agreement (presumably to sell the dog to a friend) and we were left puppy-less.
Now, we are approximately three weeks away from getting a puppy.
The *new* (to us) breeder has requested and accepted a deposit.
Everything is moving forward.
I’m gun-shy from my Bad Breeder experience.
The *new* breeder is nothing like the previous one.
She’s been very upfront and direct, and has been way more professional.
But still, once you’ve had a bad experience you can’t help but have some concern over the puppy purchasing process.
I tried not to think about puppy names the first several weeks,
But now, the “what to name the puppy” conversation has been popping up more and more frequently.
We are (give or take) three weeks away from acquiring “our” puppy.
I don’t want to use the name Fred … because I still associate it with the puppy I fell in love with and had snatched away.
There are six immediate family members
arguing over suggesting dog names.
Everyone seems to have strong feelings on the matter.
Sometimes a person has an objection to a name based on an association with that name in their past.
I didn’t expect the naming process to evoke such strong feelings.
Family members are lobbying for their favorite names and attempting to squash down the names “competing” with their favorite.
The only thing that is “definite” so far, is that we DO want an “old man” name.
I’ve been asking everyone what their grandfather’s names were.
Some of the names we’ve had suggested so far are:
If you want to suggest a name not on the list … maybe your dad/grandfather/uncle’s name –
Please feel free to leave it in the comments section.
If you have a strong liking of one of the above names, feel free to tell me that too.
The only “name requirements” we have right now are:
1) It needs to be a man’s name – not a name like “Spot” or “Boomer.”
2) We don’t want a name that is popular with human boys right now. For example, the names Ryan and Matthew would not be considered.
3) We don’t want a BEAR name … There are too many Newfies named Yogi, Ted, and Baloo.