Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Name that Dog.

The other day we had a stray dog show up at our door. You can read about that here. Well, it seems that this little stray will indeed become a bonafide, official part of our family. I've said before that we don't need another dog. For that matter, we don't need anything else living in our home that poops. We have four children, a dog, a cat, and a bearded dragon.

Oh but cards are so stacked against me in this case.
Why? you may ask.
She's a Labrador Retriever. What that means is that my husband has fallen madly in love with her. I heard him whisper to her the other day. "Yeah, you're a real dog." When he looks at her, his glasses couldn't be rosier. Nevermind the fact that she sheds and weighs more than me. I shed very little. Nevermind the fact that she's getting up on the furniture and my side of the bed. AND, nevermind that we already have a dog, Scout, who doesn't shed, doesn't outweigh me, and knows not to get on my pillow.

Unfortunately, Scout's a labradoodle so she looks like this.
Bless her heart, she can't help it.

New dog looks like this.

Well, not exactly, but she might as well. Trey is smitten. Last night, he actually said, "I love that dog." I think Scout started to cry.

It's not as if I've never brought a stray home. I have. You can read how well that went here.

So that leaves me with a new dog and no name.

Scout was named for the heroine in To Kill a Mockingbird.
I just finished Peace Like a River so I thought Swede would be great. My neighbor, Mindy said it sounds too much like weed. Because of where we live, we can't name her anything that sounds too much like drugs. Needless to say, that was followed by a little conversation about all the other names we couldn't use. Mocaine, Deroin, Frack, and Bethamphetamine. Those are out.

So, here's my dilemma, and therefore my Rocks in My Dryer, "Backwards Works for Me Wednesday." What in the world do we name this dog?
Our newest family member.
The apple of my husband's dog-snobby eye?

If you don't want to answer that you can tell me, in 100 words or less, why I should stop drinking Diet Coke.
I'd prefer your two cents on the former.

My sister in law Emily, asked if I'd gotten the photo of the Labrador from Dog Porn.
Yes. Yes I did.


Rick said...

Name him Doodle.

Jendeis said...

Is the dog a girl? Name her Gracie for Gracie Hart in Miss Congeniality.

Diet Coke - rots your teeth and bones, is not thirst quenching and does not do a body good. At the very least, cut back on how many you drink a day

Kim said...

Don't have a name for the dog but I do own it's twin if you want another! Mine is named Kodi - short for Kodiak. You can steal the name if you like.

And diet Coke contains aspartaime or some other crappy sugar substitute and will give you cancer - seriously - google it. Splenda is crap too - I started getting dizzy spells - had them for over a year and abotu 40 tests to see what caused them - then one day I googled "Splenda side effects" WHOA! I stopped using splenda and the dizziness went away.

Have fun with the new pup - I know how men can be - that is the only reason we still have ours LOL

Jeni said...

I named one lab Juneau, and one lab Ariel (which your kids would probably like). But I don't have either now - I traded up for a 5 pound Yorkie named Clarabella BooBoo. She doesn't shed and can't get on the bed. :-)

NeedANap2 said...

Um, following a literary theme - after reading this post which talks about Princess Bride (the Book! which happened to be made into my favorite movie), how about Dread Pirate Roberts or Roberts for short or Prince (also the horse in Christy)?

About the Diet Coke - it's terrible for you and expensive unless you're working the Walgreen's or CVS deals. Try caffeine free diet cola Big K brand (Kroger). :)

Waitingonyou2 said...

If it's a chocolate Lab my husband thinks you should name it Hershey (hey, it's unisex!) If you wish to keep a more literal theme going you could name her Fern, Ol' Dan or Li'l Ann (Where the Red Fern Grows).

Pattie & Rob Miller said...

Beautiful Dog!! I always wanted a dog named BUSTER, but if it's a about Layla (from the Eric Clapton song).

Diet Coke - I wish I could stop too, we need too, it's horrible, especially the Splenda!! Stay Strong

JB said...

Never like diet coke (yucko) so I'm of no help there...but I do know a 27 year old guy who suffers from heart burn because of drinking too many of those little dudes a day...that should tell you something.

That puppy looks really sweet!!! What about Bella for a name? I had a dog named Bella once but sold her and made a great profit (ask Emily) she was a bad little doggie though...hmmm...

sghughes1297 said...

What if you called the new dog Dill or Calpurnia (Cal) to stay with the Mockingbird theme? Would it feel more like part of the family then?

As for the Diet Coke, everyone else is right. It is horrible. So enjoy it *immensely* because it is so very, VERY good!

Ellen said...

I'm not the best person to ask when it comes to animal names. We have a spotted dog named 'Spots,' a buff-colored Cocker Spaniel named 'Buffy,' and we used to have a cat named 'Kittie.' If it was ours I'm sure we'd just call it 'Blackie' or 'Doggie' or something. :)

MissHannah said...

Melissa my are my thoughts, of course i LOVE the name Hershey, but I'm thinking it isn't a chocolate lab. But I do think maybe you should go with the name Buster because of our fondness for a certain one armed character...or maybe you could name him Toby. That would be awesome.

"Toby, Why are you the way that you are? Honestly, every time I try to do something fun, or exciting, you make it... not that way. I hate... so much about the things that you choose to be."

As for the diet coke, you can keep drinking as long as I get to have a cigarette for everyone you drink. Deal?

Ellen said...

Oh, and I think Diet Coke tastes gross and is bad for you. I read somewhere that Coca-Cola company uses the concentrate to clean their trucks. The acid in it basically burns of the grime.
(Dr. Pepper is better anyway!)

Kristen said...

I have a yellow lab named Stoney (as in a local area/park called Stoney Creek. But I totally understand the drug thing because people always joke about his totally wasn't intended to be anything drug related!

The new dog is a cutie. He needs a strong manly name.

MissHannah said...

Okay she's a girl. So Toby and Buster are out. And she's black so no Hershey.

How about Savage? That way when you're taking your walk in the morning and you call for your dog, "Come here Savage." Your more likely to scare off a predetor than calling, "Come here Scout."

Natalie Fournet said...

I am on my 100th attempt to give up coke. I have been drinking coke since drinking out of a bottle. Bad!!!!

So I would name any new dog after that love....Coke or Cola I would both do b/c of my love for the beverage. But with your neighborhhod confusion, Coke may not work. Maybe some close sounding Cole. And he is black like coal.


Candy said...

How about Sonic, for a favorite fast-food restaurant where you can actually get 32 oz of Diet Coke in really great crunchy ice? You could actually keep Sonic and give up those Diet Cokes. I knew she was going to join the family when I first laid eyes on her! Scout needed a companion!!
Blessings to my favorite West Dallas family!

Rain said...

I don't really have a name suggestion but I wanted to say that I laughed out loud at your part about not wanting anything else that poops! We only have 2 cats but at one point we had 2 cats, a mouse and 2 rabbits and I was the one cleaning behind all of them! He is a beautiful dog, btw.

fully operational battle station said...

Delaney thinks you should name it "Shark Attack"

Has a nice ring to it, don't you think?

Diet Coke - you shouldn't drink it because it's the grossest drink ever.


emily said...

Issy thinks you should name her (Hannah) Montana. I really like Fern, name the stray dog Fern!

Hill- Soulja Girl
Avery- Babe
Issy- originally Super Girl but now Montana
Wick- undecided, but can't wait to meet the new dog-cousin

Stop drinking DC so I don't have to take care of you when you can't remember who you are-- that stuff will fry your brain. Its scientific!

Shawn and Jami said...

How about Beauty...Black Beauty!,I know it's a little cheesy. And, about the Diet Coke, I thought that I would never stop drinking them. But, it has been over two years and I do not miss them at all. Can't wait to see you at the new "digs"!

Mom2fur said...

I once had a chocolate lab. Her name was Artemis, and we called her Missy for short. Why Artemis? Well, in mythology, she was a goddess who protected children and women in childbirth. Completely appropriate since I was pregnant at the time!
I heard someone at the vet's office recently call her dog "Kahlua." A very nice name for a dark-colored doggie! Shadow would be another nice name...although maybe I like it because I have cute little chihuahua by that name. If I ever get a girl dog, I'm going to name her Sophie.
BTW, you totally rock for being so kind as to take in your new furbaby!

Mom2fur said...

The Diet Coke thing. That stuff is acidic and could rot your teeth or give you an ulcer. Like I should talk...I like regular coke and I have an ulcer. (I got it from too much ibuprofen, not cola, LOL!)

Emmie said...


I have just enjoyed my Saturday morning reading your blog. Yesterday, I read Emily's! What precious, blessed families you have.

I would love to contribute to Trey and your ministry. When you have time please email me pertinent information.

In Him,

Kirby3131 said...

I like to name pets after food - I have had a Maypo (after a breakfast cereal years ago), Mocha, souffle, Captain & Tennille (oh those aren't foods LOL) and the fish, Sonny and Cher.

I've had a Magellan - Named after the Portuguese explorer - but we shortened it to Maggie since she was a girl.

I like M names too - Maestro is a strong name. I once knew a person who had a horse named "Turn the Page" that they called Flip - I loved that!

Enjoy your new dog and have fun naming her.

Diet Coke - I gave up caffeine on a daily basis in 1992, but did splurge on fountain sodas in restaurants until fairly recently. Make a choice to just not bring it into your house, and you will find it MUCH easier to stay away from it. I used the restaurant fountain sodas as a "treat" but now think that a glass of water is just as lovely. I just decided one day to stop. It is so much easier when you just decide to do it.

Levine said...

I have always wanted one of these! Thanks for writing about it! Thanks for the article! It was a lot of good info.