Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thankful Weekend

Happy Thanksgiving! We have a little something extra to be thankful about this year... we'll be bringing this little girl home from the county shelter on Saturday! We're so excited! 

She's a (~) five months old, 36 lb, German Shepherd mix (I never thought I'd own a German Shepherd), and the sweetest, most gentle dog you'll ever meet. She's also got the legs of a deer. We're hoping she'll grow into them. 

We're thrilled to have found such a nice pup and we're sure she'll fit right in to our family! 

We started thinking about adopting another dog a couple of months after getting Maisy's diagnosis. Of course, the whole thing was put on hold when she got so sick, but we got pretty serious about it after her passing. 

I have been very particular about temperament this time around. With a dog with an enlarged heart, an old, sick cat, a kitten and two young kids in the house, we really needed someone who would fit right in without being a huge project. We were much less concerned with breed; we just wanted a nice, calm, friendly, younger dog (someone we'd have for many years to come) with an easy-to-groom coat who would grow up to be huge and look intimidating. 

I had been to the shelters about ten times in the past week and a half and looked at a dozen dogs, but none of them were quite right. There was the doberman who was nice until he started to go kennel-crazy (luckily, his owner redeemed him), the "pit bull" who was an absolute dream with the kids (truly, she could not have been sweeter or more patient and calm) but tried to murder the dog in the run next to us, the mastiff-mix who was too afraid to move outside of her run, the "boxer-mix" who was the bull in a China shop, the stunningly gorgeous weimaraner/greyhound/"pit bull" mix who was too busy to notice we were in the run with him... and the list goes on and on. Then we met our pooch and knew she was for us.

The only hiccup has been naming her. We're stumped. The following is a list of name suggestions.

From Will:
Purple Head
Summary: Will prefers a tried-and-true name.

From Harper (this is only a partial list of her suggestions as she has been quite prolific):
Princess Sparkle
North America
Happy Thanksgiving
Fancy Nancy
Turkey Leg
Mashed Potatoes (this is not helpful, Harper.)
Summary: Harper likes a noun that sounds like it might be a name to someone visiting from one of the outer rings of Saturn.

From Brad:
Erika (I'm pretty sure he was just listing the names of girls in his second grade class)
Angry Bird (Harper: "We could call her 'Angry' for short!")
Tom Osborne
Bradinia (nice try, Brad)
Summary: Brad really needs to move on from 1980.

From Me:
Astrid (Courtesy of Vanessa)
Zinnia (We'd call her "Z")
Summary: German names. Nature names. Something uncommon.

So far the only name we are remotely agreed on is Clover, which, to her credit, was a Harper contribution (so sorry, Becky, if we end up with a dog named after your daughter). 

So how about it, people?! We need name suggestions and we need them before Saturday!

And have a Happy Thanksgiving, from the Booker Pack!