Yup. It's time again. Izzy is six, and Jazmyn 11.5. Jaz is not long for this world (degenerative neurological condition), but she still wants to play, in spite of the fact that she has no endurance. Remembering how much she enjoyed Izzy's puppyhood (and still enjoys the company of puppies), and knowing how I DON'T want to potty train a puppy in the dead of winter, Steve and I put a deposit on a (Pudelpointer) puppy from Izzy's breeder. The puppy's mother is Izzy's full sister from a different litter. Here's a pic of her father (who, in spite of the camera angle, really does have all four legs).
Steve, Izzy and I will drive to Ohio on the 17th of next month to pick her up. (Izzy's coming along so her breeder can see her and so she can keep the puppy company on the way back to make the maternal separation a little easier on her.)
The way it works for naming these dogs is that each litter is assigned a letter of the alphabet, and the registered names of the pups must all begin with that letter. Nothing says you have to call a dog by this name, but we probably would. The (female) puppy is from the "T" litter. Remembering the fiasco of the naming of the cat, I am being a little more proactive about the naming process (and have already explicitly ruled out "Tampax.")
The list of names we're considering looks something like this:
- Trouble ---If she's anything like her aunt, people are going to be saying "Here comes Trouble!" when they see her anyway. It makes sense to give her an intuitive name. (This is my favorite.)
- Tiva Hopi for "dance" --- Steve likes this a lot, but I pointed out that "dancing dog" is one of Izzy's many nicknames.
- Tegan Celtic for "plaything"
- Trava Czech for "spring grass" --- might be confusing with the boy next door being named "Travis," but since so many Pudelpointers in general (and the puppy's grandmother in particular) come from the Czech republic, a Czech name might be nice.
- Tallulah Choctaw for "leaping water" Pudelpointers have webbed feet and a deep abiding love of water.
- Takodah Lakota/Sioux for "friend to all" (well, except maybe pheasants)
- Treasa (TRAY-suh) Irish for "strong"
- Tameran Japanese for "Jewel" --- Steve likes this one a lot, but it sounds too much like "Tamarind" to me...
Thoughts? Opinions? Suggestions? Though some would insist on meeting the puppy before choosing a name, we'll likely choose one in advance and I'm 95% sure it'll stick.