So, it seems as though things may be moving forward in one direction or another. I came to a decision about moving back out to the property, and I’ll start moving over the next month. I’ll take a little time doing it, since I’ll have paid my rent, but I expect to be out sooner rather than later. Not least of all because I may have found the puppy I want.
I made my decision, I started looking online for dogs available in the
area, researching breeds, etc. I’ve been loosely interested
Newfoundland, Bernese Mountain Dogs, German Shepherds, Mastiffs and
possibly a wolf/hybrid. Most of these are far, far out of my price range
and I spent a little time looking at rescue sites as well. I really
want to raise the pup myself, however, so my heart wasn’t into the
rescue idea. However, through my search I discovered a litter that is
1/2 English Mastiff, 1/4 Fila Mastiff and 1/4 Newfoundland.
Coincidentally, I also discovered what my top price is. Haha.
emailed the breeder to see if they had any puppies left (they won’t be
available until July 8th), and he returned my email promptly. There is
only one male in the litter, which I’d prefer for practical reasons,
(they’re much cheaper to get neutered), but I will wait until I have met
the pups to make a decision.
I have to decide on a name. For quite a while now I have told people I
want to name my next dog Metaphor. I had a classmate in my creative
writing poetry classes who would always make statements like, “That’s
not a baaad metaphor,” and I was endlessly reminded of someone berating a
dog. “No! Bad Metaphor. Bad dog.” In fact, I was so enamored of the
idea I was actually going to name the dog Metaphor Bentley, after the
fellow. I am no longer certain. As a fantasy, it’s a great one.
Realistically? I don’t know. We will see. It depends on whether the pup
is male or female and how it behaves.
are important to me. I have named or supplied the names for all my
family’s pets for ages. Between my own past pets and my parent’s we have
had the cats: Midas, Bast, Moomba, Cheshire, Isis, Osiris, Athena, and
Jasper. The dogs are/have been Topaz, Hero, Sebastian, Viola. I had a
Doberman named Charlie Brown, but I didn’t name him, nor would have. I
believe names are symbolic. In many ways the name we give something
defines our expectations of it. That’s one of the reasons I have a hard
time when people give ridiculous names to characters in games.
you can tell, I am fond of mythological or literary names for animals. I
would consider Prospero for a male mastiff or Hero for a female. (I
couldn’t stand the last pup I name Hero, in some ways I don’t want to be
reminded of it, but in others I want to reclaim the name, because I
love it as a name.) Prospero is Shakespearean, and Hero, while also
Shakespearean, stems for me from the poem “Hero and Leander” by
Christopher Marlowe, one of Shakespeare’s contemporaries. Time will
tell, and when/if I get the puppy and decide, I will share.
am sure it comes as no surprise that I have spent a fair amount of time
thinking about what names I would like to give my children should I
ever be lucky enough to have any. I find it’s a lot easier to come up
with girl’s names, which makes sense. After all, I want a daughter more
than anything. It is much more challenging to give a child a name than a
dog, or should be. I consider the meaning, the historical references I
know, and the flow of it. I intend to name my children something that
sounds good to the ear both as first and last name and first middle and
last. (Though I am not certain a middle name is really all the
necessary. Traditional, but unless there’s someone you want to remember,
I have difficulty seeing the point. I will see what my eventual
significant other thinks.) The names I like change over the years, of
course, but the concerns remain. In fact, one of the many things I find
appealing about Eden thus far is the way her name sounds. Should I never
see her again, I will still seriously consider it a name for a
daughter. It fits with my last name like a glove. I also really like the
name Penelope. It sounds good, it’s a cute name and yet it is the name
of a wise, good woman in Greek mythology. Penelope was Odysseus’ wife
and stayed true to him in spite of all his journeys. On the opposite
end, for comparison, as pretty as the name Cassandra is, I couldn’t give
her name to my child. I would endlessly be reminded of the woman from
the Iliad, who could see the future but was cursed to never have anyone
Time to go!
Enough words, goodnight.