Sunday, November 23, 2008

And the Verdict Is...

Thank you for all the excellent name suggestions for the dog. It was a difficult process, but in the end, Peter came up with something that suits her, has meaning to us, and is practical.

The new dog reminds us a lot of Kodiak, both in size and some aspects of personality and appearance. They both share the same laid-back nature, the soulful eyes, floppy ears, and a general ability to elicit empathetic responses from people. It's nearly a sadness, but not quite.

In honour of Kodiak, Peter went in search of bear-related names. The pickings were slim, but he read about the myth involving Callisto, a nymph who was a companion of the goddess Artemis. Because of some hanky-panky involving Zeus and an unplanned pregnancy, Callisto got turned into a bear, and then, eventually sent up into the heavens in the bear-form of Ursa Major.

So her name is Callisto, or Callie for short. She seems to like it.

8 Comments:

At 23 November 2008 at 19:00, Blogger laurie said...

that's a beautiful name--unique, easy to shout when you need to (two syllables--always good), and meaningful.

let's hope she doesn't have illicit relations or turn into a bear, but remains a gorgeous dog for you and friend to toby.

mildred, perhaps, has not yet been born....

 
At 24 November 2008 at 02:08, Blogger Kaycie said...

That's just perfect, Ann. I've got a big grin on my face.

 
At 24 November 2008 at 06:29, Blogger ped crossing said...

That will teach me to get behind on my blog reading! She really is beautiful. Sounds like a winner of a name. I am hoping our next dog fits the name Zipper. Or Corduroy. I like unusual dog names.

 
At 24 November 2008 at 08:57, Blogger Babaloo said...

Perfect name, I think. P
oor Laurie, can't stop thinking about Mildred. I think someone else needs to get a new dogs soon so that we can all name her Mildred. ;-)

 
At 24 November 2008 at 14:21, Anonymous Vicki said...

Aww, congrats on the RND! And she's beautiful! Can't wait for the stories...

 
At 24 November 2008 at 16:55, Blogger Noelle said...

Oh, that is a good name, indeed.

 
At 25 November 2008 at 04:56, Blogger -Ann said...

Laurie - I think you need to save Mildred for your next dog. Who will hopefully be some sort of Old English Sheepdog cross.

Kaycie - Thanks. Me too. :)

PC - I like Zipper. I was pushing for Twister, since she sleeps all twisted up, but Peter thought that sounded too weird.

Babaloo - Laurie's next dog has to be the famous Mildred. :)

Vicki - Thanks. The stories are a-comin'. You all will be sick of hearing about her in a few weeks.

Noelle - Thanks. I'm really happy with it. Good on Peter for this one.

 
At 27 November 2008 at 09:15, Blogger sanjeev said...

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