Puppy musings

Jay and I have gone ’round and ’round about a puppy. We both want one, and we both agree now is not a good time for it. Maybe late summer or fall. I want a curly related to Pax. Jay wants a Newf like Rain. I miss Rain too — and love Newfs — so I totally know where he’s coming from. But, at the same time, I worry that I may miss out on an opportunity to get a pup closely related to Pax.

We chatted this week, and we casually mentioned that it might be time to have a Newf puppy. We have a breeder picked out, but it would still be months before a pup came home, even if we started the process now (which we haven’t).

At the same time, a woman living in Portland contacted me about breeding Pax to her curly bitch. Long story short, initially I turned her down. She contacted me again, and I told her I’d think about it. I haven’t decided either way. It wouldn’t be an easy proposition. I would have to finish Pax’s health clearances — we’ve done hips and elbows but not heart or eyes — and I’d have to take him down to Portland for several days. She wants to do a natural breeding, but neither dog is experienced, so I would want the breeding to be assisted if we have to go the natural route. Honestly, I’d prefer AI. In the end, it would probably be cheaper for me, and I wouldn’t have to worry about him getting randy around every bitch that visits.

I haven’t decided, but of course Jay and I were talking about it last night and joked that we could end up with two puppies — one Newf and one curly. Frick and Frack. Jay said we absolutely couldn’t name them Frick and Frack, so we brainstormed other “pair” names. Fruit and Loop were nice. If we got two girl puppies (not a chance in hell), I’d name them “Chairman Meow” and “Little Boy Cat,” which, if you don’t watch Psych probably isn’t funny at all. But we’d giggle every day. Might be worth getting girls just for the laugh.

I found a list of pair names online today. Some of our favorites:

  • Butch and Sundance
  • Calvin and Hobbes
  • Barnum and Bailey

Do you see a theme emerging?

In the end, my favorite names were Bartlett and Bosc. I mean, seriously, can you think of better pear names?

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