Friday, January 25, 2008

"So, What Did You Name Him?"

"No photos, please!" (He's tired of the paparazzi)

Everyone's been asking me what we finally named the little pooch. You know that song, "Me and You and a Dog Named Boo"? Nah, we didn't name him that. But that would've been great, right? It WAS the "fan favorite" in my poll, but I read that you shouldn't give a dog a one-syllable name because they'll confuse it with commands like, "No!" Our puppy hears that a lot, so we want no confusion.

We settled on "Henry Wadsworth" because he's a loooong fellow. It still doesn't quite fit him, but the names I've been calling him wouldn't be appropriate to say around small children.

He's gotten better, but my goodness, he's hyper! All he wants to do is sleep or play. And his idea of playing is to chew on any skin that's conveniently near his teeth. When I walk, he nips at my feet. When I pet him, he nips at my hands. If I hide my hands and feet, he nips at my face. He laughs and barks and hops around, thinking this is all great fun. We've learned some techniques and they seem to be working (don't worry-no hitting).

We had fun with the name hunt. For a couple of weeks Greg called him a different name every day. It was so amusing that I delayed fixing on a name just to see what he was going to come up with next.

One day I had to call the dog and "Parker" popped out. It's sort of a blend of Sparky and Keeper, so I considered it. But, it didn't really grab me. Then I wondered about taking one of my not-so-nice names and reducing it to initials, but C.A. (crazy ass) or P.P. (psycho puppy) don't have a ring.

So, we settled on "Henry Wadsworth". Henry, for short, of course. The folks at the vet's office got a kick out of it, so I guess we're sticking with it. What's in a name, anyway? A puppy by any other name would smell as stinky.

Henry and Mom.

Shh...good grief, don't wake him up! (And he doesn't smell stinky, I just said that to be funny.)


Chicken & Waffles said...

Sometime something is so cute that they defy the cynical comment. Even from me.
All hail! Henry Doubya is in the house!

TFHZone said...

Ahhhhhhhh. What a cutie patootie. I wub him.

Kenzie said...

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww... he so cute!!

JOJOSIE said...

A guy I used to work with had this comment when I got my last Labrador puppy. "It's a good thing kids and puppies are so cute or they wouldn't see their first birthday." Having said that Henry's adorable and makes me almost weaken enough to get another dog. Almost but not quite.

Bluesgirl said...

He is a cutie patootie for sure. I actually like small dogs better than large ones. We have a Golden whose name is Henry or as he more commonly known as Hyper Henry. Since our last name also begins with H we always get a chuckle at the Vet. Good luck with him!!

Jennifer said...

Hooray! I voted for Henry Wadsworth. I love a cute little pun!

lois meyer said...

Glad the little "no-name puppy" finally has a moniker. Henry is cute. Our first dog (your Dad's and mine) was called Herman. Guess "people" names run in the family! And everyone is right - he is definitely a cutie-patootie. To everyone - when Caryl picked me up at the airport on New Year's Eve, she asked me if I wanted to see a picture of the pup and when she went into her Tote bag - she had the puppy in it!!
Caryl's Mom