Saturday, August 29, 2009


Shirley, Shirley bo Birley
Bonana fanna fo Firley
Fee fy mo Mirley, Shirley!

Lincoln, Lincoln bo Bincoln Bonana fanna fo Fincoln
Fee fy mo Mincoln, Lincoln!

Come on everybody!
I say now let's play a game
I betcha I can make a rhyme out of anybody's name
The first letter of the name, I treat it like it wasn't there
But a B or an F or an M will appear
And then I say bo add a B then I say the name and Bonana fanna and a fo
And then I say the name again with an F very plain
and a fee fy and a mo
And then I say the name again with an M this time
and there isn't any name that I can't rhyme

The dogs over at Portuguese Water Dog Blog have posted the story behind all of their names. If you haven't seen the blog, you should give it a read. Our names don't have such wonderful stories, but we thought you might like to know them and their origins.

Java was the hardest dog to name. Can you believe that Mom and Dad called him "new puppy" for 2 weeks? In fact that's what his folder still has on the tab. Mom and Dad rescued Java from a pet store - he was 4 months old and weighed 40 pounds. Due to an illness in the family, he had been returned by his original owners. Mom fell in love with him as soon as she saw him (she went there looking for a Scottish Terrier! Mom would never purchase a dog from a pet store unless she was rescuing it) Anyway, Mom and Dad went through a lot of names trying to find just the perfect one for Java. He was so stubborn that Mom wanted to call him "Jackson" as in Stonewall Jackson. He had such a beautiful color to his coat in the sunlight, she thought Merlot would be a good name for him. They tossed around the name Merlin. But when Java went to the vet for his 2 week checkup, they asked his name. Mom and Dad looked at each other and both said "Java Bean" at the same time - not even a name then had discussed, so he became Spencer's Java Bean. And we think it's the perfect name for a Chocolate Lab.

Baby Lilly with her Mother, Laurie Darlin'

Mom did a lot of research on Scottish names before getting Lilly. She knew she was searching for the perfect little black Scottie girl so she went through a ton of Scottish names before she decided on Spencer's Bonny Greer, which loosely translated means Spencer's beautiful watchdog. When she found Lilly, the breeder had nicknamed her Lilly (she was 4 weeks old) and Mom and Dad decided they liked the name so her official name is Spencer's Lilly Greer, which means Spencer's Flower Watcher.

Baby Piper

Mom and Dad knew they would be getting Piper when the breeder contacted them as soon as Piper was born. Mom kind of wanted to name him Sawney Bowie (Sonny Boy) but the family vetoed that. It means "golden haired defender of mankind". She looked at other Scottish names and liked the name Rauri Mack, but finally settled in on Bag Piper, so hence, Rocky Creek's Bag Piper.

Carrleigh was already named when we got her and had already had a litter of puppies. Due to that, AKC would not let us change her 'legal' name, so we just kept it. She is Impish Carrleigh Kilbride.

We enjoy hearing about your names and hope that more of you will enlighten us.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java


Dawn said...

Cute stories about the names! My daughter named our yellow lab Sunny before we even got home with him. It was a beautiful fall day and the sunlight made his fur just shine as we drove home. Oreo was also named for the way she looks. That's always how my daughter chooses name. Fish are Goldie (1,2 and 3!), stuffed animals are blackie, brownie, etc.! Not too creative but it works.

Benson and Lily said...

We were singing as we read your paw prints. What a story...thank goodness the name new puppy didn't stick!
Benny & Lily

Bijou said...

Very interesting stories on how you all got your names. Each one is special and fits you perfectly!

I already played the name game.

Wags & wiggles,

The OP Pack said...

Awww, we love the stories behind all your names. Mom says if we ever get a little white baby girl like Dakota again she wants to name her Lily - she might have to work on Dad but she says she'll try. Thanks for sharing all your names.

Woos, Phantom and Thunder

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Wooos! Cool name getting. Mom had me named in a couple of days, she said I looked like a Kira... Scampi was named because he is a little shrimp of a Border collie, it stuck.
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Mollie Jo and Bobo said...

Its cool how sometimes the best names just pop out unexpectedly. Thanks for sharing your names!

-Mollie and Bobo

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Thank-you for telling us how everybody got their name. I like to hear how we got our names. Thank-you for the award you gave us!! Do we have to answer the 10 questions? Bambi could never answer thoughs!! Maybe I could.
Love you all, Bambi and Fern

Footheel Sock Knitter said...

We really like all of your names for the doggies. The puppy pics are adorable. Puppies and babies make the cuties pictures

You would really like the book I was posting. I just read your comment. I have so many sock books, but as far as knitting two at one time, in my opinion, this one is the best. The author is the owner of The Knitting Nest, located in Tenn. You can find her on Google. My local bookstore order it and it came in a couple of days. So fast! Well, I'm up here at 5am and getting ready to go to work at the hospital. Would rather go to church and then come home and rest and knit this afternoon. Oh well, takem when you gotta 'em.

Happy Knitting!

Mango said...

They put a lot of thought into those names for sure and they certainly suit you. This is a fun game!


Clive said...

Lovely stories about all your names. We really enjoyed that!

Take care

BRUTUS said...

So nice to meet all of you individually and learn aobout your names! Loved the puppy pics too!!

Michelle & Brutus

Agatha and Archie said...

We think you were all THE CUTEST PUPPIES and we LOVE your names....Love Aggie baggie bobaggie fi fie fo baggy aggie

Obie Trevino said...

Thanks so much for inviting us over to groom us! Mom really would like to go over, but dad has been working weekends lately, and his schedule has been kind of crazy. We'd like to take rain check, though, for when things start to settle down, if thats ok?

Obie & Ebony

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Furry furry nice tales fur your tails!

PeeEssWoo: Only 137 more to go ;-)

ScrapsofMe said...

What excellent names! I can't imagine them being anything else. Java Bean is truly perfect.
sniffies all around,

Mango said...

Regarding mom's dream. Most disturbing. And thanks for that image, by the way, now I can't sleep.


Sue said...

We love hearing how everyone got their names.

Dory and the Mama said...

Awesome name stories!!


Woodrow, Luna, MJ Campanella said...

what a fun name game - and we love your names and the pics

Thanx again for all the support for Woodrow - hopefully the power of the paw will prevail - We are going to try and catch up on our bloggies today - but please be patient

Woodrow - Sweetie - MJ

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