Things are still a bit hectic here in the S household and I am happy to share with you a guest post from Ashely over at Eights on the Move! I asked Ashely to write about her pups as I've been having some puppy fever lately ;)
Hello to Ashleigh's readers!
I have the honor of guest blogging here today, while Ashleigh's busy moving with her Navy husband! She asked me to write about my pups, so I thought I'd focus on how we gave them their names. You can read the longer version about how we got our dogs HERE.
To make that longer story short, we sort of fell into a private adoption of Gracie in 2005. A coworker of mine bought a Weimaraner puppy (who they had named Harley) without considering the responsibility and care involved with having this breed. She was kept outside in a chain link cage, living in her own mess & never socialized - with humans or other animals. Needless to say, we couldn't say no. Unfortunately, M & I were both in college - 4 hours away from each other. Once we took her 'home' with us, we realized how uncomfortable she was inside a house. She couldn't walk on hardwood floors. She had no concept of furniture, shoes, etc. And she was so neglected that she wouldn't even respond to "Harley". Her puppy paws would slide all over the house, rendering her graceless. So she earned the name "Gracie". We went through a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad time when we lost her at the age of 6 to a tumor in her spine.
Thankfully, we had another pup to keep us company after losing Gracie so suddenly. The Fall after we got married, M surprised me by adopting a blue Weimaraner named "Casey". We weren't sure how Gracie would handle have a new little brother, but I sure as hell wasn't about to have a "Gracie" and a "Casey" to call for in the backyard. His 'blue' coat is more of a gun metal grey, and boy, can this guy run like a bullet! So Casey was quickly changed to "Gunner" & he's lived up to his name ever since. It actually means 'warrior' from an old Nordic derivative. He's pretty much my constant companion & best bud. He keeps me company, gets me out of bed each morning, and knows just how I feel without me saying a word :) He's been by my side through the loss of Gracie, M leaving for boot camp and other Navy duties, moving back home, and everything in between.
How did you come up with the names for your pets? Did you give them middle names to complete their titles? :)
Thanks to Ashleigh for letting me guest blog from