Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Girl has a Name!

We've been wrangling and wrestling in this family over the naming of dogs, which may not be as difficult as the naming of cats, but we're still having trouble making decisions.

Over the course of a day to two, we dubbed our Chesapeake Bay Retriever "Dunbar" as a way of paying homage to Paul Lawrence Dunbar, favorite poet of some in our house. This was met with disdain by one Teenager Who Shall Not Be Named.

We offered a compromise - said teen could have full naming rights to the girl. She took the offer, and the girl now has a name, courtesy of our teen's avid interest in Hayao Miyazaki anime.

She is Haru, which is Japanese for sunshine or springtime, depending on how you write the character. We think that the name is perfect - this lovely rescued dog had such a rough start that her life with us is like a rebirth, just like the new life seen in springtime. She is also a girl with a sunny personality, so that meaning suits her as well.

So now we've got two dogs with names - one inspired by the written word and the other by visual art. Such appropriate ties for our family!

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