Adam’s First Task

Since I’m no longer able to hide my pets’ names, I would like to explain how they acquired them. 

first night indoors

On March 18th (“A Cat Called Intrep-pawed”), when I explained our street kitty’s name, I was very close to telling the truth. It was a good story. The true story is just as good. The boy we babysit, Jack, wanted to call the fluffball not “The Cat Who Looks at Everything” but “The Curious Kitten.” And I, wanting both to respect the boy’s suggestion and to shorten the handle, abbreviated the name to Cuca, pronounced as in the first half of “kookaburra”, but standing for CUrious CAt. That is the true story of our cat’s name.

nap time

Our Cardigan Welsh Corgi’s name is shorter but his naming story is longer.

 We were still keeping the puppy plans a secret from Jack when his aunt and 12-year-old cousin Jon came from England for a visit. We all met in a cafe with Jack’s mum while Jack was in school.

At the time of Jon’s visit, we weren’t even sure whether we would be getting a girl or a boy puppy. To complicate matters, since our Cardi is a purebred, he or she would need both an everyday name and a registered name. We further learned that every litter has a theme. Our breeder required that the pup’s registered name, like those of its littermates, include some kind of gemstone — unless, of course, it came from the differently-themed other litter which was born a week later. And it was a good idea to have an alternate registered name suggestion, in case the one we wanted already existed for another dog somewhere else. That’s, lemme think, four registered and one common name for each sex — TEN NAMES?

Before the kaffeeklatsch, I had worked out all the necessary registered-name possibilities for a girl dog, and short-listed five or six Welsh everyday names for each sex. Jon’s mum suggested “Dyllis” as a girl’s name. I added it to the list, and we discussed whether to call the kibble “Dyllis filler” and other serious grownup topics while Jon sat in silence, thumbing the Minerals and Precious Stones book I had handed him. “Try and find a stone that would suit a boy puppy” were my instructions.

After several minutes of quiet contemplation, Jon presented a page in the book. It was a mineral I’d never heard of before, in a lovely shade of blue.

“Kyanite!” I beamed. “Well, that settles the boy’s name, then!”

On the boys’ side of my shortlist I had “Cai”, pronounced with a hard c, rhyming with sky, meaning “to rejoice”. A gemstone-litter male would be named Cai, then. Later we worked out his registered name, “[Kennel name] Kyanite so fair”, a pun on “Cai, a knight so fair.” Later still, our breeder informed us that we would indeed be given one of the gemstone boys. He would be Cai, then. And that is the true story of our dog’s name.

And speaking of namings, we now have six entries for the Name-and-genderize-the-sea-turtle-stuffy contest! Contest closes March 30th at midnight (Samoan time). No purchase necessary! See my blog of March 24 for details!

4 Responses to Adam’s First Task

  1. Checkers says:

    Cardi puppies! Fantastic picture!! I think I used to be one of those….

  2. Shelley says:

    Actually the other litter was a week younger, and their mother ended up raising her six grandchildren along with her two children, who’s own mother turned out to be more like “Mommy Dearest”!!

    It was also funny that two of the boys ended up with Kyanite in their registered names, Cai and Kyan.

  3. lavenderbay says:

    And Checkers, dig the little guy second from the right with his ears already up!

    The Horned Cardi is the main reason, Shelley, that I thought that his litter was the earlier, not the later one. I’ve changed the word “earlier” to “later” to set the record straight. Thanks!

    BTW, Cai is third from the right, facing upstream from the other puppies.

    The weird coincidence of one other family using kyanite in their pup’s registered name would have made for an interesting element in the story, but I couldn’t remember what his everyday name was, so I omitted it.

  4. Shelley says:

    Ah, yes, Jonathon the angel (Highway to Heaven), who really should have been registered as Road to Hell and called Lucifer!!

    Usually when ears go up that early they are too small and light, but his were never small…just horns depictiing his true personality.

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