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Not-quite-puppy love

The dog is medium sized, a year old, with a German Shepherd's coloring but more a generic dog shape. She went into a veritable frenzy of welcome when I walked in the door, though I think that was more because she's been attention-starved in the few days she was in the shelter than because she loved me at first sight. Until a few minutes ago, she was asleep on the floor in front of the couch, against Chad's foot; he just got up to take his contacts out and she followed, despite my offering to pet her, and laid in front of the bathroom door. I think we know who she likes better. =>

She perpetually looks a little worried, because her forehead furrows vertically and she has lighter fur over the inner quadrants of her eyes. She has a few dry scaly patches that the vet will have to look at, and a deformed-from-birth back paw (looks more like a hoof) that doesn't slow her down in any noticeable fashion. She's remarkably well-behaved: very quiet (hasn't barked once yet); shows no interest in chewing anything she shouldn't—and barely anything she should, as toys have not held her interest at all so far; hopped right out of the front seat into the back when Chad started up the car; and just laid down when we sat down for dinner.

We still haven't a clue what to name her, but something will come up. Right now we're just telling her frequently what a good dog she is, and she seems happy with that—as are we.

[ ETA: her name is Emmy, and she's still a very good dog. ]

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angeyja

2003-08-20 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, Congrats on the pup!

kate_nepveu

2003-08-20 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thanks! We're so happy.

She might be an Emmy, but we're not sure yet.

angeyja

2003-08-20 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Great choice, Kate. I have niece, named Amelia. Em for short. A great reader by the way. Not that we can expect that from the pup. We currently have a Rose, a Sara and a Cole... all currently living up to their monikers... Cole's eyes even glow red when he's getting ready to be naughty.

Critical question. Housebroken?

kate_nepveu

2003-08-20 06:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

*YES*.

There are definite advantages to not getting a puppy.

lcohen

2003-08-20 06:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

pictures?

emmy sounds like a lovely name!

kate_nepveu

2003-08-20 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Soon, hopefully. Not that classically cute a dog, I am forced to admit. (Not _ugly_. But not awww, either.)

lcohen

2003-08-20 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

i'm a fan of most things canine so i'll "awwww" anyway!

texas_tiger

2003-08-20 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Awwwwwwww!

May I suggest Greta or Gretchen?

kate_nepveu

2003-08-20 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thanks, but they don't quite have that mysterious "ring". Something will come up, I'm sure.

texas_tiger

2003-08-20 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Arwen?

kate_nepveu

2003-08-20 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Not cuddly enough. Thanks for thinking of us, though!

texas_tiger

2003-08-21 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Mysterious *and* cuddly? That's a challenge! *grin*

How about Freya?

kate_nepveu

2003-08-21 06:28 am (UTC) (Link)

I'm not sure she's really mysterious, though. It's a tough one.

texas_tiger

2003-08-21 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Miriel? Este? Ariel? Jasmine?

(Anonymous)

2003-08-23 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Freya wasn't exactly a mysterious goddess.

Howzabout Saga (http://www.pantheon.org/articles/s/saga.html)?

//cd

kate_nepveu

2003-08-23 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Heck, I forgot to update this post, too.

Her name is Emmy and she's a very good dog.

silmaril

2003-08-20 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

*smile* Doggy!

Congratulations.

kate_nepveu

2003-08-21 06:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Thanks!

elusis

2003-08-20 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

I've been trying to think of things that are almost like "Princess" but not quite. So far all I've come up with are "Preakness" and "Palimpsest," neither of which are very good dog names. And "Plinth Fest" which is nonsense.

kate_nepveu

2003-08-21 06:28 am (UTC) (Link)

No, but they're funny and thank you for thinking of them!

rysmiel

2003-08-21 06:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Thome day my plinth will come..

turnberryknkn

2003-08-21 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Awww. :-)

Congratulations and good luck. :-)

kate_nepveu

2003-08-21 06:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Thanks! So far so good. Definitely Chad's dog, but we knew that would happen. And he's just in heaven right now.

annewashere

2003-08-21 05:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Awwww. Dogs are so great. Also, what an awesome idea not to get a puppy. You miss the cutest stage, but I've housebroken enough dogs to know it's so worth it.

kate_nepveu

2003-08-21 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)

We puppy-sat Chad's parents' dog at nine weeks, so well before housebreaking was in play. Oh yes--so worth it. It's very freeing to be able to take our eyes off her for thirty seconds and not worry about the carpet.

orzelc

2003-08-21 08:41 am (UTC) (Link)

She's remarkably well-behaved: very quiet (hasn't barked once yet)

This, of course, proved too good to be true. She's started barking at threats real and imaginary. More the latter than the former-- I brought her in to work because she was barking at the contractors and painters, and she's barked at a few people having the temerity to open office doors somewhere down the hall-- but it's nice to know that we'll have plenty of warning should terrorists decide to set up shop in the linen closet.

kate_nepveu

2003-08-21 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes. I'm hoping as she gets more settled in, the barking will be reduced, but if it's a territorial barking, that will require work (of what kind, I am not entirely sure).

But on the cuter side of things, she's started playing with toys.

katxena

2003-08-21 11:16 am (UTC) (Link)

I'm very jealous. I really want a dog, but I'm not going to get one until I have a yard, no matter how small. The dogs I've known like grass too much for me to deprive my dog-to-be of it.

I'm glad to hear it all worked out well!

prince_corwin

2003-08-23 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

A little late, but: Schroedinger?

kate_nepveu

2003-08-23 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Too many syllables and too masculine, even if she didn't already have a name (that I forgot to put here; she's Emmy).

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