Monday, July 28, 2008

May I Introduce ......



Barley middle-name-to-be-decided Escoe

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UPDATED TO ADD:
>>>>Ryley asks:
p.s. Do dogs have to have a middle name??? My dog doesnt have one.. am I a bad mom?????????? >>>>>>>>

Ryley, no, you are not a bad mom! Barley will be an AKC registered dog, so we have to select her full name to put on the registration papers we send in. We can technically name her whatever we want, and call her something completely different, of course. Typically, however, the kennel name is used as the first name. Since we bought Barley from a family and not a breeder, we won't use a kennel name at all, but would still like her to have three names. Unless we absolultely can't think of one, then she'll be plain ole' Barley Escoe.

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We spent almost an hour last night visiting and playing with Barley and her five brothers and sisters. It should come as no surprise to anyone that hands down, Barley is the sweetest, cutest, friendliest, smartest dog of the bunch. (And I'm sure the families that were there before us, and the families that were there after us, all feel the same way about their own puppies.) (But they are wrong and we are right.)

We will be bringing her home on Saturday. That means we have one week to buy all the necessary dog paraphernalia, think of a middle name, remember the proper way (or shoot, I don't care if it's proper, so long as it's successful) to house train a puppy, and try to constrain our children's emotions and excitement because "is it Saturday yet? Huh? Is it? Is it? How many days until Saturday? How many hours until Barley comes home? Can we bring her home early? Huh? Can we? Can we??? How many hours? How many days?" to infinity.

It also means I have only one week left to enjoy my dog-hair-free house, sitting on a dog-hair-free sofa.... enjoying my dog-poop-free backyard, and walking around town in clothes not completely covered in dog fuzz. One hour of playing with the pup last night and I looked like Sasquatch.

Thank goodness she's cute, or it wouldn't be worth it.

52 comments:

Anonymous said...

How about Millicent? Miller for short. Barley Millicent Escoe- it has a nice ring to it! You can call her Millie when she's being a big old love!!

lizinsumner said...

Ah, but she IS adorable! As to the pet hair - I feel your pain, only in our case it's "Elvis" (cat) hair - which we are both allergic to. Have you seen the commercial for some sort of vacuum that's supposedly great for pet hair, where the couple are sitting in a room where EVERYTHING is encased in clear plastic, including themselves???? Might work for the hair; you're on your own for the poop problem.......

Jen A said...

That is about the most adorable dog I have ever seen!

Stefunkc said...

How precious!!

Anonymous said...

I am going to have to think about a middle name-i am still bragging to my husband that you picked the name i orginally posted:) so until then i will say I have the Dyson Animal vacuum and it works wonders on pet hair. I have a lab at home and a 10month old so i have to vacuum a lot and it gets the job done!

Anonymous said...

LOVE the name!!! A perfect fit. Do you have the book 'Family Dog' or 'Water Dog??' Great books for anybody who has a dog in the Retriever family. I'm envious of your pup even though I've got two goofballs of my own here.
Susan in MN

Anonymous said...

what a totally perfect name for such a beautiful pup, congratulations.


nancy
toronto, ontario

Anonymous said...

She is adorable.

Pet hair, hmm, if it were worth something, we'd be rich...with 2 dogs (Lab and Border collie) and 3 cats. Too bad it's just a bother...

Marie
www.caringbridge.org/visit/marielle

Ryley said...

oh.. she looks so much like a Barley!!! Congrats.. she is definitly the cutest one!! :)

p.s. Do dogs have to have a middle name??? My dog doesnt have one.. am I a bad mom??????????

CAT said...

Hey Kristie,

I love that name and yes it really does suit her cute, little face!

Ok here is a tip, it takes alot of work and commitment for you and your family but if you can pull it off you will be so happy for the rest of her adorable life...train her to use only a certain area in your yard to do her business, you have to be consistent but I am telling you it works and it is so nice not worrying about anyone stepping in surprises and having to search the yard when picking up. Plus it will save her killing the grass everywhere she pees, try an area where there is gravel or bark chips or whatever you have for landscaping, it will probably take several months but it will last a lifetime...

Have a great week, I am so excited for you guys!

Cathy

Anonymous said...

WHAT A CUTIE PIT. Awwww I want one now. I have a fat pyscho yorkie who is also cute but a bit TOUCHED if you know what i mean. Braden looks like she is about to burst.
Have fun with Barley. How about Barely Kristie Escoe since you are the one who will be cleaning, training etc. :)
Lori

momto2boys said...

She is adorable. My favorite thing about puppies is puppy breath. I like the name... good choice.

Anonymous said...

OMG a Golden puppy! Our Golden baby is almost 4. He is hands down the VERY BEST dog I have ever had. Potty training a Golden is so easy, our Simon learned within a couple of weeks. Just reward the hell out of her when she does what you want where you want and it clicks so fast b/c they are such smart, eager to please dogs.

What isn't easy is: 1.The nipping of the kids. We broke this habit with a coffe can full of change. He hated the sound. Works well for jumping up on folks too. Cute when they are a baby, knocks you off your feet really fast!

2. The shedding hair. OMG, I could knit a new dog every week. Get a Dyson Animal. It will be well, well worth it.

3. Golden babies chew *everything*. Ours chewed through the cords to our AC unit in the middle of summer. He was fine, the $400.00 repair bill made me so NOT fine. Lotsa toys and lots of supervision is the only help for this.

Congrats on your new fur baby and take lots of pix. She will be huge in the blink of an eye.

Rita

jodie said...

GORGEOUS pup and great name. Oh, I envy the fun!

Mama Bear said...

She's gorgeous. And look how dark her ears are. Goldens usually darken up to the color of their ears. And puppies don't shed much their first year. Besides you can coordinate your new rugs/furniture/etc with the dog hair so it doesn't show. Works for us!

Oliver would be very happy to meet Barley.

Monica H said...

Barley is so darn cute and fuzzy!

Also, as for the pet hair on everything- we just got a FURminator (today) and it's amazing. It' rakes the undercoat and gets out all the loose hair without damaging their skin. It's absolutely wonderfu!!! They are pretty expensive ($35-65 retail) but Drugstore.com has them for cheap. We got ours for $24- well worth it!

Haley said...

Yay for the name Barley! She is so adorable! Congrats!

Cate said...

When I see pictures like that, I have to remind myself I have allergies because I so want to run down to the Animal Shelter and get a puppy.

She's so cute, and Barley is a perfect fit!

Libby said...

Such a beautiful lady you will have! She definitely looks like a Barley!

I googled Barley just to see what I would find and discovered that barley is subjected to a process called "pearling" which removes part of the bran. How about Barley Pearl???

I agree with the comments on selecting a portion of the yard for her to do her "business" - it is an effort in the beginning for it requires walking her on the leash to that area but, once done, is magnificent!

I have three Welsh Corgis and one Schipperke - all double coated dogs - hair galore! I have yet to "furminate" them myself but have had the groomer do it many times. Furminating is the best gift a dog owner has ever received! I cannot recommend it highly enough. If you begin furminating Barley as a pup and make it a fun experience, she will love it and so will you (from the lack of hair!). The amount of hair removed during that process is amazing!

Enjoy your young lady - she wil be a lifelong companion to you all!

Libby

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! The newest Escoe baby is adorable and I love her name. Our neighbors have a golden named Stu and he is such a good dog. Seeing Barley's picture makes me want to get a puppy, oh wait, my kids are grown and off to college and career, what was I thinking? Have fun and post lots of pictures Saturday!
Sheila-MN

Overflowing Brain said...

Oh my Lord that is a cute dog. I don't even like dogs. Please don't tell my husband that I admitted to finding dogs cute.

SO cute.

Wendy said...

She's so pretty!! I love the name Barley. You could go with Hopps for a middle name...

Anonymous said...

She is beautiful! And one lucky little girl to have so many kids to play with!

Gayle in AL

Eloise said...

Barley is so adorable! Cracking up at the suggestions for "Barley Hopps" as a full name. Great idea, Wendy.

Pam Doughty said...

Oh yeah... thank goodness they're cute, or I'd be looking in some Korean cookbook for a good recipe for dog. Really.... the old sofa downstairs that was still relatively comfy has turned into one giant chew toy, and there are black doghair tumbleweeds everywhere. But I wouldn't trade our sweet girl for anything, and I can tell that Barley is a lucky girl, too! Why do I have the feeling that your pound pup really WILL be named Hops? Congrats to you all as your pack grows...

Tammy in OH said...

Oh my she is cute!!! I am a sucker for critters. And because of such an incuable disease, we have now totalled ours to 24. Yep. Although some of those are chickens/ducks. We just acquired THE cutest bunny EVER! So, I am looking forward to living vicariously through you and the new puppy.

M, Ms. R, Mom, Auntie M, Marey said...

Yay! I didn't like Amber....and she looks like a Barley! Good choice I say!

Anonymous said...

Barley wasn't even in my top 3 BUT now that I see her...it fits perfect and I love it!! She's adorable--have fun.

~Kelli in Oregon

Grandma J said...

Gosh I love that face!

Lisa said...

Well, we adopted a little dog called Chelsea. Ronnie added 'Bun', then 'Ermintrude' - and when she got dirty. 'scruff', really she's Chelsea Bun, but on occasions she becomes Chelsea, Ermintrude, Scruff-bun, Burt! Whatever, she's wonderful, and I'm sure Barley will be a wonderful addition to your home.

Marcia said...

Congrats in your beautiful new baby!!She is adorable!!
We bought a Goldendoodle, Gracie, who is now 5.5 months old. She is just wonderful, and doesn't shed! Gotta love that!
Enjoy!!

Anonymous said...

Goldens are my absolute favorite dogs in the whole world!!! I grew up with a Golden and my parents used to breed them. Oh and how heart breaking that was! As kids we always go super attached to the puppies and I always had a favorite, and they always had to go. One of these days we will get one too. She is so cute. Brayden looks so happy/excited!

M~

Kathleen said...

We have an 8 year old Golden named Sandy and she is the BABY of our family. Just the most loveable animal! I wasn't a "dog person" until we got her - now she sleeps on our bed.

And I highly endorse the FURminator,too! Well worth the money and you could stuff a pillow case with the amount of hair it removes. It's amazing. Ordered mine on Ebay for about $30.

Seeing your puppy, Barley, makes me want another one...she's adorable.

Snodgrass & Matilda said...

Shucks, I was all excited to suggest Barley Hopps Escoe, but several quicker readers beat me to it!

The Running Girl said...

What an absolutely adorable puppy Barley is. She will fit right in with your family and already looks happy to be held and loved.

Safire said...

Love Hopps as the middle name!

Becca said...

She is so adorable! Just want to kiss her little face!! (and brayden looks beyond excited in that picture, too).

Anonymous said...

How about Barley Poppers Escoe.....

Jeanette said...

my dad calls beer "barley pop"...how about Pop?

Anonymous said...

Awwwwww.....Love, love, love the name. Barley is perfect!! And she is aboslutely ADORABLE!! No freakin' wonder the kids are so excited!

Dianna in Louisiana said...

She's ADORABLE Kristie--- What a lucky pup to have such a great family!

Anonymous said...

What a cutie - and with her tongue hanging out - - adorable!!! Brayden looks WAY excited!
Diane in Cincinnati

jojo said...

i'm in love...

URBAN BLONDE said...

OMG she is too cute for words! And yes she needs a middle name! LOL All of our dogs had/have middle names! Having gone to a smaller non shedding dog now (Evil Poodle Puppy) from a Husky/Lab cross I'm not envying you all that hair! Stock up on the lint brushes and packing tape!

Blondie

Anonymous said...

Cute daughter, cute puppy, cute name, cute picture - they both have such a look of pure joy!
- Linda in NJ

Renee' said...

I can't wait to meet Barley. She is adorable. Just read 2 weeks of your posts -- glad to catch up. Chat soon....

Missy K said...

Squeeee!! Look at that FACE!! She is just adorable. Congrats.

Ryley said...

Thought you might get a kick out of the email I got from my sister lsat night... She says "Did you know your name is mentioned on Not Quite What I Had Planned . . . in her post? You're famous if you've made it into a Kristi Escoe post!!"
Yippee for being famous!! Although she must have missed when you answered a baby question for me awhile ago! :)

Anyway.. didn't realize your were registering her... Our dogs registered name is Pitch Black Riddick. And his name is Riddick. But after you mentioned it I wished he had a middle name that I could call him when he was in BIG trouble.. He's only 4.. maybe its not too late!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Too cute! Now you'll have to write your own book, and call it "Barley and Me"...Bad joke, I know, but I couldn't resist. Enjoy your new baby, she's absolutely adorable.

Jenner said...

She's ADORABLE and Barley is a great name!

Patty House, Jasonville, IN said...

We brought home a new puppy on Thursday. Not nearly as big as Barley though. His name is Nightcrawler (some superhero according to my son). Ours is a Chihuahua. Laugh...I know, but dog gone is he cute! Barley is too!!

Patty House, Jasonville IN said...

I couldn't resist. I posted on my blog about our puppy with a picture and thought you might want to see him. =)

http://thehouses.wordpress.com/2008/08/02/new-addition-and-great-news/