Ok, so, we bought a dog. A puppy actually, that will be coming home with us in two weeks' time. Two of the longest, most slow-moving, most dreadfully-drawn-out weeks in the history of mankind, according to my anxious, impatient, beleaguered children.
She is adorable and cute and licked me right in the face the first time I picked her up .....
Here's the deal ... we don't know what to name her.
You *know* we name our dogs after beer, right? We named our first dog, a beautiful female golden retriever we got in 1989, "Fosters", after Blaine's favorite beer. Then it only made sense to name our second dog, a male English Setter we got in 1992, "Lager". (Although we pronounced it "Lagger" ... which is still better than "Clyde", the name he had before we got him.)
So in continuing with our glorious and highbrow tradition of naming our dogs after beer (even though neither of us even DRINKS beer anymore) we had already selected the name of our next dog to be "Sam Adams" .... and the pound pup would be named "Miller". (Try not to be jealous of how much class we have.)
The puppy we just bought is a squeezable, precious, cute-as-a-button golden retriever who I think will be a great addition to our family. Blaine is excited to train her to hunt with him, the kids are ecstatic to play with her, and once I get past the mental images of housetraining, and dog hair all over my house, the chewed up furniture and shoes, and the overall and general freaking MESS they make .... well, once I get past that, I am excited as well.
But here's the problem --- she's a girl. And we're just not sure "Sam Adams" is the name for her. I want to call the dog the full name ... "Sam Adams", although I acknowledge it will probably get shortened to "Sam". Blaine says we could name her "Samantha Adams" and simply *call* her Sam, but I'm afraid it will get feminized to "Sammie", which I don't like. And I can't STAND the full-name Samantha. (Goes back to a girl I knew as a teenager named Samantha ... negative connotations and what-not.)
So then Blaine said, "Why not just name her Miller?" but again, I don't think it's particularly feminine. Not that "Fosters" was feminine, either .... so maybe I'm deliberating for nothing. And yeah, I know in the big picture nobody gives two hoots what we name our dog ... as long as we pick up it's poop on walks, everyone will be happy.
But still .... barring any health issues or complications, we'll have this dog for at least ten years, and I want the name to be right and good and perfect.
"Amaretto", my favorite drink, would be way too cumbersome .... I suggested "Cosmo", for "Cosmopolitan", but we both feel pretty strongly that we want to stick to beer.
I've googled beer lists (dear Lord, do I really have nothing better to do with my time???) and haven't seen anything I love. I can tell you right now we're not doing "Bud" (too obvious) or "Coors" (feels wonky to say firmly, as in "Coors, you drop that underwear right now!") We'd like it to be fairly identifiable ... no "Old Speckled Hen" or "Dogfish Head Snowblower Ale" or anything like that.
And for the love of Pete, don't suggest naming her "Heineken" and calling her "Heinie" .... we might be white trash, but our children wear shoes and we DO visit the dentist and I draw the line at calling my dog "Heinie".
So, any suggestions out there?
PS. You know, my life is pretty blessed. This time four years ago, my four-year old was fighting cancer. Today, my biggest problem is deciding what kind of beer to name my new dog after. So overall, I'd say life is good.