Monday, June 27, 2011

A Dog Named WHUCK?!

This was the Woody dog, a world class sweetie.
Last year, around this time, we lost our beloved Woody dog. He was 12 and he was awesome. Our vet said he was a lab mix but I think he was also part orange donkey. I loved him very much and I miss him a lot. We all do.

Since Woody went to Jesus (yes, in my world, dogs go to Heaven), we’ve talked a lot about getting a new dog. Mostly, we’ve talked about two specific items; when we will get a new dog and what we will name it.


Our plan is wait to until Mini-Me is potty trained and in preschool, the big kids are a little older and more mature, and of course - until after we move. We haven’t found a new house yet but we are moving this summer. OH YES WE ARE. I think getting a puppy or a new dog at the beginning of the summer is a great idea as the kids can spend a lot of time with it and then they’ll go back to school, and me and my new dog can chill out together and go for walks and be best friends. So maybe next summer, maybe the summer after that.

So a couple of weeks ago at dinner, the following conversation took place:

Cap’n Coupon: When we get a new dog, what should we name it?

Hawk (6 years old): Boy or girl?

Thumbelina (8 years old): Those are both stupid names. [Rolls eyes and sighs]

Hawk: I meant is the dog a boy or a girl.

Thumbelina: I don’t care as long as it’s a baby puppy.

Hawk: Well, if it’s a girl we should name her Mrs. Frenchwire.

Lydia: Who the heck is Mrs. Frenchwire?

Hawk: [rolls eyes at my stupidity] Ummmmm... Our dog.

Lydia: Right. What if it’s a boy?

Hawk: Then we should get a Golden Retriever and name him Carl.

Thumbelina: I think we should get a Golden Retreiver and name her Collie. [Smirks, waggles eyebrows up and down]

Cap’n: Yes. Because of the irony.

Thumbelina: Exactly. I knew you’d get it. Or we could get a Lab and name her Cassy.

Mini Me [2 and a half years old]: Inna girl baby puppy dat’s glack. An Imma name her Hawk.

Cap’n: I  like black dogs, too. But I think I want to get a yellow lab like Woody and I want to name him Denver.

Lydia: Denver? Is he truck dog?

Cap’n: Well, what about Frank? I notice you haven’t suggested any names.

Lydia: I really like Carl. It can be short for the “Carl the Intern”.

Thumbelina: Yes! Or Candace! Or Phinneas! Or Ferb! Or if its really awesome and a girl we can name it Mary McGuire!

[Hawk and Thumbelina and Mini all start screaming names at each other and the situation quicky becomes a cluster with Hawk jumping out of his chair and knocking it over in vigorous defence of his idea to name the imaginary dog Carl]

Cap’n: STOP IT. You’re acting like a Canadian anarchist. Sit down and use your manners, ALL OF YOU.

Lydia: [sighs] I just want a big dog. A big, sweet dog.

Cap’n: Then we should name him TARP. So he’ll be too big to fail.

[Children laugh uproariously as if they understand the joke.  I just look confused because they can't actually get it, right? Then they all look at me like I'm stupid.]

We've been joking about Carl and Mrs. Frenchwire and TARP for the past couple of weeks. And I stupidly clung to the idea that there was respect for the plan. The plan of me not having to potty train two small creatures at once. The plan of me not having to find a new house and then pack up all our crap this summer while also obedience training four adorable blonds who don’t like to do what they're told. But no one respects my plan.

Look what the Cap’n brought home. We decided to name him Brady, because he just didn't seem like a Carl.

Dude. All the cuteness is making me light-headed.



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45 comments:

  1. I just lost my mom (wishing I could simply go to a lost & found), and knew I could count on you to make me laugh. You did. Thank you. TARP, love it! Hee hee hee...

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  2. So cute and cuddly. I hope he isn't a chewer.

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  3. That has got to be the world's cutest dog!! Too bad they don't stay like that! :)

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  4. Oh no...I wanna kiss that fuzzy face!

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  5. Too cute!! We have 2 labs and they're just gorgeous. Not sure I'm up to going down the lab puppy route again though....good luck with that.

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  6. There's good in this. You potty train at the old house so the new house stays nice. No point in ruining the carpets you have to live with.

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  7. oh my!!! WHAT a cutie!!! Congrats! I'll make this easy - I totally relate. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  8. I could seriously die from the cute. Best wishes for a successful and mess free potty training experience.

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  9. OMG, he is sooooo cute :)

    Only makes me want one for about 3 seconds...and then I shake it off ;)

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  10. The dog is way adorable. My question is, did he use a coupon?

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  11. Brady is sooo cute! Good luck with the potty training!

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  12. aaaaaawwwwwww!!! so very cute!!! We just had total puppy fail. My youngest was just not ready for a pet in the house.

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  13. Adorable! We have an 8YO yellow lab named Bernie and, while he neither swims nor retrieves, he's the best move we ever made. Sweet and loving and awesomesauce. Brady will, no doubt, follow in his coolness paw-steps.

    ps. Watched Marley & Me on ABC Family last night. Good lord. Do NOT watch that movie.

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  14. I love yellow labs! We had two yellow labs from the same litter when I was growing up named Bud and Fud. You can tell who got to name the puppies.

    We are basset hound people, and I was recently looking at the web page for the basset hound rescue where we got Baxter. They had a basset on there named TODD. Isn't Todd the strangest and most awesome name for a hound dog?

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  15. Aww, puppies are trouble. BUT if you're potty training a kid anyway, why not a puppy too? We brought our American Bulldog puppy home last fall, potty trained her and my son at the same time (and now they both pee outside in the grass, hmm . . .)So what if I spent all day every day yelling "are you pooping?!?!? not on the carpet!" I'm really hoping that at some point everybody will be potty trained, they'll only eat food from their own dishes and they won't bite each other.

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  16. awwww. We are discussing pets at our house too. The MIL somehow seems to be able to dictate what happens in our house by telling dh our back yard isn't big enough. Anyhoo. I love your new addition...ADORABLE!

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  17. I think he looks like a TARP. even though I don't get the joke. very cute.

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  18. Yup, I also could just diiie from that cuteness, and his paws are making a heart. Melt.

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  19. Yeah well. I had a dog named Moo. He was black and white like a cow and we brought him home from my sister's farm, so it was cute yadda yadda.
    UNTIL the little twit started escaping...and I was massively pregnant. So there I am, waddling around the neighborhood yelling "Moo! Moo!" Even I couldn't help laughing at myself. Sigh.

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  20. oh, i read the book marley and me, made me bawl like a little girl. and the part with the post partum, i could totally relate. carl WAS cooler but brady is cuter, and that puppy is definitely a brady. good luck, love aims

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  21. I want that dog!!!!! Awwwwwwwwwwwww........... hubby wants us to get a dog too, but I am not for picking up anything's poop. I've finished wiping kids bottoms and cleaning up their random poo-ey ness. So no dog. Just living vicariously through other dog owners!

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  22. Squeeeeee! So cute! I love furry monsters.

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  23. He's got to be the king of cuteness! We rescued a husky-jack russel mix (i know - whuck?) named Carl... We changed it to Duke - he was way to cute & hyper for Carl. He was a bitch to train but totally worth it!! Enjoy every frustrating & adorable minute!

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  24. I totally just passed out from the cuteness. And Brady is a great name! Almost as good as TARP...

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  25. p.s. Does getting a puppy quell that urge to have another baby? Because, if so, perhaps we need to get a dog...

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  26. He is making a heart... awww.

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  27. My dog's name is actually Carl. Carl Axl, to be exact. First name after the crazy neighbor on Aqua Teen Hunger Force (a hilarious cartoon for adults) and middle name after The hubs' fave rock god of the '90s. Enjoy your new little being that will also need potty training... LOL!

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  28. And now you are Brady's Bunch?
    More seriously, good for pee and poop and other body drippings on carpet, clothes, in the cracks of the wooden floor, whatever: Simple Solution. I get it at PetSmart. My sister the mommy tells me it's even getting out the old old stains now that she knows about it.

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  29. I'm going to cry because he's so damn cute! Oh, and b/c I have to give up my kitty cats soon due to the flippin' allergies Ms. Princess (my 2 y.o.) inherited from her father :(

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  30. Cuteness...
    We have a mutt, who's a hoarder, and a golden retriever who's an absolute sweetheart. To this day, no one on this green earth is as happy to see me as my four-legged kids!

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  31. We named our cats Phinneas and Ferb, and the fish we bought last week are Dr. Doofenshmirtz, Candace and Perry the Suckerfish.
    Cute new baby you have!!

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  32. Katie @ yoga gal...wasn't the dog from The Fox and The Hound a basset hound named Todd? Or maybe the fox was named Todd....can't remember...

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  33. Awwwwwwwwwwww! My children keep asking for a dog. And I keep saying no. I hope my resolve holds... I already clean up enough poop as it is.

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  34. @Nesser: tears streaming down face laughing so hard about the dog named "moo.". Reminded me of a former boyfriend's cat he named "boneless chicken" because of how lazy he was.

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  35. Aw crap. Now I saw the picture. Now I have to get a dog.

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  36. The puppy is super cute but this is my favorite part of this post:
    "Cap’n: STOP IT. You’re acting like a Canadian anarchist."

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  37. Arrgghhh! Did you make the Cap'n walk the plank? At the very least make him walk that pup EVERY night! We have an 18 month old pup that I still question my sense about getting, got her at 3mo, and my kids are potty training. New puppies after a wonderful senior dog, family friend, makes child raising seem easy. Good luck!

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  38. "Moo" and "boneless chicken"...OMG! I needed a good giggle this morning!!!

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  39. I had to laugh because Cap'n threw in the bit about the Canadian anarchists. They make us all look bad! lol.

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  40. aww, he's adorable. At least you didn't go my route - I got a puppy, then found out I was pregnant a few months later. Imagine being 30+ weeks pregnant with a very hyper, very large 9 month old dog at obedience school, trying to get him trained before the baby comes (he still doesn't listen, but he's great with the boy).

    btw, I think potty training both at the same time is an awesome idea. That way, you'll only have to buy new carpet (or call the carpet cleaners) once.

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  41. SOOOOOOOOOO cute!!!! And @Raine, I feel your pain! We got a 3-month-old border collie/retriever mix last February (when there were 6 inches of snow on the ground and we don't have a fenced yard!), and I found out I was pregnant again (we already had 2 girls) 3 weeks later. *sigh* 2010 was a fun year. :P
    Oh, and we decided to name him "Phineas", as we all completely love the show. The girls BEGGED me to name the baby Ferb if it was a boy and Candace if it was a girl, but thankfully they gave up on that idea, and our son Jack was born on Phineas' 1st birthday. Now our family is complete! :)

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  42. Pope John Paul II wrote in some sort of papal communication that he was of the opinion that dogs do, in fact, go to heaven. Something about how dogs have souls, as so, so many dog owners can attest, and they are selfless companions and blameless (most of the time) so Woody dog is up there having a great time.

    I like popes who contemplate the theological significance of souls in dogs. In addition to being a pain in the ass for communist dictators everywhere.

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  43. Love Happy Dogs!!! My dog has separation anxiety but after a few days at Happy Dogs she runs right in the door in the morning. The staff are all so nice and really care about the dogs and their customer service is so great. I don't know what I'd do without them. female dog names

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