09 June 2010

the name game (introducing 'ted')

a big thank you to everyone for all the great name suggestions! so many good ones, i wish i had a pack of puppies to name! oliver was by far and away the most popular suggestion, and i loved it for it's little orphan "oliver twist" connotations, but alas, it's also a popular name here in the 'hood, and with a couple other olivers running around, i didn't want little guy to suffer the indignity of being known as "oliver m" at the dog park; plus, as a child, yours truly was obsessed with "green acres" reruns on tv, so i also didn't want myself to suffer the indignity of calling out his name in lisa douglas's hungarian accent, "all-lee-vahr", as i knew i eventually would... :-)

naming him would have be so easy if he was a girl- he would have been "sister bertrille" in a heartbeat 'cause of those bat ears. c'mon, it's not just me who sees the resemblance, is it?

we literally tried dozens of names from the absurd (joey ramone) to the exotic (francois & juan carlos), and had a great time doing it, but knew in the end his name would reveal itself. and it did- as little guy was snuggled in the crook of my arm with his head laying on my chest, i remarked to him that it was like sleeping with a real life little teddy bear, and there it was, his name, revealed:

ted
.

well, theodore actually, but i'd imagine i'll only call him by his full name when he's doing something bad, like peeing on the car door instead of hopping into the car (twice, now), and let's just not talk about him peeing in a client's kitchen today (yes, ted takes meetings, and in my defense, the client invited him, fully aware that his manners aren't that polished yet).

an instance where the use of "theodore" would be appropriate: "um, i'm a lapdog, not a hiking dog, and i absolutely *refuse* to take another step!" the other walkers along the trail at runyon canyon were highly amused at the man trying to lure his dog up the hill with liver treats...

so he's officially ted, as in my little teddy bear, tedders, teddums, teddy boy and all the other disgusting baby talk variations i can come up with. thanks again for all the fun suggestions- maybe we can do this again in a year or two if ted gets a little sister!

ted
aka
theodore may

21 comments:

Things That Inspire said...

Perfect name!

La Maison Fou said...

So cute and yes,.... Ted it is. His pretty coat is such a shade of honey, perfect fit for him. I can see it.
L.

little augury said...

of course, perfect and always so fun to add the Teddy Teddy Boy all to the original. Good job, he is a doll. pgt

Pigtown-Design said...

i am quite familiar with that "i am not moving another inch" look. connor has a tactic of just lying down right on the spot when he doesn't want to go any farther. even if it's right in the middle of the street!

Vickie H. said...

I am playing "catch-up" here, just meeting Ted for the first time. He is very cute and you know I love the rescue aspect. You are such a dear. Since he needs some training, I pray he will be channelling Mona in all the important ways a dog who needs direction is able. I am convinced her spirit is there with you, loving and guiding you and Richard, still. Welcome to the fold, Ted. No matter the price of the ticket: you are in for the ride of your life, in a GOOD way.

camdesign said...

Oh my, great name...Love it!

ps the other day, out of the blue I thought...Burton (the name I gave to you) to funny
I thought outloud...
Richard Burton, Richard & Burton... oh you were funny and it took you 24hours to connect the dots... anyway I thought I would share that with you...

Hugs to Ted and Richard and You...,

Regards, Carol Ann x

Recessionista LA said...

Awwww, so cute!

bazaarofserendipity said...

It's perfect!

And this is by far my favorite post! i was for sure laughing out loud b/c i do the same thing! What a lucky little guy you have!

David said...

He's a total Ted, and so photogenic!

maison21 said...

ted sez "thanks, guys!"

ok, he didn't say anything, but he did wag his tail when i said people liked his name ;-)

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

ahhhh! Teddie...Ted...Theodore...The Tedmeister! Perfect....

Erika said...

theodorable!!!

Fifi Flowers said...

Très TEDorable!!! ENJOY!!!

for the love of a house said...

Ted is absolutely adorable!
Love rescue-pups! Congratulations to you both!

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

Oh, congratulations, Christian! I just caught up on all your old posts and was so so sorry to read about your beloved Mona. Your tribute to her was so moving...and I've spent the last half hour reading EVERY old post on Mona that you ever did. (Now I'M crying.) What a special, special dog and how lucky you both were to find each other. She had a wonderful life with you, as is so evident from your loving photos. I don't think I've EVER seen a dog smile like that!

I hope I get to meet Ted some day. He is absolutely precious. The photo of him on the gray and white fabric almost looks like an Old Master painting! Little does he know that he has lucked into the owner of a lifetime. Love, light and laughter to both of you, xxx

katiedid said...

Ted is a classic...the dog and the name! Perfection!!!

SuSu said...

Ted is just sweetness itself...and I would have melted at those brown eyes! I'm glad he has a wonderful forever home!

Beth S. said...

He is just beautiful! What a lucky dog to have such a wonderful home!!! Our little pound puppy, Pepper, was and still is our first baby.

Brilliant Asylum said...

Yay Ted. He is a cutie.

Brilliant Asylum said...

Yay Ted. He is a cutie.

designstiles said...

He looks a bit like my dog. Pictured here: http://bit.ly/aUbd3L It's the very last picture and his eyes are closed so you may not see just how much they resemble, but it's there. Promise. We think he's a pomeranian dachshund mix. Do you know what your dog is?

My cousin's dog's name is Ted The Dog. No Joke.