“Nate & Zeke…we have to name the puppy, do you have any ideas?”

“Mommy, I think we should call her Sprinkles. No, Sweetie Pie. NO…CUTIE PIE!! Because she’s so cute.”

“That’s a really sweet name, Nate. What do you think about that, Daddy?”

“Eh hem…I think Zeke should have a suggestion. What do you think, Zeke?”

“She smells like cake. I think we should name her Cake.”

Mark is grimacing at every suggestion. In a whisper-growl to me he says, 

“I always picture myself with a big, beefy dog. Like a Mastiff or something. It’s bad enough we have a 4 lbs dog called a YorkiePoo…I’m not yelling, ‘Here, Cutie Pie….’!! And there will be no pink collars or bows!”

“OK, calm down John Wayne. Hey boys, it’s Daddy’s turn to suggest a name. What do you think we should call the puppy, Daddy?”

“Well, she looks like an Ewok to me. How about Wicket?”

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“She DOES look like an Ewok, Daddy! But Wicket was a boy Ewok…our puppy is a girl.”

“Well Nate, we could make it a girl name by adding a ‘te’. She could be Wickette”

“What do you think of that name, Zeke?”

“I like Star Wars, so I like it.  Mommy?”

“Yes, Zeke?”

“When Wickette dies…can we get a kitty cat?”

(Sigh) 

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