Naming a dog is apparently harder than naming a child.
We hunted all the name lists — German Shepherd name lists. Baby girl name lists. Lists of cities. Lists of songs. Lists of crazy things celebrities have named their children. We spent time thinking about and discussing all of your amazing suggestions.
And still, nothing.
I hated bringing her home without a name. I’m kind of overzealous when it comes to planning. I like to have everything in order before anything happens. Like people suggested, we thought we would get to know her some more and then name her something fitting.
We laughed at two names — McCoy and Hattie/Haddie — due to the juxtaposition with our last name. We tossed out name after name. We cut it down to a short list of names for our female German Shepherd:
And then we crossed those names off the list. Nothing.
I had thought of one name, but it felt too long to yell when she ran off, so I crossed it off my list. Then a friend suggested a way to shorten it — and both of us agreed that it felt right. We gave the name a go, and it fits.
So, we are pleased to introduce Calliope Jane.
Otherwise known as Callie.
She’s kind of awesome. Obviously.
The boys love her.
She loves them too. With her whole waggy body.
And she is, of course, officially a FireDog thanks to a purchase at Pet Smart.
That’s most definitely a collar with green and pink collar with fire hydrants. I may have laughed out loud in the collar and leash aisle. How incredible perfect is it?
She was meant to be our dog.