August 22, 2003

Love and Lacerations

Teeth. There are no teeth in Tsuga. And thus his name, while commemorating our vanishing Hemlocks, leaves out the essence of who this young dog is. He means no harm with his mouthing, chewing and nipping, but can cause it just the same. His brain homunculus (see human version) is without a doubt 95% tongue-lips-jaws, the rest paws.

And so, as I have learned quick reflexes to pull away or offer a chewable substitute to digits, I have wondered about alternate names for da pup: Crocodile Dundee. Great White. And-- since we so often say it -- the name Harm: "let's put (this or that, or both this and that) up out of harm's way.

About this time in Buster's young life, we were considering adding the name Dammit to his official pedigree, since it was so often a part of the epithet when invoking his name. "Dammit Buster of Walnut Knob" I wanted to call him officially. Ann poopoo-ed it. And speaking of poopoo... but that's another story.

Got another puppy picture coming. Stay tuned.

Posted by fred1st at August 22, 2003 06:52 AM | TrackBack

Harm! I like it! "Sic 'em, harm!" "Do 'em, Harm!" Heh.

Also, when you're feeling mellow, you can use the whole name: Harmony.

Tsuga just doesn't do it for me. On the other hand, it's not my name or my dog.

Posted by: Pascale Soleil at August 22, 2003 07:16 AM

We're going through the chewing thing with Homo. Ouch. Don't know if you've tried this - take an old towel and tie it into a knot. (No, silly, not around your exasperated, alpha-male neck!) It makes for a cheap chew toy.

p.s. I love saying, "Dammit, Homo!"

Posted by: peggy at August 22, 2003 07:42 AM

A friend of mine had a young pup thrown out at their house. Their first inclination was to take it to the pound or just throw it somewhere else (happens often to them in a rural area), but the pup had such enthusiasm for life, jumping on them wildly out of control without regard for how it landed on the way down, they named it Down Dammit and eventually found him a nice home.

Posted by: fletch at August 22, 2003 09:57 AM

My most recent puppy (now 9 years old) is named Peechew because that is all he did when he was learning his name.

When I tell folks his name, they ask, "Oh, as in Machu?" and I respond, "um....yes, exactly."

Now that he is long in the tooth, gray in the face and hasn't had an accident of either kind in many moons, I don't feel I need to explain the origin. He has redeemed himself and so will Tsuga in time. Remember this when considering a name change.

Posted by: amy at August 22, 2003 05:10 PM

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