My now 9 month old Golden Retriever puppy is named Emma. Her name fits her so well. Every time we say Emma, she looks at us with those velvet eyes, and I can bet a million dollars she smiles back. (at least that’s what we think as her adoring humans 🙂 ) Her name almost wasn’t tough, Emma I mean. I should start from where her story began.
I’ve always loved dogs. When I was growing up I asked for a puppy every single day. I would almost beg my dad for one, and although he wanted to say yes my mom who kept/keeps an immaculate home vetoed it every time. ( sorry mom LOL. I love you and I understand now what a HUGE responsibility those lovable fur balls are) So we got an aquarium, and a canary, and two parakeets, and more fish. 🙂
When I came to the NW and started graduate school guess what I did the first moment I had my own place. In classic Elif fashion, despite everyone else’s warnings of what ginormous work they were, I got a puppy. The cutest Pug you ever did see; my Daisy. Her name came from the sweetest English Setter our family friend had growing up, and who am I kidding a little bit from Daisy Duck haha. She is now 14, and proof that you need to listen to your own heart with important life decisions. <3
When we got married with hubby (my then boyfriend when I got Daisy), and started having kids, we started discussing adding a sporty, active dog to our family. I’ve always LOVED Golden Retrievers with a passion so a Golden it would be. After waiting for the kids to get a bit older, (on hubby’s insistence LOL. It was a good compromise tough. I mean I thrive with multi-tasking but even I admitted at one point, with two kids in diapers and a 5 year old, life was C-R-A-Z-Y) we finally went and met a breeder. Our 10 year old picked a calm girl with some sass in her that we all appreciated. Pick-up time was 5 weeks ahead and the name discussions began.
First her name was to be Lemon. I love lemons. I can’t think of a salad without a lemon/EVOO mix, love their scent, lemon trees, and the color yellow. For a couple weeks I stuck to the name Lemon. Then I thought of the term lemon for cars, (silly right? don’t ask me why I started thinking of that all of a sudden haha) and the discussion was open again. We tossed around names like Apple, Strawberry,( my 5 yr old) Bella, Belle nothing seemed just right for that sweet, and confident girl.
It came to me sitting on our porch reading a book one afternoon. I should have known that my beloved Jane Austen books would have the perfect name for my puppy. I love the book Emma, especially the character development, and growth Emma shows throughout the book. She is a strong character with great intentions tough misguided and she learns so much from her inexperienced decisions. I love that she is a bit flawed like the rest of us, but confident. Our girl was such an Emma, and a name was born. <3 ( It also helped so much that my kids went bonkers for the name- I think the words sweet, cute, pretty, lovely, so her, were thrown around a trillion times)
Have you watched the above Iams “Duck” video? Being somebody who always asks people where their dog’s name comes from, I absolutely adored it. It’s such an heartwarming piece, and exactly how I envision and hope Emma’s life would be- right there with us when we are making memories. <3
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I would LOVE to learn ladies, how did you name YOUR puppy? I can’t wait to hear the stories, I enjoy them so much. Hug, and kiss those amazing dogs of yours. They are such gifts in our lives. <3
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