Saturday, March 29, 2008

My Mom Has a Puppy!

Cecelia, Rachael's mom, found my mom an adorable dachshund puppy! My mom and her Diane (the friend who went with my mom to meet Cecelia for the first time earlier in the week) will drive to upstate New York to get the puppy next weekend. They'll also bring along one of Diane's baby dwarf bunnies for Cecelia's granddaughter. Yippee! You've all been so, so kind to my mom--offering her condolences after Streusel died... But to have then found her this sweet puppy, Cecelia? And to then have your vet check her out at no charge? And then take her home for the week and puppysit until my mom can come get her??! (Hmm... maybe she'll be housebroken by the time my mom brings her home??!) You are a blessing!!!!

What will we name her? My mom wants to stick with a German name, honoring the Teutonic dachshund roots. Elsa? Frida? Gertie? Gretel? Ilsa? Liesel? Mitzie? Trudy? I'm setting up a poll on my sidebar--give us your vote! The poll will run one week--until my mom brings "??" home. (I can't promise my mom will pick the winning name, but I'm sure she'll appreciate the suggestions!) You can pick more than one name, but don't pick too many! I tried to change the color of the poll tally, but I can't figure it out. Sorry it's so hard to see.

16 comments:

Rachael said...

Interesting turn of events, isn't it?

I'm guessing after the week, my mom will have either talked Bob into a puppy for herself, OR after a week of puppy care/ potty-training, etc. she will decide she's had her puppy fix! Time will tell!

I tried to vote for Leisel and Elsa, but it wouldn't take my vote seemingly. ??

Lori said...

I pulled out my baby name book this morning to see what other German names sounded good and I found a couple that you didn't think of that are super cute (in my opinion)

Heidi (my favorite)
Gretchen
Sofie

From the poll I like Gretel the best.

Elle J said...

Perhaps your mom continues the names for her dogs after German bakery items (Streusel - great name). What about the German word for Cake (Kuchen or Torte). Or for the word Sweet (Suss). Or for the name Sugar (Zucker). Best wishes to your mom and her new pal!!

Natalie said...

Isn't it the cutest puppy ever? I didn't vote for Gretal, but now that I think about it, Thats a really cute name, it reminds me of the story "Hansel and Gretal" I love that story. Wish I could hold the puppy while it's still small, The are so long and cute when they are puppies.

bleeding espresso said...

Adorable! Ilsa and Elsa are cute, but that Kuchen suggestion is awfully adorable too ;)

garnet said...

Congratulations to your mom! What a sweet face.

Our beloved dog of sixteen or so years was Schatzie -- German for sweetheart. We loved little Schatz. We had a German-speaking couple living on our campus for a few years when we first arrived and it was so strange to hear the husband refer to his wife as Schatzie -- I'd always momentarily think "Why are you calling her a dog's name!"

I love Heidi and Leisel (had a college classmate by that name) and who couldn't like little Gretl from Sound of Music.

garnet said...

Hmm. Just as soon as I hit enter I wondered if I'm mixed up about the name Gretel. Guess I'm getting too old!

Anonymous said...

I voted for Liesel, but I am not sure that my vote came through, - her eyes just song Liesel to me
Olga

Tina in CT said...

Oh, so many choices. I was leaning towards Lisel or Gretel but liked Tami's suggestion of Mitzie. Kuchen is great as are all of them. Thanks to all of you for commenting and for the suggestions. I think I might have to see what comes in all week and check out the sites for German female dog names. I can't use Heidi as a very dear couple (that we were extremely close to since Tami was 5 and we moved here)that lived near door to us had a dachshung/beagle mix dog and her name was Heidi. She was a special dog and I always think of her when I hear that name. Johnny died in March of 2003 and Sarah died on Katya's birthday a year and a half ago. I miss them both so much as they were like parents to me all through the years and very close friends to all of us. They never had children so my grandchildren were like their great grandkids. Whenever they were here from NY or Moscow, the girls were always over visiting them. After Johnny died and Sarah's health failed more and more, I called her 5 or 6 times a day to check on her and tried to run over each night after work. They both lived way into their 80's. Well, I got off the track of my dog.

Streusel came to me at age 6 and her AKC name was Cinnamon Streusel and she was called Streusel. I also called her Streusie and The Streus. When I had my first doxie, it was a male named Fritz. I wanted to get another (a female) and name her Frieda (after Tante Frieda in E. Germany - my aunt's sister-in-law) but we never got a second doxie. Through the years, I thought that when I ever had a female doxie, I'd name her Struedel (like the German pastry) and when I adopted Streusel, I was so happy to hear her name as it was so close. I like a name that I can make a nickname of that has the y ending sound. Point in case, I named my daughter Tamara but she was always called Tami by everyone until she went off to college and then she was Tamara. I love both of her names.

I can't wait to meet my puppy as she is just so sweet looking.

Tina in CT said...

Editorial correction:

I meant to say that my neighbors, Sarah and Johnny, never had grandchildren. Their son is in CA and their daughter is in ME.

Thanks Lynne for bringing that to my attention.

I spoke earlier with Nanny Cecelia and Puppy is doing very well. She went to church today in a white flannel blanket with little pink flowers on it and it even has a white crocheted edge (hand done by Cecelia). She was very good throughout the entire service and everyone loved her. She then went for a ride this afternoon, played with the grandchildren and has been lavished with attention and love.

Muddy said...

What a sweet puppy.

Katya said...

Tina,
You must be SO excited! So happy for you. She looks like a cutie!

Rachael said...

Oh, I love Schatzie and Suss, esp. since both mean sweet or sweetheart. They're good nickname names too.

JEM said...

I voted for Liesel -- favorite among the Sound of Music characters. How about Mother Superior?

How do you verify if someone votes more than once? What if I were to vote 19 times and more or less control the election?

Nataliya said...

Oh, how cute! I voted for Liesel :) Tina, I can't wait for your update when you bring her home!

Tami said...

What a cutie!!!! I love daushunds.