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Friday, February 25, 2011

WOOF: Dog Tails - It's a Boy...and a Boy!

Another in our continuing WOOF: Dog Tails series!
Thanks to Zan Marie Steadham for this story:

When is a Cassie really a Casey? When he is so dark brown that it’s hard to tell if he is a boy or a girl. I dreamed up the names, Cassie and Max, when the breeder said he had two toy poodle puppies—one girl and one boy. After seeing the two lovely, tiny puddles of fur, I was sure our two were properly named. John wasn’t so sure. He insisted that they were both boys. I insisted back, “But the breeder says the brown one is a girl.” So that was that…at least until we brought them home. I think John has learned the secret to getting along with an insistent woman.

That was when we began to observe the way the little chocolate brown puppy did business. Guess what? John was right. For the record, the breeder had remembered wrong and did think our chocolate puppy was a girl.

What do you do about a wrong name after the pups are home? Well, you go on a name search. We settled on Casey because it was almost the same and the puppy wouldn’t be confused. That meant we had to teach ourselves to say Casey and Max instead of Cassie and Max. It didn’t take long.

As they grew, we had another name dilemma. Max was so small—much smaller than Casey. In fact, he’s close to being a ‘tiny toy’ poodle. And his name was Max. How could that fit? We weren’t sure at first, but the more we watched him move through our world, the more we realized that the tiny dog was a Max. His full name became “Maxim Effort” because that’s exactly how he does everything—running, wrestling, chewing, or sleeping. He’s also known as Maxie Poodle.

Brother Casey has picked up a new middle name as well. He’s Casey Doodle, the Poodle. Yes, it’s lame, but it works and we are tickled to death with our two boys.

I’m still laughing about being outnumbered by the three males in the house, but really, why should I be worried? It just means I get three times the cuddles, kisses, and hugs. No woman in her right mind has a problem with that!

-- Zan Marie Steadham

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"Dog Tails:
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Zan Marie said...

Thanks, Mary and Diana, for choosing my little story to share on WOOF.

needie said...

Great story Zan Marie. If POODLE DOODLE AND CASSIE every have toy poodles -- be sure to check them out and let us know!!!

Deniz Bevan said...

You're right, what woman would complain? I've got the same, with my husband and two male cats!
Isn't it funny how they acquire so many nicknames so quickly?

Diana Black said...

Zan Marie, it was OUR pleasure! Love those two little guys...and you!

d.d. dawg