Saturday, February 18, 2012

How did your dog get their name?

We have, and have had, several pets since The Man & I first got together nearly 8 years ago. However, our first fur baby, was a not very baby min pin named Echo.

I do not know how she got her name, because we got her from a International Rescue for miniature pinschers. We made the decision to adopt from this rescue & began our search.
After we were approved for adoption we were given a list of dogs in the 4 hour range we said we'd be willing to drive. Echo was mentioned. She was living with a woman who took the old, sick, etc dogs who no one wanted. 
She had around 50..
Echo " Never looks for attention,when all the dogs come running & clamoring, like she truly doesn't think she deserves it. We'd be lucky to get $50 for her, we don't know how old she is" and I was sold.

Soon after I drove 4 hours on a HOT Summer day to meet a woman in a animal shelter parking lot, she had driven 3 hours,  and as she tried to hide her emotions we made the quick trade off.

Echo was missing an ear & shaking. 

I put her in a blanket, held her in the car awhile, and then settled her in to drive home.
We stopped at a metro park, where I quickly found out she wasn't the type of dog who takes walks. 

So we headed home. We had a crate, toys, a bed, food & water dishes, everything for her. After showing her around I let her explore a bit, when she came back to me she was crying.

Literally, she had liquid tears running out of her eyes.I like to think it was happy tears, myself.

She has been to Florida & back to Ohio with me since then. Through 4 houses, 2 babies, 3 cats & a fish. 

She's blind, deaf, and often spends hours staring at nothing.She bumps into walls & her tongue permanently hangs out one side of her mouth. She's had oral surgery to remove all but one of her teeth. When we found out she was micro-chipped we had her traced back to the original puppy mill she was seized from, where she had been a breeder (she shows extensive signs of having had multiple litters) and where her ear was bitten off by another dog. She has wandered away, been found. Been loved by the boys, and terrorized, dressed up, snuggled by & attacked by the cats. She has worn a pink Snuggie & has a custom knit ski cap.

She'd kind of awesome, in a now diapered ( yes, so seriously, Target brand, size 3, cropped tail- no holes= saved carpets!! Don't judge...)  mostly blind, one eared way. She is ours forever, and we are her forever home, something that so many rescued & shelter animals will never know. She certainly is trouble sometimes, as elderly & aging dogs can be, but for a pint size pup, weighing in a a whopping 9 pounds, she is a pretty good girl & I absolutely love her.

Though we will never know how she came to be called Echo, we know her as our dog, and love her!

That is my story about how our dog got her name. The rest of our pets, cats, all name human names. Max, Chuck(a female) and Bill, our 6 month kitten. I think there is something humerus about human names for pets, myself! 

Do any of your pets have good stories about how their names came to be?

This post was brought to you by the "What's in a Name?" Campaign hosted by our friends at dog bark collar.

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