Our family is growing!

No, we don’t have a baby on the way, but we are planning an exciting new addition in the spring!

source: Wikipedia

These are Indian Runner ducks, and we’re planning on adding a pair of them to our family just as soon as the weather warms up. Aren’t they the cutest!? 😀

My husband and I have always had pets – dogs on my side, cats on his – and it’s important to us that our son knows what it’s like to love and care for animals. I’m not so fond of cats in the house, and while I would LOOOOVE to get a little Beagle puppy, I feel strongly that we should not adopt a dog until we are home more to provide it with the attention it deserves. (But if I could, it would be this sweet little guy…)

source: http://dogs-cats.wikia.com/wiki/Beagle

So, our solution is a pair of low-maintenance ducks!  I know I’ll love having them because my parents had them (along with pigs, chickens, even a donkey!) They’re easy to take care of, super funny, and since they’re natural foragers, they’ll make a great  all-natural pest control method for our new garden!

I’m already thinking about what we’re going to name our new babies. Like I said, I’ve always had pets, and finding the perfect pet name has always been a family project. My mom firmly believes that pets deserve dignified “people” names – no Fluffy, Snickers or Cupcake in our house (although we did have a goldfish named Muffin, of all things…) If you wouldn’t give the name to a person, you shouldn’t bestow it upon a pet, either, she said. I think it was a good early lesson in treating your pets with respect and love, like true member of the family…So, every time we got a new dog, we would sit down with the ultimate name guide: the phone book! (Remember those?) 😀

We’d flip through the pages, throwing out names until one of them stuck. It was a ton of laughs, and we always knew when we’d hit upon the right one. I was only a few days old when they names the first one, Zeke, but I got to help with Rosie (the Newfoundland), Max (the rescue mutt), Casey (the Cocker Spaniel) and Beau (the Toy Poodle.) It’s been quite the mix through the years, but they’ve all been loved just the same, and not one of them ever had to be embarrassed about having a silly name or getting teased at the dog park. 😉

As for me, I think I agree. But as a literature major, I tend to lean toward the canon to provide inspiration for my pet names now. But still, only the most dignified are up for consideration. For our new babes, I’m thinking Othello and Desdemona…

Now, to figure out how to get them to line up in a row… 😀


So is my mom silly, or not? How do you choose your pets’ names?

**I am blogging about the naming of my dear pet as a part of the “What’s in a Name?” Campaign brought to you by DogFenceDiy, the invisible fence alternative. No matter the name, DogFenceDiy knows your dogs deserve safety.



  1. says

    FUN! I can’t wait to see what they look like and hear which names you decide on. =) We name ours whatever we feel like, though most of ours have had “people” names, like Savannah, Trixie and Lila. We have had “pet” names though, like Tiger, Shadow and Smokey. Guess it’s whatever name fits!

  2. says

    We try not to name our ducks, chickens or geese. It makes it harder if they end up on the table… There are exceptions though…Like Laquita. She is a crested duck and reminds me of a friend of mine in high school who wore these outrageous hats. And Damion – the goose. I swear he is the meanest thing I’ve ever seen. Runs up to you hissing and twisting his neck, and when you turn your back, he’s nipping at the back of your leg, right at the bend !

    • admin says

      I agree, Kay! When we had pigs, we never named them. I didn’t even really like to go out and see them much. But these ducks will most definitely be pets for our son, so no table for them! :)

  3. says

    I don’t know how I pick names. I just do. I see the pet and I name it. Like my dog, Rugby. It just popped into my brain and it was SOOO him. =) Good luck and have fun!

  4. says

    We named our collie/blue heeler Dakota, which is a Native American name from (big surprise) the Dakota tribes. It means “friend” or “friendly ally”. Our Saint Bernard’s name is Apollo, which ironically means “destroyer”. He’s anything but as a friendly, cuddly giant bear, but he sure puts people on edge when they come to our house, which is what we wanted. He’s a protector without being aggressive just because of his size and weight. They are human names that I love, but wouldn’t really want to name a baby. So I guess I agree with your mom because I’d never be able to name the dogs something like spike, buddy, princess, bandit or spot.

  5. Laura W. says

    Oh, I bet your son will love having them! We don’t have pets here (we did have a beta fish for a while that we named “Fish” so my sons understood what it was. This was when our oldest was younger and learning how to talk). Growing up we had 3 dogs throughout the span of my childhood, and now that I think of it they did all have “real people” names too: Shannon, Belle, and Toby. We also had other pets like gerbils, but we had different names for them: Penelope, Wallaby, Sugar, Velvet, etc. The only thing I don’t like is when someone names a child, and the first thing someone tells them is “oh, we had a dog named that!” I understand pets are loved, but it’s not necessarily the first thing I want to hear after I pick out a child’s name, you know? I love the names you picked for the ducks!


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