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