Help me name my dog

Those of you that have attended one of my Solaris Boot Camps may have been introduced to our 6 week old English Springer Spaniel, Trixie. She has been decorating my Solaris desktop since her arrival last March.

At just over a year old, Trixie has grown up to be a wonderful family member. She's very sociable, easy to train, eager to please and quite affectionate – boy is she affectionate. As much as we'd like to take credit for all of this, a check into the dog encyclopedia on English Springer Spaniels shows that these are all traits of the breed, so Mother Nature wins this round.

So my darling bride suggested that we get her a companion, preferably another black and white female. Armed with the information from the dog encyclopedia (and previous experience with two other Springers), we contacted the breeder asking if there are any plans to breed these bloodlines again. We just missed a litter, so we'd have to wait about a year – which was fine. Or so we thought....

Mother Nature wins round two. Trixie's maternal grandparents figured out how to unlock the kennel and we received a phone call telling us that Trixie has new born aunt and three uncles, but it was a small litter - only the one female, but she's black and white!!!!

Like I have to finish this part of the story ????? We went over to see these new puppies and never stood a chance. At best I hope to come home with only one (the runt of the litter, one of the males, is also adorable).

But that leaves a dilemna – what to name the new member of the family ?

Had we planned for two dogs, Themla and Louise would be the obvious choices (with Kate and Ally, Laverne and Shirley probably in consideration). But my daughter named Trixie and it suits her, so what goes with Trixie ? The obvious choice would be Dixie, but consider that this is Dallas which isn't nearly as Dixie as say Georgia or Alabama. Also out of consideration for the dogs, there's not much vocal distinction between Trixie and Dixie – so Dixie is out.

Now, most of the names that we've paired with Trixie thus far seem more suited to a bowling alley than the high tech field dog that we expect. So what do we name her ?

We've got a short list of
  1. Roxy
  2. Domino
  3. Haley
  4. Casey
  5. Hemi
  6. Mini-T
  7. Sadie
  8. Sammy
  9. Biscuit

We have 4 weeks to come up with a name. So I'm asking for some help! Please let me know if you like any of the above, or if there's some name that suits this little girl.

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With it being the runt, it would seem obvious to be pixie..also looking at a thesaurus shows another word for pixie is gnome

Posted by Linda Kateley on February 21, 2006 at 03:38 AM CST #

Hi Bob! Trixie was also the name of Ed Norton's wife on the Honeymooners, and her friend, Ralph Kramden's wife, is named Alice. Tixie and Alice! Bang, zoom, to the moon! :-) Ed

Posted by Ed Lohrer on February 21, 2006 at 04:18 AM CST #

Hey Ed!
Alice was one of the first things we came up with, thinking along those same lines (Honeymooners reference). It was initially rejected in the bowling alley purge (along with Maude and a few others), but I'll resubmit it. In the event that we end up with both the female and runt then maybe Ed for the other one :-)

Posted by Bob Netherton on February 21, 2006 at 04:25 AM CST #

I'd vote for Pixie

Posted by Lukas on February 21, 2006 at 05:18 AM CST #

Two votes. Obvious choice would be to step back to tradition and go with "Network." Second choice would be H3, since she's the small version. --SCott

Posted by Scott Dickson on February 21, 2006 at 06:13 AM CST #

Names I like are "Hummer" and especially "Wallet". "Uh Oh ,Wallet is empty,time for din,din or at least to leave the CD tables.:)

Posted by Bennett Wolf on February 21, 2006 at 08:49 AM CST #

I would go for Fido... But I might be accused to be too big of a Zappa fan, wouldn't I? :-) Jean

Posted by Jean-Henry Berevoescu on February 21, 2006 at 11:02 AM CST #

"Pixie" only if she has boots. :-)

Posted by John Karwoski on February 21, 2006 at 11:21 AM CST #

Flasket, of course! Passes the bowling alley test at any rate....

Posted by Tom Hayes on February 21, 2006 at 11:56 AM CST #

I'd opt for Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy, per the Hanna-Barbera cartoons.

Posted by Gene Saunders on February 22, 2006 at 03:43 PM CST #

I vote for "Pixie" - from the days of the Pixie & Dixie (and Mr Jinx) cartoon show. 8-)

Posted by Paula Frick on February 22, 2006 at 03:44 PM CST #

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