Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pearl the Squirrel

A couple of months ago, I got the best Christmas present ever ... Pearl, the Cairn Terrier. I haven't had my very own dog since I was in high school, so I can't tell you how much this little girl means to me.
Me and the mister had talked about "one day" getting a dog, but with so much going on--the move, impending winter and utter lack of daylight--I had put the idea on hiatus. But back in December, I took a road trip to Chicago with my sweetie's daughter (that's a whole 'nother post!), and as I was driving home, I got a text message from him with a picture of "Bailey" who looked like a sweet, fluffy rat--she was about that size! He had driven several hours to the breeder's farm and bought the dog as an early present for us. But hmmm ... that name. Bailey? Not so much. So I began racking my brain trying to come up with something more fitting. Whenever I'm trying to name something, I start trying on everything for size: "Des Moines Next 5 Exits." Des? Desi? McDonald's. Mac? Maggie? You get the idea. So, as the Roxy Music song "Mother of Pearl" came on my stereo and I was singing "Mother of Pearl ... I wouldn't trade you for another girl ..." I thought "that's IT!" Pearl. Loves it.
So now, as she grows more and more into the Toto dog she is (look at her picture below in my previous post--my, how she's grown!), she picks up a new nickname every day: Pearl the Squirrel (shortened to just "Squirrel" mostly), Pearly Squirrely, Munchie (short for Munchkin), Pearl Girl, and the list goes on. Nickname potential is a very important thing to consider when picking a name for a dog, I've learned!


  1. She is precious and so are her assorted names, but I like Pearl the best. I am so glad to see a post from you, I know you are out there making a life and us former mag fans are routing for you, but it is good to hear what projects your working on or what you are making for dinner tonight. I get so much motivation from reading how other like minded folks are living life.
    I get a feel from the tone of your post that you are very happy in your new life. Looking forward to seeing what you are up as spring approaches.

  2. Thanks so much Laura. I get so much motivation from people like you! I'll keep you all posted. Good things are in store for this spring!

  3. It is important!

    I didn't like Maggie's name at first because I have a friend named Maggie, but I couldn't think of anything else.

    Now, I wouldn't change it. There are so many perfectly fitting nicknames for her: Mag, Maggers, Magnum, and, Bridget coined the best one, Magaggie (a Homer Simpson creation).

    Maggie is silly and loyal, and, when she wants, her intelligence shines.

    Pearl is very special and sweet, and, Laura said it best, precious.

    It makes me wonder, does the dog make the name, or does the name make the dog?

  4. It always seems that the dog becomes the name, and over time, you can't imagine any other name for it. Maybe it's that love thing ... in the same way that over time, you can't imagine yourself with anyone other than the person you're with. :)