I actually had to choose four of those options!
Kloe (German shepherd / yellow lab) — She already had a name when Paul adopted her last December. I admit that it’s not my favorite name ever… but I also admit that the idea of a “ditzy Kloe” suits her SO well. She is…single-minded. Ball. That’s all. Ever. When we played fetch with her at the humane society, I really thought she was just excited to be out of her run. But the ball never, ever stops. I know I’ve posted this picture before, but we don’t have many pictures of her. She ALWAYS moves at the last moment and just ends up a blur.
Rigby was named PollyAnna when we got her. It worked because she was a little ragamuffing orphan thing, but for her personality, it didn’t work at all. We spent days coming up with her name. It started as a joke. I mentioned Pushing Daisies and Ned’s dog Digby. I had wanted to name a dog that way back before the show came out and before I even got Cosmo. Then, in the show, Olive Snook got a pig and named it Pigby. So we joked about calling her Dogby. It cracked us up every time, and we still call her that on ocassion, but we eventually morphed it into Rigby. She’s the unassuming evil mastermind of the house. If we were to be found dead in our beds with carefully administered poison gas that left no trace, she’d have been the one to do it. Not that she’s mean. She just has this “the cogs are turning” thing about her, but this totally adorable innocent thoughtful face so you’re never quite sure what’s going on in there. But it’s probably an evil plan to take over the world.
Fawkes was named for Fawkes the Phoenix in, surprise surprise, Harry Potter. I had the name picked out before I got him, so I never expected I’d actually USE the name (I never use the name I’m dying to use because it never fits) but it worked for him. Even more so, it worked as he got older because his hair grew in long (like plumage) and red and gold (like the Phoenix). However, he’s not remotely as regal as Fawkes the Phoenix. He’s just a big old spaz. And completely neurotic. And WEIRD. Yesterday, Paul was sitting on the counter and Fawkes had his front paws in Paul’s lap. I was petting him (the dog, not the fiancé) and when my hand rested behind his neck, he threw his head back, leveraging himself against my hand, and brought his legs up off the floor and all of a sudden he was sitting in Paul’s lap. Like, in a matter of seconds, without jumping, just using his neck and stomach muscles. Freaking dog. It’s not secret that I have TONS of pictures of him. He’s got so much personality and has always loved having his photo taken. At the vet, they take a picture for the file, and the guy walked in and pulled out the camera and Fawkes when from whining like a baby to striking a pose the moment he saw it.
Cosmo was named for a movie character — Cosmo Brown in Singin’ in the Rain. He started out as a rambunctious jokester, but he has grown up into a sweet, cuddly, totally amazing dog. Oh, I’ve got stories about this one. He is STILL a hyperactive weirdo, but he definitely grew up and became an amazing big brother. It’s hard not to have a million pictures of him and Fawkes. I’ve had them since they were babies, and when it was just Cosmo or just Cosmo and Fawkes. It is MUCH harder to get a photo op with all four in the house because if one of them sees you point a camera, they’re all on you for attention right away! So I’m really not biased (I totally am), I just have TONS of pictures from when they were puppies / growing up before Kloe and Rigby!