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There are quite a few cool things about being a breeder caretaker. For example puppy raising is awesome and I love doing it; however, it is a one-at-a-time shot at changing one life. Don’t get me wrong that one shot and one life are absolutely amazing but when you are a breeder your chance to help someone quickly multiplies. Over the next few weeks I will share all of the tribulations as well as the trials, but right now let’s talk names.

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

One of the perks of being a breeder caretaker is that you get to submit a list of suggested puppy names. There are rules of course like it can’t be overly controversial, political or religious. That is a pretty easy rule because who wants a dog named Hitler or Gadhafi anyway? It gets hard because you don’t want to come up with something that everyone will hate, is hard to say, and everyone has an opinion on what a good name is. The most challenging part is that the name has to be available – meaning it isn’t currently in use by a puppy in training, at Advanced Training, or currently working.

Most aspiring service dog pups have nicknames, which is entirely acceptable provided they respond to their full names as well. Since before she came home Sabina has been called “the Bean” – by everyone not just us. To honor Sabina (and because we think it is fun) we are trying to get a puppy in each of her litters named after a bean. Yeah, that sounded cute when we thought it up. Have you ever really sat down and looked at few bean names there are? I have, there aren’t as many as you might think.

Garbanzo at 30 days.

Our first litter was “G” – that left us with Garbanzo, Green, and Great White Northern. For days we thought about Garbanzo. Is it weird? Is it too hard to say, too many syllables? It the puppy raiser or graduate going to hate us for naming a dog Garbanzo? What are the nickname options? In the end we settled on submitting Garbanzo. We are proud to announce he is living with some great puppy raisers in Florida who love his name. He is our first “baby bean.”

Now on to C. Well folks – beans that start with C is pretty bleak too. Before you start sending in the names I have seen them and they are:

  • Chili
  • Cocoa
  • Carob
  • Coral
  • Cannelini
  • Corona
  • Cicer

When you cross off the ones that are taken and the ones I don’t really like we are left with two. Nope, I am not telling you, you will have to wait like the rest of us.

Now we come up with a list of names to submit. The fine peoples at CCI will review them, make sure that they aren’t duplicates and generally meet the naming standards, and make the final selections. Then they will send us back the names and puppy they are assigned to so we can start using them. We were pretty sure that we would be the C litter so we started thinking about it early last week and we certainly came up with some doozies. The ones that aren’t making the final cut include:

  • Custer
  • Calamity
  • Cheech
  • Crazy
  • Chicklet
  • Cano (as in Can-O-Beans)
  • Capone

Some of the ones we wanted but were taken:

  • Carly
  • Clover
  • Chrissy
  • Cletus

We have finally narrowed it down after much deliberation. By the way I have no idea how breeder caretakers did this before the internet. Some of our best ideas came from weird web searches. We got it  down to 15 or so names to submit. Fingers crossed we get our next baby bean. (and no, I am still not telling it ruins the suspense)