I tried to get pictures this morning and it was such a colossal failure that even THIS awful picture is better than they were. Forgive me; I am still trying to minimize stress on Daisy Poppy and babies by moving them around a ton, so advantageous angles are few.

We’d tossed around some ideas for litter names, but when that first puppy was born and was so tiny, the kids said, “Oh, he’s like Despereaux!” and suddenly we knew the theme.

So this one is BOOKS. Again, for registered names, I am fine with very vague interpretations of that theme; if you want to use titles, phrases about books, something about bookstores, the more creative you are the better!

But for litter names we try to stick with a tighter list, so this one is “Children’s Book Characters.” From Daisy Poppy’s nose to tail, they are:

Monster (from the Monster at the End of the Book – yes, I know it’s Grover, but Monster fits him a lot better!): Big brindle boy, full white collar.

Milo (from the Phantom Tollbooth): Tri boy with a full collar.

Hugo: Brindle boy with a heart on his head, full collar. Little boy.

Corduroy: Very dark brindle boy with a cool square blaze and a full collar. One of the little boys.

Bianca (for Miss Bianca, of course): Very dark brindle girl. Color touches the corner of one eye; the other side is more white. Super pretty girl who loves to be carried and babied; she’s one of the littles so that’s not a hard request to meet! She has white in a narrow river trickling way up her sides and a tiny dot of white on one hip.

Ramona: The big girl who came ninth. Dark brindle with a tiny narrow blaze.

Harold (from Harold and the Purple Crayon): Black and white (? We think) boy with big puzzle-piece markings and a fairy kiss on his head. He got his name because he was hard to get breathing well, born strong but very wet and drippy, and didn’t pink up for a while. We kept telling him to stop being purple, or saying “Check the purpley dude again to make sure his color is still good,” and so of course he had to be Harold.

George (started out Curious, but now usually called Gorgeous George or Handsome George because he’s really long-bodied and has perfect markings): Tri boy with a huge white blaze that connects with a giant symmetrical collar. He started out a little but has graduated to the “medium” range, which is lovely.

And, last but not least, our tiny guy down there at the end showing you his chest spot – Despereaux. He OWNS that last nipple, and will furiously defend it from all comers, even Monster, who outweighs him by five ounces.

So now you’ve met them all! I am going to try valiantly again tomorrow to get individual pics, but we may have to wait until their eyes open and I can distract them with chickens :).

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  • Reply Mindi Palmer Fried February 20, 2012 at 11:36 am


  • Reply Liv February 20, 2012 at 11:38 am

    You’re a radical dame. I SO want to be one of your puppy buyers – would Cardis be a fit for someone who enjoys Aussie temperaments? I DON’T EVEN KNOW, I JUST KNOW I WANT YOUR PUPPIES.

  • Reply Olivia Frost February 20, 2012 at 11:40 am

    They look gorgeous and shiny and I would have never guessed any of them struggled at the start. You’re the bomb!

  • Reply Susan Whelan Temple February 20, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Great names! I think I am in love with Harold.

  • Reply Corky Bernie February 20, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Alll soooo sweet, can hardly wait for their little personalities to emerge. Congratulations Joanna and Daisy (oh, and Shade) on producing such gorgeous puppies.

  • Reply Leila Ledbetter February 20, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Gorgeous shiny sleek little seals. So pleaseed they’re doing well.

  • Reply Amanda Rains February 20, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I claim Bianca.

    I mean…awwwwww puppies! Fantastic names! 😀

  • Reply Kaye Graham February 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I teach children’s literature so these names struck a tremendous, sympathetic chord with me as did the narration of Daisy Poppy’s time of trial as she gave birth. Those names portend curiosity, strength, grace, mischief, creativity, and a lot of heart! I’ll be eager to see more pictures. So glad Daisy Poppy is taking fluids and relaxing into motherhood.

  • Reply Jill February 20, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    The wee Harold has a “smart dot” on the center of his head, just like Daisy – how cute!

  • Reply Kathy J February 21, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Book names are great – My older collie is Kings Valley Pride n Prejudice – call name Darcy. Yeah he is man enough to have a “girly” name!!

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