Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What's In A Name?

There is a lot to be said about the name we give to our family pets. Our first beagle was named Shiloh after the movie and she was a great companion to our son until we moved and could not take her! We found her a good and loving home but we missed her! In 2003, we settled into on-post housing at Ft. Campbell and found another beagle to join our family. Boscoe was named for a character on the tv show Third watch and it fit his personality to a tee! Then in 2005 we add a four-legged princess, who looked like a cow, and named her Zoey! The name fit her prissy personality.

Then came Capone and we totally missed the naming mark with him! When we met him, he was the strong, silent type so we (mistakenly) thought Capone was a fitting name but as time marches forward, we have discovered the error of our choice. At first he began to act more like Scooby Doo, clumsy and bungeling and always chewing on something. Then he showed his true identity as he would trip over his own paws, fall over for no reason and slide into a room. He is Kramer from Seinfeld! Yup, our dog embodies everything that is in Kosmo Kramer only in dog form! Our first impression of him was wrong but we love him and he is now part of our pack!

That's not to say that I don't get up set with him from time to time! The other day I decided that he would be a great running companion because he is high energy but remember what I said earlier about first impressions! I was wrong, again! I laced up my brand new running shoes and grabbed the leash and off we went! He did not keep consistent pace and wanted to pee on something every 3 minutes but we finally hit our stride and I was in the zone! That all changed 1 1/2 miles into the run when I thought the call of nature was about to strike, so with plastic band in hand, I was prepared! I, however, was not prepared for what happened next! Instead of answering "the call" Capone fell into a yard as if he had been shot (tongue flopped out of his mouth) and refused to budge!! Kramer had struck again! I finally coaxed him the last 1/2 mile to our driveway and up the sidewalk to the backyard where he promptly jumped into the Diva's pool! He added 4 minutes to my time! Sorry Kramer (Capone) no more running with mommy for you!

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