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Friday, November 13, 2009

Dog Names

I collect unusual dog names. You might expect that from someone who named her dog "Capodimonte". But I can't stand to see a poor dog named "Blacky", "Whitey", "Brownie", "Spot", "Socks", etc. I like it to stand out. The more unusual the better!

Here are some of the names I've collected:

Diddly Dee and/or Diddly Do

Hermione (pronounced Herm-Eye-oh-nee)

Calliope (pronounced Cal-Eye-oh-pee) These two names would be great for a pair of female English Bulldogs!

Professor Hemisphere (for a very large dog)

Q-tip (for a white dog)

Mephistopheles (for a trained attack dog, pronounced Meph-is-TAH-fa-lees, "Fleas" for short, the devil's name in Faust's poem about a scholar who wagers his soul against the devil by Goethe)



Sueda (pronounce Sue-ai-dah)

Rikki Tikki Tavi

Al Bino (for a white or albino dog)

Al K. Seltzer



Owie Feltersnatch



Pickwick (Charles Dickens character)

Hedda Hare

Wackford Squeers (Charles Dickens character)

Little Lord Fauntleroy (a character in an 1886 book by Frances Hodgeson Burnett and a 1936 film)

Gilchrist Peabody

Admiral Von Snugglesworth

Frankenberry (General Mills cereal)

Stegosaurus (dinosaur, for a really big dog)

Troglodyte (dinosaur, another really big dog)

Rob Roy (President Calvin Coolidge's White Collie)

Lollie Pop

Faux Pas (French for a mistake, good name for a mutt)

Mr. Bumbles

Missy Priss

Mr. Dogsbody

Bullwinkle (call him Winkles, The Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon was popular in the 1960's)

Sir Parcival

Pokey the Puppy (for a Beagle)


His Nibs

Grimmy (Mother Goose and Grim cartoon by Mike Peters)

Muttley (a Hannah Barbera cartoon character)

Asta (Nick and Nora Charles' wire haired Fox Terrier in the Thin Man series of old movies)

Mr. Magoo (a blind cartoon character created at the UPA animation studio, later a movie starring Leslie Nielsen, good for a blind dog)



My Kinda Dog


Pop-A-Cork (call him Corky, great for Beagle)

Avenger (a team of superheros in Marvel Comics, also a TV series which spun off the comics, for a fierce guard dog)

Luger (gun, for a fierce guard dog)

Braveheart (a Mel Gibson film based on William Wallace, good for a Great Dane)

Bamm-Bamm (Barney and Betty's baby boy on the Flintstones)

Gidget (a cute blonde teenager in the old movies starring Sandra Dee)


Fibber McGee (classic radio program)

Toot Your Horn (call him Toot)

Pocket Rocket

Asimov (Isaac Asimov was an American writer of science fiction)

Archimedes (A Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor)

Laddy Boy (President Warren G. Harding's Airedale)

Prudence Prim (President Calvin Coolidge's White Collie)

Blotto (an old cartoon character by Gene Ahern)

Rebel Rouser

Fala (President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Scottish Terrier)


Chatter Box or Chatty Cathy

Hyacinth Bucket (from the British comedy, Keeping Up Appearances. Hyacinth insists it is pronounce like Bouquet. The other sisters are Daisy, Rose and Violet)

Arabesque (great for a graceful dog like a Borzoi)


Gromit (British claymation dog, Wallace and Gromit)

Nermal (Garfield's friend)

Hong Kong Phooey (a Hannah Barbera cartoon character of a dog)


The Great Gazoo (for a little pocket pooch with disdain, a cartoon character on the Flintstones)

Sasquatch (for a great big dog)

Clem Kadiddlehopper (a funny character played by Red Skelton and good for a Bloodhound)

Cletus Vitullius (good for a Bluetick Hound)

Beaker (a muppets character)

Bartles and Jaymes (company produces a malt beverage and a wine cooler)


Eyeore (for a sad eyed spaniel, a Winnie the Pooh character)

Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (famous author, P.G. Wodehouse)

Snodsbury (P.G. Wodehouse character)

Steeple Bumpleigh (P.G. Wodehouse character)

Fotheringay-Phipps (P.G. Wodehouse character)

Gussie Fink-Nottle (P.G. Wodehouse character)

Podsnap (Charles Dickens character)

Sweedlepipe (Charles Dickens character)

Throckmorton Philharmonica Gildersleeve (classic radio show)



Rumpelstilstskin (fairy tale)

Lalique (another graceful name, a crystal and porcelain company)

Mignon (French for dainty, cute, sweet)


Wines: Pinot, Merlot, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Reisling, etc

Talulah Bankhead (old movie star)



Plantagenet (for a kingly beast)

Merovingian (for a kingly beast)

Tipperary (Irish county)

Madrigal (for a singing dog)


Aloysius Ignatius

Rochester (black valet to Jack Benny, hilarious character)

Dash Riprock (a playboy on the Beverly Hillbillies)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Brett and Choxie

Our Grand Nephew, Brett, with his Chocolate Labrador named Choxie. She's a good nanny dog.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Using Rock or Stone in Landscaping

I got on the Internet and found a lot of interesting uses of rock or stone in landscaping. I tried to find photos in a wide range from expensive to affordable, from large to small projects, etc. Personally I prefer the natural look. I'm not a fan of rock veneers because they don't usually look real or natural. I also love the ideas of using water and/or fire with rock. But again, I prefer a rock pond, rock waterfall, rock stream to look natural. If it looks fake, it loses it's appeal to me. Having a black plastic pool with a few rocks on the edge isn't very natural looking. (I'm not saying I could do any better, it really takes a good eye to make it look natural and I probably don't have it.)

This rock waterfall or rock creek looks very natural.

When doing rock fireplaces, make sure you make the chimney high enough so sparks don't fly out and catch something on fire like a wooden fence, a roof, etc. It also needs to be high enough so that smoke is wicked away and not in your face. This is a nice little fireplace but I just have a feeling that the chimney isn't high enough.

This is a low and pretty stone waterfall or stone creek into a stone pond.

I love this boulder retaining wall. But I'm sure it takes some special equipment. But does it look solid or what!?!

This is a retaining wall with herbs growing in it. It looks very attractive and I LOVE fresh herbs. But look at the top of the wall where the rocks are being pushed upward by the plants. I think maybe these rocks aren't heavy enough for a dry rock wall (without mortar). Whether you plant (as in these herbs) or just seeds get in and weeds take hold, it could ruin a rock wall if the rocks aren't heavy enough to retain their place.

I like this fireplace but I don't like the fence behind it.

Isn't this such a storybook house? It looks so Jane Austin or Charlotte Bronte doesn't it? It just looks old and solid.

I love this porch and fireplace!

You know, having this fireplace backing up to a hill allows you to easily clean the chimney on the few occasions you need to. But again, you have to make sure it's high enough for sparks to die inside the chimney so that they aren't blown somewhere and starting a fire.

This looks like a good use of field rock!

This is a little to artificial looking for my tastes but it's a wonderful space. And it takes care of what it needs to take care of. It's a retaining wall that forms a patio with a fire pit.

Again, this is artificial but it does do a wonderful job of taking care of a steep backyard that would be an eyesore and soil erosion problem. It looks like it was done right!

A good look at how a retaining wall should be built. Notice it's on a slant, has a shield from plant roots, a backing of crusher run, a drain pipe on the bottom and large rocks.

This dry rock fence (no mortar) is an old design (it may be an old fence) that was popular with our forefathers.

I love how original this is! Notice the designs.

This is a lovely gravel patio. But do keep in mind that leaves and stuff will blow in and it won't remain pristine like this all the time. You will have to rake it or blow it and will need to freshen with new gravel. But I do love this! The urn is a fountain.

This is so natural looking you would think it's out in the woods but it is landscaping.

Very nice edging.

I like the water flowing into the trough. Nice touch!

Again, I wonder if this chimney is high enough although it does seem to be far enough away from the house or any other type of flamable structure.

I prefer running water versus pools or rock ponds because, where I live (SC), mosquitos are a big problem in standing water.

Very modern and chic.

I love this!!!!

I like the low growing ground cover between the rocks here.

This is beautiful!

We have a slate patio and a slate front porch. The slate front porch is in great shape despite being 25 yrs old. But the slate patio has given us problems because it's in the open. It's not covered and water gets between the flagstones and freezes which causes the mortar to crack and weeds try to grow in between them. It's not large stones on the ground but a patio that is built up off the ground (don't know if this makes a difference). If we were able to replace it, we would do something different. But, the front porch, being covered, keeps the water off of it and the mortar is pristine.

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