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    Wednesday, December 16, 2009

    Labradoodles, Prisoners, and Johnny Depp--Oh My!

    So the big news in our house is the possible addition of a new furry member. No, we’re not adopting Jacob Black. Although…

    Ok, I’m back from my Teen Wolf fantasy.

    This Saturday Kory, Mom, and I are off on a stealth mission to meet a certain Labradoodle with the unfortunate, hopefully-changeable name Darbetta. We discovered the 11-month-old dog through a program that pairs inmates with dogs for the purposes of socialization and training. We’re not exactly sure if the socialization applies to the dogs or the prisoners, but we’re happy to support any ambiguous cause this time of year.

    When we called about Darbetta—cringe—we were told we were fourth on the list to meet her. We figured there was no way we had a chance since Labradoodles are the Johnny Depps of the dog world. They’re cute, smart, agreeable, hypoallergenic, and don’t shed. See, exactly like Johnny Depp.

    But last week we got a call saying she was still available. Being something of a pessimist, my first question was, Why?

    Does she bite? Are we dealing with Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street?

    Or maybe she doesn’t have the best personality—Johnny in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

    Does she steal things, drink too much rum, and wear eyeliner? Ok, I’ve taken the comparison too far.

    Needless to say, we’re excited to see this pooch—excited enough to drive to Canyon City and visit Darbetta at the Women’s Correctional Facility. Doesn’t it just give you the warm fuzzies? A waggedy-tailed, floppy-eared new dog. A Christmas surprise for two oblivious little boys. A secret trip to the clinker.

    And here’s what I need from you: Does anyone have any suggestions for a new name for our potential puppy?

    I lobbied for Leia since all my boys are Star Wars fans, but Mom says it reminds her of the thing you wear around your neck when you go to a luau. Since it’s non-stop grass skirts and coconut bras around here, I guess we better come up with something else.

    For some reason, I’m stuck on Ls.


    This is starting to sound like a Sesame Street song.



    Kersley Fitzgerald said...

    My thought was Darby.

    Daphne said...


    Daphne said...

    what about Liz Lemon?
    like from 30 rock?
    (oh, and I LOVE Lemon)

    Donita K. Paul said...

    Kory doesn't like Darby. We kind of did, but he's letting us have the dog, so we thought we'd let him have the power of veto. We might need it because Chunky likes the name Baby Mario.

    Holly said...

    um...you could just continue that teen wolf fantasy and go with Leah. ;-)......

    carla stewart said...


    Tiffany said...


    And FYI - at 11 months, the dog might not do well at responding if you change a name that it's already used to... That's why I have a dog named Bear. It was not my first choice but he was 9 months old, and the hubby said, "No way, you can't change a dog's name at that stage!"

    crownring said...

    I second the Darby nomination!

    Tiffany does have a point.

    Avid Reader said...

    I like Lady, from Lady and the Tramp . . .

    Kay Day said...

    Ok, I know you already are well past this and have a different dog.

    I think perhaps you should get a prize for having the most diverse topics in one post.

    From Johnny, sigh, to Bert.

    doggies, pirates, and werewolves. Awesome!