The Sounds of Silence…..
…..except in my head!! There are so many words I have wanted to write…so many times I have wished to sit down in a quiet corner of the room and just talk with you all. There are seasons. This has been a quiet one…..HA!!! Silence is deafening. It truly is one of the loudest sounds in all of creation, however, there is one that is louder……
If you have visited my website http://haveadanehilldanes.com you will know what we have been up to the past few months. As we move forward, with our Great Dane, Penni ‘s, one singleton pup life is exciting!! Life for me on the homestead is focused within the house….because puppy is mostly indoors right now. She is just five weeks old, yet an amazing amount of development has occurred in her short life. We are actively house training, and she is doing remarkably well….and then there is this…..
…..how did that happen already?? Penni seems quite happy with it!! Hahaha She is able to close up the milk bar more often….
….and she is pretty pleased about that. This week will be about finalizing the weaning process, and hopefully by next Saturday, the pup will be fully weaned.
You may notice that I keep calling the little one, puppy or pup? Much to my surprise, the hardest part of this whole process (after the whelping, that is) has been naming this little girl. We have rolled around so many names, and nothing has seemed to stick. The one name that will be part of her registered name is Esther….somehow I will work that in. She was Esther from the time I first saw her, but as a call name, it is not working out well…..so……what to call her??? If I say a name here, somehow I think it is then official. I did that once on Facebook and then retracted the name, and somehow, it was odd because I had publicly announced it. So, am I ready to do that here???????????????
I have a name…..I’m liking it very much! I need to just decide, because I am starting her training to focus on me already, and I need to call her something. Soooooooooooooooooooooooo…….here goes……!!! OMGosh……….I can’t believe my reluctance to settle on a name!! But, I am ready…….this time it is in stone!!
Drum roll please………………………………………..
Introducing, Penelopi Mae Buoy’s little girl, whose call name is……… Alivia……”Livi” for short!!! I’m still working on her AKC registered name….but at least we know what to call her now!!
BTW, her name means “Peace.” In this day and time in our world, we need a lot of peace to shower upon us all. The political environment this past year, and the violence throughout the world has brought so many sad, aggravating, and frustrating moments….and when I look at her, when I hold her…..all I can think about is how peaceful life is in that moment. Her name means, “Peace” …. a rendition of the name, Olivia, it represents the olive tree, an emblem of peace. The root of this can be found in the Bible, Genesis 8:11, when a dove comes to Noah with a freshly plucked olive leaf after the floods subside. The olive leaf became a symbol of impending peace….. as when one “extends an olive branch” to another.
Have I ever given so much thought to a dog’s name……No!! I don’t have any idea why this has been such a pain staking task….or why there seems to have to be meaning to this little girl’s name. I guess I’m just overthinking it….but she was the one little survivor. Maybe that is why?
I do look forward to the amazing growth that will happen in the next few weeks and months ahead, as it will allow me time to get out and help with the other critters relying on us out there. For now, however, I am basking in the littleness of the moment…because that littleness is very short lived in the life of a Great Dane. Just look at those legs already!! <sigh>
Thank you for visiting the homestead today. I hope you find peace in the different moments of your day!!
Your friend from Oregon,