A Brand New Puppy!

My wife Abby and I just returned from an overnight trip to Rolla, Missouri, where we got our first new puppy since we got Sierra the Chihuahua in 2005 (Max the Chihuahua  was a year and half old when we got him in 2006.)

Anyone who knows Abby knows how much she loves animals, and that her love has rubbed off on me, so I too, love them. Here Abby is shown just minutes after meeting her new Irish Wolfhound, Hawken.
Anyone who knows Abby knows how much she loves animals, and that her love has rubbed off on me, so I too, love them. Here Abby is shown just minutes after meeting her new Irish Wolfhound, Hawken.

Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce Barron’s Hawken “Hawk” Rifle Trail. He is an eight week old registered Irish Wolfhound.

Abby had wolfhounds, Sugar and Lincoln, many years ago, and has wanted another since she retired two years ago. Those familiar with the breed know that it is the tallest, sometimes going to a 36-inch shoulder height and weighing up to 200 pounds.

Hawken walks in the front yard with Abby this morning.
Hawken walks in the front yard with Abby this morning.

Abby wanted to name him a “gun” name, preferably after a gun from the old West. Some of the names we considered were…

  • Ruger
  • Colt
  • Desperado
  • Sig Sauer
  • Beretta
  • Remington
  • Winchester
  • Spencer
  • Sundance
  • Scofield
  • Henry (with additional reference to Longmire character Henry Standing Bear)
  • Smith and Wesson (SW)
  • Hawken
  • Walther
  • Ranger
  • Derringer
  • Bullet
  • Pistol
  • Dennis the Anarcho-syndicalist (from Monty Python)
  • Wil Wheaton or his character Wesley Crusher because the dog’s coat is the wheaten.

Hawk had an unremarkable six-hour ride home, and seems to be settling into his new life in the clumsy, goofy, happy way that puppies do.

I will have more to say about the trip to Rolla later on my teaching blog.

At 26 pounds, Hawken already weighs more than 1.3x the total weight of our Chihuahuas put together, Sierra and Max, shown here meeting the big puppy for the first time.
At 26 pounds, Hawken already weighs more than 1.3x the total weight of our Chihuahuas put together, Sierra and Max, shown here meeting the big puppy for the first time.
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