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expanding our family

Generally open to new experiences, there was one thing S was adamant about before we embarked on our Foreign Service lifestyle: no pets. Shipping an animal between posts every couple of years, dealing with quarantines, and potentially abandoning a pet in the not entirely unlikely event of an Embassy evacuation seemed cruel. Not to mention all the other ways that having a pet abroad complicates one’s life, such as: finding someone to look after it so that we can travel, importing pet food, paying outrageous cargo fees, etc… So imagine D’s surprise when he came home one day and S greeted him with a pleading look and the words, “can we adopt a puppy?”

Turns out an American vet had rescued several shepherd/hound puppies when their mother was hit by a car, and S found it impossible to ignore the hopeful eyes that begged for an adoptive home. So we took a drive to Lavington to meet Helga and Doris Hiccup. Now almost 4 months old, they are both good listeners and have learned to sit and stay, though Doris Hiccup seems to question authority and push boundaries more than her sister. Helga is much more shy, so much so that she gets nervous around new people and other dogs, and wets herself.

When we left, the question wasn’t whether we would adopt, but rather which of the pups would become the newest member of our family. Even that wasn’t much of a question as Helga had completely melted our hearts. While Helga’s name is not nearly as tragic as her sister’s, it seems a more apt moniker for a fishwife than for this adorably furry bundle of joy. Our vet assures us that, at this young age, there’s no harm in changing a puppy’s name, so please help us rename Helga by leaving a comment with name suggestions.

Please help name me

Please help name me

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  1. I think you should keep her name Helga and call her Helga Hufflepuff.

    July 23, 2011
  2. Rufus

    July 23, 2011
  3. Lissa #

    Hi S & D. Helga looks like she has a question mark from the top of her head down her chest. “Quest” came to mind.

    Mazel Tov on your parents’ first grandchild! Enjoy her…and the new ride!



    July 23, 2011
    • Sasha #

      Johnny Quest?

      July 23, 2011
  4. Hello D & S. Congrats on your recent marriage. Just from reading these posts, you sound like a perfect match for one another. :)
    My suggestions: the name of something local there in Nairobi so you can always remember where she is from or a place special to you both like where you met, where you married, etc. Or name her Ruby.
    I dreamt last night that I was in a classroom teaching people what How How (sp?) meant. Where do these camp dreams come from? I have them every summer.
    Big, big, big, big HUGS from Utah,
    Miss Susie

    July 23, 2011
  5. Rachel #

    Well, I happen to think that Helga Hiccup is parfait for a dog with incontinence problems, but that’s just me.

    July 23, 2011
  6. Rachel #

    But, if you insist on changing her name, how about you name her after the famously shy poet, Emily Dickinson? You both lived in Western Massachusetts for a little while, in her neck o’ the woods, and can call her Emmie Dee for short. :) :) :)

    July 23, 2011
  7. How about Olga then.

    July 24, 2011
  8. Eaton #

    How about Rorschach? Rorschach Test…. haha. Rawr or Shack for short.

    Love the updates. Still bummed I couldn’t make your wedding, and we all missed you guys at Miles’ wedding this past weekend.

    July 26, 2011

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