Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Name Game

Today we are playing Frankie's Fourth of July Name Game.

First up, Phantom, our oldest sibe boy. Phantom is an 11 year old black and white Siberian Husky with blue eyes.

Phantom was actually named because as a young pup he had a beautiful mask. So he was named in the spirit of "Phantom of the Opera".

However over the years, his mask has almost disappeared. If you look very closely at his face, you can see that he still has small traces of black under his eyes. But the name still fits quite well if you consider the definition of a phantom to be an illusion, an apparition, something apparently seen, heard, or sensed, but having no physical reality; a ghost or an apparition. Phantom has always been a very aloof pup, not the one who runs to the human for affection. He prefers to be alone, he is on the shy side, and he is known to "disappear" in a flash when thunderstorms are in the area.

Nicknames: Phanty, Phanny, Phanny Bananny, Shy Guy, Picky Boy, Skinny Boy, Mama's Boy, and Blue Eyes.

Thunder, a.k.a. TD, is our four year old gray and white blue-eyed Siberian Husky boy.

Thunder came to us when he was about four months old and had been donned with the name Max. His father is Mel Gibson (Siberian Husky, not the actor:) and his breeder was really into Mel movies. Thunder was named for Max of the Mad Max movies. TD's huDad here in OP did not want to keep the name Max. So we tried to stay with the Mel Gibson theme and went to Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, hence the name Thunder. In addition to the Mel link, Thunder is mostly gray and white, and so we thought of storms and thunder. As time has passed and Thunder has reached his adult size, it has become quite apparent that maybe Max was a good choice after all. TD is a very big boy. He has a very healthy appetite, and the vet says he is a good solid weight for his body's frame.

Nicknames: TD, Thunder Dunder, Big Guy, Snake Boy, and Prince Charming

And then there is Ciara. Ciara is our seven month old red and white (more chestnut than red) golden brown-eyed Siberian Husky girl. She is a half-sister to Thunder with the same sire of Mel. Although she may come across to many as the bossy girl of the pack, she is actually a very sweet and well-behaved pup. Our biggest complaint is that she grew up so fast. There is very little puppy in her. She is a very mature and affectionate lady.

Ciara's name has no special story behind it. We just liked the name. Mom tossed around a bunch of names she really liked but it isn't always easy to get agreement from the Dadster. They both really liked the name Sierra but we all think of beautiful Sierra Rose when we hear that name. And we have a few furiends with that name as well. So with a little manipulation of the letters, along came "Ciara."

Clive's mom was kind enough to send us a little background on the Irish link of the name. She told us that in Ireland the name is pronounced like the actress Kiera Knightley. We pronounce is as "Cee Air Ah". According to Clive's mom, Ciara is a Gaelic/Irish name meaning 'dark' or 'black'. There was a St Ciara of Kilkeary, Co Tipperary (in the middle of Ireland) who founded a community of nuns. She died in 679 and her feast day is January 5th. - that is according to the book of Irish Names for Children. Somehow we aren't quite sure our Ciara will ever make it to sainthood:)

Ciara's Nicknames: Cee Cee, Miss Puppypants, Princess, Pretty Girl, Baby Girl

Just for fun, we checked at to see what our rap names would be.

Phantom - Grandmaster P Skinny

Thunder - Funk TT Slice

Ciara - Ciara Cherry

We thought they were quite appropriate.

Thanks for letting us join in the fun of The Name Game, Frankie. We send wishes to all for a safe and fun Fourth of July.

Today also marks our second blogaversary.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What a pawesome explanation of how woo bekhame WOO!

Thanks fur sharing!

Happy FoURth of WOO-ly!


houndstooth said...

Happy Blogaversary and Fourth of July!

We are impressed with how each of you got your names! Very cool!


Lorenza said...

I loved reading about your name's stories!
Happy Blogoversary!
Happy Independence Day!
Kisses and hugs

Flo de Sendai said...

Great stories !
Happy 4th of july to all !

Karen Jo said...

Happy Fourth of July and Happy Blogoversary! I really enjoyed reading about how you all got your names.

Cheyenne -Millie said...

What interesting reading about your names! We especially like the name Phantom!

Happy second Blogaversary!

Happy Fourth of July too!

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

Happy Fourth of July to youse all! May the flag of friendship always fly between our two nations ;0D

I enjoyed reading all about the meaning of your names, very much.

And the rap names, must go check mine!!

So glad Mel Gibson the actor is not fathering pups, phew! Had me a bit worried there......

lotsaluv Marvin xxxxxxx

Clive said...

Happy 4th of July to you all!

We loved reading about how you all got your names and glad we were able to provide a little background information on the name Ciara! It's one of the most popular girls names here.

Hope you all have a lovely day and that the fireworks aren't too crazy!

best wishes
Clive and the NSLM

Mango said...

That Mel Gibson sure gets around. He also runs the camp where I go sometimes. AND he sires puppies? Yowsa.

Your names are wonderful, but I think I like Thunder the best.


Piappies World said...

Hello Thunder, Phantom & Ciara!

You sure got so much to celebrate today!

We really enjoyed learning about your very interesting names. Thanks for sharing.

Happy Independence to you and most especially, happy 2nd year blogaversary! You guys continue to be one of our inspirations in blogging and puppycare too. Thankies!

-Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai, Wai-Max & the Piappies

Mr. Pip said...

What beautiful pictures and names! I am especially happy to learn about Phantom. Our personalities sound similar AND it is nice to find another older dog (I am 12.5) in the blogging world! Lots of young doggies in the blogging world.

Your pal, Pip

mayziegal said...

Firstly, happy 2nd blogoversary to you! I"m so very much glad you decided to start one so that we could be furends!

And I luved learning abouts everybuddy's names! They seem to fit them just right! (I'm Most Glad that Thunder's dad isn't the human Mel Gibson cuz I don't think he was bred for temperament.) Oh, and Phantom, guess what? I was named after a character in a musical, too!

Wiggles & Wags,

Ruby and Penny said...

Great story guys.
Your rap names are too funny.
Happy Independence Day
Love Ruby & Penny

AFSS said...

We will be playing the name game this afternoon. Miss Hissy Thing refused to give up her Scylla Sunday post. But since she is having a picnic and that means food I am OK with waiting till this afternoon to post about our names. We love all your names. Mom is a big fan of Phantom of the Opera and we could see where Phantom's mask used to be. ~Fenris

Cyber-sibes said...

Woo-hoo, great naming stories! Mom says "Ciara" was the name of her furry favorite perfume way back when & she's always loved that name too. And Moo's daddy also has a "Hollywood" name, he's "Austin Powers".
Happy 4th to our OP packpals!

jack a-roo & miss moo

Zona said...

Happy blogaversary!!

What wonderful names you have and I especially love the pictures of woos!


Gus, Louie and Callie said...

We love all your names.. That was a great post..
Now get out there and start grillin it is the 4th!! Happy 4th of July...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Maggie and Mitch said...

We never knew that a Huskie's mask could disappear as he got older! We love the story of your names!
Have a happy 4th!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Wyatt said...

We love your names and the background stories....and your rap names! hehe


Ruth said...

I love this name game - I'm finding out so much! I love all of your names! Happy 4th to all of you across the pond!

♥I am Holly♥ said...

Happy second blogaversary and Happy July 4th! That was very intesting about all of your names!! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Very interesting.

It's a shame Ciara grew up too fast, though.

JD and Max said...

Hi Thunder, Phantom and Ciara - we think that Frankie is a genius, coming up with such a fun game! We've had so much fun reading about how our pals got their names. We haven't played the game in pupson as funnily enough we posted about our names just a few weeks ago, but we've really enjoyed reading about everyone else!

Wow Phantom - we loved your puppy photo. Our coats are starting to get a bit lighter as we're growing up too! Thunder, we think your name is really cool - you might remember we have a pal called Thunder too! And Ciara - sigh! - pretty Miss Ciara! We were captivated by that name from day one! Ciara is so pretty and poised, we think she suits her name beautifully!

Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

The Two Country Poodles & Uncle Puppy said...

Happy 2nd Blogoversary! Thats great news. We loved hearing the stories behind the names.

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo

Sue said...

Happy Blogaversary!! We're so happy we met you.

I love the Siberian mask. It's interesting that it fades with age.

Tsar's mom was a husky and his dad was a lab/chow mix. There were five pups in the litter. Tsar was the only one with long hair, the others looked like labs. Two were solid black, two were chocolate and one was blond with a black mask. She was the only one with a mask and was adopted the same time Tsar was.

Dory and the Mama said...

A very happy second blogoversary!!

We just loved your name stories!!

Smileys & Snuggles!
Dory, Bilbo and Jacob

Dennis the Vizsla said...

I love that Thunder is named after Thunderdome! I may have to start calling Ciara "Auntie Entity" now! ;-)

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Happy second blogaversary!

What a fun post, we loved reading about your names and their meanings.

Happy 4th of July, we hope you are all having a wonderful day! :)

Martha and Bailey said...

Happy Independence Day to you all. Happy Blogoversary! Celebrations all the way today.
Thank you for telling us about your names - it was nice to learn more about you all.
We love all your names and think they suit you very well.
love and kisses
Martha and Bailey xx

Kasha said...

I love the name game! You picked great names for those lovely pets. Happy 4th of July gang!

Kari in WeHo said...

Phantom of the Opera is one of my favorite musicals

Martine said...

TWO YEARS!!!! Congrats pack!!!

We love that photo of Ciara's sweet face, we just want to reach through and snuggle her!

happy 4th!

Huffle Mawson said...

What a very cool collection of names! And happy blogaversary :)

BeadedTail said...

We enjoyed learning about how you all got your names! Happy Blogaversary too!

Have a safe and happy 4th!

Kayla and Maebe said...

WOO Pups, thank woo for sharing the origin of your names! We are so behind the times that we never welcomed Ciara to the blogosphere, so wooooooos to Ciara!!!

WOOOOOO woo rar rar rar,
Kayla and Maebe

♥♥♥♥Team Husky♥♥♥♥ said...

Woo are all special Siberians (especially my Cee Air Ah:)) and yur names are purrfect fur woo!!!

We are glad woo told us the pronounciation cause we had been sayin Cee Ara or Cee R Ah. Can't get my girlies name wrong - I think 'sweet cheeks' is a good name fur woo my sweet!!!

Play bows and woofs and special snooter kisses

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Happy second Blogaversary! May we see your photos and follow your stories for a long long long long time to come! And you continue to share so much...thanks for filling us in on each of your name histories. We feel that we have had a special look into the spirits of each of you!

The Thundering Herd said...

Woo - We have really enjoyed reading everyone's stories of how their names came to be (even if we are a little behind doing it). We did like the irony of Phantom disappearing around thunder - and then there is Thunder.

P.S. - Phantom. Queen Natasha the Evil says she respects the aloof rule. Except every now and then you must just go demand a belly rub. On your own terms.

Mack said...

Happy blogaverary!!

What cool stories of how you got your names!!

FiveSibesMom said...

I love the name game! Your Sibes are all beautiful! We too have a zillion nicknames for our furbabies, and they each know all of them! Thanks for sharing, and hope your holiday & blogaversary was a fun one!

Sagira said...

Love the names. You are all SO cute.

Have missed seeing your blog lately...hope everything is okay.

the booker man said...

BIG WOOS to ya'll on your second blogaversary! gratsers!! :)
i hope ya'll had a super awesome independence day and that those pesky fireworks weren't too loud and boomy.
i liked learning about your names! mama is a big fan of phantom of the opera, so she especially liked reading about phantom's name! oh, and we all totally giggled over your rap star names. our fave was thunder's -- funk TT slice. heeheeheehee!
the booker man

The Furry Kids said...

We love hearing about how our furriends got their names! Happy 4th of July to you guys!

Your pal,


Oh my friends, what wonderful names you all have and we love all of you so much.


Full of Grace said...

I Loved all the stories about where your names came into play!!! It was wonderful being able to read all about you beautiful pups :)

Stella said...

I am so glad you found the little boy picture of Phantom. Or was it there all the time and my computer didn't bring it up?

He is and was most beautiful. They all are. But I am most fond of the Funky Fantom! It seems like it would be fun to get him and Sue's Tsar together to talk about all the things they won't do!


Thor said...

Love your names! Great stories behind the names.

Rambo said...

They were great name game stories. I think they are the perfect names for you.
Hope you had a happy 4th of July.

Twix said...

I think I knew about Phantom's name. But it is fun to know "the real story" behind the names. I hope you guys had a great 4th!

Life With Dogs said...

Now I get it! ♥

Congrats on the big milestone - here is to countless more years of blogging fun...

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh - I'm really enjoying reading about everybody's names! I must get my human to help me play too (if she will EVER stop killing lines!!)

That was so interesting finding out the background behind your names - I especially liked Thunder's Mel Gibson links! :-)

And I could NOT believe that was a photo of little Ciara!! MY Gosh - young lady already indeed!!!!

Honey the Great Dane

KB said...

Great stories!

I had a good chuckle from the rap versions of their names. I'm going to do that for my dogs!

twinkietinydog said...

Love the name game, not so much the rap game. You want proof? Here: Wicked Twinkie a.k.a. Sling Mix.
I'll just go with plain T

Tessa the Maltese said...

Hello OP Pack! We really loved reading about all your name stories!

Wanted to also say
Happy Blogoversary!

Hugs, Tessa