Tuesday, June 16, 2009

We Need to Name This Little Girl

Mama arrived at the Carlsbad shelter without a name so they decided to call her Keona meaning "God's Gracious Gift." Although it's a beautiful name, it didn't seem to fit once I brought her home. I'm temporarily calling her Honey Bear.

My friend, Lynn, suggested Big Bertha. I didn't think that was funny. Another friend, Marie Ruffalo (actor Mark Ruffalo's mom) said, "With all that she's been through she should have an elegant name like Catherine." While I agree in principle, the name Catherine seemed too formal.

Mama aka Honey Bear has the large frame of proud Nordic or northern European women with names such as Ursula, Ingrid or Britta. None of these seem right either.

My bird is Lucy, named after Lucille Ball for her comedic talents. In keeping with the theme, we thought of Ethel, Vivian [Vance] or a similar name inspired by legendary comediennes in the tradition of Gracie [Allen] or Gilda [Radner]. Honey Bear is smart and affectionate, but not particularly funny. She hasn't had much reason to be although she has visibly lightened up in the time she's been here.

What do you think? Please bear in mind that a name, like her collar, still has to fit once she's slimmed down.


  1. No suggestions for a name, but I'm sure happy that this girl has finally caught a break! You're doing good work.

  2. This mama lab is literally the luckiest dog in town. I am looking forward to watching her progress as she sheds her weight. Lillian is a life saver!

  3. How about Kirstie? (big & beautiful)

  4. I have two names for Mama Lab -- Faith and Hope. I can't decide between the two as it feels like she is a messenger of both. Thanks for all the good you do!

  5. Lillian,

    I commend you on your efforts with Mama. Personally, I like the name Mama. That is what she was, after all. And I am certain, by the look in her sweet face that she was a wonderful Mama. She has a Mama's soul.

  6. It is good to know that their are good people doing great things for pets in dire need. Thank you for saving this girl -- I think Grace or Gracie suits her thick and thin.

    If you like Nordic names - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freyja

    I think Freya is another great name -- My rescue doggie is Athena Freya - she is a Swedish Vallhund Husky Mix