Our new family member has a name. Also a microchip (a very good addition, because she has a reputation as an escape artist . . . we are accustomed to escape artists and keep our fence in good repair, but we also like additional safety nets for the return of any potential wanderers).
Tempest's Ceilidh Sora
Call name pronounced "kaylee"
She seemed to respond to this name immediately. We had sorted through a couple of dozen names, working from an array of criteria. And these are the stories behind our choices:
Tempest: The "kennel" name for our rescues. When Ceilidh
is registered for her AKC-ILP
number (so she can enter obedience or agility trials at shows, should
she ever want to), this will be an official part of her name. The
"tempest" comes both from the Shakespearean play and from the first dog
in this series, Ariel, who was almost literally saved from a tempest,
having been abandoned at the age of 7 weeks in hole in an open field in
late December (with two siblings: all, miraculously, survived, although
that was questionable for the first 24 hours after they were found).
Ceilidh: A social gathering involving music and
storytelling. Probably spinning and knitting, too. This pup's movements seem to suit
fiddle music, more likely jigs than reels.
Sora: Offered by my Finnish exchange sister, this is
the word for gravel, a link to the pup's shelter name of Pebbles.
Sora: Also, in Japanese, sky.
Yesterday morning, along with her name and her microchip, Ceilidh had her first play sessions with Tussah, our older dog. This was day 4 of their being together. Since their initial meeting last Sunday, the two dogs have behaved as if they'd known each other already for so long that they were not especially interested in interacting.
Ceilidh initiated the first round of play; Tussah initiated the second. They tore up the living room (not a problem) and then played chase around the kitchen counter (through dining area, kitchen, and living room, circularly).
Although Ceilidh is obviously different from Ariel (our previous Border collie) in many ways, she also displays many behaviors (already) that remind us of Ari and make us smile. For example, at the moment Ceilidh is asleep in her crate, lying on her back, with her paws in the air. There are a handful of other behaviors we have seen in these two Border collies that we have not seen in the other dogs we have lived with for long or short times—Aussie, poodle, mutt, Golden, Springer, Westie, Corgi, Tussah-mix, hound, Husky. The family resemblance is, of course, charming.
Welcome to Ceilidh, one smart pup who will be lots easier to work with on training now that we all know who she is!
The next post will return to the photo shoot account.