I know I've lost many readers due to my long absences (oh, the so many readers that I had...), but I thought I would open up the naming of our new dog to you guys.
Here is her story: Her given name is Castanha de Viamonte (pronounced Castan-ya). She is a Portuguese Podengo like our beloved Chauncey, who at times is the only being who gives meaning to my life. I'm serious. Yeah, I know, it can be a problem. But I tarry. Back to Cassie.
She lived in Massachusetts with her owner, a 50-something year old woman. Sadly, this woman had health problems and died in November, right before Thanksgiving. That's when we met her. We were in CT, visiting my family as we do every year. And as we do every year, we called Chauncey's breeders, now our friends, who live in the town next to my parents.
"I can't believe you called! K went to Boston to pick up a little podengo who just lost her owner. K says she looks like Chauncey! You have to come and meet her, he'll be home any minute."
We went to visit, decidedly not in for taking in another dog. She was shell-shocked. She had been alone for two days before her owner was found, and then for some reason was taken to a dog shelter. The owner's sister called the breeder to tell her where the dog was -- the sister took another dog that had lived with Cassie and her owner. K drove up ASAP to the shelter to get the little girl. She had been there for about 5 days. Poor little thing. She shivered and shook, but didn't mind sitting on people's laps. She stared in terror at all the barking podengos and the motley crew of humans.
We left, homeward-bound. Then the emails started coming. From the breeder. "Chauncey has done so well with you, we think Cassie would be perfect for your family..."
The real clincher was when we found out that our friend/ Chauncey's breeder had some wonky tests come back regarding her cancer. And her father died. We agreed to take Cassie off her hands.
Could Cassie's name be bearing bad news? Think of Cassandra, truth-teller -- Beware of Greeks bearing gifts! We know that her original name is Castanha, not Cassandra, but still. We can't help but wonder.
So far we're working with sound-alike names: Sassy, Taxi!, Casey, and Al's favorite, Hassle. She follows me pretty much everywhere, so Shadow is a good possibility. Any ideas are welcome -- Have at it!