Those two syllables were finally settled on the day after Arie joined my family. I felt like one of those parents that everyone looks down on for not having their baby named by the time they leave the hospital, but dogs are different. You don't have nine months to get to know them and think about it--You look for a pup that fits you, you bring them home, and then you figure out what the dog's name will be.
Somehow, I landed on a particularly confusing name for others. Let's start with pronunciation.
Her name is not air-ree. This has nothing to do with what we breathe. It's ARR-ree; if you want to get technical about it, it would look like this: är'E.
Now, let's go with where it came from: Arie is not named after India Arie, as is commonly expected. She was also not named for Ari Gold, who I am told is a character on "Entourage", though I never watched the show.
I tossed around plenty of names, from Evie to Abigail. I seriously looked at Aurora, but it sounded like too much for such a little pup, and a dog's name should be easy to call. Eventually, that name did lead me down the path to the one I settled on, finally. Arie is, like many modern girls, (Avery, Kenley, Andy, Bailey) the bearer of a name that was originally (or could be, in some unisex names' cases) a man's. The name also tied in very well with my love of Wes Anderson movies:
I fell in love with the movie The Royal Tenenbaums when I saw it for the first time while in Yemen--Yes, Yemen. The two awkward little boys in track suits that match Ben Stiller's? Their characters names are Ari (Aha!) and Uzi. Hence the name Arie was born.
Now, as you can see Ari is typically a man's name. I needed to feminize it a little bit so that it fit my big girl. I slapped a more feminine (in my opinion) vowel on the end that wouldn't interrupt the natural pronunciation of the name, and there you have it.
How did you choose your dog's name? Are they named after a person, a beloved book or movie character, or just for their personality? Did you pick one of 2010's most popular dog names? Here's the breakdown so you can see.
1.Bella 6. Buddy
2. Bailey 7. Maggie
3. Max 8. Daisy
4. Lucy 9. Charlie
5. Molly 10. Sophie
Share your dog naming story in a comment.
Oh, the history behind this dog.
As a History major in college, I developed a love for the convoluted and complicated series of events behind many decisions, names, people, and places that we know and speak of today. There are very rarely simple stories in history. When I first came into contact with White German Shepherd Dogs, they were the animal companions to one of my classmates. I would dog sit for her when she went out of town, and oftentimes before she left, we would together for instructions for while she was out of town and to chat. Several times, the history behind this breed was discussed. The story behind the white GSD is, as expected, complicated. This breed has survived a lot of love and hate in its lifetime.
"A white herding dog named Greif was the grandfather of Horand von Grafrath, the dog acknowledged as the foundation of all contemporary German Shepherd Dog bloodlines." -Wikipedia
From the beginnings of this amazing breed, the recessive white coat gene was present. Still, the color became frowned upon over time. First, the German Shepherd Dog Club of Germany disqualified it as a qualifying color. Other kennel and clubs followed suit, and eventually, being a white GSD meant that you simply weren't up to show standards. The more common black and tan variety of shepherd became the claim to fame in the breed, leaving the white beauties in the dust.
Brave New World
After becoming an outcast within their own breed, these beautiful white pups and their owners decided to take action. The White GSD started a new step into it's own brave new world...one as a separate breed. White German Shepherd Dogs today can be found under several new aliases, such as:
At this very moment, there's a storm brewing in Atlanta. The catalyst behind me writing this blog is attempting to make it into my lap, as the lightning and thunder are getting to her nerves. Unfortunately, her 95 lb. White German Shepherd body does not work well with her lap dog instinct.
Meet Arie, my dog. This hunk of energy and love is my dog, or "horsey", as one of the toddlers in my apartment community calls her. Arie and I have been together for a year, and I've had her since she was about three months old. When we started this journey together, I already knew a great deal about animals, pets, and their care. Since having Arie, though, I've realized just how much I still have to learn about her, White German Shepherds, pet nutrition, and the amazing things that our pets can do.
To celebrate my amazing dog and her "siblings" (we have a house full, as you'll soon find out),I'm starting this blog on all things to do with our animal peers, from their care to their stories and beyond. Please come here to take knowledge, to leave knowledge, and to join me in watching this wonder as she ages and grows.