The Naming of Puppies

After several days of ‘what about x?’ and ‘how about y?’ we hit upon the ideal name for our new puppy on Tuesday evening. “It fits so well,” we agreed. “The perfect name.”

Then we forgot it. It was as though ten minutes of Tuesday evening was wiped from the timeline. Now some people might suspect we had a senior moment. Or too many cocktails. I prefer to suspect that the name was so good that a jealous time traveller raced back through time in order to steal the name and take the credit for its invention. Our minds were selectively wiped, leaving us with a puppy who will forever be called ‘The puppy formerly known as something really cool.’

Now for the pictures.

It’s been an exciting week for the TPFKASRC. First he needed an all-over slobber shampoo. Here we see Asta administering the full tonsil service, enveloping TPFKASRC’s back with his gaping jaws. Don’t try this at home, pups. Asta is a professional and a trained regurgitator in case of accident.

Next we had a close encounter with a herd of dinosaur turkeys. Note how TPFKASRC demonstrates the kennel club approved dinosaur encounter procedure – the advanced Ostrich – and swiftly buries his head in a hole in the ground until the danger passes.

Here we have TPFKASRC learning how to fall at speed. Experts will notice the attempted triple salto with pike. The landing, however, could use some work.

And after a hard day’s training, here we see TPFKASRC relaxing with his rather large friend.


Chris Dolley is an English author living in France with a frightening number of animals. His novelette, What Ho, Automaton! has just been announced as a finalist for the WSFA Small Press Award for short fiction. More information about his other work can be found on his BVC bookshelf .
An Unsafe Pair of Handsa quirky murder mystery set in rural England charting the descent and rise of a detective on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Which will break first? The case, or DCI Shand?
Medium Dead – a fun urban fantasy chronicling the crime fighting adventures of Brenda – a reluctant medium – and Brian – a Vigilante Demon with an impish sense of humour. Think Stephanie Plum with magic and a dash of Carl Hiaasen.
What Ho, Automaton! – Wodehouse Steampunk. Follow the adventures of Reggie Worcester, consulting detective, and his gentleman’s personal gentle-automaton, Reeves. It’s set in an alternative 1903 where an augmented Queen Victoria is still on the throne and automata are a common sight below stairs. Humour, Mystery, Aunts and Zeppelins!
French Fried true crime, animals behaving badly and other people’s misfortunes. Imagine A Year in Provence with Miss Marple and Gerald Durrell.
International Kittens of Mystery. If you like a laugh and looking at cute kitten pictures this is the book for you. It’s a glance inside the International Kittens of Mystery – the only organisation on the planet with a plan to deal with a giant ball of wool on a collision course with Earth.

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The Naming of Puppies — 7 Comments

    • He’s very careful 95% of the time, but this is a puppy that is in its bitey stage, plus every now and then he tries to suckle Asta. Asta, being male, takes exception to this. And Asta occasionally oversteps play into boisterousness and the two have to be seperated.

  1. The big question: Has Asta eaten any pointing stones since the little one came home?

    Puppy is as good a name as any. All my dogs have been puppy well into old age.

    • Not yet though he seemed to be rattling something around in his mouth the other day. He swallowed it before we could pounce on him. Several days have now passed and he’s alive – so it couldn’t have been that large or pointy.