What’s in a name?

Siddy’s AKC registration has come through, a process that was a little more fraught on the breeder end than usual what with his parents being foreigners. This is not terribly important to me since he can’t be shown in conformation because of his undescended testicle, and I don’t want to do AKC-sanctioned dog sports with him. Most of them require a lot more mobility than I have, anyway, if you’ve ever watched agility handlers running between obstacles you’d know what I mean.

It does, however, mean I need to pick a registered name for him. Christine, his breeder, is lobbying for his puppy name, so he’d be “Blackthorn’s Obsidian.” I am admittedly willing to run my ideas by her because she does have a vested interest in not having someone run a search for her kennel name and turn up “Blackthorn’s One Ball Wonder” or similar. But it seems so simplistic to use his puppy name when Zille got a fancible new adult registered name (Blackthorn’s Karimihome, because I love the song “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and her puppy name was Karisma, call name “Kari” before she became Zille) and Tink features the ultimate in over-the-top fancible registered names: Fadinha dos Olhos Verdes (“little green-eyed fairy” in Portuguese, her eyes were quite green as a puppy and it ties into the Tink name).

To take the easy way out with Siddy feels to me as if I am failing him somehow, which is silly. His actual name by which he is known and loved at home will continue to be Sid (Siddy, Siddymonster, Oh My God Sid Stop Sucking On Cats) no matter what, because it fits him in some fundamental way. His registered name will have the least effect on his life of any name ever, really, but it does feel like with the previous two dogs I managed to say something about them with their registered names: Tink, even as a pup, was a Diva and required a fancy diva name; Zille is sweet and comforting like the hymn her name is stolen from. This is also what makes Siddy’s registered name hard; I need it to say something about him. About, perhaps, the endless dance of temptation I did around him, eyeing him covetously, until when I heard he hadn’t worked out in his previous home I knew we were fated. Or maybe about the way he loves me, deeply and enthusiastically, a love that expresses itself not only in a quiet lean against me but in rapturous delight to see me again when we have been separated for a whole two minutes because I managed to go pee without him. Possibly his name should say something about his quiet steadfastness, the way he looks at strange new things that are possibly alarming, catalogs them as not something to worry about, and files them away with a total lack of drama.

It’s not, in the end, that “Blackthorn’s Obsidian” is a bad name. It’s that it doesn’t say much about him other than “I am a big black dog”. It doesn’t tell you anything about the imp of joy in his eyes when he climbs up on his rubbermaid box for the one-millionth time, and waits for me to notice and approve, or about the way he inherited his mother’s habit of giving hugs, where he comes and leans his chest into mine and drapes his big ol’ head over my shoulder or arm.

Of course, then I started discussing it with Christine (who is quite partial to “Obsidian”) and she started pointing me toward crystal healing sites. Let me just say that I am personally of the opinion that crystal healing is woo, although woo that is well-intentioned and aims to make people feel better with a minimum of nasty side-effects[1]. But anyway, what they had to say about the rock known as obsidian was things like this:

Obsidian helps to protect the very sensitive against depression. It is the stone of the soft hearted and gentle people of the world. Use obsidian to help block negativity of any kind. As a black gemstone, it symbolizes self control and resilience. Black stones have protective energies in the sense that black is the absence of light, and therefore, can be used to create invisibility. Source

Obsidian is truth-enhancing. A strongly protective stone, it forms a shield against negativity. It blocks psychic attack and absorbs negative energies from the environment. Obsidian draws out mental stress and tension. It stimulates growth on all levels, urging exploration of the unknown and opening new horizons. Brings clarity to the mind and clears confusion. Helps you to know who you truly are. Obsidian dissolves emotional blockages and ancient traumas. Promotes qualities of compassion and strength.

Obsidian aids the digestion and detoxifies. It reduces arthritis pain, joint problems and cramps. Warms the extremities.

Black Obsidian is a very powerful and creative stone. It increases self-control. It forces facing up to one’s true self. Releases imbalances and negative energies. Black Obsidian is protective and provides support during change. It repels negativity and disperses unloving thoughts. Source

Leaving a chunk of Obsidian by the door ensures visitors rubbish remains outside your abode.

Using it personally, you are able to work through karmic issues, make sure you are truly ready to deal with them as Obsidian is very to the point one might say.

Many use this stone for protection.

It can be used to remove negative energy from the body, to this point it also works as a pain killer.

In elixir form it balances the mental and emotional sides. It is also a good anti virus and inflammation crystal. Source

Incidentally, according to that last one, an “elixir” is what you get from letting a chunk of rock sit in water for at least a couple hours so the water picks up the rock’s “vibrations”. Right.

So there is a good case to be made for sticking with “Obsidian.” Although given that today he partially demolished a wire crate in a fit of pique because we zip-tied the thing together after he learned to disengage the front panel and let himself out, I’m highly tempted to go with “Blackthorn’s Obsidian Wrecking Ball.” Ah, puppies.

[1] OH GOD THE THINGS I COULD TELL YOU ABOUT NASTY SIDE EFFECTS. LAST WEEK I HAD A BOUT OF HORRIFYING PAIN THAT MY DOC AND I ATTEMPTED TO MANAGE WITH VICODIN WHICH WORKED PRETTY WELL UNTIL I HIT MY OPIATE SATURATION POINT AND STARTED VOMITING. AND THE DAILY DRUG I TAKE TO MANAGE MY AVERAGE PAIN LEVELS DOES AMAZINGLY AWFUL THINGS TO MY BALANCE. PHARMACEUTICALS AND I HAVE A LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP.

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Comments (7) | Life at the Manor — Tags: , , — Andrea @ 0400 on 8 March, 2011

7 Responses to “What’s in a name?”

  1. Selma
    0907 on March 8th, 2011

    I’ve got to through my vote in: Obsidian works. It’s a beautiful, strong, thoughtful name. He is a beautiful, strong thoughtful dog. Sounds like “Blackthorn’s Obsidian Wrecking Ball” works, too, but as long as you keep “Obsidian” in there, who’s to question?? :)

  2. Andrea
    2148 on March 8th, 2011

    This is very true! And I think the “Obsidian” will stay in there… it’s where to go next that’s the question!

  3. Flo
    1852 on March 8th, 2011

    There’s a lot of ways to spin it (that, or I’m past tired and on to euphoric and these are all stupid, I can’t tell…):

    Blackthorn’s Obsidian By My Side
    Blackthorn’s Obsidian Co-Pilot
    Blackthorn’s Obsidian Navigator
    Blackthorn’s Obsidian Guardian
    Blackthorn’s Obsidian Angel
    Blackthorn’s Obsidian Helper
    Blackthorn’s Obsidian Keeper

    and so on, and so forth. My SD’s AKC name is SPGD Pretty Boy Floyd, so Duncan’s technically registered with a notorious criminal’s name, but it was his shelter-given name (Floyd), one of his nicknames (Pretty Boy), and the in joke that he likes to pretend he’s a “Strategically Placed Garbage Disposal” all smashed together.

    You could register him as Blackthorn’s Oh So Helpful if the obsidian didn’t resonate with you.

    Names are important, but if you’re not planning to do anything more low-key with the registration (Rally, Obedience, NoseWork if it becomes AKC recognized), then it’ll be on a piece of paper, out of sight and out of mind. Most people don’t bother with their AKC papers any more than they do with their car titles: they sort of know where they are, and they mostly know what’s on them, but it doesn’t effect their daily use of their vehicle.

  4. Andrea
    2147 on March 8th, 2011

    Tink actually ate her AKC papers. I feel this is a statement of some kind on her part, but I’m not sure exactly what it is.

  5. laura/yesididit
    1801 on March 9th, 2011

    Blackthorns Obsidian pillar
    Blackthorns Obsidian mainstay
    Blackthorns Obsidian bolster
    Blackthorns Obsidian buoy
    Blackthorns Obsidian strength

  6. katie
    0653 on March 10th, 2011

    hey! I thought I was the only one who had a change in gravity on pain killers! I have some strong ones (I refuse to take unless in DIRE PAIN) that cause me to lean at a 45 degree angle. These also cause my vision to spin uncontrollably, and me to vomit eventually.

    As for Sid-vicious, maybe use Obsidian as part of his AKC name?

  7. Res
    2220 on March 30th, 2011

    I like the name you picked.

    And I have to say, i like the thought that went into it. My Dude’s name (“OnTheGo’s Outback Outlaw”)….*sigh* Your name is much better than an ‘oh crap, i’m out of ideas, hey, what’s that on the TV? Oh a show about outlaws in australia! That fits!’ name. *headdesk*

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