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The naming of dogs is a difficult matter: the conclusion

I registered Sid today, as Blackthorn’s Obsidian, after much thinking and even probably over-thinking. But I do like my dogs to have strong names that suit them, and I generally don’t name a dog lightly, no matter what Tink’s name suggests!

So despite the fact that Christine may laugh at me for reading too much into her kennel name, I’m really pleased with the way Blackthorn and Obsidian go together.

From’s page on Blackthorn:

According to John Matthews, the message of Blackthorn is “Magic is Everywhere”. . .Blackthorn is used for purification, as well as protection, ridding the atmosphere of negative energy. It deals with issues on a Karmic level, which cannot be avoided. Meditating on Blackthorn can purify our minds of negative thoughts and impulses at the deepest level of our psyche. It can aid us in combating fear, depression and anger.

And then, of course, we have obsidian itself:

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 (more details at

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)

My Siddymonster has a strong name, that nicely captures the more metaphysical aspects of his service doggery. Currently my hairy talisman is asleep next to my chair, unaware that a momentous event has occurred and he has an Official Name forever and ever, now. He’s got a lot of name to live up to, but he’ll do it just fine. At almost 9 months old, he’s showing flashes of the adult dog he will be: steady, utterly loyal, smart, thoughtful, and careful. It’s a beautiful thing, watching him grow up.

2 thoughts on “The naming of dogs is a difficult matter: the conclusion

  1. Siddy is a lovely beast, and I enjoy reading about his development. But I miss Zille! Is she still your official Emergency Backup Dog? Can you take two doggies to the battlefields with you, one to help you navigate and one to be a guide, guard and beast of burden?

    1. Zille, bless her, has defected to my husband is totally his dog these days. She will still probably come along on walks, but I won’t be the one holding the leash!

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