Sunday, July 4, 2010

♥Happy Birthday to the United States of America♥ + ☺Frankie's Name Game☺

My dogs are PAWticipating in Frankie's Name Game today. But before they tell you how they were named I would like to say on this 4th of July that I feel immensely blessed because:
  • my great-grandparents and grandparents decided to risk leaving all that they knew to come to America
  • that my father, a World War II veteran, instilled in me a deep love and sense of loyalty for my country
  • that one of my sons is a Federal officer serving his country with pride and honor
  • that every time I see the American flag I have tears in my eyes
  • when I recite the Pledge of Allegiance I mean each and every word
  • when I hear songs about my country I get a lump in my throat
  • that my country stands for FREEDOM. Not just for its citizens but for all mankind.

Today, on the birthday of the United States of America I stand proud. This country of mine is not perfect, but I know of no other that was born out of its citizens craving freedom with such desperation.

God Bless America!
God Bless her flag!
God Bless her military who protect our borders and shores and who are serving overseas
God Bless the mothers, fathers, sister, brothers, children, spouses and friends of all who have died protecting our country, our flag, our FREEDOM and our Constitution!

Today we is PAWticipatin' in Frankie Furter's Name Game over at Frankly Speaking. No rules to the game except to tell how you got your name - that's easy.

Scout had his name long before he joined the family 'cause momma loved the name Scout. She always said that one day she would have a dog with that name. One day momma was at the shelter doin' some volunteering and a lady walked in with a Golden Retriever. She said she was moving and couldn't take her dog with her (yeah, right). Momma took one look at the skinny, nearly bald dog at the end of her leash and in her head she said, "That's that." She told the lady that she would take the dog and give it a good home FURever and FURever. From that moment on Scout was Scout. Momma will not ever say the other name he had 'cause she said it just doesn't belong to him anymore.

Momma's best girl, Starr, died of acute pancreatitis and momma cried and cried and cried and cried and cried - you get the picture? A local breeder of German Shepherd Dogs heard about Starr leaving a big sorrow in momma's heart and he called momma one day. He told her that he had a puppy that wasn't a good show puppy but that he wanted it to have a good home for 'free'. Momma said she didn't know if she was ready for another pooch but she went to look and that was that. The little girl dog came home with momma that day but momma, totally unPAWpared didn't have a name for her.

It took nearly a week for the puppy to get it's name, Freyja. How did that happen? Momma did an Internet search for German names and up popped Freyja. Momma wasn't all that convinced that she liked the name until she read about it and what it was all about. Freyja was the Queen of the Valkyries who would ride through the sky in a chariot pulled by cats (we like that PAWt). She would ride over Viking battle grounds and would pick up the souls of the brave and dead warriors and would take them to Valhalla where they could spend eternity being waited on hand-and-foot (we like that PAWt) by lovely virgins (what in the world are those?). Momma said that right then and there she knew what she would name her new puppy.

So, that is how we got our names and how we came to live with our momma. We really like our names because when we hear them we come to momma right away and most of the time get some great foodables!

Have a great, safe and wonderful 4th of July. 

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Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

How khool!

Mom's sekhond Sibe - Kyrye - was named fur those same Valkyries -

AND Mom's paternal grandparents khame here from Europe in the early 20th Century -

We also know that Antoinette bekhame Scout -

And THIS God Bless America is the Flyers song!

PeeEssWoo: Happy FoURth of WOO-ly!

houndstooth said...

A chariot pulled by cats? Really? Oh, Morgan got totally ripped off!

It was very cool how you got your names!


Samantha said...

So totally moved by your post and the music. Mom's dad served in WW2 and in his almost last days, finally told her about how war was such H - E - double toothpicks and she never knew anything about how her Dad felt about that war. She was furry glad to have that talk with her dad. So glad to hear about how your names happened - Freyja has wonderful origins - loved reading about that and about how you got your furever home - both of you dear puppers!
Big Hugs xoxoxoox

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! I always wonder how you got your name ... now I know n delighted. LOVE it n its meaning behind. GOD BLESS AMERICA! Have a wonderful n safe 4th. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Lola said...

That is most interesting. Scout is a great name. It reminds the Moms of To Kill a Mockingbird. And any name that's connected with a chariot pulled by cats is a GREAT name. (Simone might not agree.) Thanks so much for sharing your story.

wags, Lola

♥I am Holly♥ said...

What a beautiful and interesting post! Happy Independence Day!!!
Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Dear Mimi, Scout and Fryja.
This is a beautifuls tribute to our Freedom, to the LOVE of our country. Happy Birthday U.S.A.

Thank you for sharing how you got your names, and I am so happy that your home is a home of love and values,and bravery. And a story of how hearts can heal, the sadness is so deep- it is like the deepest ocean.
Thank you all for coming into my life.
And thank you to all the brave ones that make our country stand for FREEDOM

Dory and the Mama said...

What wonderful name stories AND what a wonderful tribute to this awesome country we live in!

Smileys & Snuggles!
Dory, Bilbo and Jacob

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello scout and freyja its dennis the vizsla dog hay grate nayms i am verry impressd that freyja is a valkyrie goddess!!! i cud yooze her help aginst the ninja hedjhogs shud they ever reetern to do battel with me agin!!! ok bye

mayziegal said...

A chariot pulled by kittehs??? Did they ever gets anywhere? Or did they just get distracted by trying to kill bugs and lounging in the sun?

I luvs both your names! They both have most wonderful meaning to them. Mom has always said that someday she wants to have a "Scout," after that "To Kill a Mockingbird" book. They thought about that name for me but decided it just wasn't right.

Happy, happy 4th!

Wiggles & WAgs,

JackDaddy said...

Well that is 3 good stories all in one - how you both got your names and how Scout got a home!

Good job!

Kari in WeHo said...

Happy 4th :) I love the stories

Maggie and Mitch said...

What a wonderful post this was!
You pups have the most perfect names! They totally suit you!
Happy Independence day!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Lorenza said...

I love your post!
Thanks for sharing the stories of your names!
Happy Independence Day!
Kisses and hugs

Mrs. JP said...

Really good post.
Happy Independence Day to you.

Oskar said...

This is a wonderful post. My mom person feels very much the same way about living in America!

I love hearing about how everyone got their names!

hero said...

Interesting stories to your names, thanks for sharing... and Happy Independence Day!

Licks, hero

the booker man said...

me and asa sure hope you had a wonderful independence day! we are so glad to be american doggies, too!!
thanks for playing mr. frankie's name game! mr. scout, my mama really likes your name, too, cuz it reminds her of one of her favorite books -- to kill a mockingbird. and miss freyja, we really liked learning where your name came from. we were all two paws up about the cat pulled chariot, too. heehee!
the booker man

Twix said...

It is wonderful to take time and reflect on what America stands for and what it means to you. Very touching to read.
I love how you guys got your names. It has been a lot of fun learning about everypup.