Last night was bone chilling cold (it still is), and even though two of our dogs adore this cold weather we had them all inside. Douglas and Jovie were to spend the kitchen, and seemed content when we went up to bed. Douglas has a bad habit of barking to go out to his house around 3:00 AM, and last night was no different. I dragged myself out of bed, put on some boots, and flipped up the hood of my sweatshirt. It was about -20° out, and with the windchill much colder, but Douglas has a warm house with a mattress to sleep on, plus his super heavy coat, so I was not worried.
If you follow my account on Instagram then you have already been treated to the images of Jovie in a sweater and Douglas in a hoodie this past weekend. I think that we were all a bit stir crazy since we had been 'trapped' in the house due to sub zero temps and wind chills for almost two weeks and this caused us to find creative ways to entertain ourselves.
There is nothing in this post that will teach you a new skill or that will change your life in any way, but if you laugh half as much as we did during the process, I have done my job. I may or may not have had a few beers last weekend and when I went up to my daughter's room her suggestion to dress up Jovie seemed like the greatest thing we could do at that time. I grabbed a little, red cardigan that might have been mine when I was a tot and proceeded to stuff poor Jovie into the thing. It was a perfect fit (though she has probably already outgrown it) and we were even able to get it buttoned.
After Jovie's photo session it was suggested by Lily (7 year old) that we put one of "Daddy's sweatshirts on Douglas." Douglas was a trouper just as Jovie had been and was easily dressed in an OSR hoodie. It was a little more difficult to get a decent photo of him since we could not pick him up and pose him, but we managed to get a few good ones.
Our dog fashion show spurred some memories of my sister and me dressing our black lab, Blackie (original, I know) in my Dad's t-shirts. Blackie also submitted to the dressing without putting up a fight and would sit there looking just as embarrassed as Jovie. Douglas on the other hand did not seem to care about the clothes and just laid down and took a nap.
Which animal should we attempt to embarrass next?
Jovie had a big first day with us because she tagged along with me at school. She was a huge attraction, but not a distraction as all of my classes worked on their assignments without losing focus because of the puppy. She did a lot of sleeping while she was in school, very little walking (since she was held most of the day), had zero accidents, and about 1,204 names were suggested by my students.
We attempted to vote on a name that night, my husband had each of us pick our top four names, then we each picked our top two out of that list, and finally we voted on our favorite. However, this process did not find us a name, both of the finalists, Daisy and Lucy, just did not seem fitting for this pup so she remained nameless.
On the ride home from Thanksgiving dinner we again tried to find the perfect name for this puppy. We revisited some of the original suggestions, Dixie was a choice, but my son, RJ (9 year old boy), could not stop laughing, in his head it was “dick see”, so that was definitely not a possibility. We did not need uncontrolled giggling to occur each time that the dog was called over.
Finally after some internet research we came up with Jovie. For those of you who are well versed on the movie "Elf" you should get it immediately, for those of you who have not seen the movie 583 times like we have, Jovie is Buddy the Elf's love interest and eventually becomes his wife. The character is played by Zooey Deschanel and she falls in love with Buddy about midway through the movie. At first she is put off by his antics, she was not at all happy with his appearance in the locker room as she showered, but she ends up falling for his childlike outlook on life. Jovie was fitting for our new addition, especially since she would be married to Douglas and he is not the brightest dog we have owned.
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