I think I've finally picked a name for the new pup. I'm not sure why, but he has just been terribly hard to name. You all had some great suggestions, but they were either taken by other critters/people or just plain wouldn't stick to this puppy. I'm not sure that what I've chosen is the best name, but it is the only one that didn't get shot down by someone and it is what seems to have attached itself to the puppy.
It may be in part because this pup's personality is complex and not easy to pin down. He is equal parts shy and ferociously bold; sweet and loving with a definite stubborn streak. He is super smart, already housebroken, already understands the concept of fetch and still very much a little baby who misses his siblings and wants his mommy. A very interesting, complex little fellow.
One of the burning questions is whether or not he and the donkeys can be buddies. I don't know. This is one of the primary reasons that I decided to get a puppy rather than adopting an older dog. I think the donkeys will be more accepting of a puppy. They will tolerate just about anything during breakfast at least:)....
Unless I am struck with a lighting bolt of naming inspiration during the night and change my mind, I am going to call him Connor - a "Strong willed or wise 'Hound-lover'." An Irish name for an Irish pup. It seems to suit him.
One of the other reasons that I decided on a puppy is that a puppy
will be most acceptable to both Scout and Kelsey. Trying to bring an
adult into that mix could have been difficult. He does so want to love the other hounds....
The last reason that I decided on a puppy is that I LOVE puppies and so seldom get to have one.
And when all the hard work of meeting donkeys and dogs is done, little Connor wants grab a toy and play until exhaustion finally wins - just so long as I don't get up to get a drink or hit the bathroom, because he would, of course, have to follow me every step of the way.
It's hard work being a Border Collie.