Thursday, June 24, 2010

Help Us Name Pearl's Puppies!

SSD Pearl is going to have puppies soon! She went for her ultrasound at the Palmyra Animal Clinic in early June, and the vet saw 6 or 7 puppies! We won't know the exact number of puppies until they're actually born. It's possible that some puppies were camera-shy and were hiding behind their brothers and sisters during the ultrasound.

You can definitely tell that Pearl is pregnant. And she keeps getting bigger! She's due to give birth around the Fourth of July.

Pearl's breeder caretakers have chosen a fitting theme for Pearl's puppies. They're going to be "Gemstones!"

Just like we did with Midge's puppies (Dylan, Zappa, Hendrix, Grace and Jagger), we would like your help to name Pearl's Gemstones. Pearl's breeder caretakers will then use your suggestions when they choose the puppies' names.

All of the names must have something to do with gemstones. You may suggest as many names as you would like. Make sure you list both male and female names.

We'll announce the puppies' names when they're born, around July 4.

Just leave your puppy names in the comments!

We can't wait to see what you come up with!

56 comments:

  1. Ruby, Onyx, Jade, Opal, Emerald, Amber, Turk (short for Turqouis), Coral, Jasper

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  2. I vote for: "Claddy" for a female dog. I based it on the Irish "claddagh ring" which is a token of love or companionship in Ireland! Claddagh rings typically have an emerald or ruby on them :).

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  3. Sapphire would be a lovely name for a cute little puppy!

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  4. Diamond, Ruby, Opal, Sapphire... (Birthstones)

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  6. Alexandrite
    Amber
    Ruby
    Opal
    Jade
    Emerald
    Fool's Gold
    Jargon
    Jasper
    Onyx
    Pearl
    Topaz

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  7. Blue Topaz, Sapphire, Diamond, Garnet, Tanzanite, Beryl, Amethyst

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  8. Precious (as in precious stones)

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  9. Ruby, Diamond, Sapphire (red white and blue of course) There is Lapis, Opal, Onyx, Zircon, Emerald, Topaz, Amethyst, I think they would all be wonderful names!

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  10. Perl
    Quartz
    Topaz
    Zircon
    Alex (short for Alexandrite)
    Garnet
    Tanz (short for Tanzanite)

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  11. Jasper, Rose, Tiger, Ruby, Opal, Beryl, Alex, Jade, Onyx, Sapphire, Topaz

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  12. How about Peri for Peridot...or Jade...Sapphire is beautiful too

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  13. Opal, Sapphire, Topas, Ruby, Jade, Amber, and Diamond.

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  14. 1. Sapphire
    2. Ruby
    3. Emerald
    4. Diamond
    5. Chocolate for the Chocolate Diamond
    6. Pearl
    7. Crystal
    8. Opal
    9. Copper
    10. Peri... for Peridot
    11. Garnet
    12. Tiger Eye

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  15. Name Suggestions and their gemstone derivative.

    Peri (Perry)- Peridot
    Phire- Sapphire
    Aqua- Aquamarine
    Emmy- Emerald
    Triney- Citrine
    Daughter of Pearl- Mother of Pearl (play on words)
    Tori- Tourmaline

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  16. Radiance
    Sparkle or Sparkly
    Ruby-do for ruby
    Saffire or Sefira
    Emmaline for emerald
    Shellie for oyster shell
    "Hunky" or Big Hunk for diamond
    Jewel, Family Jewel
    Two carat
    Oppie or Opalina for opal
    D.J. for Diamond Jim
    Gemmie or Gema [pron. "jh"]
    Turko for turquoise
    Amy for amethyst
    Pearl Lustre,II or Jr.
    Dazzler
    Tigre or Tigra for Tiger Eye

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  17. The precise list of ancient birthstones can be found in Revelation 21:19-20,
    Jasper
    Sapphire
    chalcedony (Kal for short)
    emerald;
    sardonyx
    sardius
    chrysolyte (Crystal)
    beryl
    topaz
    chrysoprasus (Chris)
    jacinth (Jack)
    amethyst.

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  18. Amber
    Amethyst
    Crystal
    Diamond
    Garnet
    Jade
    Lapis Lazuli
    Malachite
    Moonstone
    Opal
    Ruby
    Topaz
    Tiger Eye

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  19. Jewel
    Gem
    Onyx
    Garnet
    Diamond
    Emerald (Emmie)

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  20. Marcia suggests Amber, Coral, Jade for any girl puppies
    and Bone, Jasper, Tiger's Eye (Tiger) for any male puppies

    I also like "Beryl", but don't know where that may fit in.

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  21. Wow, all the good ones are taken. How about Shine, Shimmer, Gold, Geode, Turquoise, Glimmer, Glitter, Rhinestone. I also like the ones that have already been suggested: Emerald, Jade, Diamond and Amber. Good luck little puppies!

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  22. Wonderful names! Keep them coming, especially those male names!

    A few people have emailed us their suggestions, and we want to make sure everyone has a chance to see them:

    Sapphire
    Ruby
    Tanzy (short for Tanzinite)
    Alexandrite
    Amber
    Britannia
    Diamond
    Opal
    Topaz
    Garnet (Gar)
    Flint (not a gemstone, but there may be some males in the litter)

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  23. What about peridot, peri or dot?

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  24. Here are some more emailed suggestions:

    Akoya (world's first cultured pearl, developed in 1893)

    Mikimoto (world's most top quality cultured pearls. This name could be split for two pups - same color, same temperaments, etc. e.g. Miki and Moto)

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  25. Girls names I like are: Chrystal, Ruby, Opal, Amber, Brittania, and Pearl.
    Boys name I like are Jasper, Tiger, Beryl, Garnet, Alex (short for Alexandrite), and Peri(short for Peridot).
    That is just a few I agree with so far, but of course the choice will be all yours to make. I know that.

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  26. Everyone has such great suggestions! Here are my additions / comments:

    BOYS
    Jasper
    Onyx
    Topaz
    Alex (for Alexandrite)
    Diamond (a girl's best friend should be a boy!)
    Tiger (for Tiger's Eye)
    Topaz
    Turk (for Turquoise)
    Touro (for Tourmaline)
    Mal (for Malachite)
    Apache (for Apache Tears - a form of Obsidian)
    Sardy (for Sardonyx)

    GIRLS
    Garnet (sounds like a good Texas name)
    Ruby
    Opal
    Amy (for Amethyst)
    Emma / Emmy (for Emerald)
    Reene (for Aquamarine)
    Crystal
    Sapphire
    Amber
    Lapis (Lazuli)
    Jade
    Aggie (for Agate)
    Moon (for Moonstone)
    Goldy (for Fool's Gold)
    Rose (for Rose Quartz)
    Precious - loved that suggestion so borrowed it myself!

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  27. Dolls
    lady di for diamond
    black opal peacock
    dark jubilee opal

    Guys
    He Man for heliodor
    Cal for calcite
    imperial topaz
    labradorite
    Star of Katandru
    zircon

    these are Gems from the Smithsonian Natural history museum's website. I visited their satillite location in Leesburg, VA last week

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  28. dawna (Paws2Ink)June 24, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    The obvious ones for me were Opal, Ruby and Jade and Jewel, but I also like Diamond, Goldie and Jem. How about Sterling for a baby boy? Also like Jasper, Onyx or Malachite... Malakai?

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  29. I've been using this theme for a dog game I play... so I'll suggest the names I've used! A lot of them could probably be used for males, too.

    Someone already said Fool's Gold, and the actual name of Fool's Gold is Pyrite, which I think is a nice boy name :)

    Topaz
    * Feldspar
    * Pyrite
    Ruby
    Tourmaline
    Crystal
    * Aventurine (Avvy?)
    Diamond
    * Jasper
    Lapis Lazuli
    * Tanzanite
    Sapphire
    Emerald
    * Micah (don't think it's a gemstone, but sort of fits with the theme and I like it as a name)
    Obsidian
    Amber
    Onyx
    Opal
    Lavastone
    Moonstone
    * Sunstone (Sunny)
    Peridot
    Jade
    Garnet
    Amethyst

    * are ones that I like because they are more unique, sound good as a name, and are not commonly used.

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  30. My husband's paternal grandfather and his siblings were all named for gemstones! His name was Onyx...there was also an Emerald, Diamond, Garnet, Ruby and an Opal.

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  31. Wow .. there are a lot of good ones out there already. My favorites are below. There is a good website that gives you the "meaning" of the stones: http://www.crystal-cure.com/gemstones.html

    Amber - Light hearted freedom, good luck & happiness
    Angelite (Angel) - Peace and Brotherhood
    Chrysanthemum (Chrys) - Help you find true purpose & courage to pursue it
    Coral - Symbolizes life & blood force energy
    Jade - Love, protection, prosperity and healing
    Jasper - There are all sorts but generally they are stability and grounding stones
    Jet - Protects and purifies
    Oynx - Protective gemstone
    Opal - Stimulates enthusiasm, positive healing emotional stone
    Peridot - Symbol of undying love and admiration
    Ruby- Some believe most powerful stone in universe
    Sapphire - Stone of Destiny
    Sunstone (Sunny) - Strong protection stone
    Topaz - Healing, love and power energies
    Tourmaline (Touri) - Many varieties but focus is on luck, love and money!


    Can you believe there is a Labradorite gemstone?

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  32. I know that Onyx is already taken.

    I like Taz for Tanzanite. That would be a good male name. If you get into base metals, Copper would be good as well as Titan for Titanium.

    Emmy for Emerald would be a good female name.

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  33. Here are a few suggestions:

    Carat

    Baroque--(Barry)--refers to an irregularly shaped gemstone

    Marquis

    Cabochon--The oldest form of gem cutting.

    Chevee

    Chip--A popular, common name for a small rose-cut or single-cut gemstone.

    Facet

    Cameo

    Rondelle--A small, jeweled or facetted bead often used as a spacer in a string.

    Can't wait till the puppies are born. I'm sure they'll be awesome service dogs when they grow up.

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  34. I like:

    Opal

    Citrine

    Garnet

    Amber

    Coral

    Onyx

    Jasper

    Ruby

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  35. Opal,Onyx,Ruby,Jade,Jasper,Malachite,Lapis I think Im repeating others but they really sound catchy! Bonzy

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  36. I think good names would be...
    Boys:Jasper, Coral
    Girls:Amber, Jade

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  37. how about Lazuli for "Lapis Lazuli"

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  38. How about Amber, Jade, Onyx, Ruby, Sapphire, and Topaz?

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  39. I like Agate for a little boy!

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  40. I THINK LOU DIAMOND WOULD BE CUTE FOR A BOY.

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  41. Bijoux - female

    Bangle - male

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  42. Just a couple names since we all are thinking of the same stones. But for healing stone: Snowflake Obsidian ( Snowflake) Amber, Ruby.
    Ocean Jasper (Could use either Ocean or Jasper) meaning Protection, power and love stone.
    Copper is a healing stone
    Tektite means Protection, power.
    Good luck with the new puppies.... we will look forward to hearing about them.
    From Leslie

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  43. I just had to add, what I seen Daniel quote: "Claddy" for a female dog. How perfect because of the meaning the Irish "claddagh ring" which is a token of love or companionship in Ireland! :).

    While these beautiful dogs are full of love and very much our companion as well when they are chosen for a person with a disabilites to be their service dog.

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  44. Stones and then in parenthesis their nicknames

    Tsavorite (savvy)
    Apatite (App)( There is an app for that)
    Citrine (Sit)
    Labradorite (Lab)
    Carnelian (CArny)
    Wolfenite (Wolf)
    Grossular (Gross)
    Alexandrite (Alex)
    Moonstone (moon)
    Opal
    Jade
    Emerald (Emma)
    Topaz
    Aquamarine
    Iolite (Io)
    Amethyst (Amy)
    Ammonite (Amy)
    Chalcedony (Cal)
    Corundum (Cory)
    Marcasite (Marc)
    Carat
    Jet
    Obsidian (Sid)
    Sapphire
    Amber
    Chrysoberl (Chris)
    Peridot (Perry)

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  45. A lot of good ones were already mentioned, but I think these can be good names. The ones in parenthesis are the gem namesake.

    Sephy or Seth (Sapphire)
    Star (Star Ruby/Sapphire)
    Paddy (Padparadscha)
    Agatha (Agate)
    Pyrite
    Silver
    Rhodie (Rhodolite Garnet)
    Hess (Hessonite)

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  46. I am trying to be original. A great name for a girl would be Sparkle, I copied that from Gilda Radner who named her dog Sparkle many eons ago. Gilda was a very funny woman.

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  47. Glitz
    Glitter
    Bling
    Carat
    Gem
    Rock
    Stone
    Amber
    Jet
    Jewel
    Lustre

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  48. Cameo
    Crystal
    Pizzazz
    Rhinestone
    Sterling
    Trinket
    Sparkle
    I'm a Serenity Farm volunteer

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  49. MAJORITE (major for short!)

    MAJORITE forms under the extreme pressure that occurs 250 miles (400 km) or more beneath the earth’s surface or from the shock of a meteorite impact. It’s a purple form of garnet that was discovered in 1970 in the Coorara meteorite near Eucla, Western Australia. The species is named after Alan Major who researched high-pressure garnet formation. Small uncut majorite specimens from the Chantonnay (France) meteorite were being marketed for around $2400.00 per carat in 2004. There are probably substantial quantities waiting for us on the moon and Mars where impact ejecta is far more accessible.

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  50. Mica is not a gem but is just as valuable
    Emer or Emmy for Emerald
    Garnet; turk(turquoise)Would someone think you were calling your dog a "turkey?"(just a thought)Citrine;Onyx,Jet,Quartz, Cluster and Crystal. Diamond in the sky or Lucy in the sky with Diamonds...I'm thinking that your dog has to be able to recognize it's name! And you have to be able to pronounce it!

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  51. Great names! Less than a week till Pearl gives birth to her puppies!

    Here are some more names that were emailed to us:

    Male:

    Carnelian
    Dolomite
    Dravite
    Garnet
    Howlite
    Jasper
    Kyanite
    Larimar
    Malachite
    Obsidian
    Onyx
    Pyrite
    Rhyolite
    Sardonyx

    Female:

    Amber
    Amethyst
    Angel
    Celestite
    Chalcedony
    Citrine
    Diamond
    Emerald
    Fluorite
    Galena
    Halite
    Jade
    Morganite
    Opal
    Peridot
    Ruby
    Sapphire
    Selenite
    Topaz

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  52. Here are a few suggestions from one of our followers on Twitter:

    Neil (diamond
    Clarity
    Leo (diamond cut)
    Jewel
    Stone
    Amy (short for amethyst)
    Red (ruby)

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  53. Tourmaline is one that I haven't seen listed yet. Also, SSD Onyx would like everyone to know that there is only one Onyx in SSD, and I for one am grateful for that! ;-)

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  54. Jet
    Jasper
    Onyx
    Perry (Peridot)
    Cameo
    Ruby
    Garnet
    Jade
    Aggie (Agate)
    Amber
    Sunny (Sunstone)
    Beryl
    Solitaire (diamond cut)
    Cognac (diamond)

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