Woof!

Good morning!

I am here now. I wasn’t before.  Before I was someplace else.

I am a rescued dog.

I had excellent foster parents and a couple of other parents before that and one in between that had me for only 3 days and then sent me back. I am a handful. But Mom (the lady in the green behind me) says I am in my Forever Home now.

I will be two on July 16th. And I am very soft. I HAVE LOTS OF ENERGY. Mom (the green lady) thinks my legs are too long. She is trying to wear them down. We have had lots of walks since 9:30 yesterday morning when I started going home.

Here’s a picture of me after our first walk. That is not our house. It is somewhere on the way home.

Mom is very proud in the picture because for about 12 seconds after 16 laps around the not our house place I actually walked with a “Loose Leash.” (See it drooping? See Mommy’s arm not straight out in front of her?) Her left arm is now 3 inches longer than the other one.

Here I am relaxing in the car going home.  I am adorable.

I also need a name. I had a name, but Mom and I decided I need a new start and a new name. Except she can’t think of one.  Can you?

Here are the requirements.

1. I am a boy dog. NO GIRLIE NAMES! No either/or names. Everybody thinks Golden Retrievers are girls. It has to be a manly name.

2. It has to sound nice with my new last name: Simms.

3. It can’t be anything that you shout out loud and it kind of sounds like a bad word or is embarrassing to me in any way.

4. Not too many syllables; I move fast.

Please give us as many suggestions as you can think of that are good names for me. Use the COMMENTS. (If you get this emailed, please don’t hit reply.)

Waggingly yours,

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483 thoughts on “Woof!

  1. Baxter

    Your doggie just needs good lovin’. He’ll adjust and with your good training, in no time he’ll be able to take himself for a walk, holding his leash in his mouth right next to you. Glad he got a good home!

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  2. Well, darn! I thought I had the perfect name–Scraps! Sounds like a traditional doggy name, and of course relates to quilting. But then I saw the part about how it can’t sound like a bad word when you shout it. Well, it doesn’t sound like a *really* bad word, but……..

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  3. Welcome and glad you have found your forever home!! Mommy thought about this long and hard and thinks these are good possibilities:
    Brody
    Parker
    Clooney (after some actor guy)
    Walker
    Ranger
    and our favorite-Buddy

    So, welcome from all of us at 3 kats and a kwilter.
    Snuggles and purrs,
    Taz, Runt, Charles and mommy, Anna, in IL

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  4. Lots of luck Ami and family. He’s beautiful. Am looking forward to his blog.
    How does Tanner Simms sound? What rescue organization did he come from?

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  5. Congrats on the new family member. I’ve really missed Madison’s articles in the newsletter. As a rescuer and foster parent of more than a dozen goldens I am thrilled that you rescued him. He looks like a “Manny” to me. All the best to you both.
    Linda Mawhinney

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  6. What a handsome man you are! How about Maverick Simms? Your mom could shorten that to Mav in a time of need. I hope you love your forever home!

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  7. Since he’s been to so many homes, how aboit Roamer Simms? It’s easy to shout out if he gets out of control and the neighbors won’t think you are cursing!

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  8. I think you said it in your requirements, Manly! It was the name Laura Ingalls called her very masculine husband in Little House on the Prairie.

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  9. Ami, we have a big Golden. He’s a love, and we named him Riever the Retriever. We call him Riever for short :-) The only problem is we have to spell it for the vet’s office, or sometimes pronounce it for them.

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  10. I like Jake. It goes fine with Simms….Jake Smms. It’s short and easily heard even when running like the wind. I don’t think it sounds like a bad word when said loudly and while I know an editor at Quilters Home is a she with the name Jake, I always think she’s a he because Jake is a he name, lol.

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  11. So glad to see your mother has a new challenge to keep her occupied and get her outside into the fresh air. :) I’m sure you will be very good for each other. I suggest the name Sterling, because I’m sure your strong character and excellent qualities will shine through clearly.

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  12. Andy
    Baxter
    Butch
    Cane/Kane
    Dirk
    Elliot
    Fritz
    Harley
    Ian
    Jack
    Kae Jae
    Kirk
    Lenny
    Max
    Otto
    Piers
    Pete
    Rex
    Sam
    Tom
    Vinnie
    Walt
    Sorry I use to foster puppies. LOL

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  13. I like the name Murphy….Murphy Simms has a nice ring to it! You are so handsome and I am so happy for your mom and your new family. Can’t wait to hear more of your adventures. Woof from our Barney and Jackson!

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  14. How about Beauregard? Beau sounds gentlemanly, like the gentle dog he will become after living in the Simms household.

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  15. What a beautiful smile! On the dog, too! How wonderful for you both! You have both been rescued. The first thought that popped into my mind for a name was MANchester for a manly dog. “Manny” for short. I know you will have lots of suggestions! Congratulations to you both!
    Bunny

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  16. Bless you Ami for giving ****** another chance at life and a guaranteed forever home!

    Our name vote is: SAMMY SIMMS

    Sending Shiba Inu Hugs to your new baby!

    From Furu & Rosie (and mom Barb too)

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  17. You are the handsomest boy I’ve seen in a long time and you have a lovely smile. Yes you do need a manly name-since you are pretty lively and need a short name, I’m thinking Jake or Jack, it goes well with Simms and very MANLY-

    I just know you are going to have a fantastic life with your new mom-she’s got good street creds. I am mother to 3 cats Spike, Chloe and Rambo (hope that doesn’t offend you) and grandmother to a gorgeous Golden named Skipper (they are sailors what can I say) Looking forward to more puppy posts!

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  18. Bailey
    (aka: “Won’t You Come Home Bill BAILEY?”)

    I rescued a Corgi – I started singing the song as I put him in my rig , the name fit and he did find a good home!

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  19. High energy and good looks? Toby. Why? I have no idea. [It’s better than my alternative which would be Sol. That’s Spanish for sun — which is golden, of course — but also pairs well phonetically with Ami. And now I’m hungry.]

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  20. So happy you have rescused your new family member..we have two such wonderful “boys” and they fill our lives with happiness and sunshine. I think he looks just like a Ralph. Give him belly rubs from me1

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  21. My first thought when I saw you was “Max” and I noticed a lot of other people thought that too. Then I noticed that someone suggested “Monroe” (following Madison) and I REALLY like that one. His first name was “James” and I think that is also a lovely name for a lovely Golden like you. Welcome home!

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  22. He really looks like a Sam to me. Easy to say and masculine…and it has a ring to it. May you both have a very happy and loving life together.

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  23. In keeping with presidential names, my vote goes for Monroe, Jefferson , Tyler or Kennedy. Have to nix Jack. Had a friend with a golden who used the command “off”. His dog’s name was quickly changed to Jake!

    Thank you for sharing your new frend with us. No matter what you choose for a name, he will be a happy, happy dog. And doubly happy to see that you have been rescued from a dogless time in your life!

    From Ellen and my best friends, Daisy Mae and Hunny Bunch

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  24. You are a handsome boy! Glad that you found the lady in green to be your Mom.
    I think you look Royal… How about Royal Simms (you could be Roy for short)

    Congrats Ami.. we wish you all many wonderful adventures together
    Terri, Peaches & Maybelle

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  25. Welcome to your new addition! He is just wonderful. I think his name should be Dexter. Dexter is a manly name and Dexter Sims sounds good.
    Congratulations!

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  26. Several good suggestions.

    I once heard that it’s not the best idea for a dog’s name to rhyme with NO (if you’re going to use NO to correct his behavior) because it can be confusing.

    As suggested above, Max is a good name.

    But I suddenly thought of Barney. It’s masculine, but has a bit of a goofball sound to it — and dogs are nothing if not goofballs.

    from Lisa in Champaign, Illinois (I was the “model” you used in the photo for the AQS a magazine a few years ago)… mom to Ruby and Blue, the Newfies.

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  27. Well, hello, Master Simms! I’m not sure if you are rescued or the rescuer — some of both, probably. In any case, I’m delighted for you both, and I hope you’ll have many happy years together!! About names, first I thought of Harrison, but that’s probably too many syllables, so Sam? Rodney? Rex? Joe? Ken or Kenny? Roger? Tom? I’m sure your mom will find just the perfect name for you!

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  28. I was thinking Jerry…….
    at our house everyone thinks our female golden is a boy.. she is a girl, but then they think the little brother (toy poodle) is a girl… go figure…..

    What ever you all him, he is a lucky dog….

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    1. On second thought, I still like the name Slyvester Simms but now I think there should be an Esq. at the end. ” Slyvester Simms, Esq” – Yes!

      Betty Miller

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  29. A two syllable name with a one syllable last name is the most melodic combo. Given that, plus the other criteria, I think Harley is a good name, and also Forrest (Run, Forrest. Run.) would be pretty great as well.
    And the obvious choice, Walker, is not to be sneezed at…

    My neighbors have a dog named Seaweed. Our dog is Maybelle. (both characters from Hairspray,

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  30. Well hi there, handsome! Not that I’m suggesting that as a name. I’m not good at names – either remembering or thinking up. OK …Thinking…

    You are a fairly light colored Golden – sort of like sand in some places. Sandy is an either/or type name. Bigger than sand is rock. How about ” Rocky”? That’s pretty masculine. Or “Bubba”? Although that one can have different connotations to different folks. Back to rocks. I live in the Rocky Mountains – rocky mountains majesty comes to mind – something majestic. How about “King”?. Put a few more pounds on you and I think you could grow into a name like that.

    Heck, I don’t know. Can’t think up quilt names worth a darn either. :)

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    1. Still awaiting moderation? Didn’t think I used any bad words. Anyway wanted to add to the very long list of suggestions the name “Bear”. He was the canine daddy of our golden girl. Large, gentle (saw him open his mouth and gently put it around one of his kids) ………………

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      1. Welcome to your new, wonderful family. I am happy for all of you. As for names.. BEN – strong, short, manly-dog
        BAILEY – the name of that great Irish cream and color of many goldens
        All the best! Eileen

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  31. He looks like Chester to me. My rescue standard poodle, Socko (for Socrates, the great professor) says Hi. Kamilla

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  32. I think Roger would be a good name…..I always like to think of nicknames along with the names I choose for my own dogs….so “Roger Dodger” would be my pick for your handsome fellow! Lily
    P.S. I also like the names “Tucker” and “Murphy”…. :)

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  33. I’ve had two labs – one was named DAVE, and the other is now P.D. I like both names and offer them to you for the adorable addition to your family. (P.D. stands for PET DOG, or PET DEVIL depending on the day!)

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  34. Good Luck Ami! This dog looks like a “Murphy” or “Barley” dog. And I think it will be your legs that get shortened in the next couple weeks – not his!

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  35. I’m a rescue too, a Doberman, a big, brown, beautiful boy my mom says. Once, I overheard that I had “low self-esteem” whatever that means, so they named me Paulie (after some guy on “the Sopranos”? you tell me, I never heard of such a thing). Now, I feel great, my self-esteem is awesome. So think about it –
    PAULIE kind of a nice ring to it, right? And if I’m running fast, and maybe don’t come right away when mom calls me, it’s Paulie James. Two names means business.

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  36. You know, I am a “rescue dog” too (whatever that means?) They already had named me and my new Mom and Dad decided to keep the name. I like to keep the leash tight, too, it guarantees me a fun run and certainly keeps my Mom on her toes. Do you like to bark at other dogs? I do. My Mom is never sure whether I’m trying to be scarey or just barking “hello”. One thing I can say is that barking certainly makes “her” move fast. Take it from me, you’ve got a lot to teach your new Mom and Dad. I am really glad that you are there and blogging already. As a dog, with skills even, I have a hard time finding many dog written blogs and lets face it, we have plenty of opinions and ideas to share with our other furry friends.

    Your new loyal Black Lab reader,
    Abby
    Pine Grove, CA

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  37. When my mom decided to get another dog, a choc. brown min. poodle she was looking from some name books and she decided on Quazar. At first she found a description that said Quazar was an old Russion name, but the next time she looked up Quazar it said “An inanimant object spinning out of control!” For some reason she thinks that was the best description of me!! So me and my mail order bride, another min. choc. poodle named Zani think that you could share my name with me…QUAZAR (Sorry about the spelling, I’m only old enough to be in grade one…grade 7 in dog years!)

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  38. Way to go, Ami…..such a great thing to do…..and I think the new guy’s name should be ROCK……he is, he does, he will……and for softer moments, Rockie would certainly work……can’t wait for updates on your new lfe…..both of you !!

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  39. I love BRANSON! While I was reading your email, I saw Branson as the new macho guy in your life! What a handsome fellow he is! He looks like he will fill your life with boundless joy! Enjoy!

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  40. Welcome, I think you look like Maxwell. That is a strong manly name. Mom shouting Max across the yard won’t sound like a bad word. Plus, you could title your blog posts “Maxsimms, Wisdom through the Eyes of a Dog”. I hope you get settled in quickly and love your new family. Take care and God bless, Cory

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  41. What a beautiful boy! and already 2? What stories he could tell, eh? Since he has already had so many adventures (misadventures?) how about Milo or Otis?
    Loved that movie. No coffee yet and I can’t recall which was the dog’s name and which was the cat’s. Milo Simms. . . Otis Simms. . . I think Milo works better, because there’s not the ‘s’ sound at the end of the first name and beginning of the second. . . Chumley is a manly sounding name. So is Charles, or Charlie. or Claude. . . He’s soft? My first dog ever was named Smoothie. . . And Old English Bulldog and was he ever smoooth to the touch!
    Congratulations and wishes for many wonderful walks and years of friendship!

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  42. BRADY in Gaelic means a “strong stout warrior/soldier”

    ROBBIE is another great name – meaning unknown

    So glad you have another beautiful animail in your life. The unconditional love they give is priceless. Good for you and him. Judy C in NC

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  43. How about Brutus? It’s my favorite dog name. Congrats on a rescue dog. My Boomer (half pit bull and half great dane) was a rescue dog and is now 5 years old. He’s still a handful, but I’ve found the secret is, he’s really a lap dog. As long as he can sit on you, he’s good as gold.

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  44. Ben. Ben Simms. A good strong masculine name. Big Ben. Ben Hurr. Nice and short and I would think easy for a dog to understand.

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  45. I am so EXCITED you got another Golden!!! He looks very handsome. I think a name that starts with a M would be a nice choice. How about Marcas or Merlin?

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  46. I like the name Hunter for this gorgeous guy! Congratulations on your new family member, Ami! He’s beautiful! I know he’s a Retreiver and thus, not truly a hunter, but why not give him a name that shows just how unique and special he really is?

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  47. I like Bailey or Hunter, Ami. Leaning towards Bailey though. Am so glad you decided to have another dog. Know it was hard, but you did it. Madison would have wanted you to, you know.

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  48. I was also born on July 16, but many years before you.
    What a lucky dog you are to have found such a wonderful family.
    My name is Jackie, maybe that can be your name also.

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      1. Everyone has such wonderful suggestions, my first thought was for Sam, but seeing as how you are very energetic, I’m thinking Chase Simms. Of course Mom would have to make sure to teach you that it’s your name not your signal to run! Ziggy is another that comes to mind.

        I am pleased you found your forever home. I know Madison will be pleased also, since he knows how much you will be loved. I can’t wait to hear the tales you have to share with us.

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  49. I thought of “Winston ” the minute I saw him in the picture in the chair….

    or Miles Simms–which is not that far from the other name. Arthur–is a nice name.

    So my suggestion are:
    Winston
    Miles
    Arthur
    Jasper
    Langley
    Art
    Phillip

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  50. We had a Golden Retriever who’s name was Ralph. He was the best dog (to us) ever! If you name him Ralph, that it what it sounds like when he barks at you and you bark “RRRalph” back to him.

    He is in a good home!

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  51. My friend had a Golden named Rebel – seems like good name for you. You area a very lucky dog. Your new mommy will give you lots of love and place to write about all your adventures. I bet you get a nice doggie quilt, too.

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  52. You are so beautiful and I am glad the “Lady in Green” has given you a forever home. With your boundless energy I think your new name should be Bounce!

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  53. Our first golden retriever was named by my husband cause he didn’t really want another dog! He picked Caleb which I didn’t like but when I looked it up in the baby name book it meant “dog” in Hebrew! So guess who was named Caleb, my best dog ever!!! Our second one is Carter…….What ever you pick will be perfect because they’re the best dog ever……….Teena

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  54. How about Manley-no mistaking that for a girl’s name. And I see others are suggesting the same or similar…
    And I hope your and your new pooch’s favorite TV show is “The Dog Whisperer”!
    I love it and only have a cat who could use a cat whisperer or rather we could!

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  55. Sherman – From a surname meaning “shear man” in Old English, originally denoting a person who cut cloth. Thought of you and quilting and AAQI.

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  56. I like Scottish names to go with “Simms” – like Andy, Angus, Teddy, Mac, Max, Jamie, Tommy, Charlie, etc. I only have pound purries now, Lois Lane and Rocket (Rocky).
    Love from Charlie Anne, Lois and Rocky – we’re so glad you’re in your new home!

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  57. I am SO glad you got a new dog! He looks like our golden Robbie, and it sounds as if he acts like him also. Our vet says you need a two syllable name ending in a vowel. Robbie works. Works with Simms also.

    Denise and Robbie and Scamp the Sheltie

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  58. Hello there sweetheart!

    I think you look like a Jake. My mom and had used to have a “son” named Jake. He was awesome from what I’ve heard.

    Love and woofs,

    Anya, the german shephard

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  59. I second “Murphy” or maybe Bailey. Congrats Ami, We went through almost exactly the same thing you have last Easter although I called Golden Rescue less than a week after we lost our dog. We got a handful, she’s two, but we love her bunches and bunches. Just can’t live without a Golden. :)

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  60. Sweetie! That’s what he looks like. I’m glad you have a new companion, the house must have been very empty without Madison.

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  61. Since you said so yourself that you are soft, I think Teddy (as in Teddy bear) is a great name. You look so huggable too! I know you will just love your new home. I look forward to lots of news from and about you.

    Lots of hugs and doggy treats,
    Comet, Koko and Mom (Sandy)

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  62. Victor would be a great name for your rescued dog. He has triumphed over whatever situation he was in and is now the victor.

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  63. Everytime I’ve opened a email from you I’ve wondered if it was to announce a new dog. I like the suggested name Manny-it was my dad’s name, he was a alzheimer patient and loved dogs. I’m so excited for you and for your new friend. I truly believe it;s our job to bring a new rescue to our home when we lose one of our beloved pets. Let the adventures begin!!
    LInda, Trucker, Jasmine, Bandit, Sasha and Emma

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  64. I’ve seen others already suggest Sam which was my first choice and then I read Max. These are names of two of my grandkids and I like both of them with Simms. He found a great Mon, BTW.

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  65. I vote for Baxter-sounds incredibly strong and masculine! I’m glad you found your forever home. Our rescue dog went through the same experience (3 times in shelter) but she found her forever home with us over eight years ago. Love means being accepted unconditionally and you found that with Ami–bless you both.

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  66. I think Stanley or Simon are manly (yet alliterative) options. I can hear them now being shouted in admonishment out the back door. Congratulations!

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  67. Chance, is his name. Chance is given his final place to be a family member. Ami you and your family will be given another chance at unconditional love. So by chance you two have met and ………. Good dog, Chance.

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  68. I think he looks like a Jake, but I like the one name of Monroe because it comes after Madison. That is clever! Congrats on your new family member. I am sure he will be loved!

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  69. I’m so glad to see that you’ve been adopted, ______________________. I know your new mom and family are delighted to have added you to their home, and I suspect you’re even happier. That’s why I think you should be Happy Simms.

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  70. Dear “un-named dog”, it’s sooo nice to finally meet you, you sure are adorable and you will certainly be happy in your new home and make your mom even happier :-)
    As of the name thing, I can tell you what I named my second rescued dog … we did not give him the same name as the first one, but we had loved him so much that in some way we would have wanted to … so we decided for JUNIOR, “we” know it’s the same name, but it sounds different, and it’s nice and somewhat important …
    Anyways, whatever name your mom will pick for you, it will be just perfect, no doubt about that. You will have a happy life, sweetheart!!

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  71. Chance is his name. Chance is given his final place to be a family member. Ami you and yur family will be given another chance at unconditional love. So by chance you two have met and…….. Good boy, Chance.

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  72. I like DiNozzo (like Tony DiNozza in NCIS) – I think he’s got a DiNozzo personality. However, I really like Mary Ellen’s “Midas” as well. I am SO GLAD to see him join the family. I do hope you will teach him to type so he can tell us the truth about everything.

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  73. While “Max” is nice and combines neatly with your last name (say it fast — “Max Simms”), my absolute favorite thought is “GATSBY” Think about it — who was one of the most gorgeous blonde males around — Robert Redford, right? And what was one of his movies? The Great Gatsby! Okay, he was in that western movie, too, so you could adopt the name “Butch” or “Sundance,” I suppose.

    Whatever your Mom chooses for you, welcome to your forever home … you’ve got big paw prints to fill, little man!

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  74. We have a St. Bernard Teddy, but I’m thinking my favorite next name for a dog will be: Bob (Bobby when he’s really good). I’m so glad you have a new “boy-friend”! We’ve so missed his blogs. Hugs to all of you.
    Patti Lee (Sulky)

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  75. We lost our Labrador Retriever Murphy a 18 months ago and that was his name! You really look like a Murphy altho you are a different color than our Murphy was! Congrats on your Forever Home, Murphy!

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  76. I think Bob would be a good name and Robert when he needs a longer name. I’m so glad you found him, he will have a very good home with you.

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  77. Haven’t you been calling him Madison already (in error, of course)? He’s got enough to learn without changing his name. BTW, what is it? Ok, if you HAVE to change his name….how about Twister….after your Twisted Sister pattern?!!

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  78. The first Old English Sheepdog that we had, we named him Winston. We thought that he would grow up to be a stately gentleman, a “man” of dignity and stature. Boy, were we wrong! The next OESD was a rescue and probably about 9 or 10 months old. I knew he had a name of his own but had a terrible time trying to figure it out. I called him every English name that I could think of but got no response. Finally, I opened the door to let him out and said, “Lead on , MacDuff” and, for the first time ever, he responded! So, he became MacDuff (Scotish)which was usually shortened down to Duffy(Irish). That worked very well. My FOREVER dog.
    So, sometimes the name you pick doesn’t exactly fit. Sometimes the dog has to grow into it. Sometimes you just hope that it works and end up with something that sounds kind of like what you started with. When I look at this dog, I hear Rupert. I don’t know why. It just seems to fit.

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  79. what a wonderful choice of names you have. I was thinking Jackson, like Madison it is a capitol as well as a president. I also like Jeff and Vinnie.
    Good luck!
    Mary and Scooter Henry ( a rescue cockapoo with a touch of terrier and the light of my life)

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  80. My favorite Golden was a neighbor named Dusty. But as I thought about it for your name, it reminded me of the condition of my house so instead I’m voting for Jefferson. He and Madison were good friends–and I know you and Madison would have gotten along famously.

    Best wishes to you and your Mom!
    Debbie

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  81. My husband suggested Nugget, since he is a golden retriever. You could also call him Dusty (gold dust). I also like Midas – because he looks as if he has a royal bloodline.

    On a more quilty line, what about Patches?

    He is such a handsome boy with an air of confidence –maybe you could call him Rhett Butler Simms.

    It is so awesome that you found each other! He is a very lucky boy to find such a good mom!

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  82. How about naming you DUKE? Just like the Bush beans dog. He is so smart
    and very handsome just like you. I’M sure your new Mommy is treating you like
    royalty.
    Congratulations on finding your new Furrever Home. You are a very Lucky Dog,

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    1. Ami,
      You have such talented, loving and clever friends. Although I’ve liked all the names – my favorite is Duke – by Jane (#112). But, I also have two names – Michael or Marshall – both sound masculine and with the M as the first letter – it’s a compliment to Madison.
      So glad you were able to find a new dog, especially, one that seems to really need a home full of love. You are really cute as can be. If I had a daughter…. you know the old saying.
      Love you,
      Margaret Lee – and her cat Leah (you’re right – from my son and grandsons favorite movies “Star Wars.”

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  83. So happy you got a new doggie.We missed hearing the stories about
    Madison that Mom read to us .Hope your as much fun as he was.

    We liike Sam and Jake

    Daisy & Lily(our flower kids0

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  84. I gotta tell ya, Manny is sounding “furfect”!!
    I really like Bunny’s suggestion of his full name being Manchester. Very dignified, but Manny for short – real life. Blessings on you both!

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  85. TUG, WALKER, WILSON, make sense and sound “manly”. Wilson is after a character on “House”. A kind, gentle soul with a good sense of humor.
    We adopted “Bingo” in April. He’s a Brittany spaniel and the love of our lives.
    From yet another Mary Ellen

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  86. No name suggestions, but a huge, wet, doggy kiss for adopting a rescue dog, Ami!!! You have done a VERY GOOD thing!!!

    Blessings,
    Celia
    DFW Cocker Spaniel Rescue foster mom

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  87. Congratulations ro the whole Simms family, both old and new. We’ve always tended to name our four footed family members after literary people and/or philosophers, so naturally, Henry (as in David Thoreau) came to mind.

    Henry used to walk from Walden Pond to town nearly every day (more than a mile) and while Walden Pond sounds like it was isolated and “in the woods” Henry went to town daily because he was an extremely outgoing and social person. If he didn’t go to town some days, he expected lots of company dropping by to visit. He could enjoy the country and lots of company as well.

    I’d hazard a guess that your Henry Simms would like lots of company, long walks, and sojurns through the countryside, too.

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  88. Ami,
    I’m so happy for you. I was hoping another Golden would come into your life soon. There are some great names here. I humbly offer my three cats’ names. They are three 13-year-old Maine Coon brothers, bigger and doggier than most small dogs: Max, Rocky and Moose.

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  89. How about

    Reg..like Jesse Stone’s dog

    Sarge, & thought of Sam too

    Bernard, even if he’s not a Saint, lol…

    Thought of Max too..

    Our two newest pups we named Harley & Ranger, if that’s any help, lol

    He’s beautiful & I know he found a great forever home, just like our two did!

    Nancy/NC…

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  90. Sherlock — because the first picture you posted (with him sitting in the chair) all he needed was a deerstalker cap and pipe to look like Sherlock Holmes.
    “Sherlock Simms” sounds pretty dignified to me!

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  91. CASH!!! Cash would be a great name for your boy! He will remind us with his sweet smile and fun personality that our cash donations are making a difference with Alzheimer’s research!

    Second choice: Flash… Since he’s so fast and engergetic, and also so flashy handsome!

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  92. How about Comet since he’s fast and has a great tail. Sounds pretty good when yelled too. Our neighbor has a dog with this name.
    Kathy

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  93. Hi, my name is Maggie and I’m a black/gray labradoodle. My Mom rescued me when I was the same age as you and it is wonderful! My boyfriend is a golden and looks like you, Handsome! His name is Max……I like the name ‘cuz I like him but my Mom loves the name “Jack”…sounds good with Simms and is a solid, trustworthy name!

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  94. I have to vote for Sam – my Sam said so – he is a rescue too. and since his siblings are Seamus and Maggie, they thought Sam was a good name too. Whatever it turns out to be, welcome home – and you will have alot of quilty dogs and cats (oh dear – I don’t know how you feel about cats!) welcoming you to the bee!

    I am so glad your new parents decided on a rescue. You really are the best dogs.

    welcome!

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  95. Ami, I am so glad your broken heart has been fixed! You will love this beautiful boy so much.

    We once had a golden lab that we named Revalee, Rev for short. I think that would be a fitting name for a golden retriever as well.

    Sandy, Pebbles and Baylee

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  96. I’m so happy for all of you!!

    How about “Handsome”?? When your new mom calls, “Here, Handsome” she might make a bunch of new friends!!

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  97. Ready – Sounds like a boy name to me.
    Just thought he looks ready to do just about anything to please. Have fun choosing.
    Peace and light and marvelous adventures with your new doggie. Katie Gomez

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  98. How about Mike for Michaelangelo or Leo for Leonardo. Our dog died Aug 2010. 3 days after our daughter’s wedding. We missed him so much we got a rescue, Bandit. He is 3 years old. We kept his name because he knew it. He is perfect. Yours looks perfect too. Congratulation on making your home his forever home. Kathy Kent

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  99. How about Baxter or Einstein?

    Congratulations on rescuing a dog, and I hope your arm goes back to its normal length. I’m still working on that with my semi-rescue dog. She is a handful, also, so I know exactly where you’re coming from! Looks like your dog is in great hands now.

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  100. Clifford, like the Big Dog with a Heart of Gold:)
    You are a Lucky Dog!
    I was rescued too, from a site on the internet. Sometimes
    dreams do come true! And you were adopted into a wonderful
    nest! Your friend, DannyDog

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  101. You are such a handsome Boy!

    I vote for Maxwell (Max for short if needed) after a very much missed and loved Maxwell at our house. Or Samual (Sam the Man) after a very much missed and loved golden at my son’s home.

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  102. We had a Golden mix for years and she was wonderful. We are so happy that you have got another Golden. We know you will always miss Madison just as we miss our Sugar, but we hope that your new “son” will heal your heartache. After due consideration we think you should name him “Sunny” as he will brighten your days up for years to come.

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  103. What an adorable, busy, happy doggie you have. We have a Lexi (lab/cattle dog) and she’s a pound puppy…a very busy doggie too. Walking is a very good thing. Good for him AND good for you too. Enjoy! love su “-}

    Harry Simms (Hairy)

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  104. I have a rescue Aussie, whose name is Scout. I think it’s a great name for a dog, short and sweet. If he’s good, you can call him “good boy Scout”!! You can also ask him if he wants to go ‘outy Scouty?’ Anyway aren’t rescues great?
    – Wendy in South Carolina

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  105. Ami, I’m so excited and happy for you! Whatever his name turns out to be, he is one lucky dog! The smile on your face says it all!

    There are some great suggestions here in the comments. I like:

    Sammy or Sam (Samuel or Samson)
    Ben (Benjamin)
    Henry
    Levi

    Welcome to the new family member!

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  106. I don’t have a suggestion (at the moment).

    Just wanted to join in the chorus with my own “welcome home”. What a handsome and alet young “man” you are.

    You do bring on the smiles!

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  107. Ami – wonderful addition to your posse! I believe that dog is in for the most spoiled life. If that handsome hunk of golden hair was my best friend, I’d call him BRUCE. Or PRESSley.

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  108. Well, let’s see, our Alex (a chocolate lab) thinks that Ami’s new friend should have a wonderful flowing name like his coat. Alex knows that someone suggested Manchester or Manny for short and agrees.

    Ami, so very glad that you have a new companion and that he has you!!!!

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  109. How about Bobbin, with Bob as a call-name?
    Short, single-syllable, and starts with a hard consonant, which is what
    trainers recommend.

    In any case, welcome home, Dogger! You’re a very lucky boy.
    Congratulations to your proud new parents!

    Love, Billy (also a rescue) in Alabama

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  110. Congratulations! I was hoping you would find a new companion. I like the names Murphy or Dudley. If you happen to sew on a Bernina sewing machine, how about Bernie? It will be hard to choose a new name–there are many good suggestions.

    Judy from Illinois

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  111. He may think he is a rescued dog, but I think he is a rescuer dog!
    Welcome handsome young man!! I look forward to reading many posts from you.

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  112. Congratulations on your newest family member.hat a beautiful boy. My choice would be Sebastian Simms which is a dignified name, and one he would hopefully strive to live up to!

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  113. Funny, no one suggested “Mike” or “Michael” as in the wonderful Michael Miller fabrics. Am happy for all of you to have found each other! Makes me smile and I shared the news with my guest-pups, Sasha Belle and Gypsy Doodle. Doodle is busy chasing her ball, a very busy 6-yr-old.

    Another “golden” name is “Sundance” and “Sundancer”, aka, “Sunny”.

    Oh, the fun you’ll have finding the one name that best fits this glorious golden boy!

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  114. He’s a handsome boy all right! We have a golden the same age, gender and energy level. HIs name is Dylan. Since I have yelled it a few times, I know it doesn’t sound like any bad words and people realize he’s a boy once they hear his name.

    My husband suggests Flint which sounds like a good name too. Auric, which means gold, is his second suggestion. (I personally think Flint was a better suggestion!) Naming a dog is always fun. Whatever you end up calling him, I hope you enjoy many years together.

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  115. Cooper! I was reading and looked at the picture & the name Cooper just popped into my head.

    Whatever you name your lovely new boy I’m sure he’ll have a wonderful life with you now! (and just think what all that walking will do for you! ;-) )

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  116. I’m so happy for both of you!! I wanted to nominate my Goldendoodle’s name, Dewey, but you have sooooo many good suggestions, I like some of them even better. like Midas, for the golden part.
    Wishing you years of fun, affection and exercise,
    Phyllis & Dewey

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  117. Hmmm… looking forward to your articles and stories of life in the Simms’ home, and knowing soon you will rule that home, in spite of a few misadventures, Murphy seems like a good name — of course, your “column” will be “Murphy’s Laws.”

    Welcome home.

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  118. Hey Green Lady and new boy!!!

    All of the names liste before me are great. This one is going to be “tuff” for you to decide. My choices are:

    Shadow Simms
    Webster
    Weezer
    Bentley

    Whatevever name your Mom picks for you will be wonderful. You are a cutie and I can’t wait to hear the news.

    Nancy from Charlotte, NC

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  119. well I wish you belonged to me. I think IAM is the perfect name, since it really is AMI…. without being feminine MIA….
    then Home could be your middle name.
    Our “found” dog of 16 years went to doggie heaven in March, and she was named Bashert ( in Jewish it means meant to be), we called her Beasha for
    short. Since we didn’t know her past, and she was a mixed pup, I have her
    a mixed heritage, Beasha Marie Mary Margaret Anne Klein….. and a story about her past…. she was our 12th rescued dog in almost 48 years – we sometimes had 3 at a time. As you can see my email name is a variation of her name.
    You will have a happy life.

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  120. You are a beautiful dog, and whatever name that lady in the green shirt chooses to call you, I know we will all love you.
    I no longer have a dog – our house is now ruled by a cat – but I always thought that if another dog adopted us, and if his “speech pattern” was such that his bark sounded like “rowff,” I would name him Ralph, so he could tell people his name when they asked. Ralph Simms . . . Doesn’t that sound manly?

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  121. My first thought was Charles The Dog Simms – shortened to Chuck for everyday use. He just seems to have a Chuck face. Please note the very fancy two-name middle name – all the rage, don’t ya know. Charles T.D. Simms.
    Reading through all the other suggestions I did like the Monroe idea although there isn’t really anything good to shorten that to – Roe?

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  122. Murphy, Bailey, Maxwell (Max), or Tucker, all good suggestions for the beautiful new addition to your family. I’m jealous! :-)))

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  123. hello fella, well me and my two brothers have some ideas but first I gotta say you aren’t a Fred – I’m a Fred, Fred Mertz to be exact and I am a basset hound. One of my brothers is named Jack and he is a Golden like yourself, but we overheard mom talking to dad about it probably wasn’t a good name something about telling him to get down??? Dunno, then there is Otto and he is a dachshund – you don’t look very german to us. Anyway, so when mom was reading the story to us I commented boy he must be a handful, Otto said you looked like a real rascal so we came up with

    Andy
    Rascal

    Good luck and we know from your mom pretty well as our mom is always reading your moms stories so we know you got a great Forever Home.
    Paws,
    Fred, Jack & Otto

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  124. Hello Puppy and family. I am so glad you have arrived at your forever family. I know you will be happy with the lady in green. Since today is Father’s day, I suggest that you name him after your dad or favorite grandfather.

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  125. Stitch Simms, You take stitches, he’ll keep you in stitches laughing at him and you have stitches in your side trying to keep up with him!

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  126. Hi Ami,
    The name that come to my mind is just: LUCKY SIMMS
    He truly is lucky to be in your home.

    I remember that many years ago, I was at your house with a friend of mine,(also a quilter) because you had a “garage sale”.
    I wished I had the money to buy Everything!
    Even with the reasonable prices you had., but I did get a few things.
    Another time, I wished I could joined you, on the cruse to Japan?…Time has gone by so fast!

    Ami, you are in person, the same lovely” lady in green” we see in the photo.
    Take care and the best to you and the new family member.
    Julia

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  127. I like Monroe and Winston. Congrats to all of you. Whatever his name will be, he will complete your family. Welcome! B/T/W watch out for pins on the floor.
    Claude Monet (purr) and Lynn

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  128. My first thought was Quincy (as in John Quincy Adams, also presidential.) But when I read through the comments and saw Nugget, I’m thinking that’s a good one too. Houston (as in Sam and Quilt Festivals is another idea.

    Congratulations to you both on having found one another.

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  129. The green lady needs lots of exercise so I’m glad you are there to help her.

    How about Jefferson as a name? It has a dignity to it. Think of the lady stretching it out “Jefffferrrrssooooon, come back here!”

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  130. The pics of you and the lady in green made me smile and I know you’ll be a happy pup in your forever home. What a handsome fellow you are. I was thinking about a name and saw my neighbors’ golden outside and I thought … hmmm … he looks like a Ruffus. Whatever name you’re given I’m sure will fit you to a “T”. Welcome!

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  131. At first I thought it should be “Harry” (hairy), but on thinking a bit more I think it should be Homer. He’s found his home and is now being officially welcomed. good luck, He’s a lucky dog (also not a bad name!) and so are you. Judy

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  132. Congratulations, Simms family, what a great addition!
    I like Maks, like the “Dancing with the Stars,” guy. But this guy does look like Murphy, Baxter or Bently would work. Charlie, or Chuck are very friendly names. If his appetite matches his energy, Hoover, Dyson, or Kirby, might be appropriate.
    Caroline, and ‘Jazzi’ and ‘Tromblay’, a couple of golden girls of the canine persuasion.

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  133. It is a happy day to welcome a new doggy member into your heart. A home is just a house with a four pawed member. I have two cats, KiKi helps me quilt and Baby Bud hides and two dogs. Scooter, the pound hound Labbie is mine and Monroe the gentle pit bull is my grandpuppy. I will say Monroe is named for Marilyn Monroebecause she is a girl. I like Rebel or Sawyer for a manly name. I understand the longer arm. I walk both dogs every day and when Monroe was young it was a quicker walk then Scooter and I preferred. But Uncle Scooter has calmed her down. By the way, Monroe’s nickname is Mo. Enjoy the Love, Lisa

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  134. How about Monroe (the president following Madison) cause we all know who rules the house and it isn’t the humans.
    Gail

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  135. I, Madison’s Aunt, believe that a dog’s name needs a sharp consonant sound and since you are golden you need a name that is god like so I suggest Loki, the Norse god of mischievous.Welcome, home!

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  136. Hi and Doggie greetings to you! So happy you came home! Sometimes we have to stop a few places before we get to where we’re supposed to be!. You look like a “Watson” so me…a faithful and learned companion… Can’t wait to get to know you better. Your friend Ms. Daisy and my Mom Yvette

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  137. Jack – He looks like Jack to me! It’s a nice manly name, doesn’t sound like any bad word that I know (and I know quite a few) and it’s my dad’s name and he’s the best guy I know.

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  138. Sunny Sam Simms, how about that! I was thinking Samuel was a bit more elegant but he seems to be an “all boy” dog not wanting anything like Madison who really did express himself as elegant.

    I have a female rescue mix of husky and german shepherd named Storm before we brought her home (her 4th family). We didn’t change it because she really was a tempest in a teapot! Now she is a very loving dog who likes to hug and be hugged as well.

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  139. George. Yep, that’s him.
    Beautiful.
    I’ve had SO many dogs named after me…they tell me it is because “the dog is beautiful”. Raspberries!

    Lucy~

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  140. My suggestion would be:
    Master L. Samuel Simms…………..that would be “Lucky Sam” to those who know him personally…I like the name Sam for a dog & I think he is very lucky to have you as his Mom as I know you will never give up on him….Thanks & May God Bless! DonnaKay

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  141. Gruff
    or
    Ruff
    Something that sounds like dogese.

    Ami – I am so happy for you! I had a good cry when I read about Madison. I loved his posts, and, although I never met him, I miss him alot. Thank you so much for adopting a shelter pet. My husband and I volunteer at the local Humane Society. We pet cats and try to help them feel comfortable around people. Some have been abused or neglected. It is most rewarding to see a cat adopted that you’ve spent time with. You miss them, and you want to adopt many of them and the other animals, but you are there to help them find their forever homes. Here’s wishing you all many happy years together!

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  142. Haven’t you ever wanted to have and Oscar or a Tony? I know that Emmy and Grammy are out as names for a boy dog. But I also like Marty or Rufus.

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  143. Ami, congratulations on this new member of your family. I agree with several others that MAX is a great name for a manly dog. Just think, he is one in a million.

    Janet B

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  144. Lots of great suggestions. How about Franklin? You are a beautiful dog.

    We have taken in a dog in our household recently, too. She’s a senior mini-dachshund named Ginger. She was not a good fit with my 1-year old granddaughter in NY, so we took her back with us to California. Here’s to happy trails in our new lives!

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  145. i’m so pleased the right dog has found you and hope that you will all be very happy together. How about keeping the Former Prsidents theme so he could be Jackson, Quincy or Kennedy?

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  146. Hi …….. My Mum showed me your photo, and I’d love to come play with you. I’ll call you Charles or Charlie for fun. Teddy the Staffy in Australia

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  147. What a handsome boy you are, you are one lucky dog to have such a home. Ami will love and care for you as no other, in fact she will make a “Rock Star” out of you, so watch out. For some reason the name “Samson” popped into my head.
    I’ll be anxious to see what your new name is Handsome Golden Retriever. Be care and don’t hurt your mistress when she’s walking you, she’s an important lady to many people and we don’t want her hurt.

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  148. I once read that if you want your dog to respond when you call him, the name should start with a hard consonant, not a soft consonant.
    I suggest Cooper Simms.

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  149. We have an Atticus (he goes by Atty) and Scout. Our kids are big To Kill A Mockingbird fans. Atticus Simms. Very cool sounding.

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  150. Sullivan is a great name! Just happens to be my 13 month old grandson’s name, but I’m not prejudiced or anything……….
    We too have a new rescue boxer. His name is Ollie, short for Oliver. Fits him, and he is fitting in nicely, bad habits and all. So glad for you all. Pat

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  151. Solomon?
    Levi?
    Princeton?
    All a bit regal, I know but with all the ‘love-training’ you’ll get from the lady in green, you’ll become a wonderful dog!

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  152. How about “Sunny”?

    Or if you want to be absolutely “manlike” it could be “Sonny”!

    Sunny or Sonny Simms…… it’s got nice alliteration!

    Wolfhound Deb (who has lots of Irish Wolfhounds now, but once upon a time had a Golden named Becka)

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  153. How about Garmin like a GPS, or Bernard (emphasis on the last syllable), Garwood, Hudson, Journey, Manley, Jamison, Campbell, Pauley, Sonny, Brantley, Barney, Barkley, Brant, Austin, Baxter, Watson, Cache.

    Have fun choosing a name!

    Georgia

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  154. I am so happy you found your forever home. I have a dog I rescued when she was 2 and she is almost 5 now. Her friends tell her she hit the doggie lottery. Everything I hear about your mom sounds like you hit the doggie lottery too.

    I think you look like a Sam or a George. No matter what they call you it comes with forever love and nothing is better than that. Tinkerbells mom.

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  155. How about Garmin like a GPS, or Bernard (emphasis on the last syllable), Garwood, Hudson, Journey, Manley, Jamison, Campbell, Pauley, Sonny, Brantley, Barney, Barkley, Brant, Austin, Baxter, Watson, Cache, Riley.

    Have fun choosing a name!

    Georgia

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  156. “Sam” it is.

    Hi! My 10-year old granddaughter Chelsea thinks that “Sam” would be a fine name. She says, in fact, that it would be a wonderful name! It’s manly and distinguished, straightforward and simple–neither fussy nor pretentious.

    “Sam” is a beautiful dog and we love him already. Welcome, Sam!

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  157. I have 2 rescue dogs myself and they are so delightful and blessings to us. They seem to know when they are in their forever home and try extraordinarily hard to be good. I believe DILLON TANNER or just Tanner would be a good name.

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  158. My name is Sassy and my little sisters name is Suger. We think you are so handsome. We really like the name Manley. We both are so happy for you to have found a forever home to take care of. Our moma finds you very good looking also. Hope you start blogging pretty soon.

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  159. We named our dog Sursum Corda – Latin for Lift up your heart. We call her Corda. Certainly not male or female.

    I’m so glad you have another dog. I look forward to more takes from under the desk.

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  160. Mickey Simms sound very similar to a nice Male Quilter who frequents The Quilt Show and a piano bench. :-P
    Congratulations on the new addition.

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  161. How about Cooper? Your new golden is adorable! We had almost 12 great years with our golden girl, Molly. Now we have a 1 yr old Springer….named Cooper. He’s awesome! Good luck!

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  162. congrats on the new member of the family. felt your loss but hey now there is a new one to lov. Those recuse pups are special, got one too. How about the name Barney?

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  163. Congrats on the new addition to the family!

    Ideas:
    Seymour (he will “see more” with those long legs)
    Brodie – Brodie Simms has a nice ring to it.
    Riley (as in, life of…)

    Peace,
    Diane

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  164. My original thought was AL – in honor of all the work your mom does in the search for a cure for Alhzeimer and Al could be short for Alistair, very sophisticated and refined. Alistair Sims, yep sounds good too, don’t you think Al?
    But then Brandy popped into mind when I look at your beautiful coat, but then Brandy could be an either or.
    I am so happy you have rescued him Ami. I have been wondering about you. My baby went to heaven about the same time as Madison and I swear on his way to angel heaven he spread the word there is a sucker on this street and she has food left over, because within less than 1 month I had a big gray cat telling me he was starving. I named him Nicolas. He pays no attention to that!!! Was trying to let him be an outside cat, but a neighbor threatened him so he still isn’t real happy about being an indoor cat.
    I know he will have you spoiled within no time.

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  165. After considerable thought, I think he should be Luke. Luke Simms. Short name; strong, manly name. Steve, Ami, Jennie and Luke Simms. Steve, Ami, Jennie, [Madison] and Luke Simms.
    Yep. Luke.

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  166. Some of these suggestions are a total trip! I like the idea of “Monroe” to follow Madison but I also like the name of “Banner” or “Patches” to go with Simms and quilting and also “Rip”, to go with quilting. Add “Lord” to any of those and he’ll surely not be mistaken for a girl dog!

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  167. How about P. (as in Personal) Trainer?

    It seems that’s what he’s going to be doing from now one with his new Mom!
    He’s already having Mom do 16 laps around mansons! : = )

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  168. Whatever your name turns out to be, you are a beautiful dog. I’m so glad you came to live with Ami. You will love her—she’s silly!

    Congratulations to the Simms clan on your new family member.

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  169. OH what a lovely surprise to see your happy face in my email inbox and welcome to you!
    I am sure that once you get used to your shorter legs (or at least well walked legs) you will be able to train your new Mom to walk with her arm a bit more at her side as well!
    I am not so good with names so I will let others make suggestions but I can’t wait to see what you and Mom agree on. I think your “rules” are very sensible and should make for interesting choosing

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  170. He looks like a Tristan to me. Best wishes as you assimilate your new doggie into your home. We have a granddog Emma that was rescued and she is such a delight.

    Connie

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  171. What was your old name? Your new name should sound something like the old one so you will respond. Perhaps your new Simms name could start with the letter of your old name.
    You are a beautiful guy and I hope you get a good name very soon. I would be very unhappy without a name.

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  172. Shiloh, or Shileaux, would be good!! I cried when I found out about Madison. We lost ours a year ago, and now have another one 15 months old.

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  173. Cooper is my suggestion, We had a Golden Retriever named Cooper in the family,he was wonderful,I think the name just fits you. What a little sweetheart you are too! You have been adopted by a wondeful mom.loved the pictures I have seen today, we need more! Your coat liikes like silk! I also named alittle brown dogn in the family Snickers ,as she looks like the color of a Snickers bar!

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  174. Welcome to your new home Jefferson (or just Jeff). I know that your new forever mom, dad and sister are so happy to have you with them. I am a forever Grammy to Finn Ryan. His forever Grampy and Uncle call him Farf, and his Mommy (my daughter) calls him her nuh-nuh. He is part Chow with a black tongue and Chow face and tail, and part Golden retreiver like you. He has lived with us for about 2 1/2 years and is about 4 years old now. It took him a while before he felt like we were his forever family, but now it is as if he has been with us for all of his life. We love him bunches, like I know your new family does you. Congratulations on your new family and home!

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  175. Hey, Stash! I think you would like to play in my stash of fabric. You will also bring out a happy stash of memories for those who have very few other memories. Whatever your name, you will be loved and give love. Molligan’s Mom aka Phyllis

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  176. What a lucky dog you are to have found Ami! I know you will be loved for as many years as you both are together. So – I think Lucky sounds like a good name for you.

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  177. My favorite name for a boy dog comes from one of the best dogs ever to be a friend to man – Henry…sometimes called Hank. He looked like he was drawn for a Disney cartoon – huge black nose and sweet, gentle eyes. cutie..
    You couldn’t find a better name…you

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  178. I’m still thinking but when I showed this to my daughter she immediately came up with: CODY. Cody Simms, short and to the point.

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  179. Congratulations on your new “forever home” and your new family!

    I would like to suggest Gunther (or, if you prefer Scandinavian names, Gunnar); it means “Brave Soldier” (and that’s not one little bit “girly!” LOL), and, if you wish, it could be shortened to Gunny (which is a kind of soldier–a gunnery sergeant).

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  180. How about Cliff, or Chance.
    I am so happy for both of you (and the rest of your family too)
    I look forward to further tales from under the sewing machine ;-)

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  181. Congratulations on your forever home and your own mommy and daddy! I would like to suggest Gunther (or, if you want a more Scandinavian name, Gunnar). It means “Brave Soldier”–nothing “girly” about that! LOL And, if you want to have a nickname, it could be Gunny–which, by the way, is short for gunnery sergeant, which sounds pretty macho, too! ;-)

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  182. “Booker”, he really looks like
    Booker Simms
    I think he’s going to like studying the fabrics and books!
    Congrats to the whole family! And Welcome!

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  183. I’m just thrilled that you got another doggie to light up your life. We can never replace the ones we lose but we can always open our hearts to a new furry child! I purposely didn’t read the other suggestions of names, just in case someone else came up with my idea too. (I’d like to feel good if you picked the name I suggested!) How about Harley? It is a manly name, Vroom- Vroom, yet perfect for a pup on the go. Happy tails to you all! Nancy O’Keefe

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  184. In Australia they call redheads ‘Blue’. He looks like a redhead, so you could call him Old Blue. And you could give him a middle name too, like I do all my pets – like Blue Sky Simms, or Blue Moon Simms.

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  185. I keep thinking of something golden, can’t imagine why….
    How about Boyd? (“gold” in Gaelic)
    Yukon
    Bowie
    Goldwin
    Maddox – means “son of the patron” – a tribute and a fine beginning for a son of the spirit – but would need a middle name…
    Merlin (for the falcon & the magician)
    Apollo
    Midas

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  186. i rather like Jack, Jack Simms. or Jake. or possibly George (after ME,
    Georgia :) don’t call him Tank. i have a Tank. well, we call HER Tanker… my son brought home that puppy i said we couldn’t have and didn’t bother to flip her over before naming her… she had a sister named DOZER, as in bulldozer… apparently his friend didn’t bothered to flip his dog either! silly boys… Congratulations on your new and forever home, Jack!

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  187. You look like a Jake to me.

    Re: Rule #3….I knew a dog named Tucker once. Felt kind of awkward shouting that in the neighborhood to help his owner find him and bring him home.

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  188. Bentley or Gridley (especially if you fire when ready and from what I hear your new mom can teach you that trick!)

    Welcome ______________ I too have missed Madison’s letters and it sounds like you will bounce right into his place under the desk to write your secret
    newsletters! Watch you head, desks are hard :-)

    Hugs,
    Elizabeth

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  189. BARKLEY. Thank you for taking in a shelter dog. I have two rescues and I had thought of the name Barkley for my next rescue when the time comes.

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  190. What a handsome fella! I’m so glad you two found each other and look forward to reading all about your adventures. Good luck in choosing a name – I know how hard it can be, it took about 2 weeks to name my first dog (good thing she answered to most names)

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  191. I hope this name for your dog gets to you. My name is Martha Douglas and I suggest the name of Sir Douglas for your new member of the family. He looks like a Sir. I think it is great that you chose a shelter pet. I hope he brings you many years of laughter and joy.
    dipstick52601

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  192. How about Tucker or Midas….or Nugget? All Goldens should have something Gold in their name. Patches & Sunny are so happy you found your forever home, You landed in high cotton buddy!

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  193. Butch . . . yes, that’s it. First name I thought of when you asked. Butch is easy to yell. Butch is definitely boy. Congratulations . . . your smile says it all Ami. You know you have a heart when it can be broken and heal to open to another opportunity to love. I applaude you my friend! Allison C. Bayer, Plano, Texas

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  194. I wish that I had re-named my rescue Weimaraner (or, as my husband says, Wisenheimer) Chaos or Kamikaze (Kami for short). It would have been a much better fit…

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  195. When I saw him my first thought was Beauregard – such a gentleman!!! A french name that means “beautiful gaze”! And when you need to call him quickly – Beau – “a sweetie”!

    Yes, he looks like a Beau to me!!!!

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  196. Dillon Simms. Dillon is a very strong name (as in Marshall Dillon).

    He’s an absolute cutie and it sounds like he has landed very, very well!!

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  197. What a handsome devil you are. We (Feather ’cause I have lots of feathery golden fur) and Chase (cause I love to chase squirrels and birds) have decided that Keeper would be a good name cause Ami will be keeping you and you will be keeping her.
    Love to you from Feather and Chase (2 NH goldens)

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  198. I thought up the perfect name, came rushing to the computer – and there it was already, in the last post on the page!! So I have to agree with Eileen – he should be Bailey. Bailey Simms has a nice ring to it!!

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  199. My very last foster dog was a handful too and I called him “Indy”. Short for “Wild Indian” or “Indy 500” (because that is how fast he goes). Sounds like he has a similar “active streak”. Feel free to try out the name and see if Indy Simms does the trick. “Indy SIT”, “Indy HEEL”, “Indy OFF”, etc.

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  200. I am so happy that you’ve found another dog…..I’ve got a couple of friends who have recently lost their long-time companions and are struggling over the pros and cons and whens of adopting. I’ve told them they will know when the time is right. One of the favorite names I’ve heard for a Golden Retriever is “Buddy”…which pretty much sums up what we all look for in a dog……unconditional love and companionship. Good luck with your new buddy.

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  201. I love this story!!!! Congratulations on adopting Marley – such a fine-looking boy and ready for anything. you look like a great match!!!!! Wonderful. Marley deserves a forever home. Lots of TLC and individual attention.
    What about Lucky, Charlie or Clarke???? Let us know what you decide. So glad you found each other…..

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  202. He who THINKS he should be obeyed (who kindly ignores additions to the stash) thinks “Rufus”. He who KNOWS he must be obeyed (who kindly warms the stash ready for Mum) thinks “Dumb Dog”, but I’m not sure that feline votes count. Can’t wait for the emails to come from your beautiful boy!

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  203. I have the best ready…. SPOOL, cause this new baby is winding himself around your heart just like those threads of our lives.
    Hope you mave sew many new adventures to share..can’t wait to see him with a helmet cam on…
    stitchfully
    joanne

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  204. We addopted a rescue dog about 3 years ago. My arm was longer than
    the itger, There was no holding back. She now is a good walker but
    we had to get a harness as she has little neck and would slip orut ot
    her collar. Her name was Buster. We changed it to Bertha.
    I suggest something similar to his former name.

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  205. Congratulations to the Simms family on their new arrival. I personally like Monroe but Mommy Simms will choose the name she feels is best for the new member. He is easy to fall in love with. Wish I could reach through the screen and scratch those ears!!!
    So it’s paws up for high fives and waggy tails all around!!!!

    Jan and Bud the Beagle

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  206. As the mom of two rescues myself, I say welcome home to the new addition! I rather like Scout or Dylan (either Bob or Thomas, take your pick), but I think that Brigham, shortened to Brig as he runs off with a fat quarter (and what four-legged friends doesn’t), might just fit!

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  207. I like Baxter. It seems a good name for a manly dog. Unless you want ” Stretch” because of the long legs. At least you match, but only one of your
    “legs” is long. BTW, green is good, take Baxter to the Chinese restaurant after his walk.
    Make sure he writes as often as Madison

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  208. Oooh Ami! I’m so glad you got a new dog! He is blessed to get to be part of your family, and I know he will be a blessing to you, too. I look forward to many years of stories about and posts from him.

    How about “Griffin”? or “Grrrriffin?”

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  209. Aww, how cute! How about “Hank” – like Tom Hanks who bonded with that soccer ball before he got “found”? Of maybe “Wilson”?

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  210. Ami – I’m very happy you have added another 4-legged fur baby to your family!! I’d like to suggest the following names for your consideration:
    Tobey
    Mason
    Charlie

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  211. Ami, my sons Golden was named Buster, a great dog. He lived 10 years. My son and his wife got another Golden named Cesar. When my son died of non-hodgkins leukemia three years ago, Buster’s ashes were buried with my son. My daughter in law had Buster,s picture carved on the back of the memorial monument. Buster would be a manly name for your new Golden

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  212. I love the name Beauregard — Beau for short — Simms. It has sort of a swagger :) You and your new Forever Mom are so lucky to have found each other; Congratuions to you both!

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  213. Congratulations to you and your new mom. You are a very handsome boy and your mom looks so happy. How about Cully, which means friend?

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  214. He looks like a Murphy or Cooper. Our boxer/sharpei was named Walter and it was a great name for shouting at him as he ran down the street or cuddling up to ‘Walteroo’ when he was being sweet.

    He looks like a wonderful dog and is lucky to have been brought into a wonderful home.

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  215. Harrison (for manly Harrison Ford, of course) or Bogie (for manly Humphrey Bogart!)

    Your new pup is absolutely adorable – oh, sorry, he is very handsome!

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  216. Ami…You already named him…MANLY…nominated by several people already. You might spell it MANLEE.

    Congrats on your choice. I can see how happy in his Forever Home already. Being an ONLY dog is so special, too.

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