Now that many of Dempsey's "Big Dogs" classmates are getting ready to graduate, we've started thinking ahead to Dempsey's own graduation.
It's hard to imagine life without a dog, now that we've seen what a joy it is to have Dempsey around. So instead of picturing a dog-less, joy-less house, I've been imagining what it would be like to have a new Helping Paws puppy to train.
The first thought, of course, would be what to name him. I think new puppy's name should represent all the qualities that we've seen in service dogs (and service puppies in training). We haven't picked a name yet, but here are some ideas.
Einstein: Because he will be a genius; also, so if he tracks paw prints on the newly mopped floor, we won't sound so sarcastic when we tell him, "Way to go, Einstein."
Because he will be a big help around the house, and so we can blame him by saying he did it: Butler.
Because he will be smart, good-looking, athletic, and well-bred: Winklevoss.
Because he will actually have one: T-Paw.
Because he could grow up to be the President's dog, or at least the Vice President's: Bo Biden.
Because he will be loyal, trustworthy, helpful, and similarly colored: Smithers.
Because he will love to hunt rabbits, though he will never actually catch one: Fudd.
Because he will be a Golden Retriever: Harry.
Winklevoss or Fudd. Hmm. This is going to require some more thought.