"Sister" for Stanley

I just got my husband to agree to another puppy!

In a year or two. :wink:

Close enough.

But I want to start dreaming! Against my will, our current border collie pup is [name_u]Stanley[/name_u] (though I say his full name is [name_u]Stanley[/name_u] [name_u]Peregrine[/name_u] Hiccup).

We want to get a girl, another border collie. (Part of the reason for the delay is so we give [name_u]Stanley[/name_u] time to mature before he’s fixed and also time to settle down.) We’re not sure of coloring or anything like that, but I’ll probably be looking out for a tricolor, a merle, or a red/white. That said, we might end up with another black/white border collie like [name_u]Stanley[/name_u].

But what to call her?

I want a name that goes well with [name_u]Stanley[/name_u] (and [name_m]Philip[/name_m], our fish–we have a whole vibe that I don’t even like lol!) but also is something I actually like. For dogs, I prefer names that either relate to something I really enjoy or more traditional border collie/farm dog/etc. names.

Names I considered for [name_u]Stanley[/name_u] that may help:
[name_m]Wickham[/name_m] (big [name_f]Jane[/name_f] [name_u]Austen[/name_u] fan)
[name_u]Knightley[/name_u] (^)
[name_u]Willoughby[/name_u] (^)

About Stanley's Name: an explanation

I actually don’t like [name_u]Stanley[/name_u], and I don’t feel it fits him. I wanted to name him [name_u]Willoughby[/name_u] or something like that! We also discussed [name_u]Perry[/name_u] (hence the middle). However, his litter (my parents breed border collies professionally as a hobby) was all named after characters from The Office. And his name was [name_u]Stanley[/name_u] (a joke, because [name_u]Stanley[/name_u] and “Kevin” were so small they were afraid he wouldn’t make it!). Well, I fell in love with [name_u]Stanley[/name_u] as a plucky little runt who refused to give up and who was so personable even as a two-year-old pup. [name_f]My[/name_f] parents were concerned as, due to being pseudo-rejected by his mom, he was sure to have some growth/developmental/digestive issues as he was even worse off than “Kevin,” which he does (he’s still tiny, but they say healthy). They didn’t feel super comfortable with him going to someone they didn’t know, let alone someone who wasn’t aware that this was a dog who could have health problems. But putting him down was a non-option, obviously. So they pulled him through, and I helped, not thinking I would ever keep him myself! But then my husband also fell in love with him, and we decided to keep him. But the name! We couldn’t change the darn name. We were all just too used to it. Oh well.

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Sharing a baby picture of [name_u]Stanley[/name_u] for reference!
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Baby Stanley is so adorable!

I’m just leaning into the Jane Austen thing here…what about Cassandra / Cassie, Pemberley, Darcy, Bennet / Bennie, or Dash as in Dashwood? (Bingley is high on my list of future dog names!)

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Random thought… Is [name_u]Stanley[/name_u] a hockey fan? [name_u]Stanley[/name_u] Hiccup, [name_u]Stanley[/name_u] Cup??

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Yes, I’m leaning toward a [name_f]Jane[/name_f] [name_u]Austen[/name_u] name! I actually was thinking about just [name_u]Austen[/name_u]. But I might end up with something more recognizably female.

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Oh, I didn’t even know that was a thing! I’m not a hockey person. I’m a How To Train Your Dragon nerd, lol.

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I have a female friend named [name_u]Austen[/name_u]! I consider the -en spelling to be the feminine variation of [name_u]Austin[/name_u].

[name_u]Stanley[/name_u] is adorable. I love the name [name_u]Dash[/name_u].

Maybe [name_f]Eliza[/name_f]? I had a border collie mix named Tinsel, so I’ll throw that out too. And I’m very keen on the name Ladybug for girl dogs.

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