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People ask us how we came to name our dogs. Here's a tiny bit o' history.
Alexis: our first pug was not named by us. My son's girlfriend named her. When My son moved out, he left us Alexis, which was a good trade. She's my baby and really daddy's little girl. I used to think it was a stupid name for a dog, but I changed my mind when her personality grew to fit her moniker.
Max: sounds straightforward, doesn't it? Well, his full name is Maxamillion. Most times, when people ask, I say "Maxamillion - he's one in a million." But honestly, I named him after the bionic dog in the old Bionic Woman TV series. Nobody knows this but me. Most of the time I call him "Maxo" or "Maxie" or "Maximo!"
Neumacks: easily the strangest name I ever gave a dog. He was our first pug rescue and came to us as a full adult and was used to his name - which was Max. But, as you just read, we already had a Max. Since I had to change it and resisted the "cute" alternatives people suggested (Max II - jeez), I wanted something that would still retain his original name. Since he was Max and he was New, he was New Max. But that's a stupid name, so I made it one word and made it vague German for no reason other than to be unique: Neumacks. Believe it or not, he took NO time remembering his new name and would come to use before we got past "Neu--". He was a smart and sweet pug who used to howl "I love you" when we came home. So deserving of respect was he that I started calling him Mr. Neumacks and it stuck. He passed away a year and a half ago and we still miss him terribly.
Anthony: he was our second rescue, who came into our lives a month and a half after Neumacks died. He was immediately comfortable with us, almost like Neumacks filled him in before we arrived. When we went to pick him up, they told us his name and that they sometimes called him "Tony." I called him that and he shuffled over. When I said "Gimme kisses, Anthony," his curly tail wagged and he slobbered kisses on my. After that, we never called him Tony again. When someone reacts to learning his name by saying "Tony" we always respond: "yeah, he doesn't like that, he prefers Anthony. Or Big Ant."
Funny, but all of our pugs wound up with human names. It was close though, because Max was nearly named "Waffles." Kinda glad that didn't get past the first round of approvals…