We recently added a tiny goldfish to our crew, and in-between getting the aquarium, perfect filter, bubble maker and toys for our new resident, we had to come up with a name. With two preschool girls in the house, the debate raged for about 3 days. Not because they couldn’t agree on a name, but because there were too darn many to try out on our new family member. It brought me hurtling back to the year we “rescued” our two black Labs, and the naming process we went through. IAMS™ gets it. It’s all about celebrating the meaningful connections and stories that come from long-term relationship with our pets.
The first time I saw this IAMS™ Brand video, well, I teared up. Don’t worry, nothing bad happens to Duck. In fact, just the opposite: he finds the true love of a boy and his family, and proceeds to change all their lives, forever. You know you want to watch.
See what I mean????? Duke. Duck. Those little faces, together. You can’t help but fall in love. The morning wakeup calls we’ve all had. The frolicking on the beach that some of us have been privileged to experience. Endless games of catch. Meeting new friends. The kisses, the giggles, games of chase, car rides, the secrets shared. My favorite by far is the fort, where he reads to Duck, who actually seems to understand.
The Name Game
About 10 years ago, Thomas and I moved to Southeast Texas. In fact, we had only been living there four months when Hurricane Rita blew through. In addition to destroying a lot of landscape, Rita left a lot of animals homeless. When we finally got back to normal operations at the small newspaper we owned, we noticed this black Lab walking the sidewalk of the strip center we were in. Every day she’d be there, with her head hung low, as though hoping *hoping* someone might notice her.
He did. Thomas has a real soft spot for animals, having grown up surrounded by them. He started putting out water for her, leaving food near the entrance to our office. At first, she hesitated, so we just let her work up the courage. It only took a few days for her to go from nighttime eating to daytime. One day, I found Thomas outside, petting her, talking to her, and I knew: she was coming home with us, one way or another. My only stipulation: I wanted to call her Midnight. I’d always thought that was a great name for a dog, so he agreed. We sat on the porch with her after work, discussing the day’s events, and she’d put her head on my knee. When our girls came along, she extended the courtesy to them.
Join the Family
Side story: Thomas likes to refer to people with a handful of phrases: chief, buddy, coach. He used to say to me, “I don’t know, coach,” when I’d ask a question. Any random kid was met with a, “Hey, buddy! How you doing?” This is important to know.
A few months later, we realized Midnight needed a playmate. We weren’t around enough, and she craved companionship. In hindsight, I realize that our dog search was not the most professional. We wanted to get another black Lab, one around the same age. We weren’t going to breed them; we just wanted her to be less lonely. In those days, you still searched classified ads. (Crazy, I know) We found a listing for a black Lab that was about to be taken to the pound by a family. They were willing to give him away for free. We called and set a date to go see him. I didn’t ask about shots or heartworm or anything that was important. We just knew we wanted a dog.
We got out of the car, and a black Lab came running at us. Thomas rubbed its head and said, “Hey buddy! You look good!” The dog took off as the owner walked up. We talked and watched the dog run around, getting a little nervous that there was no fence. The dog was used to running around the neighborhood, occasionally coming home to eat. But, he was really cute. After a slightly rushed conversation, we agreed to take him. When Thomas asked the dog’s name, the soon-to-be-ex-owner said, “Buddy.” How could we change that?
The Duck Campaign
One of the high points about the Duck video, to me, is highlighting the important role that IAMS™ food plays in keeping dogs healthy and active throughout their life. How? With better nutrition. Keeping your dog youthful and vibrant throughout the course of his/her life is something all pet owners can relate to. IAMS™ keeps you covered with ProActive Health™ products fortified with essential minerals for strong bones. Plus, they’re enriched with antioxidants to help develop a strong immune system and build strong muscles with protein from chicken and egg.
In 1999, IAMS™ released the Casey campaign, highlighting the lifelong story of a girl and her dog. Remember it?
The IAMS™ Brand works to make sure their products help enhance your dogs’ health at every life stage. After all, the right diet can do amazing things for pets, just like it can do for humans. You can pick up IAMS™ products at mass retailers and pet stores everywhere. To learn more, visit their website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
How did you name your pet(s)? Tell me all about it in the comments! I love to share these stories!!!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.