Why I Named My Pooch, America Good!
It is Tuesday morning, election day in the United States of America. You will read my story Thursday, two days after the election; though I suspect we will not know the results because for the first time in history we are not playing by the law of the land. They blame this new turn in events on COVID-19 but I am suspicious. I love my Country but question the honesty of many of the people running it and running for office. Setting all that aside, I love America, the land of the free and the brave who fought to make her the greatest Country in the world. It seems apropos on this important election day to tell the story of why I named our pooch, America Good.
Two Years Ago
It was a beautiful summer day two years ago when my little unnamed puppy and I took our first stroll together to the park. The park was already filled with tennis players, joggers running around the padded track, and many pet owners with their pooches.
My custom was to mingle with the crowd of people and pooches but this particular day I wanted alone time with my new puppy. I was startled when I heard a voice say, “What breed is your dog?” I turned and faced a friendly woman with a large white lab. After telling her my puppy was a soft-coated Wheaten Terrier I asked her the name of her Lab. “Payton,” she said. I said, “Oh you must have named him after Walter Payton.” She answered yes and then I said, “I had a Doberman and his name was Patton, after General George Patton; but we called him, Patton.” We both laughed and she commented that she knew her husband would have loved that name.
On the Way Home
Not long after, my puppy and I left the park for home. The names Payton and Patton went through my mind and caused me to think of other famous names in the hope of finding a name for our pooch. I said out loud, “Edison, Washington, Kennedy, Jefferson, Lincoln, etc…” And, all of a sudden a thought ran through my mind. None of these men could have been famous without the support and help of every American citizen. It was the citizenship of our great country that made America great! Then, I looked at my little 8-pound puppy and told him, “Your name is dedicated to the real heroes of our great nation; the American citizen.”
I was so excited to tell my Ultimate Concierge that I picked America up and ran the few blocks home…
He loved the name! And he loved the symbolism behind the name. We were in total sync, as we are 99% of the time, with the name America for our Wheaten puppy.
The New World
In the year 1606 in London, John Smith, an opinionated young man, assembled a group of daring men together. “I have brought you to inspect the vessels in which we shall conquer Virginia.” He showed them the three ships; Godspeed, Discovery, and Susan Constant, that would carry them to the New World.
And, from that time on, settlers came from across seas from every part of the world to settle on this great land. Then, on September 6, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the name The United States of America as a symbol of freedom and independence.
America the Great
Every citizen from the first early settlers to today is responsible for the greatness of America. No one man alone could be a hero without the support of every American citizen. And, as I said above, it is for that reason I named our pooch, America, to honor every American.
As I sat and watched the outpouring of thousands of Americans stand and wait outdoors in the bitter cold to acknowledge the importance of Democracy, I hugged my pooch, America, to me and said, “I wish you were able to understand the significance behind your name.” All he could do to respond was lick my nose. And, darling, that was enough.
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