Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My Name

Over the last twelve years, A LOT (and that's an understatement!) of people have asked mum where she got my name from, or why she chose this particular name for me, or if she named me "Sunshade" because of my colouring. People have also asked mum if she named STINKY, after "STINKY cakes" (mum: Jaffa Cakes!!!!!) because of his supposedly "bubbly" pawsanolity and the black and orange colouring. They thought our names were very unusual and original, especially MINE of course.

BUT....... in reality, our names are actually quite unoriginal!!!

I think it's about time for me to tell you the origin of MY SuperNAME .....


Below is a link to a video that tells you where my name originated from. Click on the link, and enter the password,

  • Link
  • Password: SunshadeJaffa

(mum: Sunshade was born on November 25th, 1999. Earlier that year, my dad had told me that I could get a puppy for my 16th birthday, which was mid November. So I started playing around with names. I had always loved the name "Emma" for a girl because I thought the name was very elegant, sweet, and girly for a girl. So I decided then that my future puppy was going to be named Emma! I was in Grade 11 then and heading into Christmas break. The last day before school closed for the winter holiday, we watched a documentary in biology class about a kangaroo mob. The documentary was called Kangaroos - faces in the mob. In there, a group of scientists followed a kangaroo mob for a year where they paid special focus on two baby joeys born that year. The joeys were named Sunshade and Jaffa. I remember the moment I heard the name Sunshade, I knew that was going to be my puppy's name and there was no going back to Emma or any other name for that fact. Joey Sunshade was smart, beautiful, responsive and she blossomed in the year's time that the scientists were following the mob. Baby joey Jaffa made a deep impact on me as well, he was such a funny, bubbly joey. So I decided then (in Grade 11) that if I ever get a boy dog, he would have the name Jaffa. I finally got the opportunity 7 years later when I picked up Sunshade's little nephew, Jaffa in 2007.

Recently, I went on a mad search for the "Kangaroo video" I watched in biology class some twelve years ago. It wasn't hard to find, I just had to google "Sunshade, Jaffa, Kangaroo" and voila, Amazon had it!! It will be my one most treasured DVD for the rest of my life!!)


Molly the Airedale said...

OMG, you were named after kangaroo babies! I love it and I loved the documentary! What super special names!

Love ya lots,

dave and lydia said...

and do we know why or what the Kangaroo Joey's were named after? I'm guessing Jaffa cakes for Stinky for sure! but Sunshade? hmmm must have been something very elegant and SUPER wonderful!

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

That is so cool. Really are original names E., since no Airedales have been called Sunshade & Jaffa before! You are very clever at videography. Wish our mama knew how to do what you do.
Smooches from pooches,
BabyRocketDog and Hootie

ps-we have a very difficult time with your word verification. poor eyes!

The Black and Tans. said...

That was very interesting reading how you got your names.
As we are all rescued we came with names, however 2 of us had our names changed as they really didn't suit us.
Have a lovely week.
Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

Dexter said...

What a very appropriate name. You are named after another glorious muscle butt. Not so sure about Jaffa. He does not even come close to your fine proportions.


Carol said...

Great blog, what a wonderful story.

The silvers and more

Woody Airedale said...

What a nice story. We know what you mean about names, they just have to be that!

My Dog Sam - Ruptured Disk said...

Hi E, that's a great story. My silly dad thought it was the name that the breeder gave them because that's how my sheltie brother and sister got their names. Hey, my mom's wondering when Saphie's coming back to class?