I have a new puppy. Following in the steps of WizardPC at Guns, Cars, and Tech, I’ve gotten my own “Tactical Dog.” Of course, I’m not going to call her that.
She’s a Dutch Shepherd, about 4-1/2 months old, and she should grow up to be 55-65 lbs.
Last night on Facebook I posted a list of possible names. I went through Greek and Roman mythology and made a list from that. I gave that list to my wife and she pared it down to this.
- Soteria (Σωτηρία), female personification of safety, preservation, and deliverance from harm
- Techne (Τέχνη), personification of art and skill
- Arke (Άρκη), messenger of the Titans and twin sister of Iris
- Chloris (Χλωρίς), goddess of flowers and wife of Zephyrus
- Dysis (Δύσις), sunset
- Hestia (Ἑστία), maiden goddess of the hearth who presided over the baking of bread, mankind’s stable food
- Calliope (Καλλιόπη), muse of epic poetry
- Fides, personification of loyalty.
- Fortuna, goddess of fortune.
The name Fortuna jumped out to an early lead in the informal voting, mostly because of this.
You’ve got to admit, she would have an awesome theme song.
I’m kind of partial to Arke (pronounced Are-kay, or, like the letters R K)
In Greek mythology, Arke or Arce was a daughter of Thaumas and sister of Iris. She is sometimes affiliated with the faded second rainbow. She is said to have iridescent wings, compared to Iris’s golden wings. During the Titanomachy, she betrayed the Olympian gods and joined the Titans against them, becoming the Titans’ messenger goddess. When the Olympians won, Zeus deprived Arke of her wings and cast her into Tartarus, together with the other vanquished Titans. Arke’s wings were later given to Peleus and Thetis as a gift on their wedding day; Thetis later gave them to her son Achilles, which is where his surname Podarces (literally “swift-footed”, as if from πούς, gen. ποδός “foot” + the name of Arke) was thought to have come from.
And look what I photographed just last night after dinner.
It was a beautiful double rainbow, complete all the way around to the other side.
What do you think?