This is our new puppy, Scully. He's 8 weeks old and is an Australian Shepherd mix from the Fort Wayne Animal Control Shelter. He is beautiful in a completely unique sort of way. From what I've been reading on the internet and elsewhere, his coloring is more similar to what working Australian Shepherds have (the ranchers and shepherds don't care if the mask is perfect or if the white "saddle" is present...just that they have a good dog!), and it is called a Blue Merle. The picture below kind of shows his markings (though they really don't do him justice. His fur is just this delicious swirl of jet black mottled with smoke gray). Though I don't know if you can tell from these pics that his eyes are different colors...well...actually his right eye is blue on top and brown on the bottom. The left eye is brown. It's very cool. The merle pattern even effects his eyes and his nose. We don't know what else is in him. We just know he's really sweet.
We wanted a good baseball name and we were pretty settled on Scully (because who is more baseball than Vin Scully???) but we were also looking at other aspects of our lives (which is usually how we pick animal names). Since the kids are learning Greek, we wondered "What's Greek for dog?" Since "dog" doesn't come up often in the Bible, Jeff decided to look on Babelfish, and up popped:
For those of you who don't read Greek, its sigma, kappa, upsilon, lambda, iota......or "Skuli" or...basically "Scully." Flabbergasted (wow, I love it when I can use such a cool word), we figured that this was a sign that we'd found our name.
If you don't mind, I'm going to go play with my dog.....