LuLu with socks:
Wally with shoe:
Really, though... can you imagine what the neighbors would think if they heard me calling out "Shoes!". "Socks!"? They'd think I was the crazy lady of Pine Street.
When we were awaiting the day we'd bring our brand new Golden Retriever puppy boy home...
... we knew we were in for a beautiful thing. A faithful, sweet, kind, gentle, intelligent, loyal, trusted friend was coming to live with us. He needed a good name.
I looked up names meaning qualities such as those. Everything sounded too intellectual and pretentious. So where did Wally get his name? Well...
...from The Most Trusted Man in America -- Walter Cronkite. Rich and I had both grown up knowing Walter Cronkite as a household name, and he'd recently passed away. We felt like we'd lost a friend.
Also, on a lighter note... there was this guy:
He tugged at our heartstrings.
So there you have a trusted friend who's also adorable.
Now... how about LuLu? We were waiting for the day we'd drive out of town to pick her up (I was SO excited) and we went over and over names. It couldn't sound anything similar to Wally -- Wally and Lily, Wally and Daisy, Wally and Molly. You get the idea. Then Rich looked over my shoulder at this:
It's a Little Lulu doll my friend made for me years ago. He said, "How about LuLu?" Oh, my gosh, it was perfect! I loved it! And that's how our little LuLu got her name.
We all lived happily ever after.
Wishing you a happily ever after kind of day.