Yes.  I think I made up my mind.

This goofball… zoomie looney… L.S…. Ellis… aka Little S*&^…

This ornery, toe-biting, apple and tomato eating, tough acting little pup has a name.


Rimrock Sweetgrass Edensfire.

Call name, “Eden”


An “E” name… she’s Elsa’s brother’s grandaughter… it’s a tip of the hat to Elsa…

Rimrock, well, that’s me, or rather my “kennel” name.  All the pups I’ve had here have Rimrock in their names…

Sweetgrass.  Kris, when you suggested that, I *knew* I had to have it in her registered name, at least!  Daniel mentioned once I could call her Sweet… though, she hasn’t progressed from ornery to sweet YET!  If she gets any temperament from Elsa, she will, but it’s hard to call her sweet when she biting your toes!  Plus, it’s SWEETGRASS.  One of my favorite scents of all time.  It’s sacred to Indians.  A smudge of sweetgrass refreshes and blesses…  I have it stuck in drawers and closets and pull it out and smudge my house every once in a while!  I hope she becomes a blessing to our place, she definitely is a refreshing change of pace!

Edensfire.  Obviously, I made that up.  I can.  😉  Fire, because fire is in Lucas’ and Dally’s names.  What does it mean to me?  Home.  Friends.  Great memories.  Companionship.  Warmth.  Security.  It’s tradition, I guess, but I *had* to have fire in her name.  She is a spitfire, but couldn’t name my dog, Spit.  I decided just to add it on!  I debated.  Uhlti (council fire), Tulli (fire, warrior depending on spelling and language), were great, but I couldn’t decide… they’re difficult words for people to remember, and is it Tooley or Tully, and Ooolty or Ulty?  Plus, would I yell Tooley when I meant Dally?  I decided they were too similar.  Kenna, I liked… Fia was cute too…

Eden.  Somewhere I read a legend that the Garden of Eden had red dirt.  I imagine it stemmed from the origin of “Adam”, which usually is loosely translated as “made from the red clay”, or “man of the red earth”.  Something along those lines.  I thought Adam was created somewhere else, but I’m no biblical scholar, and, hey, even if Eden (or Aidan) wasn’t made of Red Dirt… and the simple name means “delight”… I’ll take that too!  She is a delight!

It may turn out to be a new start for Rimrock English Shepherds… and where better to start than Eden?

Please don’t call her Edie.



Named! — 12 Comments

  1. Wonderful name! I just spent the last hour or more catching up since I’ve had very little wifi/cell for the last two months! Wonderful! Good to hear your pictures are coming back, I’d be devastated if I lost any of mine! And I’m sorry I never got to connect when I was working near you. I’ve since been to Montana, South Dakota, Idaho, Utah, and now in Oregon before heading home to Southern California at the end of next week.

    I am so glad I at least got to visit your area, it makes this blog so much more real to me. Keep posting, there’s lots of us that love to live the ranch life vicariously. And I think that when I get home I am going to need it. Culture shock awaits, not sure it is going to be home anymore.

  2. At last! Eden has a truly wonderful name – and thank you for sharing all that went into selecting it! Great job, Carol. I hope Eden will be as special as Elsa was.

  3. Rimrock Sweetgrass Edensfire – ts, now I have name envy!!
    Now you had better stop calling her Little S… (though that’s a pretty cute term of endearment, too ;-)) so that Eden can grow into the name of a Lovely, Magnificent Ranch Dog. Beautiful, elegant, meaningful choice, Carol! I am hoping for many pictures and reports…
    Edie? NEVER! No way!
    (Oh no, it just occurs to me: I don’t know the scent of sweetgrass. Will have to remedy this.)

  4. Carol…..I love her name!….but even more, I love “hearing” your process for coming to the name. You are such a wordsmith! My dogs don’t go back to Elsa but I do own a sister to Lucas…and it took a while to find her name as well. Enjoy your girl! Chris Turcotte

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