The toughest thing proved to be the name selection and we really appreciated the help of from the blog. In both polls, three names consistently dominated Pepper, Scout, and Luna. In the final vote tally, Pepper and Luna took 72 percent of the vote with Pepper the slight favorite. I personally like Scout and Pepper more. So did the three boys that I took to the Allegheny Mountains to pick up the puppy. However, when the breeder, Barbara, brought out the puppy, they all said almost in unison, “she’s looks like a Luna.” The kids then formed a unified voting block with their two cousins from Florida who are visiting to pick Luna. Of course, Luna has kept us up for the last two nights but we adore her. She loves to be outside — probably from being raised on a barn for her first eight weeks — and particularly likes to bury herself in bushes in the backyard. She is already eight pounds and is expected to be a large size dog.
We really enjoyed following the blog discussion. The whole family would read the comments. Some of the alternative names produced considerable debate, particularly Mora (Italian for blackberry). However in the end, first impressions carried the day with Luna which is Latin for Moon. She is very dark in color with what looks like a small white Moon on her chest.
Thanks again everyone for the help.