Seeing her reminded me of her namesake - Amanda Susanna Boccanfuso - our yellow Labrador. From the start, I knew that this little black-eyed butterball puppy was Susanna. Her sunny puppy disposition recommended her to us as a lifelong companion. And as her name promised, she cheered and bloomed perennially in our home for many years.
Names can be important. Names can help identify one's spiritual nature and bring it out.
During these visits, we learned her siblings names, one by one, as they found their way into the hearts of their new families. By the time of our last visit, all the puppies, except for one, had been placed. The last remained unchosen and, consequently, without a name. I learned that people had come to see him, but no one had yet claimed him.
I told the breeder, "He needs a name." She explained that it was their practice to leave the naming to the new families. I told her I understood, but that I felt that if they discovered his name, his real nature would show better to prospective owners and he would make his way home.
My breeder was a Christian Scientist and very familiar with the Bible. She knew with what great care names were given to people in Scriptures. Name changes sometimes followed spiritual growth and character reformation. The naming of children was fraught with spiritual significance.
When I pointed out that determining his name might help the little fellow express more of his God-defined nature, the breeder said, "That's fine. You name him."
And I immediately said, "He is Salvatore." The name popped into my thought and it stuck. He was a pale little buddy and reminded me of my father-in-law, - a kind, gentle, quiet man. After, I learned that the name originally meant savior.
We took our puppy home that day and never saw Salvatore again. But I heard later that the breeder referred to him by this name during the next visit. When the wife heard it, she exclaimed to her husband, "Why that is your Grandfather's name! We have to take him!"
Loved on the spot, seen for who he was, Salvatore was scooped up and taken to his home.
Does your name have special meaning to you? Or have you ever given a meaningful name to someone?