My stepdaughter Rachael is visiting this week from her home in Alabama. So when she met my two newest foster dogs, I asked her for help in naming them. She immediately began calling one of them Rachel (spelled differently than her own name, per her instructions). Then my niece Kirsten called and said she was coming over to visit Rachael, so we decided to name the second puppy after her. That's how these two newest foster puppies got their names.
Rachel and Kirsten came from another rescue group down in Southern Missouri. They don't have a lot of adoptions there since it is a rural area for the most part, so when we get the chance, we try to help out by taking in some of their dogs. These two are so cute that I can't imagine they'll take long to find homes. And as a bonus, they are super-sweet and very "clean". Some puppies are what we call "dirty" - they go to the bathroom in their kennel, then they walk in it, then they roll in it, then they spread it around as much as possible. It's just so much fun to clean up after "dirty" puppies. But some puppies are "clean" - they go in one spot, very neatly, and make sure to avoid that spot. Even better, they hold it for as long as possible to wait until they get outside instead of just going when and where they need to. "Clean" puppies are very easy to housetrain. I'm very happy that Rachel and Kirsten are not only sweet and cute, but they are also "clean", and therefore a breeze to clean up after. I have to keep them in a quarantine area for a few days just to make sure they don't get sick from anything they were exposed to previously, so its nice to let them stay together in a big kennel/ex-pen all day and not have a huge mess to clean up when I get home from work each evening.