I finally decided how I would register Leia with the American Kennel Club. The paperwork from the breeder had been lying on my counter for a month. I also needed to complete the microchip registration.

So, I took a half hour this morning to complete the forms and write the check.

Not only did I choose the name Leia because I am an old Star Wars fan, I also loved the origin of the name. It is Hawaiian and means child of heaven.

But when I am given the opportunity to let my creative juices flow, I have fun playing with what will ultimately be the dog’s AKC registered name. 

Hannah’s was Ridgeway Moonshadow Hannah.

Heidi’s registered name is Ridgeway InLak’ech Zenith Heidi. I’d just returned from Belize where I’d experienced the beautiful Mayan culture. In Lak’ech Ala K’in is a Mayan phrase which loosely translates into “the light in me honors the light in you.”

Leia’s official name will now be Luminous Leia.

“Luminous?” you ask?

Yes, for those of you who are the original Star Wars fans, you will recall one of Yoda’s famous teachings. “For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.”

Interesting, isn’t it, that part of Heidi’s name also references light.

Leia has already shown herself to emit light and radiance, two qualities that will surely enhance her presence as a therapy dog when the time comes.

4 thoughts on “WHAT’S IN A NAME?

  1. Hillary Shemin says:

    Beautiful decision on Leia’s name! Easy to see already that she is very special! xo

    Hillary Yasmer Shemin http://www.PhotosByHillary.com IG: PhotosByHillary_ CleanTth@gmail.com


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  3. loveartyall@gmail.com says:

    Welcome Luminous Leia. How beautiful..

  4. Mary says:

    Hi Deb, I am so very entranced and delighted with you -email …
    I truly look forward to receiving the next one!
    “Luminous Leia” is just perfect for this special girl….
    “Make of yourself a light”.
    Name are so very important in this ‘Life Journey”.
    I named our last Doberman “Lyric Melody” and was truly
    a song in our hearts.
    Hope this finds you well my friend. I would like to pay a short
    visit on day this month to meet Leia and see Heidi..Oh and of course
    YOU ha! I’ll be in touch next week.
    Take care and be well Pats to the girls Joy and love to you Mary

    Sent from Outlook


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