|Livy’s name is an homage to Olivia Langdon Clemens, who was married to Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) and was a strong influence in his writing. Her nickname was Livy. Livy had an educational background in English, and Sam Clemens was a rough-and-tumble man who needed some polishing around the edges. So Livy made Sam’s work wonderful, and together they created an amazing legacy. With this name choice, we honor all the great women who stood behind great men and supported them, who weren’t allowed to stand next to them either by government or society. We honor their silent, powerful work.
Our puppy’s second name, Angelique, is Angel‘s formal AKC name. Angel was bred at River Ranch, which is a famous kennel known for its working dogs. Livy was born to Alpenglow Kennels in the Heights in Houston, Texas. For all of you skiers and mountain enthusiasts, Alpenglow means the red light on the mountains at dawn. These Goldens are reddish in color. The original hunting dog from Scotland was quite red, but Goldens range from dark red to white.
Livy’s father Rusty is Angel’s uncle, an eight-time national champion hunter. So Angel and Livy are first cousins. Livy’s mother is a descendant of California Emberain, Ticket, also a champion working dog.
Our goal is to teach Livy to become a therapy dog like Angel. Livy, the little therapy dog novice, will be learning a lot from Faithful Paws and Believe In Dog Therapy.
On December 16, we will take our first family photo with the acclaimed photographer Robyn Arouty. Seriously, check her work out. She is one in a million. We are doing a 30-minute session for $200, and a percentage of this will be donated to local pet rescues. Robyn also took Angel’s headshot that we use for her therapy dog work. Genius.
I have been preparing our house and arranging puppy classes with Stephanie Bennet at Believe in Dog Training. I am also excited to announce that Angel, Houston’s Official Therapy Dog, has earned the highest honor as an AKC Therapy Dog: Distinguished. I am so proud of her work and what an amazing dog she is. I hope that Livy will learn from Angel and follow in her paw steps.