What's In A Name
It did not take very long for us to realize that the hardest part about having a new puppy was not trying to teach him to not jump on us or trying to teach him to wear a collar or walk on a leash or to house train him and clean up after him in the meantime, but the hardest part about having a new puppy was agreeing on a name for him. I think all four of us had a different name in mind that we wanted to call our new puppy. We each knew he was going to grow up and be a big, strong, and powerful dog but he was also playful and gentle with the kids so we wanted him to have the perfect name. We probably called him by a half dozen different names the first couple days of having him but none of them seemed to fit just right and we could not quite seem to agree on any of them.
It was around that same time that the television show American Chopper was extremely popular in our house and we all just loved the big, strong, and powerful Paul Sr. and we loved the unique choppers that they designed and built. It was a couple of days after getting our new puppy during an episode of American Chopper when one of our kids said, "Chopper! Let's call him Chopper!" and the new puppy immediately looked over as if to say "That's it, that's my name." There was no debating the name Chopper for our new American Bulldog puppy. It was the perfect name and it officially made him a part of our family.
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