Purple Fugitive Spring Auf Southwind
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Another Southwind dog, another literary reference. While Bison's registered name came from Melville's tribute to Mount Greylock, Pomegranate's name pays homage to another Massachusetts-based writer. We lost Deborah Digges, a wonderful poet and non-fiction writer, in April, tragically too young. Her first non-fiction piece, Fugitive Spring, tracked her coming of age story. So when we found out we were getting this fuzzy little girl, we eventually decided to honor Deborah's memory in the registered name. To connect the Purple to Southwind, we carried the chain forward using "Auf", in memory of Selchie, Bison's father and Pomegranate's great-grandfather.

Her call name, Pomegranate, was a surprising choice. We compiled a list of 20 potential call names, using the animal theme that the boys have all followed. I had let slip one of the leading candidates a couple weeks prior to meeting the little girl. Folks who had played with her were horrified by the name. When I met her, it was clear why. It did not fit. Nor did any of the other names on the list. That night, I read Deborah's book of poems, Trapeze, and one of the poems explored the Persephone myth. That lead to the pomegranate seeds that Hades used to force Demeter's hand in returning Persephone to him for one season each year. When Persephone breaks free each year, we experience Spring, or in this case, a Fugitive Spring.