I'm going with the easy question first. JLC asked if we have a name for our new puppy, and suggested that if we don't, I could ask all of you for ideas.
First some background.
My family got our first Miniature Schnauzer, Max (full name Maximillian Schnell), when I was seven, shortly after my parents' wedding (mom, correct me if that's wrong). He was all black, very smart, and a bit snippy at times. We gave him away (yes, it killed me) shortly before we moved to DC when I was fifteen.
My senior year of high school we brought home Miniature Schnauzer #2, Mac (Vincent MacGregor). Yes, we were very creative with names. :P Mac was salt & pepper, very sweet, and not so bright. But MAN he was lovable. He died just before Christmas '05 and is buried in my parents' backyard.
In two weeks Ibis and I will bring home Miniature Schnauzer #3. The puppies are mostly black and have some brown streaks, but I'm not sure if that will remain as they get older.
Here are the factors going into choosing a name:
1) We'd like a Spanish name but can't seem to settle on anything
2) I like old-school names for dogs
3) Ibis has a really bizarre sense of humor
With that in mind, here's what we're come up with so far:
1) Chulo (boy), Molé, Pato (duck -- there's an inside joke there), Mocha (except it's not brown)
2) Buster, Jack
3) Schneider, Ramses
So... any suggestions are more than welcome!
eta: I should mention that we're not certain if we're getting a girl or boy, but clearly I'm leaning towards the boy.