introducing miss octavia

we welcomed little miss octavia home this september! in the wake of losing our previous boxer morgan, the few weeks without a pup in the house felt like an eternity. she is a breath of fresh air in what has been a season of mouldering months, and brings us so much happiness and joy on a daily basis! we are so grateful for her new presence in our hearts and lives.

we struggled a bit on coming up with a name for this beautiful girl. i had a name i'd picked out a few years ago that i'd always intended to use on our next pup, but when the time came it just didn't seem to fit her photo. she looked so strong-willed and stubborn, even at just a few weeks old! the name i'd had on tap was too calm and earthy for the spitfire i knew we were about to have on our hands. so back to the drawing board we went. j and i had pretty drastically different suggestions - he favored intense names rooted in mythology such as bellatrix and athena, whereas my ideas were far more trite, leaning toward olivia, isla, ava and the like. 

i researched and combed through lists of baby names, compiling favorites 10 at a time and handing them over for j to review. on one list, he finally said "oh there was one i liked there...octavia."  that name had come to me not from a baby name list, but from memories of my brother and i making up funny and complicated names for our first-ever boxer dempsey when we were kids. i remember octavia being repeatedly slotted in there, and we would giggle uncontrollably. i also liked that it seemed to be a nice compromise between j's harsher roman suggestions, and my top 100 hits.

i returned to the trusty baby name site for some additional info and it turns out octavia is latin for the eighth child or "eighth daughter." octavia is the fifth boxer girl for me, not the eighth, but it struck me immediately that she was born as morgan's eighth year was drawing to a close. it just so happens that was also the age our beloved sasha lived to, which gave the name a little added meaning. she is not the eighth, but she we certainly born of the eighth. i was pretty sold on it by that point, but not deluding ourselves into thinking we would call her "octavia" all the time, we started brainstorming nicknames. i mentioned "tavi" to my mom, who commented that it was extremely close to the nickname we used for tiara, which was "tari." taking that into account, tavi or octavia seemed to connect in one way or another to each boxer girl in our family that preceded her - so we deemed it perfect. 

since then of course, her moniker has evolved. we love you little miss octavia - aka tavi baby, tavi bear, tavi-roo and t-wrecks.