Today I bought yet another domain name. I wanted something that better reflects my life and my attitude about it. I also wanted a domain that related to my addiction to Cardigans. For the past couple of months I have been musing over a kennel name — no really good reason since a couple of Cardis do not a kennel make. I know, however, that the day’s coming when I will want a Chase child. The kennel name I used for the German Shepherds doesn’t quite fit our funny little friends. I could not have predicted how quickly (it appears) that I’d need the new name. Anyway, I looked for a Kennel name by pouring over lists of Welsh words and names. Today I narrowed it down to five words. Humor me — I’m getting to it . . .
Gwawr means Dawn — that’s my Sunday-go-to-meeting name. However, can you say gwawr (remembering that the wr makes an oo sound (as in door))? Can you say it with Baledwr, for example? Okay, I took it off the list. Then there was a pretty word Cerys (beloved) — the beginning C is a hard C, do you believe anyone will remember that it’s not Ceres or Sirius? That it is pronounced Ke-ris? I doubt it, so took it off the list. Another word I liked has been used in several dogs’ names over the years. We got down to two words. The first was Ilar (joyful), and I like it a lot, but it’s perhaps a bit short, a tiny word that will be lost in the dog’s name. So, I settled on
It means “a moment in time”. That feels like life, that feels like the fleeting joy that is our dogs, that feels like my place in the universe. So, Elyan it is. It is pronounced el-e-on. Carolyn is working on my blog (needs it, huh?), so it will be moved to the new domain in good time. The blog name will be “. . . a Moment in Time”, the eddress will be https://elyancardigans.com. The old blog eddresses will still point to the new domain.
. . . and when will I need this kennel name? Pretty soon I think. Chase will be bred to Carolyn and Mandy’s splendid girl Phoebe. Phoebe is due in season any time now. Our plan is that Phoebe will come to Albuquerque to have her puppies. C-Myste/Baledwr have agreed that my name will also be on the litter — so these babies will be a moment in my time. They will be the first Elyan puppies.