I’m excited to introduce to you a new mini schnauzer at Russell Homestead. Her name is Tachianna Faith. We call her Tachi (ta-chee) for short. Tachi is a dark salt and pepper gal who is sweet, submissive, and smart!
Let me begin with the story of her name. As we were picking names for our children, my husband and I usually saw eye-to-eye with fairly common, solid names. We had a boy and girl name picked out long before our first child was born. When boy #1 came along, we used the boy name and tucked away the girl name for later. When expecting child #2, we picked a new boy name and pulled the girl name out of reserve. If you know our story, we had boy #2 and boy #3, but still the original girl name endured. However, sometime after boy #3 was here, my husband heard the name “Tachianna” on a radio show. He fell in love with it instantly! Now, I don’t share my kids’ real names on my blog, but let me assure you this name does not have the flavor of our three boy names. Think something like this – “Here are my children-Nate, Collin, Ben, and Tachianna.” I just couldn’t imagine myself introducing my family using this name, and I just wasn't sure I liked it. However, at the time, we didn’t know if we were having a boy or girl. Since I was guessing it was boy #4, I made a deal with husband to make him happy. I told him IF we have a girl and IF she has red hair (a rare, but not impossible thing for our family), I would name her Tachianna. I felt pretty safe in my deal, since I didn’t even think we were having a girl.
Well, lo and behold, we did have a girl! At birth, she appeared to have a little bit of blonde/light brown hair. So, we named her the girl name we had picked out since the birth of our first child. In about 15 minutes, as the nurses weighed her and cleaned her up, her hair had an undeniable red tint. My husband quickly pointed this out and declared I was lucky she didn’t have that tint at birth or her name would be Tachianna!
Since my dear husband did not get to name his daughter Tachianna, we named one of our goat kids, born just a few days after our daughter, Tachianna. But she quickly went to her new home. So, it was only natural when we got our next female schnauzer to name her Tachianna.
Tachi has been a great dog for us! She passed the AKC S.T.A.R. puppy program and basic obedience school through Berks County Dog Training Club in the summer and fall of 2017. She is currently in training to receive her therapy dog certification through Alliance of Therapy Dogs.
Tachi is a ball of fire in some ways and a complete snuggle bug in other ways. She loves to romp and play with our other dogs. She is very bonded to me and follows me all over. She has a very gentle, cuddly side that shines through when she does therapy visits. We are very happy with how she has matured, and we are eager to see her first litter of puppies (likely to arrive in early 2019.) You can see more pictures below or visit her page.
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Vanessa from Russell Homestead. Follower of the Lord Jesus, wife of my knight in shining armor, mother of 5 wonderful children, and joint-keeper of the Russell homestead. Thanks for stopping by!
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