Today is Sunday. I’m having a completely different feeling today than I was having last week when I knew that I was off the next day.
I am not off tomorrow.
In fact, I am going to be busy with District Assessments (which kind of snuck up on me or dare I say . . . completely took me by surprise because I had no clue we were having District Assessments this trimester since we haven’t had them in about two years) and I also have a School Site Council Meeting after school tomorrow.
Oh, and it is going to rain.
I guess I will need to wear these:
But in the meantime, I need your help!
Nikki at Melonheadz Illustrating made two clipart images for me.
Exclusively for me. I say that with my nose in the air and in a very snooty voice like I’m somebody important or Nellie Olsen. Exclusively for me. Snoot.
My goal is to take these two adorable clip art images and create two characters exclusively for my Reader’s Theater packs . . . and maybe have one whole pack (or more) just centered around these two . . . in a Lucy and Ethel, Batman and Robin, Peanut Butter and Chocolate, Gerald and Piggie, Wine and Me type of way.
That’s where you come in.
I can either name these two characters Dog and Cat . . . or I can get creative. But I am stumped. I’ve had a couple of friends say that I have to name the dog Murphie (Nikki sort of used pictures of Murphie as a puppy
for her inspiration because I sent them to her as a suggestion) but I don’t know if I should. I can’t decide.
Both character names need to be non-gender specific so that you don’t have two boys arguing over who has to be the girl or two girls arguing over who has to be the boy and blah blah blah, just read already!
So I can’t have a Bob and Annie or a Duke and Duchess or an Edward and Emma or a William and Kate.
It has to be more of a Thunder and Lightning, Cheese and Cracker, Ice and Cream type of situation . . .
HELP ME PLEASE!
Should these two adorable little characters just be Dog and Cat or should they have names? If you think they should have names, please leave some suggestions for me! I’m thinking I’ll see what the majority says and then we can have a little contest!
Am I the only one that thinks a little naming contest would be fun? Is this because I don’t have kids of my own?
Hmmmm. I wonder . . .
Rest assured that I do know these characters are fictional and do not exist in real life.
I know, I said!
Okay, seriously, help me!
I think they should be named Murphie and Tabby.
Rachel C says
I actually really like Cheese and Cracker! Or maybe Peanut and Butter!
Karen Rowland says
I agree with k.burdick12, I think they should be named Murphie and Tabby! Adorable!
Adventures With Firsties
I say Pip and Pop!
Cindy Pinto says
Pumpkin (cat) spice (dog)
I tried thinking of CVC pattern words appropriate for first graders. How about Pup and Kit?
Murphie (dog) and Brown (cat) HA!
Noelle Duscha says
How about Kibbles and Bits or Clam and Chowder?
How about Kit and Cat?
Forest Gump might think they go together like Peas and Carrots. But maybe Mac and Cheese would be yummier. I do like Murphie…it's a great name.
Cheri McCormick says
cute characters…baxter the dog and ed the cat. :o)
Shannon Porter says
I think Murphie is a must. What about Nosy or Freckles for the cat? Once kids hear the names they are going to remember them, so they necessarily have to be easily decodable. I love that these are made just for you and I am eagerly awaiting your new Reader's Theater. We "performed" for kindergarten and second grade on Friday. The kids loved it and the other students were so supportive of their efforts. Fun!!
Shannon Porter says
Whoops, meant don't necessarily have to be decodable.
Karen Ganon says
Surf and Turf (Can you guess which is which?)
How about Wags and Whiskers?
HAS TO BE Murphie (non gender specific!!) I like Tabby like a few other commenters suggested too! I bet I will be looking for Beanie Babies to match once the plays are released too… Luv you!
How about Murphie and Beany (I am kinda partial to that), since Christina brought up the Beanie Babies. Friskey is a good name for a cat too. . he/she could get in a lot of trouble being so frisky, lol.
Murpie and Mamalade 🙂
Jill Myers says
Okay Jill, whoever you are…. I absolutely also thought of Murphie and Marmalade before even seeing your post and MY name is Jill too. 🙂
Love to Learn says
First off, love those Hunters!
Now onto names. I like Frick and Frack, but that could lead to some uncomfortable situations if an administrator walked in and misheard . . .
Love to Learn
How about Cheeto-cat and Cheerio-dog?
Patty Rutenbar says
Bark and Purr!
I like Murphie and Marmalade, too. That might just be because I had an orange cat named Marmalade. Tabbyand Beany are also good for the cat.
Laughter and Consistency
Stephanie C says
I love that you could name the dog character after your puppy, so Murphie would be a cute dog name. I say Milo for the cat. Murphie and Milo. 🙂
Sherrie Nackel says
Many years ago my best friend had two cats named Murphie and Macy. I didn't like cats, but I did love their names.
Heather L says
How about name one Chris and the other Soules in honor of the Bachelor!! HAHAHAHA!! Just kidding!! They are a super cute set of clipart, but I'm not sure of a name! I'm sure you tell your students all about your dog so they would probably think the dog should be named Murphie, but I'm not sure about the cat. Another "M" name would be cute so they would be like m&m!! Good luck!!
Jerri Roberts says
How about Buggsy or Muggsy to go with Murphie?
Angela Sample says
Shiloh or Murphy (my dogs' names) for the pup and Whiskers for the cat!
Ashton Allison says
Muphie is a must! I think Ollie could be gender neutral too for the cat.
Murphie and Ollie! These are such cute characters!
Amber O. says
I definitely think you should go with Murphie. Why not? It's non-gender enough; girls are always being named boy names nowadays, and just because your Murphie is a girl, doesn't mean that boys couldn't think it's a boy's name! The cat could be Tabby, which is also non-gender specific, and that orange cat looks very tabby-like:)
Bubble and Squeak! 🙂
Everyone deServes to Learn says
How about Murphie and Riley?
Covered in Glitter says
Mac and Murphie
Debbie Teise says
How about Murph and Fe(Fe)?
Mrs. Hall says
How about Mr. Murph for the pup and Mrs. McCheese for the cat?
Oooh! So many good choices. I especially love Murphie and Marmalade. My suggestion is Kip and Nip. We love your RT plays in my Grade 1/2 class.
Ruff and Muff were my first thoughts.
April Jones says
I like Murphie & Marmalade or Mac & Cheese. So many creative ideas!
How about Murphie and Tiny? 🙂
Shannon Porter says
This is perfect! You and Murph together forever…infamy!
Carol Polston says
The dog definitely has to be Murphie! The kitty- I like the suggestions above- but maybe do the kitty name with the -ie on the end like Murphie- ex. Tabbie, Muffie (maybe Murphie and Mickie). Good luck- can't wait to see what you do!
Mary Tinsley says
I like Cheese (cat) and Crackers (dog). I also like like April Jones' suggestion of Mac and Cheese. If you want to name the dog, Murphie and maybe name the cat, Memphis. Then you have them as M & M (lol).
Mary Lloyd says
How about Murphy and Reagan? My kiddos LOVE your Reader's Theater plays!
I like Murphie and Riley. My orange tabby is named Riley. He's a boy, but I once had a girl in my class named Riley.
I love Murphie and Memphis!
Pop Dog and Corny Cat
Murphie and Flurphie
doogie the dog, doger the cat
Orangie and Brownie
Captain Brown and General Orange
Murphy and Simon. These are my daughter's dog (Murphy) and cat's names (Simon). Simon speaks with a French accent. Murphy speaks with a redneckish high pitched Southern voice.
My daughter needs to get out more…bless her hubby.
Carolyn Kisloski says
I like Murphie and Marmalade for some reason. That speaks to me. Oh my gosh your Nellie Olsen reference was the best. Love it.
Lori Raines says
How about Murphie and Teensie? I like that they both end in ie and of course there is a tie to your blog!
Becca B says
What about Murphie and Tiggy?
Francesca Chapman says
How about mine and my sister's names…Frankie and Alex. Both go for either boy or girl.. No fighting 🙂
Jessica Moushey says
Murphy and Syd
How about asking your class for ideas. They may come up with great ideas! They'd be able to know they helped create characters in your stories. Also, I think if they are gender specific it could teach kids a lot about acceptance and friendship.
Get it? 😉
I love your partner plays!
Get it? 😉
I love your partner plays!
Terry Yordan says
I think you could go with Mocha and Latte. But Murphie and Marmalade (being an orange tabby) are pretty darn cute.
Blacklock's Second Grade Stars says
Boots & Buttons
Erine Ames says
I like sniff and snuff! Rhyming and easy to sound out.
Tickles and pickles is also fun but harder to decode!
Frick and Frack
Renee Dooly says
I love the characters! They are so cute. I will always love the name Murphie, but I like the idea of two things that go together.
Mac and Cheese
Snap and Zipper
salt and pepper
mustard and pretzel
cocoa and butter
But no matter what, I will fall in love with your new characters and so will my kids.
Fantastic First Grade Froggies
Those are so cute. I love the Murphy and Marmalade idea. Or Muffin and Marmalade, 'cuz inviting families to a reading featuring muffin and marmalade snack would be too cute. Have fun with them. 🙂
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Mrs. Anderson says
How about…Woof & Meow…..Jingle & Jangle…..Teeny & Tiny…..?
Amanda Marean says
I love this idea. Characters they can get to know!!! I like food related characters. Like Mac and Cheese. or Peanut and Jelly if your school is still on board with peanuts.