Portrait of Ada Lovelace
by Margaret Sarah Carpenter

So why is the new pup called Ada? Well first up we wanted a short name easy for her to learn, Ada fitted the bill, but it didn’t just come from nowhere. The first impression this lovely pup made was that she was highly intelligent. She had a cautious curiosity, interested in everything but not the kind of pup to rush in blindly, she would investigate her surroundings and people with the same intense curiosity, studying her options before proceeding with testing the environment, that was how she behaved the first time she was bought into the meeting play pen at the RSPCA to meet us. So we wanted a name that reflected her clever nature. We are steampunk fans, so the next thought was maybe a steampunk kind of name. A real figure from history who has featured in a number of steampunk works is the remarkable Ada Lovelace. Ada, a brilliant mathematician is generally considered to be the first computer scientist, working with Charles Babbage on his analytical engine, the first computer. She was the first to publish an algorithm designed to be carried out by the machine. Ada features as a character in the seminal steampunk novel, The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Stirling. She is also the subject of Sydney Padua’s graphic adventure The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage. And she features in the drama The Frankenstein Chronicles.

Ada Lovelace

The real Ada Lovelace was the only legitimate child of the poet Lord Byron and his wife, her mother also was a mathematician of note. Byron gave her mother the pet name “the princess of parallelograms”. Lord and Lady Byron had an unsurprisingly tempestuous relationship that resulted in separation. It was as an antidote to her father’s wildness and perceived insanity that her mother encouraged Ada’s interest in mathematics and logic.

So Ada seemed like a good name for our smart little pup. At four months of age her personality is still revealing itself but aside from the occasional outbreak of puppy naughtiness she does seem to be very much still defined by that cautious curiosity and natural quickness that we first noticed. Today we discovered we are going to have to come up with a much better harness if we are going to defeat her Houdini skills in the car.

While the RSPCA were under the impression she was the product of a German shepherd mum and a staffy dad we are also beginning to wonder if the description of her ancestry is quite accurate. German Shepherd pretty definitely, but we are wondering if dad might have been a staffy crossed with something else, like maybe a bull arab or a Rhodesian ridgeback. I have had a few people suggest that she looks more ridgeback or bull arab than staffy, so now we are playing a wait and see game to see how she turns out. She seems to have a finer more athletic bone structure than the staffy. I would have liked her to mature as a medium sized dog but it is looking possible that she may in fact turn out to be much larger dog than first expected. No matter what Ada is, I feel very lucky in our choice as she seems to be every bit the perfect companion dog.

If anyone would like to hazard a guess on her breeding please leave a comment below, I would be very interested to see what others think.

Ada steampunking it up, or just patiently putting up with the silly humans.

9 thoughts on “Why is Ada called Ada?

  1. What a lovely, literary story about how you named your pup. It suits you as much as it suits her!
    She’s a beautiful girl. From her shape and colouring, I can see why you think she might have some Rhodesian Ridgeback in her.

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  2. What a great story! She’s a beautiful pup, and you certainly got lucky with her personality. Most four month old pups wouldn’t stay put for two seconds, let alone pose with goggles. Any chance there’s a little Great Dane in her?

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    1. Well I wish I could say she sat there patiently for ages but she did only cooperate for a short time, she is a very calm pup though and yes Dane is possible but I hope she won’t be quite as big.

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  3. My friend’s 1/2 Lab – 1/2 Great Dane can curl up into the tiniest little ball, so I think you’re safe either way. Also, the Dane definitely calmed the Lab half of the dog, which is helpful.

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  4. What a beautiful puppy, and she’s grown so quickly already! I don’t know about breeds but I love the history and background story about how you found a name for her. It really suits her 🙂

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    1. Hi and welcome, and yes the more she matures the more it seems she is definitely a ridgeback cross of some sort, I think the RSPCA was way off on the breed description, there may be german shepherd and staffy but definitely a lot of ridgeback.


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