I Spy…..

Lori Frost  had the first correct answer to the riddle, not 30 seconds after I posted the link to Facebook!  My theme for this litter is “Spies”.

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Then yesterday, I took this photo of the babies to post on Facebook, and discovered to my horror (and temporary panic!!) that we have an undercover agent in our midst!!

It appears from some private messages that I am old enough to have joined the ranks of the dodos and mammoths, and therefore some of the name choices have flown right over the heads of those under 50.   So in an attempt to bring you back to the days of good TV where spies culd be lethal without guns, and even humourous, let me introduce you to some of those that the puppies are named for.

“Drake”

“Every government has its Secret Service branch: America, CIA; France, Deuxieme Bureau; England, MI5. NATO also has its own. A messy job? Well that’s when they usually call on me, or someone like me. Oh yes: my name is Drake. John Drake.”

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Be still my heart!!

John Drake was the hero of two shows, Secret Agent Man and Danger Man in the sixties .  I am not sure, but I think it was called Secret Agent Man in North America, and Danger Man in the UK.   I was a huge fan, and my one and only temper tantrum, that I can clearly remember is when my mother told me I had to o to bed early and wouldn’t let me stay up to watch SAM!  Patrick McGoohan was my first crush, and 50 years later, still would be!

I have this entire set on 18 DVDs and the case says “It was 1965 when American audience first welcomed handsome secret agent John Drake (Patrick Mcoohan of The Prisoner) into their homes on CBS as the unique spy series known as Secret Agent Man.  Wielding brains and a moral outlook instead of weapons, Drake traveled to the corners of the globe on the trail of international criminals, corrupt politicians, and stolen secrets”.

Well, that explains it -brains and morals!!  Still my two attractions.

“Patrick”

“I am not a number, I am a man”

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Another great Patrick McGoohan series, this time co-created by him also,

The synopsis (again on the back of the DVDs) says “After resigning from a top secret position, a man is abducted from his London home and taken to a mysterious place known only as “The Village”. Residents of the The Village known only by numbers, are held captive on account of their valuable knowledge.   The Prisoner – Number Six – must protect his mind in order to preserve his humanity while he struggles to discover the identity of Number One, and achieve freedom by escaping from the repressive grasp of his captors.”

Many said that The Prisoner was supposed to be John Drake, but this was vehemently denied in interviews he did about the show many years later.

So when puppy #6 showed up wearing a black and white  coat, Patrick just seems to be the ideal name, since you never actually find out number 6’s name in the series!

 

 

“Sean, Pierce, and Daniel”

 

 

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“Martini shaken, not stirred”

 

Okay, I admit I am NOT a Bond fan (not a Harry Potter fan either, shoot me!)  but no spy theme would be complete wthout a James Bond, or two, or three.

 

“Boris and Natasha”

 

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Natasha Fatale: Boris, is Moose you said you killed in previous episode?

Boris Badenov: Look, it’s his show. If he wants to be hard to kill, let him.

 

Boris Badenov and his companion Natasha Fatale, were bungling spies on the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon show.

Boris is a spy for the fictional nation of   Pottsylvania, and takes orders from the nation’s leader, Fearless Leader  (and occasionally the rarely seen Mr. Big). Boris’s missions range from trying to steal a secret rocket fuel formula to eliminating all television from the United States as part of Pottsylvania’s various attempts to seize power.   There are lots of YouTube videos of their escapades, but they were quite humourous!

 

“MacGyver”

 

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Secret Agent Angus MacGyver, was a troubleshooter for the fictional Phoenix Foundation in Los Angeles and the Department of External Services (DXS). He always attempted to have non-violent resolution but would at times resort to a gun if necessary. Because he was always able to solve any problems with everyday materials he finds at hand, along with his ever-present duct tape and Swiss Army knife the verb “MacGyver it” came about to refer to someone finding rigging a temporary solution to a problem.

 

“Rider”

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Alex Rider is a fictional teenage spy in a series of teen novels, including Stormbreaker. Point Blanc, Skeleton Key, Eagle Strike, Scorpia, Ark Angel, Snakehead, Crocodile Tears, Scorpia Rising, and the soon to be released Russian Roulette.

 

“Blaise”

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Another fictional spy – Modesty Blaisse was a cartoon character developed in the UK who became the heroine of spy novels.  For me I had to defnitely stay with this spelling sine my first dog at home as a teenaer was “Blaze”

 

So hopefully that clears up the remnant question marks about where names come from.  Of course the names may and probably will be changed by their forever homes, but for now these are the names they will have for the next 8 weeks.