Yah - I'm probably going to spell out Knockout on her. I just figured "monster masher" may already be used (I'm used to this type of naming due to having registered horses in the past).
I don't think Monster Masher has been used--I think that Monster Mash has been (or maybe that was a second choice name in one of the early litters that were sired by Meadow Monster)
I do have a question though - she's still settling in, and Marty had a few guests over last night (his brother and two friends). I noticed she's really nervous around men and cats (one of them has 3 cats, so she won't even go near him). I gave her some beef broth with chamomile seeped in it to help soothe her (she loved it). I've also been playing with her, taking her outside, etc - essentially, running myself ragged, lol. She nearly has "sit" down, but I think she's still pretty bored.
You probably already answered your own question. She really hasn't had enough time to recover from leaving her familiar surroundings and moving into a whole new life. Most puppies end up having to be taught games--no two people or families tend to play with pups the same way. She doesn't know any of these people that she's meeting--as she meets more people she'll be more comfortable around them. Men, unless she was raised around a man with similar mannerisms can be intimidating for puppies--and cats may be a whole new smell for her--Michelle doesn't have cats and Kim doesn't have inside cats.
I'd also not be too solicitous of her in these circumstances. Casual works better for convincing puppies that what is going on and who is there is OK than a lot of cajoling which often makes a puppy think that they are right and something is WRONG!.
I've offered her several toy alternatives. Hid a treat in one, kong with peanut butter, organic rawhide, stuffed animals (supervised) - she won't touch any of it for more than a half a minute or two. Is this pretty normal for a puppy just settling in? I took her out in the back yard several times, and got her to play, but all she wants to do is sit on the porch and stare at me.
Yeah--that's not unusual behavior for a puppy who has just made a major change in its life--like from one home to another. I'd limit the number of toys you offer. I prefer not to stick treats into toys--I want puppies to be hungry for meals and I want the puppy to believe that I and other family members are the purveyors of all treats. I've found over the years that dog toys that smell like dogs who have played with them in the past are much more desireable than new toys so if you have any of them you might try her on those.
If she wants to sit on the porch and stare at you let her. She just figuring out her new surroundings. Let her settle in and get comfortable with her new home, her new people and introduce her to toys one at a time. Teach her give and out and start playing things like fetch with her--rolling a ball slowly away--you don't, at this point really know how she plays and she doesn't know your games and your rules.
I had a puppy who sat under the kitchen table and watched the big dogs for almost three weeks before he was ready to come out and join in on games, training and treats. He caught up in no time flat.
Anyway, just wondering if anyone has more ideas of how I can keep her entertained
I don't think you really have to entertain puppies--when they get comfortable in new places with new people they become more interactive and really the best thing of all is if you have a puppy who can spend a fair amount of time entertaining himself. If you want to entertain dogs I can loan you a couple who don't think I spend nearly enough time entertaining them. But often the best entertainment is for the dog to simply be with you as you do things--so I guess I'll get off the computer and take the dogs out to help me do some yard work.