How did you choose a name for your current dog(s)?
This is always a fun topic of conversation among not only dog people but all pet people. I love to hear everyone’s stories. Sometimes the person had the name picked out months or years before they found their perfect pet and sometimes it came to them the second they met (or saw pictures of) their new dog, cat, turtle, or bird.
You all know Indiana and Davinia and I will tell you how they came to have their names but there were pets in my life way before they were ever a consideration.
There was Tillie the Turtle he (or she) came to us the size of a quarter and lived a pretty long life. I was about 4 when we got Tillie and while I have no idea how I came up with the name I am guessing that Tillie the Turtle sounded like a great name at the time.
Then there was my little Black Lab. I called her Cinderella. I was maybe 5 at the time that we got her and must have either just watched or read Cinderella. I have always been very into Disney and the name suited her so Cinderella was the little black Labrador.
Tramp a chocolate lab (another Disney character name) and Elvira Mistress of the Dark a Black Lab were next a few years apart. I think that both came along after Cinderella went to the Rainbow Bridge. Not sure which of the two came first I think we got Elvira when I was in 5th grade but but not sure when Tramp came along. In 1992 Hurricane Andrew blew through Miami and got our house. While it was being worked on we lived in a trailer on the front driveway. Even though no one thought that Tramp and Elvira could have puppies somehow it happened and while we lived in the trailer Princess and Howler were born.
Princess got her name because she was like Princess and the Pea she was very particular as a young puppy and things had to be just right for her to sleep. It was like she could feel an itty bitty bump in the blanket and couldn’t fall asleep. Howler on the other hand never really learned how to bark but he was great at Howling. For his entire life Howler would do his signature call anytime an emergency vehicle went by with its sirens on. I always thought he would make a good mascot for the Fire Department.
My Freshman year in College my parents got two Rottweillers a week or so before Thanksgiving. By Thanksgiving they still didn’t have names so at dinner we came up with the names Fendi for the girl and Kahlua for the boy because of their coloring. I wasn’t really in their lives much at all considering I was already in college when they came along but when I did see them they were happy friendly dogs.
Davinia was next though actually it was supposed to be Xenia (a full sister but different litter then Davinia) but bringing a puppy as an engagement gift to live in Washington Heights, New York in a 4 floor walk up while I was in my final year of college never really flew with my parents and she stayed in Germany. A few years later Davinia was born to the “D” litter and her breeder named her thinking she was going to be keeping her. Davinia was the runt of the litter and routinely got pushed away from her food by the other dogs so her breeder thought it would be best if she went to live in a quieter household. She flew escorted fom Germany to NY at just about 9 months old to live with us. Since Davinia was older and already knew her name I decided to keep it. Though I think it fits better if you call her Lady Davinia.
Then came Indiana. Indiana was born into “i” litter and so I needed to come up with a name that began with an i though in reality she could have had a registered name that began with an i and a seperate call name. The list came down to Ice Cream which would have been a horrible name for her or any dog at least in my opinion. India which I still really like it just doesn’t fit her at all and Indiana. Indiana really worked for her because one of the very first pictures if not the very first picture of her that I saw was of her with some of her littermates where she was standing on top of a rock. Indiana is a Tom Boy like to roll in the mud and get dirty. She likes to climb on rocks and have adventures except when she wants to be a Diva.
Now that you know how my pets got their names…
HOW DID YOU CHOOSE A NAME FOR YOUR DOG?
DO YOU HAVE NAMES ALREADY PICKED OUT FOR FUTURE PETS?
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