Do your pets have “human” names? Check out here to find out who’s do and who’s don’t. I can tell you for sure that if I ever get a new pet, which it’s highly likely that I won’t, but if I did, they would have a human name. I may add to the cat family if for some reason I lose the ones I have now because I need cats for the mice but chances are very high I will never have another dog. I’m tired of dogs. I’ve had them my whole life and they are nothing to me now but work. But if I do, they will have a human name.
When I was growing up, I had a pet poodle named Sherry. Of course, a french name for a “french” dog. But then we had a cat named “Fluffy.” How original?? When my boys were young, I let them name most of the pets, mostly cats, they named them things like Pepper, a black cat and Cringer, for He-Man’s cat. We had Little Boy, Charcoal, Cinder and on and on. All named by them. We had a dog named Shamus. We got her from a friend who named her after a bar in CA. She was a great dog. I said the next dog, I get to name. I was sick of the names I didn’t really care for but I did want my kids to be able to do that. After all, they were theirs.
We got a black lab when we knew Shamus wouldn’t be around for maybe another year. She had arthritis very bad and we “knew.” Shamus had been professionally trained and I knew if we got a puppy, we wouldn’t have to do much of the work training her since she would do what the other dog did. That pup loved Shamus and I was right. I literally did nothing to train her and she was, the best dog we ever had. She followed Shamus around everywhere and I wanted to name her something like Shadow, something to indicate “the same.” A mirror so to speak. Our friends had a “Shadow” so I named her Echo.
Then the next dog we got was a yellow lab and Jason and Toby were almost grown but yet again, I let them name her but I said it wasn’t going to to an “object” name. A real name. So Jason picked Angel after an Aerosmith song. She didn’t live long. She had hip dysplasia and didn’t live 5 years. She was a sweet little thing but was never “right.”
The next round of dogs. We got lab sisters, Ashley and Jessica. One black, one yellow. Man, they were so cute. Jessica got hit by a car 4 years ago and we now only have Ashley left. We also have Ella who was Toby and Sue’s. Lucky for me, whoever named her gave her a real name. Then we have the cats. Willy, Malcolm, Emma, Toto (Trinity named her) and Maddie.
I feel I’ve had all the dogs I was meant to have. Other than alerting me of “visitors,” they are a pain to me now. I did want my boys to be raised with pets and I accomplished that goal but at the point at my life that I’m at, they are just work.
I came across this subject the other day “surfing” and I wondered about other people. I know many of you have human names for your pets but do you have a reason for it? What were you childhood pets names and did your parents let you name them?