What’s in a Name?

Do you like your name or do you hide it with an initial and use your less objectionable middle name? Are many of your friends unaware of your given name because they know you only by your favored nickname? Our pets, like our children, often suffer the consequences of a poorly chosen name. But unlike people, our pets are unable to assume an alias.

Perhaps it is not that important. A Great Dane with the moniker Tiny will not suffer humiliation at smiles and raised eyebrows. Nor will a proud feline cringe or refuse to eat when prompted by the call,  “Snookums, dinnertime.”  Besides it is great fun to select a creative name for your new pet.

Some people decide to wait a while to determine the personality of the animal before picking its name and others will chose a name based upon physical characteristics. Human names for pets have become extremely popular indicative of how many of us consider our pets to be important family members. While you are having fun picking a name for a new pet, consider these guidelines suggested by pet professionals:

  • Pick a one-syllable name like Jake or Pete to make it easier for your pet to learn and to recognize it.
  • Chose a name that will not be confused with a command.  (The names “Joe” or Neil” may sound like “No” or “Heel” to your canine companion.)
  • Select a name that is easy to call (and won’t embarrass you).

Another amusing aspect of pet naming comes when there are multiple animals involved. Here are a few naming possibilities:

  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Frank and Beans
  • Fred and Barney
  • Ginger and Nutmeg
  • Master and Sergeant
  • Seaman and Chief

Baxter in his Pool

For no particular reason, we named our chocolate Labrador retriever Baxter. But he has also developed the unfortunate nickname of Pooper to which he responds… We try not to use it in public.