Pet Names Survey
December 13, 2008 | My Jottings
My husband and I love dogs. We like the way they smile, the happy way they wag, the way they don’t expect much from their people but are willing to give their all anyway. Michael also loves birds. And strangely enough, birds seem to love Michael. He has a way with animals that our family teases him about, but it really is quite amazing to watch how creatures of all sorts just seem to sense that he’s someone they can trust.
Since Michael and I have been married, we’ve always given our creatures human names (no “Blackie”, “Snowball” or “Fluffy” for this family), preferably names of yesteryear. I’m not sure why, but I guess we just think the old-fashioned names add to their personalities. I would much prefer a poodle named Gladys over a Trixie. Or a black Lab named Griswold to one called Midnight.
I would like to know the names of the animals you’ve had in your lifetime (even if they were Trixie and Midnight!) I always find it interesting what people choose to christen their pets, don’t you?
Here are the pets I’ve had, from very early childhood to present:
Medium-sized mutt (Shepherd and Retriever mix) – Dutchess – she was extremely overfed, had epilepsy, and chased and ate rocks.
Two finches – Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum – they sang one song over and over. And over.
Mynah bird – Ringo – he said, “Wanna cuppa coffee Joe?” and ate raw ground beef.
Cockapoo – Buffy- I was ten when we got her, and I adored this little buff-colored fluffball. I was devastated when a new home had to be found for her when my parents divorced, and we moved.
Miniature German Schnauzer – Prissy – I was in high school – this was my first exposure to the joys and quirks of Schnauzers.
Old English Sheepdog – Amy- she was such a clown - I owned her while living in a tiny trailer on the banks of the Yuba River, and had to find a home for her when I moved to Germany.
Black Labrador Retriever – Myrtle – after Michael and I got married, she was our first family pet. She lived to be 14 and was the finest dog ever. She learned how to slowly climb our back fence, paw over paw, and daily go and visit an older couple in the neighborhood who gave her treats.
Miniature German Schnauzer – Winnie - our second family pet, she also lived to be 14 and sold us on Schnauzers forever. We used to attach a dishtowel to her collar and she would dash around being “Super Dog!”
Cockatiel – Rosie – hand-fed and tame, she used to love it when we would mist her yellow feathers with water on hot summer days. She tried to delicately pick food out of people’s teeth.
Cockatiel – Chester – soon dubbed “Chester the Molester” because he was mean to Rosie – the morning we saw that he had bloodied Rosie’s wing during the night, a new home was found for him post haste.
Cockatiel – Walter - Rosie’s second husband - he loved to be held and petted but he was insecure and didn’t treat Rosie well – he was banished eventually too.
Canary – Harriet - the bird with the bad toupee, she came to our home timid and naked, to recover from being in another house with a dozen circling cats, where the stress caused her to lose all her feathers.
Miniature German Schnauzer – Edith (click for photo) – our current six-year old Schnauzer who is very smart, but not well-trained. She lives to watch television, and will sit quietly and pay attention to certain shows for up to thirty minutes.
Miniature German Schnauzer – Mildred - our current two-year old Schnauzer who is not very smart and also not well-trained. Millie has self-esteem issues and would prefer it if her owners would spend most of their time gazing into her eyes and crooning words of love and affirmation to her.
We also give our animals middle and last names, very deliberately chosen, and that is a story in itself that will be the subject of another post.
What pets have you owned, and what were/are their names?