Picking the perfect name for your child is a huge decision. Your child is going to be strapped to their name for the rest of their lives, unless of course they go for a formal name change.
When it comes to choosing the perfect name for your pet, do you put the same thought and consideration into it as you do naming a child?
I always wonder how people come up with their pet names. Some names just seem like the owner didn’t put much heart into the decision, where as other names leave you scratching your head as to how in the world they came up with it.
Years ago I met a man who had a dog named “Cat” and a cat named “Dog”. I thought that was the funniest thing ever!
We have a dog. His name is Espn. We pronounce it “Es-Pin”. I cannot even begin to tell you how many times people get his name wrong. Either they spell it out, E-S-P-N, or they call him Aspen. LOL!
We didn’t come up with the name easily. Espn was a hairy, rolly-polly black and white dog. He looked like a fuzzy Panda. That is why my son chose him over his other litter mates. Our dog was the only white one and the only one with long hair.
From the moment we adopted Espn I wanted to call him Obi. We have five cats, two of which are named after Star Wars characters (yeah, I’m a geek!) – Anakin and Padmé (pronounced Pad-May). I wanted to name our new puppy Obi Wan (Obi for short), after another Star Wars character.
My husband, who has a very odd sense of humor, wanted to call him NFL (pronounced Neff-El). My husband is a huge football fan. He thought naming our dog after the NFL (National Football League) would be fun. “Neff-El” didn’t sound like a cute dog name.
My husband likes to watch a lot of sports on TV. One of his favorite channels is ESPN (Entertainment and Sports Programming Network). My husband thought it would be fun to name our dog after the sports channel. As odd as it sounds the name grew on me. Not at first. I have to admit that I had my heart set on Obi, but after a while Espn seemed to suit him.
He doesn’t look like an Espn. He’s a Rat Terrier/Maltese mix. He looks like he should have a cute foo-foo name.
His “nickname” is Rat Dog (because he’s part Rat Terrier) or Hairy Rat Dog because he has so much hair when he’s not shaved. I sometimes call him Wubbee too. I don’t know why.
It’s fun to tell to see people attempt to say his name, like when we go to the groomer or the vet. His regular vet knows his name but the other vets don’t. I’d have to say most of the time they just spell it out, E-S-P-N. 🙂
Do you have pets? How did you pick out their name? Was it something in their personality or how they look? I would love to hear your pet’s names and how you came up with them.
*I am sharing this tale about my canine companion as a part of the “What’s in a Name?” Campaign hosted by dog bark collar. A dog’s love is unconditional. I will be compensated for my time. All opinions expressed are my own.