What Is Your Pet’s Name?

Hi Everyone,  Did you miss me?  Sorry I’ve been gone for awhile, I had to take some time off for personal reasons.  But I’m back now and ready to rock and roll again, and get back to doing what I love, which is writing about pets.

So I’d love to know, what is your pet’s name, and why did you decide on that name?  What names people come up with for their pets can be a fascinating thing.  Every day when I peruse Facebook, I see posts from people on the IHeartSchnauzers page from people who are asking for help in coming up with a name for their new puppy.  Sometimes I think it’s harder for folks to come up with the right pet name than it is to name a new baby.

Growing up, I never gave much thought to why our pets had the names that they did.  But I do know that the first dog I ever loved was named Mickey because I loved watching the Mickey Mouse Club as a kid.  Besides, the name just seemed to fit him.  He was a gorgeous Border Collie who was smart as a whip.

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When my boys were small we got them a mini Dachshund puppy that they named Grover, after their favorite Sesame Street character.  Sadly, little Grover had a short life as he got out and got hit by a car when he was only two years old.  It still breaks my heart when I think about it, and how I wish we had protected him better.

The Love of Schnauzers

Once my kids were grown and I had gone through a divorce, I decided it was time to get a dog of my very own that I didn’t have to share with anyone else.  That’s when a friend told me about a litter of Schnauzer puppies that she knew of.  I didn’t know anything about the breed at the time, but once I set eyes on this one little fellow my heart just melted.  Because he belonged to a friend of a friend, I was only charged $100 to bring home this precious little boy.  It took awhile to decide on a name.  At the time Seinfeld was at the height of it’s popularity.  My kids told me his wild tuft of hair on the top of his head reminded them of Kramer.  So that’s when I decided to call him Cosmo, aka Cosmo Kramer.

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COSMO

You can’t see the tuft of hair in this photo of him because it was taken after one of his first trips to the groomers.  But this little dog was the love of my life.  We had a bond that was extraordinary.  I swear he could sense my moods and understood everything I said.  He slept in my bedroom, but in his own doggy bed.  But as soon as I would wake up in the morning he would somehow know that I was awake even before I opened my eyes, and he would jump up on the bed to make sure I got up and let him outside first thing.

When Cosmo was 10 I brought home Chuey, my Chi-Jack.  Sometimes Cosmo found Chuey to be annoying, just like any new little brother can be, but they soon learned to accept each other and even play together.  I only had Cosmo for 11 short years and lost him in a tragic accident six years ago.  I cried many tears after that and it took a long time to accept that he was gone.  But Chuey did help me get through that tough time.

And how did Chuey get his name?  I wanted to name him Rocky, but my daughter came up with the name.  She was a fan of Chelsea Lately, and especially Chelsea’s little person sidekick, Chuy.  So we decided on Chuey, and came up with the spelling because we wanted it to be more unique.

About four years ago the desire for another Schnauzer became irresistible, and that’s when I ended up adopting Cash from a rescue group.  I’m so glad I did, as he’s quite the character and he and Chuey are practically inseparable.

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CASH – watching Animal Planet

I didn’t pick Cash’s name.  I adopted him through a rescue group when he was about a year old, and that was the name they had given him.  I thought briefly about changing his name, but he was already responding to Cash, so I decided to keep it.  Besides, I’m a Johnny Cash fan, so basically his name is Johnny Cash, but we call him Cash for short.

Other Pets I’ve Known

My son when he was younger used to name his animals after his favorite music or musicians.  First of all he had a solid black cat that he named Sabbath, after the band Black Sabbath.  Yeah, he was into heavy metal back then.  Later on he adopted a pot bellied pig that he named Tennessee Jed, after one of his favorite Grateful Dead tunes.  Here’s a sampling of the lyrics:

Cold iron shackles, ball and chain,
Listen to the whistle of the evenin’ train.
You know you bound to wind up dead,
If you don’t head back to Tennessee Jed.

Rich man step on my poor head,
When you get back you better butter my bread.
Well, do you know it’s like I said,
You better head back to Tennessee Jed.

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My son and daughter-in-law live in the country today and they have tons of animals, five horses, four dogs, four cats, two rabbits, a pig, and a flock of chickens.  Needless to stay, they are huge animal lovers.  They are also gun enthusiasts and have named several dogs after guns.  They’ve had a Mauser, Baretta, Trigger, and Boomer.

What’s Your Story?

I’d truly love to know about your pets, and how you chose their names.  Perhaps they can be featured in future stories.  Please tell us in the comments below or feel free to send me an email.

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