Since I've been that ridiculously allergic child my whole life (the kind you avoid playing with as a kid, because they never seem to be allowed out of their plastic bubble. OK, I'm kidding)...
I've accepted that I will probably never get around to having a dog, but I like to imagine potential pet names. Like the way girls name their imaginary children.
Today, Newman blogged about "How to Pick a Good Name For a Dog". He came up with an easy formula that seems to be spot on.
Now, while I absolutely agree that "British names make great dog names" (ref: Newman, 2010) -- i.e. Reginald, Jemima, & Mr. Darcy all make great dog names -- I was wondering if there are any "rules" for naming your dog.
I guess any person with a pet spends enough time around other pets, or waiting in the Vet's office to hear some ridiculous-and/or-really-boring names, but I guess I wanna know -- can you give your dog a full name, like a first name + last name?
And I still don't mean cheeky combos, like Charles Barkley or SomeLikeIt Ruff.
I mean like John Peterson. Or Melissa Carson.
Can you do that? Or is that just ridiculous? I mean, they don't have to be fully made up names, maybe like, favorite singers, or characters, or... OK FINE! Athletes are fine since clearly you like Charles Barkley so much, gosh!!
Like Billy Joel. I'd love it if I walked into someone's house, and they said, "Don't mind Billy Joel. He likes to sniff all the girls' crotches."
Or Tony Micelli. Ay oh, oh ay. I actually sorta like it. I'd love running through the park and hearing someone call out, "Good boy, Tony Micelli! Good boy!"
I mean, why name your dog after its texture or appearance (And that means you, owners of "Fluffy" and "Spot"!) I mean -- you wouldn't name a person after their appearance, would you?? I think it'd be terrible to call someone, "Short Brown Girl with Roots Showing" (I'd slap you, for one thing.)
And if Dog truly be Man's Best Friend, don'tcha think MBF deserves a respectable name?!
I've also thought a lot about Saints feast days. I grew up in a chronically Catholic household, so don't mind me and this suggestion. Today, for example, is the feast of St. Julius. What if today had special meaning for you -- wouldn't it be cute to name your dog St. Julius? Or if you're not into the whole Saints thing... you could always just make up the name of a saint. Example, let's say you're a huge fan of the New Orleans Saints. What about Saint Reggie?
Since I'm allergic to most of anything and everything, obviously, I'd have to get a French Poodle or similar small "hypoallergenic" creature... how funny would it be if I were walking around with a frou-frou dog named St. Bernard. Tee hee, I crack myself up.
OK, so British, and a full name. I guess that's what we've determined between Newman's blog & mine.
Or, better yet, a British saint or celeb with a first and last name.
Man, soooo many good names! And I'll probably never get to use them because I'm never gonna get a dog.
Well, thank God I can still have KIDS!