I was reading articles on AOL this morning and one was on talking to vets about things people name their dogs and cats. I got me to thinking about how in the world do we come up with our critters names?
Back to the subject at hand. I first saw a picture of Chloe when she was a couple of weeks old. I had the year before lost my beloved black schnauzer, Sophie (Mae), in a freak accident. She was only a year and a half old and I didn’t even want to think about another dog. The fellow that we rented the space for our frames shop had a mini-schnauzer that used to play with Soph and he bred her and he and Carol were trying to talk me into a pup. I did not even want to see the pups in real life so Carol conspired and gave him my e-mail address and Jerry sent me a picture. Out of the litter of six pups she was the only little girl, a requirement since I took my dogs to work with me and I couldn’t take the chance of a little boy hiking his leg and peeing on the art work.
Well, I looked at the photo and immediately told Carol that she looked like a Chloe but then dropped the subject. About six weeks later Carol had gone to the shop to do some bookkeeping on a Saturday and she called and said Jerry was up trimming up the yard in the strip mall and had the pups and I ought to come see them. I told her I didn’t think so and went back to working in the yard. She called again and said I really, really think you need to come see these babies so to stop her from interrupting whatever it was I was doing I ran up to the shop.
Needless to say, from the photos, I came home with Chloe Pearl Gardner.
Several years later I decided Chloe Pearl needed a playmate. She was tending toward being sedentary (like her mom) and some days I didn’t feel like getting out and playing so now enters SueSue Marie Gardner… or Suess as I sometimes call her or my little blond schnauzer because she can be a ding-a-ling.
Suess sleeping in close proximity to her ball was a portent of things to come. Like her momma, when I was a baby, my favorite toy was a ball. Look at those cute little pads on that foot up next to her face…
SueSues’s name came about because at the time Carol’s mother was living with us. She had a hard time remembering Chloe’s name so I thought about it and decided to call the baby SueSue. When Carol was growing up they called her by her middle name, Sue, and I have a sister named Sue and I thought doubling the name up to SueSue would make it easier for Mom to remember. SueSue’s middle name is not only my middle name but I thought it was a fun twist on Souix Saint Marie which is in Canada and I have never been there but I heard of it years (and I’m talking many years) ago and the name stuck with me for some reason.
So that’s how my current furbabies came by their names and while they aren’t as different as some, they aren’t just the plain old run of the mill Cutie or Cuddles or Lucky, which by the way the vet in the article said don’t ever name a dog Lucky because it rarely is.
How about it friends and neighbors… do you have pets and what are their names and is there a special reason for those names?
Share with me… it’s a good diversion from all that is going on in my life right now and inquiring minds want to know.
I promise if my girls fall out laughing I won’t tell a soul.