“What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” –Romeo and Juliet, II.ii
As many of you know, I have two beloved greyhounds (a retired racer and an Italian Greyhound). I belong to several online greyhound forums, and the other day someone asked the question—what was your greyhound’s racing name and what did you rename them (if you did)? This question prompted responses not only about people’s dog’s actual names, but also a list of names they call their dog and how those names evolved. One person said only their vet called their dog by its real name. At home it was called FiFi, FooFoo, Booger, and other terms of endearment.
Since I know a lot of people who have many names for their dogs, I thought this was a good place to address this all-too-common phenomenon.
My retired racer’s racing name was Starz Megabucks. His first family called him Megabucks (then, luckily for us, he was returned). His first foster dad called him Zee (for the Z in Starz). We renamed him Chase. We do call him Chase, but he also answers to Chaser, Chaser-racer, Chasey, Chaserini, Chaseroo, Chaserooni, Chase-Man, Mr. Man, Chester, Moose, Moose-Man, Horse, Hamster, and Big Hamster.
Trinity came with her name and we kept it. She also answers to Trin-Trin, Trinner, Trinster, Trinister, Trinitor, Trinitarian, Trin-Spin, Trin-a-Min, Boo Boo, Boolicious, Miss Thing, and Woogie-Woogie.
Do you have nicknames for your dog or cat? Do they answer to them?