A dog by any other name…

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my beloved, late dogs – Holly and Shilo. Long time readers will know my girls were my everything and it’s been so hard since they crossed rainbow bridge. While musing on them, I started thinking about all the names we called them.

Now, I’m not sure if this is something peculiar to hubby and me, but we had over a hundred names we used when “talking” to our girls. Most names have meanings and were born out of hilarious situations, but some are just sweet ‘pet’ names… nonetheless, all the following names meant ‘dear heart’ to us and I miss having these names on my lips each and every moment of the day.

Shilo came to us as Tatiana, but quickly became Shilo in homage to the Neil Diamond song. Then came her aliases and nicknames…

Shiny

Shiny pup

Shiny bum

Shines

Shines Rodriguez

Lionel Rodriguez

Lionel

LR

Roddie

Rotten Roddie

Pup

Little pup

Puppy love

Puppa Smurf

Smurf

Smurfie

Smurf-tastic

Peach pie

Peachy pie

Pie-dog

Tiny

Tiny Tim

Princess Rose Petal

Princess

Bubs

Bubs McGraw

Lionel McGraw

McGraw beast

Beastie

Booby

Bug

Love bug

Bubble o’ love

Love bubble

Monster

Monster dog from Hell

Bitch queen from Hell

Hound dog from Hell

Lady Muck Muck

Punky

Punky Brewster

Brewster pup

Munchkin

Monkey

Monkey pup

Monkey pup from Hell

Monkey nuts

Spunky monkey

Spunky

Spunky kitten

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Holly came to us as Black Holly which suited her so well we had to stick with it. Plus, Holly Holy for all those Neil Diamond families out there. Then came her aliases and nicknames…

Black Holly

Black

Blackie

Black dude

Black droog

Droog

Droog-a-thon

Black whore

Black smell

Smell beast

Black bird

Bird

Birdie

Black splat

Splat

Splatapoo

Hol

G’roll

Holla

Holla g’rolla

Holla-gramatic

Gram

Black beast

Beastie

Blacka

Black attack

Attack’a beast

Black spoo

Spoo

Spoo-manti

Spoo monkey

Spoobadeedoo

Black bear

Black bear o’love

Bear

Bearenstein

Hol beast

Belly on legs

Remorseless Eatin’ Machine

Blindie

Blind Freddy

Buddy

Buddy Holly

Little bud

Bud

Budinga

Dinga

Ding

Fatty boombah

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And this is my tribute to my two girls, who, by any name, were the loves of my life.

11 thoughts on “A dog by any other name…

  1. That was a nice tribute, Jess. Your girls had some really interesting names. 🙂

    I’ve always had cats (as a kid I had cats and dogs). My current rescue kitty, Raven, has several pet names. I had several cats before her, including one named McDoogal. When it comes to cats, there is a legend that says every cat has three names:

    The cat’s common name (McDoogal)
    The cat’s nickname (Doodles)
    And a third name that only the cat knows.

    I wonder if dogs have a secret name, too. One thing is certain: you’re girls left little paw prints on your heart.

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