Jeni was Didi – she became Jenison, or Jeni, and now is frequently called J, JJ, Jen, Jayce or Scary.
Snoopy was Snoopy – and it has actually stuck pretty well, but he is also Snoop, Snoop Dog or Bubba.
Bauer was Scully – he became Bauer, now Bowie, Bow or Loud Dog.
Legolas was Ash – he became Legolas, now Lego or Leggy.
And Garth was Garth, and has somehow evolved into Garfunkel. Or Garfy. Consider this post the official announcement of his new name (until he gets adopted… because we’re not keeping him…really).
I know I am not alone in this – I remember Love and a Six Foot Leash writing this post about how their dogs’ names changed multiple times.
Some of these “evolutions” are natural nicknames, but the dogs start picking up on it and responding to silly pet names as though they are their real names. If I was the scientific sort, I might try to record what mood I am in or what the circumstance is when I call a dog (or Leggy) a particular nickname, but I’m too lazy to actually do that and I guess I can just assume.
The funniest thing to me about all of these names, is that I have had a list of potential dog names sitting around forever. And none of them are what any of my dogs are named. Snoopy was named by the shelter, Bauer was named by his former owners, and Jeni was named by my husband on our honeymoon the week before we picked her up. I didn’t even really like “Garth” as a name so you think I could have managed to switch it to something totally different… but he just became Garfy.
I like to think of the name evolution as the growing bond between dog and person as the dog’s “true name” comes out… though it probably also has a lot to do with convenience as well.
So has your dog’s name changed? Did any deep thought go into it or did it just happen?