December 12, 2016 by The Dog Rules
So you’ve decided to add a pet to your family. Among all the other things to consider is what to name your new family member.
I would like to thank Francesco Marciuliano, the author of “I Could Chew on This” for this lovely poem. It made me smile and think about (re-)naming our new family member. Choosing the right name is important. After all, you are going to say it a billion+ times over the years.
The puppies came with “shelter names”. By this I mean that they were given names as a way of identifying them by other than their ID number within the system. Billy, Dani and their litter mates arrived shortly before Halloween. Having to come up with names for 10 puppies is a real challenge. The staff member doing the intake chose her favourite Halloween movie, “Hocus Pocus” and named all the puppies after characters in the film.
Once we decided to adopt Billy, I knew we had to come up with a new name for him. I couldn’t visualize myself calling him Billy for his whole life. I prefer a single syllable name for my Border Collies. Something short and quick to get their attention before they are in the next county!
We spent several days trying out names that we thought suitable to his emerging personality. There was lots of “How about __?” and “What do you think of __?” Finally we came up with Jack – after the character Jack Sparrow played by Johnny Depp in “Pirates of the Caribbean”.
Our Jack has a bit of a swagger when he walks. He tries to use his charm and cleverness to get what he wants and opts (wisely) to flee most dangerous situations – very much like his namesake.
Jack learned his new name very well and quickly. Now that we are giving him a bit more liberty around the house, we have discovered that we failed to try out his name with one of the most frequently used commands before we taught him his new name. Oops!
All of our dogs have been taught “off” for get of the couch, don’t jump up on me or that other person. I’m now searching for a replacement word. For some reason I just don’t want to spend the next 15+ years saying: Jack, Off!