Melissa Erin | August 16, 2004
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Anna Gregoline | August 17, 2004
Make sure they go on Catster!

Melissa Erin | August 17, 2004
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Steve West | August 17, 2004
Every animal I've ever named had a slightly unusual name. I felt it gave them character. Go figure. Names I would have given future pets:
Fedora
Dimsdale
Claude
Varmint

Erik Bates | August 17, 2004
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Melissa Erin | August 17, 2004
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Anthony Lewis | August 17, 2004
I say name him "Damnit".

"Damnit...get off the couch!"

"Damnit, did you do this?"

"Damnit, I'm tired. Leave me alone."

Anna Gregoline | August 17, 2004
BUNKY! Name him BUNKY!

Lori Lancaster | August 17, 2004
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John Viola | August 17, 2004
Sparrow

In honor of Captain Jack Sparrow

Melissa Erin | August 17, 2004
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Jackie Mason | August 19, 2004
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Melissa Erin | August 19, 2004
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John Viola | August 19, 2004
Toby is cool.

It is a weird name for a cat to me because it is the name my wife picked for our cocker spaniel :-p

Scott Hardie | August 20, 2004
Bah. No diss to Craig or Edee's choice for a pet name, but as I mentioned to Anna when she named her cat Mona, I don't see the wisdom in giving pets names meant for people. I won't be able to meet a Mona or a Toby without thinking of the animals with a snicker.

Melissa Erin | August 20, 2004
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Edee Annette Viola | August 20, 2004
Sometimes people names are used as a nickname. For instance, our dog's name is Toby. Short for "Toe Biter". Our other dog, who was a miniature schnauser, was named Mandy. That was because when we got her she was so little and her haircut gave her a big mustache. She looked like a man and being that she was a female, we named her that and her nickname was "Little Man". I think it's fun to have a reason behind the name but I like both kinds of names. I once had a cat that had a striped body and solid white feet. We named her "Socks". I think a cute name for mostly black cats with a little of white on them is "Oreo". Anyways.

Scott Hardie | August 21, 2004
Toe Biter, huh? I didn't know about that, and I like it. :-)

I'm too lazy to link back two years in TC to the discussions where I wrote about it, but when we first got Sweetie Pie, Kelly and I tried to rename her Felicia, based on the Black Cat character from Spider-Man comics. Our reasoning was that a) she has a black coat with a white belly and white paws like the character, b) my last name and the character's last name are the same, and c) we really didn't want to have a cat named Sweetie Pie. But we quickly learned how hard it is to rename a pet in your own mind, so the effort didn't last long. Now when people see her for the first time and ask me her name, I tell them it's "Sweetie Pie (I Didn't Name Her)."

Melissa Erin | August 21, 2004
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John Viola | August 21, 2004
Then change the name to Undertaker, quick!

*leaps off the couch and lands an atomic elbow on the coffee table*

Anna Gregoline | August 21, 2004
Ok, but have you ever met a Mona? I haven't, and don't expect to. So it's worked out ok. I wouldn't, however, have named my cat Melissa, for example.

Melissa Erin | August 21, 2004
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Scott Hardie | August 22, 2004
It happens. We had a family cat named Buffy all through my childhood; I started a budding friendship with a girl named Buffy in high school but I never could get past the name. :-\

Scott Hardie | August 22, 2004
Like I said already, I'm not trying to put down anyone's choice for a pet name. Certainly my own choices are subject to derision. :-) The practice of giving them people names is just something I sense I'd regret for my own pets, and I'm glad "Felicia" didn't take for that reason.


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