Ok, so almost 3 weeks ago we adopted our new dog
The shelter had given her the name "Rosie" because of her rosy nose and personality. She is a happy little dog who loves her new home and family. But one of the first things we did was come up with a new name for her because "Rosie" just didn't cut it. And since I'm all about naming my pets human names, names like Lady, Misty, Dusty weren't even considered. And no Mollys or Maggies either thankyouverymuch. Thing 1 suggested "Janis" after Janis Joplin, which was vetoed, Thing 2 suggested "Sadie" but that didn't fit either. Then Thing 1 suggested "Grace" after Grace Slick and can you tell that my 17 year old son likes 70's rock and I said howzabout "Gracie" and Gracie she became. Then she became Gracie Lou after Sandra Bullock's character "Gracie Lou Freebush" in "Miss Congeniality."
But just like those pedigreed AKC dogs that have fancy names like "Anthem's Showboat Roaring Eagle" but are called "Bubba" instead, nobody in the family really uses our pets given names and Gracie Lou is no exception. For some reason, TheManTheMyth has started calling her "Rachel" which is the name of my sister Jamie's dog. Thing 1 calls her "Little Gypsy Dog" or just plain "Little Dog" and danged if I don't find myself calling her that as well. And Thing 1's crony Wyatt calls her "New Lu."
Oddly enough, she seems to respond to all her names and sometimes none of her names. But if I need her to come to me, the most effective way is not calling her by any of her names and alias. Oh no, if I need her to come, all I have to do is jingle my car keys and she is at my side in the blink of an eye. Maybe I should have named her "Jingles" or "Car Keys." Of course if we had named her "Jingles" or "Car Keys" we still would have called her something completely different.
Here's a picture of Rachel:
Little Gypsy Dog:
I sure hope she doesn't end up with an identity crisis.