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A Dog By Many Other Names

Before I officially adopted Finnegan, I did a lot of reading. I wanted to change his name. And I wanted to do it the right way. My research said to do it slowly…that the dog may not take to the new name right away.

This Irish lad got to chose his new name.

You see, Finnegan didn’t start out as Finnegan. He was born Niro, short for DeNiro (yes, after Robert DeNiro). But he never responded when called. By this time, he had been home for two days. I’d call Niro and he’d glance around the room as if to say “who’s that?”

I figured “Irish dog? He just needs a good Irish name.” So I recited every Irish name I could think of. Liam, Fergus…but nothing. Finn just stood motionless by the bed.

And then I said it. I called Finnegan. Oh boy! He ran and flung himself at me. He chose his name…and from that point on he was forever Finnegan.

Now, Finn has well over 30 nicknames: Finnadoo, Finnguini, Finnochio (just to name a few). And much to his delight, Finney also has a several songs rewritten with his name inserted. Funny how a dog who didn’t know who he was now comes running to any one of a half dozen nicknames.

Anyone else change the name of your rescue? How many nicknames does your dog have?

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3 Responses to A Dog By Many Other Names

  1. Stacy K. says:

    My dog Ellie has her fair share of nicknames too! Ellie bellie –> Ellie bells –> Bells. Els-bells, Ellie mae, etc. I think as pet owners, we can’t help but come up with all kinds of affectionate nicknames 🙂

  2. Akvile says:

    My dog’s name is Batman, and boy does he have a bunch of nicknames as well! Batman, B.A.T. , lil Bat, P.u.p.p-weeeeee, p.u.pp. pupp-a-ratzi, pupp-a-rutzi, and now it has just turned into Rutz, lol. He gets really excited when we call him his nicknames, more so than his real name.

  3. Michele says:

    Our cats were named Desi and Lucy when we got them from the feral cat rescue shelter. Funny thing was, the male “Desi” is an orange tabby and the female “Lucy” was pure black! Um, isn’t Lucy supposed to be the redhead and Desi is the dark-haired Cuban? Since the male looks just like the kitty in the movie “Alien” his name was changed to Jones, and his dark-haired sister is a little toughie so her name was changed to Ripley (Sigourney Weaver’s name in the movie). They were only a few months old so it was easy for them to learn their new names. Lots of nicknames…”Jonesy Bones”, “Mr. Jones”, “Rip”, and the old standby, “Hey-you-stupid-cat-don’t-you-dare-bring-that-dead-rat-into-this-house!”

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