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January 27, 2015

The Nickname Game

A pet gets one name. Whether grabbing your pet’s attention or talking about your pet to someone else, one name is a very useful thing. But no one name could hope to encompass the personality of a pet. Enter the nickname! “Penny” was the first name I gave her but
A pet gets one name. Whether grabbing your pet’s attention or talking about your pet to someone else, one name is a very useful thing. But no one name could hope to encompass the personality of a pet. Enter the nickname!Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

“Penny” was the first name I gave her but it certainly wasn’t the last

I love nicknames. Unlike names given or bestowed, nicknames are discovered and stumbled upon.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

With a name like Penny, the first few nicknames were quite easy: Pen, Lucky Penny, Pretty Penny, Miss Moneypenny 

Along the way Penny picked up plenty of other nicknames.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

I used to read a book called Pinkalicious to my little cousin, so we now often call Penny, Pennylicious

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

And when my sister informed me there is a show called Penny Dreadful? Yeah, that nickname stuck immediately

It’s not just us who’ve nicknamed Penny either. Her antics at the beach earned her another nickname.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

“There goes the Pied Piper again,” a man laughed. Penny’s reputation as a rabble rouser is well known

What I love about nicknames is how predictably unpredictable they are. Who could have guessed we’d have a dentist in the house?

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

“Dr. Penny will see you now.”

My one regret with nicknames is that I will never know what nicknames pets give each other.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

Well, based on some of the incredulous looks Penny gets as she tears across the beach, maybe it’s best I don’t know those names

Nicknames are a story unto themselves, with new chapters constantly written. So what’s your pet’s nickname and what’s the story? I’ve no doubt you guys have some great ones.

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