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08 October 2007 @ 11:09 pm
a cold war  
The menagerie in our house have reached a sort of an impasse.

The Temporarily Named Dog watches the rats...

... and the rats watch back.

She's taken a few lunges at them but the resulting clatter of rats scares her off (so she goes running to the other room and the other rats). The rats toss her little seeds and things for her troubles. (I trust the occasional rat poop will not kill a dog so long as they are domesticated plague-free rats, but it's a very good reason to keep the doglette from licking my face in between vacuumings).

A new addition to The Name Game: my coworker Laura declared today "Her name is now Penelope Ann [Last Name]. You can call her Penny for short, because she's the color of a penny." (Clearly, every dog needs a proper name for society functions and suchlike.) Gira waffled back and forth because the name is so darned ordinary for a dog, but the doglette? Really looks like a Penny. Like, if she were in a romance novel (or, say, an old Greek saga) she would so be a Penelope, right? But that's too long a name to yell across a dog park, I think. (No talking, you with the cat named Lorelei Chandlerina, and you know who you are <3.)

Penny is the last name of two of the brothers I grew up with at the ashram. It doesn't bother Gira, but it leads to three important questions:

1) Will I be able to disassociate from that and not keep going "Hey, like so-and-so's last name!"?

2) Do I really want to be humming Penny Lane for the next fifteen years? Seriously, I just got it out last month from the time when I was 10 and did a dance routine to it.

3) Will I have to read the Odyssey again!?!??

Also, THE INTERNET TELLS ME that Penny is a good name for a YORKIE-POO. Does this mean I am not allowed to name a larger dog by this name without her being laughed at by other doggies? Also, there's a Shih-Tzu named Penny out there with her own BLOG, and it is BETTERER than mine. (Though I suspect it has less incidence of porn.)

Please indulge my excessive neediness in this matter. I loved and love my childhood doggie, but I never liked her name, so this is mucho important.
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stexgirl2000stexgirl2000 on October 9th, 2007 07:11 am (UTC)
The dog is ADORABLE.

Names are important, this I totally get, as I went through much angst over naming my cats when I owned pets oh so many years ago.

I think that if a just FITS your pet, you have to go with it. So if Penny fits your dog...well, get used to Penny Lane running through your head.
stexgirl2000stexgirl2000 on October 9th, 2007 07:12 am (UTC)
Oh, Typos...

...if a NAME just FITS...

I am dork sometimes.

(no subject) - mylittleredgirl on October 9th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Clydesuzvoy on October 9th, 2007 08:00 am (UTC)
How about Ms Doglette Le Woofe?

Little Redmylittleredgirl on October 9th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
THAT is totally her society name!
(no subject) - suzvoy on October 10th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Kim's Watermelon Gunkeenween on October 9th, 2007 11:07 am (UTC)
Jarrett's mom's name is Penny, and she is teh awesome. I move for Penny
Little Redmylittleredgirl on October 9th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
It totally does not surprise me that Jarrett's mom's name is Penny. :) That is so perfect!
georgie: 11thdoc - Arthur&Harrygeorgierae on October 9th, 2007 12:25 pm (UTC)
how about something like Kira? *is grasping at straws*

Or! grab a baby-naming book and flick through the pages, and let your finger land anywhere...(it's helped solve problems for years!hehe)
Little Redmylittleredgirl on October 9th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
Aww, Gira suggested that, but it's way too much like "Gira" for the poor dog's sanity, I think! <3
(no subject) - georgierae on October 10th, 2007 10:33 am (UTC) (Expand)
Bitch-extraordinaire!: From the desk ofsakuracorr on October 9th, 2007 12:27 pm (UTC)
I named my pets after fandom people! I have no good advice!
Little Redmylittleredgirl on October 9th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
I used up all my fandom names on the raaaaaaaats! *wails*
Danielle: wtfdivinejoker on October 9th, 2007 01:34 pm (UTC)
I didn't know that the name for my pooch (Persephone) was 'bringer of destruction' until i'd actually named her that. I think that they all grow into the meaning of their name...

maybe she'll make you some money?
Little Redmylittleredgirl on October 9th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
Oh no! I guess it's important to look it up, then. ;) Persephone and Penelope would totally get along! (Do you call her Percy for short?)
Tammy - never give up, never surrender: RL - Hailey croc - besydbesyd on October 9th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC)
I just realized what your new girl looks like. In that top picture, her sillouette is very similar to a Belgian Malinois.

The rats toss her little seeds and things for her troubles.

I knew an African Grey who tossed french fries to the dog ... who caught the fries and gulped them down. Yes, she was a slightly tubby dog. They had a very happy and symbiotic relationship.

my coworker Laura declared

The real question is ... do you like this co-worker Laura enough to accept her declaration? Because you can just as easily smile and say "Her real name is [to-be-decided], but you, of course, may call her Penny."

Penny is a cute name, and this is a cute dog. Penny Lane is a fine song, and dog's love to be sung to. They also love to be read to, so you could read the Odyssey to her.

If you're not loving that name, you could try several on for size. When she's calm and quiet, you could say a name (like maybe "Lizzie") and see if she reacts. If her ears perk and she looks at you whenever you say a certain name, then that would be an excellent candidate.

Little Redmylittleredgirl on October 9th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC)
I do like this coworker of mine. :) And "Penelope" is a cute name. I liked it as a kid, I remember... I think I wrote a story about a girl named Penny and her cat living in Tibet or something when I was 9.

Awww, Lizzie! I'll have to mention that to Gira when she gets on chat, fo' sho'.

I've been playing songs to her today but there's been no reaction. :( She sleeps a lot and sort of sulks around looking sad, poor doggie. *panics that I am doing things wrong!!1!* The dog seems to like Gira and will play with her, but she doesn't seem to like me as much. Probably because I'm the one who puts her leash on to walk her, awww.
Karen T: Misc - dog in leavespoohmusings on October 9th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
My only concern would be the whole "Penny Lane" being stuck in your head because IT IS NOW STUCK IN MINE THANK YOU VERY MUCH. The powers of that song are amazing.

But the dog is adorable! And all the staring between her and the rats! Awwwwwww.
Little Redmylittleredgirl on October 9th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
It is a very real concern, I agree. Perhaps we need a song-free name.

I was all excited when she was watching the rats last night, because it's the most excitement we've seen from her. She might still be in a state of shock because she's pretty low-energy so far. *snuggles her*
miera_cmiera_c on October 9th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
Would you rather have "Tessie" running through your head for 15 years? Cause when you were talking about that name I kept humming it. (PS HA GO TRIBE YANKEES SUCK!!!)
Little Red: sox - gleee - nenyamylittleredgirl on October 9th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)

(Although now we have to face the Tribe... who are equally matched in awesome to us... START SINGING, PEOPLE!)
Ryuu: sam_chan: Fear the Sues!karma_aster on October 9th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
Why not Rosie? Or Galadriel? Oooo, or Pippin! She totally looks like a Pippin!

Yeah, big ol' Tolkien geek right here.
Little Redmylittleredgirl on October 9th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC)
Awww, cutiepie!! I thought about Rosie, but that was the name of a dearly departed cat of ours. Also, don't unfriend me, but I'm actually not a big Tolkien fan... I realize it's a big gaping hole in my life, but I seem to be unable to get into Fantasy... even really good fantasy. It's a curse!
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rogue equestrian: Darth Randelvinborn on October 9th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
if it makes you feel any better, it took me til New Year's to name my dog. I got him just after Thanksgiving.
Ryuu: anne_jumpskarma_aster on October 9th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
...if that's the dog in question, what'd ya name him? Palpatine?

Yes. I have no life. None. At all.
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Kim's Watermelon Gunkeenween on October 10th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)
I just remembered there's an episode of This American Life (radio, not tv) about 2 boys trying to name their family dog and one wants to call it pasta, and the other wants to call it batman, and they start arguing and end up deciding they like the 2 together, so the dog's name is pastabatman. it is awesome, and hilarious to listen to.