When you name a pet – it’s the same as branding your animal. The name will be repeated at least 35,000 times in their lifetime, and will be how your pet is addressed, by you and others! Animal Fair Media’s Wendy Diamond is a foster failure, and never returned the little Coton de Tulear she fostered after the passing of her beloved Lucky Diamond.
Friends plus an overwhelming response on Facebook, suggested that Wendy call her new dog Hope, since she gave her so much hope after Lucky passed. Since the newly adopted senior Coton was already named Baby – and it’s hard to teach an old dog a new trick …
Welcome – BABY HOPE DIAMOND!
Naming a pet can be a labor of love and there are many points to consider when picking a mutt moniker. The following are tips to take into consideration when naming an adopted baby animal or older pet.
- Keep the name simple – one or two syllables max! And if you’re stuck on calling your pet a long name like Prometheus, do your animal a favor and shorten it to Promy!
- Refrain from giving your pet a name that sounds like a command; such as Ray sounds too close to “Stay”, Joe is too close to “No”…
- Choose a name you can proud of when you have to yell out their name at the busy dog park; Sticky Feet, might be embarrassing.
- If you need inspiration when picking the perfect pet name, study the newbie pup or kitten’s personality to see what attributes about their character jumps out at you. Also the breed of the dog and place of origin can give you pointers, such as; Orientals ( Siamese and Burmese) , German (Shepherds, Dachshunds and Schnauzers), and French (Poodle) – Pepe as in Pepe Le Pew.
- Have family and friends participate in the process, since this will be the pet’s immediate family and probably the people using the name the most.
- If you adopt or rescue a senior/older animal (good for you by the way!), either keep the name or change it to something similar to the original name, such as; Likey to Mikey.