I mentioned in an earlier post several of the aliases that Zoe had (Zo-Zo, Z-Girl, Z-Queen and Mrs. VelevetEars were the most used) and Dudley has his own alternate identities. Dudley C., which is short for Dudley Clark after my dad, who was not the least bit flattered to share his name with his granddog; Dudrow; Ginger Snap, Studly Dudley; Studly D ; and his rapper and DJ handles, JamMaster D and The Cinnamon Love Muffin. Together, Dudley and Zoe were known as Lord and Lady Yaksalot whenever they found some exotic snack in the backyard that later made its way onto one of my rugs — usually just inches from tile or hardwood floor. Now that Zoe is gone, Dudley doesn’t yak like he used to, but he is a gassy fella and has earned the name of Sir Fartsalot. They are rarely silent, but almost always deadly!
I didn’t name Dudley, the folks at Independent Animal Rescue did when they rescued all of the animals from one particular shelter in Rocky Mt. after the flood from Hurricane Floyd. I didn’t want to confuse him by changing his name again and Dudley seemed to suit him. In recent history, the most popular dog names have been Max, Bella, Bailey, Molly and Lucy; although, in 2011 Daisy and Buddy replaced Molly and Bailey in the top 5. Max and Lucy are also among the five most popular names for cats. Zoe has become a popular name for dogs, but it’s spelled “Zoey.” Zoe has also become a popular name for baby girls born in the past few years, it comes from the Greek for “life.”
Dog names sometime reflect popular culture, the most popular name for Dachshunds is still Oscar (Mayer seems to get the short shrift in this canine nom de guerre); but Ally McBeagle, Vera Fang and Jimmy Chew are playful twists on a television character and fashion designers. Cruising some rescue web sites, I have seen a Kanye and a Pippa. Pippa the dog was actually part German Shepherd, but she had a regal bearing that Pippa Middleton would surely covet.
I want to know the names of your pets or other people’s pets who you love and if there is a story behind the name. They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery, so I am taking a page from my friend Kelley, who writes a wonderful food blog, and will put the name of everyone who comments about their pets’ name into a drawing for a $25 gift card to either Amazon or Target (winner’s choice). I’ll leave this open for a few weeks in hopes of getting bunches of comments.
Our dogs will love and admire the meanest of us, and feed our colossal vanity with their uncritical homage. ~Agnes Repplier