I love deciding on names for my pets. I tend to like giving them uncommon names, but for me the most important thing is that their name fit them. I don’t have any concrete guidelines as to how to know when a name fits, it’s all intuitive. I just know.
For many of my pets, I’m their second (or third) home. Most of them I’ve changed their name once they came here to give them a new beginning without a name that had bad associated with it (as in “Fido stop it. Fido get out of there. Fido shut UP!!!!!). Others their name just didn’t fit. A few had other reasons like my bird with the boy name when he was actually a she.
Here’s my current crew who received new names when they arrived here-
Toby became Ricochet.
Jarrett became Pyro.
Roscoe became Roca.
Bobo became Suerto.
Millie became Mellie.
I’ve never had any problems changing a name. They all adjusted well and quickly responded to their new names. I don’t rename all my pets. Some still have the same name they were given in their previous home. It just depends on the animal.
This question comes up often on the one forum I’m on. There are some people who are like me and have renamed their pet. Then there are others who wouldn’t never think of it.
Which camp do you fall in? Have you ever or would you ever rename an adopted pet? Or do you feel it’s important for them to keep the name they had before they became part of your family?
This post is part of a Group Writing Project taking place on Problogger.