By Jennifer Webb, Founder, Shakespeare Animal Fund
What’s in a name? The other day I ran into someone walking two dogs, Catfish and Scout. And I know someone else who has a dog and cat, Meggie and Kietzke. One owner was a man, the other was a woman. Now can you guess which animals belonged to which person? Of course, the man owned Catfish and Scout, and the woman Meggie and Kietzke. This is not to say a man can’t own a dog or cat with a frou-frou name, or that a woman can’t own pets with macho names, but it’s interesting how much of the time names seem to correlate with gender.
Do we create extensions of ourselves through our pets’ names?
I’ve known dogs with the names Zeus and Panzer (a powerful mythological god and a military tank) and Sunshine and Lucky, two very upbeat names. Again the tough names belonged to a man, the happy-go-lucky ones, a woman. It’s a fun game when you meet someone and their animals to imagine why they chose the names they chose; it really seems to say something about the owners a great deal of the time. That said, one of my dogs is named after a type of wine, Grigio, simply because I inadvertently set down my glass of Pinot Grigio while trying to figure out what to name him, and he drank the whole glass!
This week, as always, we’ve helped so many animals. We’ve helped a beautiful puppy with severe vomiting and diarrhea, a Chihuahua in pain who can’t stand up and cries out if her abdomen is touched, a 12-year old border collie continuously vomiting and unable to eat, owned by a disabled woman raising a disabled child, a 13-year-old Maltese with a severe abscess in her mouth in great pain and a six-month-old kitten, Dexter, who broke his back leg. Of course the list goes on and on but these are a few of the many animals we helped this week.
Please pass the word that we’re helping save lives and stop suffering every week, and we need the financial support of those who are blessed with enough money to care for their pets when something catastrophic happens. In the meantime thanks for reading, thanks for caring, and we’d love to hear from you if you’ve got a wonderful and creative name for your pet or know someone who does!
Founder, Shakespeare Animal Fund