That’s what his name used to be. It’s funny how much emphasis we put on a name “fitting” someone – whether it’s a person or a four legged companion.
I knew that Moby’s name used to be Logan, but had forgotten about it until it came up in conversation this week. When his Emily and Daniel were his foster parents, they decided that he needed to a new start, including a new name. One that would make him realize he was an awesome dog and that he could conjure up all his braves and find his perfect family. That name? Moby Wonderdog.
When we adopted him, we kept Moby but dropped the Wonderdog. It’s not that we didn’t like that name – we just decided that his middle name would be Hawkins – in honor the his foster family. Of course, he would take on our last name. So his new name would be Moby Hawkins Loehle. It fit him well. Of course, once he came to live with us, we realized that “Moby” and “Boney” sounded an awful lot alike! It can make for a pretty confusing conversation sometimes.
Boney – whose full name is Bonaparte Nelson Loehle – was named after Napoleon Bonaparte. It fits him well as he has is known to be bossy for his size. Napoleon’s nickname was also Boney – and he had pugs. So it was the perfect fit. His dad didn’t give him a middle name when he got him (gasp!) so I gave him my maiden name as his middle name. It seemed fitting and kind of made my becoming his mom official.
My first dog, and the only dog I had as a child was a poodle. His name – Lexington Christian Michels. He came with Lexington (I think he had some super fancy name from the breeder, but I honestly don’t remember). Christian and Michels were family names.
I had only recently gotten Brutus when Lexington crossed the bridge – so I hadn’t given him a middle name yet. It seemed fitting to pass the name down, so he became Brutus Lexington Nelson – until I married Joe and he adopted Brutus and his sister, giving them his last name as well. Dixie was never meant to be Dixie. I originally named her Hannah Grace. It didn’t seem to fit her – so it was changed to Dixie Hannah.
Do your dogs have middle names? Do you give a lot of thought to giving them names or did they come with name?