Monday, February 12, 2007

The Nuances of Nicknames

Like most pet owners, we use various terms of endearment for our canine kids. I noted some of these in a previous post, but wanted to highlight them here.

For you purists out there, yes (of course) we use only their real names when training or commanding or disciplining (for consistency). But the rest of the time we just can't help ourselves; these other names just slip off our tongues.

The following is a list of the current nicknames we use for the canine kids, listed with photos of them in the order by which they entered our family (Baxter, Ridge, Elsie, then Kenya). EVERY nickname represents some trait that is typical of its owner.

See if you can figure them out!

Real Name: BAXTER
  • Nicknames:
  • Baxter Boos
  • The Boos
  • Special Boy
  • Big Gallute
  • Boos Buddy
  • Sweet Boy
  • Gentle Giant
  • Bud
    Big Tease

Real name: RIDGE

  • Nicknames:
  • Ridgers
  • Knucklehead
  • Neurotic Boy
  • Lover
  • Ridge Buddy
  • Sweet Boy

Real Name: ELSIE

Polar Bear
Snuggle Bear
Sweet Gentle Soul
Sweet Girl

Real name: KENYA
(on left typically holding rope in her mouth)

Kenya Bean
Little Bean
Peanut Head
Little Imp (taken from Elsie)
Snuggle Bug

Oh, and I musn't forget "Cutie Petuty" (Don's special name for Kenya -- she still is awfully cute!).

What's so amazing to me about our Labs (and their respective nicknames) is that each is SO different from the others--unique in personality--yet they're all the same breed, and they ALL typically represent the breed temperament.

Go figure.

An you know what? We delight in and love 'em all. Each brings something special to our family that no other can bring. :o)

The same could be said for our human family: each brings something special that no other can bring, and we delight in and love them all even more.

But we don't have as many nicknames for our humans.

Hmmmm. I wonder what that means?

'Til next time,

P.S. NOTE TO MY HUMAN KIDS: Don't worry, kidlets, I won't embarrass you all by listing your various nicknames here, although every one of you was a "peanut" and a "munchkin" at one time in your life (hint: VERY early in life). (hehehehe)

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