While we're on the topic of names, I'd like to talk a little more about pet names. Okay, mostly I want to show you the beautiful pictures of my cats I took the other day, and this way I won't look like that crazy cat lady...
Anyway, I know that many of you are like me. Your pets have "real names" but you rarely ever use them. They get called by their "nick names".
My cats have "show names" (even though they are far from show cats... and even if they were Tux is so fat, I'd have to register him as two cats!), "real names" and a whole slew of slowly evolving "nick names". It's a wonder they don't have multiple personality disorders.
So let's begin shall we?
SHOW NAME: Sir Tuxedo Thunderpaws
REAL NAME: Tux (this was the name the rescue gave him - I lengthened it to something more noble for his show name)
NICK NAMES: Bigbear, Bearcat, Bear,Tuxican, Chubby, Bubba, Bubbaloo, Bubsy, Chubalub, Chupachups, and lately Big Poppa. Dave refers to him as Fatty, Fattius Maxipuss, Faticus, Darth Fatter, Bobafat, Jabba the Fat (and he says he's not a Star Wars fan) and a slew of unbloggable names.SHOW NAME: Princess Jalapeno Shybaby
REAL NAME: Peno - pronounced Peen-yo (Jalapeno was the name the rescue gave her - I lengthened it for her show name and shortened it for her real name). When my niece was very young, she had trouble saying Jalapeno, it came out more like "How-ya-pee-in-yo" - Hilarious!
NICK NAMES: Bunnycat, Bunnybabes, Bunny, BunBun, Funnybun, Babesie, Beebee, Girly, Girlygirl, Sugarcat, Sugar and Princess. Dave doesn't have any nick names for Peno. I'm not sure why, but it's probably because she's not a trouble maker like the other two.
SHOW NAME: Rockster Weewiggles
REAL NAME: Rocky. He got this name because he has a very loud, gravelly purr - and I was watching the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the time. His show name evolved several weeks after.
NICK NAMES: Beanercat, Beaner, Beanbean, Beanie, Beaniepops, BooBoo, and Boo. Dave's names for Rocky are completely unbloggable, in fact the nicest one is "hey you, a$$hole in the cat suit!" Despite this, Rocky adores Dave. Dave adores him too, he just tries to hide it.
(Wow, so much for not looking like a crazy cat lady... that concept just went right out the window...)
Even other animals I know are not immune to having their name changed by me.
For mom's cats it's:
Russell - Russy, Ruffle and Ruffy. Ruffle came about because of my niece - she used to call him "wuffle".
Deuce - Doodles or Doodlecat. I used to call him DooDoo, but my niece gave me crap and said it wasn't nice then she told on me to my mom!
Mr. Tibbs - Mr. Tibbs is that Emporer Tiberius Felinicus I mentioned. Mostly I call him Nibbs, Nibbles, Nibbler or Nibsy.
Lady - Goggy, Stinky, and Stinkydinkydog (Edit: Mom pointed out in the comments that Lady has a show name too - it's "SassyLassyPainInTheAssy" and no, she's not really a show dog but that would be a wicked name if she was!)
My best friend's old dog Cybil was known to me as Snybil. And my grandma's Elvis is Smellvis.
Really though, you can't blame me. I blame my Dad (actually I blame him for a lot of the things that make me so weird). He rarely calls me Valerie. When I was a baby it was Chooch, then it was Pumpkin, but for most of my life... he's called me Poopface.
What nicknames have you given your pets/children?