Dog Nicknames

I always wonder how many dog owners have nicknames for their beloved canines. My guess would probably be close to ninety percent. It would be a fun idea to research, especially as to the origin of the nickname and when and why it was given to the dog.

I know that in our home, all the family members have different nicknames for our senior gals Ember and Abby. Our oldest, Abby, at thirteen and a half is known as “Ab.”This shortening of her name is something many owners do for a nickname. She is also fondly called “Boog” by one of our daughters; there is no reason for its origin. Abby also gets called “Baby” or “Ab-a-roo.”

Ember has a few nicknames, too. “Embah-do” by one of my daughters, and I have affectionately called her “Ember-lou” although I have been told that it sounds like a country western singer. My favorite name which I call her is “Jelly Bean.” I seriously do not know why I created this nickname for her. It literally came flying out of my mouth one day as I came in the door and said “Hi jelly bean.”

After we first got Ember, she was called with fondness at the off-leash park “Hoots or Hooters.” These nicknames were pretty bang on with her voluptuous figure, five months after having her last litter. When she would walk quickly or run, her swinging nipples were quite a sight! We spayed her shortly thereafter, but many strangers smile realizing that she has been a mother dog.

When I walk client’s dogs they get a treat from me upon arrival, and when I return them back home. As part of the routine I always say goodbye to them out loud before heading out the door. I walk a big male lab named Ben and I call him simply “Benny” or “Big Boy” when I say my goodbye.

Cassy, a small bichon-poodle mix, I call “Monkey” or “Little One” when heading out on my way. When she boards with us my eldest daughter calls her “Casserole.” In Cassy’s house she is also known as “Little Sh**t” for her nickname. This made me laugh so hard when I first heard this, as she is the sweetest little dog with spunk that gets along with all types of canines.

Lily, a Golden Retriever who I walked for many years was simple “Lil.” Most of the dogs I walk I just shorten their names as a term of affection. “Mitz” for Mitzi, “Zo” for Zoey, “Lade” for Lady and “Fully” or “Fully Wooly” for Fulton.

One mixed breed I walk and board is named Zoey, a flat coated Retriever Bassett mix. She is lovingly called “Zoe-wiener” in our house due to her long slim shape.

I don’t think that our dogs get confused with additional names. Dogs are like us, and grow up with a variety of nicknames from friends or family members.

Dogs respond to our facial expressions, body language and most of all tone of voice so any happy words directed at them are well received.

There are plenty of links on the web regarding dog names and nicknames. I actually wrote a post called “What’s Your Dog’s Name” last February,https://dogstwentyfourseven.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/whats-your-dogs-name.

While thinking about dog nick names I found this interesting link by Colleen Cancio on the Animal Planet site. She wrote about ten nicknames that won’t embarrass your small dog, http://animal.discovery.com/petsource/small-dogs/10-small-dog-names.html.

So my word of advice to any dog owner is to go with what feels right regarding a dog’s nickname. It may be silly, funny, quirky, thought-provoking, or simply another way to show your love to your beloved dog. Our dogs love to be spoken to anytime and this contact between canine and human being should be celebrated.

Now you tell me – does your dog have a nickname?

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Becky White is a dog walker.She and her husband live in Toronto with their two daughters.Becky has been a dog lover all of her life and feels now is the right time to share her stories, experiences and adventures!
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12 Responses to Dog Nicknames

  1. Deb H. says:

    Soooo true! I have also always had nicknames for my pets! My nickname for my dog Jewel was Ju-Ju (fron the first syllable of her name), which then turned into Ju-Ju-be, like the candy 🙂

  2. Ally Mac says:

    Jett has become fondly known as “Pickle” “Squidge” or “Squidgems” in our house!

  3. I have so many for Tucker, some I feel are to silly to share! lol

  4. Patti says:

    thanks for the nod to Cassy. She is mostly Little Sh*t to my husband Len. To be she is Sweetie Pie these days. I have no idea why, it just seems to suit her little face..

  5. Betty says:

    my nickname for Bella is Bella-boo – or Bella boo ba loo at times 🙂

  6. Cindy W says:

    My husband and I have always adopted older dogs and we never changed their names but we always ended up giving them nicknames. We adopted the most wonderful 10 year old Old English Sheep Dog whose name was Oscar and for some reason, I have no idea why, we called him Ozzy meister, which he loved, Our wonderful big red Lab was Pumpkin (had to have been named by a child originally) she was Pumpy, and our American Cocker Spaniel Moe who spent a great deal of his time with me, unfortunately for him, as he became my Booby, to my husbands horror. Even our cat had a nickname thanks to one of our friends. We adopted him when we were living in Malaysia and named him George, when we moved to Florida he was then called Jorge by our friends and was forever known as that. They are just family and family always ends up with a nickname.

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