Name Game

Happy dogs on Thursday!  This is a photo-heavy post, so grab a refreshing glass of something, a snack and settle in…

I know I said yesterday that we were going to review Gretchen’s wish list for her upcoming birthday, but something more interesting came up on Sue‘s blog.  Besides, I think the lengthy list I got was strongly influenced by Sissy…

So, the name game.  The idea is that I share the dogs’ registered names, call names, nicknames, etc., and discuss how the name fits the dog, or whether the dog grew into its name.

We’ll start with Sissy.  When the Knight announced he was ready for another dog, we already knew we wanted a female basset.   The Knight has a habit of picking names before he picks the pup, so I wasn’t surprised when he announced that our new girl would be Sissy, as in Mugsy’s little sister.

Taken on Sissys second day with us, 12-15-2007

Taken on Sissy's second day with us, 12-15-2007

That she was, whether he liked it or not.  My grumpy, old alpha dog was far more tolerant of the clingy not-so-little pup than we’d dared to hope.  However, after being allowed to register my first dog as “Soot” and having the AKC make her Soot ____ (insert a big Roman numeral here), I wasn’t about to make that mistake again.  So, as I tend to do, I over-thought it for weeks.  Finally, I decided she would be Haddon Wood’s Princess of Joy.



Why?  Well, I named our little corner of the woods Haddon Wood, in a round-about way in honor of my dearly departed maternal grandmother, who was named after a book her mother liked, Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall.  Through all of the trials and tribulations of that winter, Sissy kept us all laughing, plus she’d come to us during the “Joy” week of Advent, so…  Princess of Joy.



Does her name suit her?  Yes, it does.  She’s been the best Mama-Sis to Gretchen, and she is our passive alpha dog, but she can be a sissy too.  Mugsy snapped at her a couple of times, and she’ll quickly surrender her alpha status if a dominant dog is around.  She has a VERY soft heart and has to be corrected with kindness.  Positive reinforcement is definitely the way to go with this girl.



Nicknames?  Well, I’ve mentioned some already.  Her call name is Sissy, but she’ll answer to Sis, Mama-Sis, The Hunter, Moo (I have no idea why), Big Girl and many, many more.  Neighbor Guy calls her Big Head, and the Knight calls her Sweet Girl.

When Mugsy died, Sissy was distraught.  We had discussed before Mugsy began to go downhill that we’d have to grieve fast, because Sissy just wasn’t cut out to be an only dog.  So, two months and one day after his death, we brought home Aerial, who was originally going to be Campbell’s Cameo.  (I think those names are explained somewhere in October 2008’s archives?)

Breeders photo that did us in 10-2008

Breeder's photo that did us in 10-2008

The fearless imp didn’t want a soft, sweet name.  So, we spent our anniversary weekend all but arguing over names.  The Knight suggested plenty of things I didn’t like, and he glared or rolled his eyes at everything I proposed.  The wee one just bounced around, being cute and funny while we pondered her name.



I should also mention that the breeder was calling her Maggie, but had no naming requirements.  We never considered Maggie, because nearly everyone we know has/had a pet by that name.  Finally, we agreed upon Gretchen, which is one of many names assigned to Sissy because of her personality, in honor of Gretchen Wilson.  Our Gretchen was definitely Here for the Party



I had grave difficulty settling on her registered name – Haddon Wood’s Gretchen Crup, with a nod to JK Rowling’s magical creature, the crup.   However, as far as I’m concerned, she’s Gretchen Greer, just because…

Surfer Girl 12-08

Surfer Girl 12-08

She’s just a sweet, always-happy girl.  And she does seem almost magical; no one can resist her charms.  She also is generally much more compliant than your average Jack Russell, but even when she is naughty, I generally grab the camera and record it for you, and then we laugh about it.   Honestly, she’s so rarely corrected that I hardly know what to say.  She’s never needed any real discipline, but since her breed is known for having its own sense of fairness, we’d have to choose our methods carefully.

Nicknames?  Oh, she has a few!  She’s turned into quite a lady, but she can do rough and tumble with Sissy too.  Neighbor Guy calls her Ragdoll, the Knight calls her Sweetpea, Sissy knows her as “the baby”, and I most often call her Gretch or Gretchie.  Gretchie Greer gets used once in a while too.

What’s interesting is that I have taken to talking to both girls with a combined name – Pookeylou.  However, Gretchen is Pookey and Sissy is Lou.  Don’t ask…  I have no idea!

Happy little friday to you!  I’m ready for the weekend!

12 comments on “Name Game

  1. AlisonH says:

    Such sweethearts, by any name!

  2. gaylen says:

    They are freakin’ adorable. I so wish I had put more thought into my kids names. Only the short hounds are registered – although all but Loo could be. g

  3. nichole says:

    Great post – great pics! I love how similar the “pose” is from the breeder’s pic to the surf-girl pic for Gretchie…

  4. No registered names here (identify-able mutts) but they do have ‘real’ names vrs ‘call’ names. Misty is officially Mystique, daughter of Wee Bonnie Lassie and Dude. Sasha is well, Sasha, or Sashie, or the baby, the puppy, etc. Both are Princess, as in Big Princess or Little (Baby) Princess. The pair of ’em? Heck, they’re “the Grrls”! Love seeing the Sissy baby pics again!

  5. Sue says:

    What a wonderful batch of pictures. I think you picked perfect names for them both.

    When I had just Pylon and Bentley I also sometimes called them together ‘Boopye’. They knew I wanted them both at the same time and it worked for us.

  6. StarSpry says:

    Wonderful pictures! The girls are so cute and I like all the names they have 🙂

  7. Fantastic post 🙂 I loved hearing all about their lovely names. Any idea why you don’t have to register cats?

  8. Bubblesknits says:

    Some of my most favorite pictures of the girls. 🙂

  9. Walden says:

    Lovely post. I liked reading about their names and meanings. I appreciate people who treat their pets as animals who have their own distinct personalities, etc. because I believe animals do. So I always love hearing about your girls.

  10. Dawn says:

    What an awesome post! Love all the pics!

  11. Carol says:

    Hi Channon, I just love all of your pictures. All of the dogs are beautiful. I love those dresses! Sooo pretty. Happy birthday to your little pooch ♥ She is so sweet. I enjoyed so much reading your post. I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Sissy, Charli and I think you and Gretchen are adorable.

  12. Anita says:

    Sweet! Love the photos & the name stories. 🙂

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