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Animals 'Naming Themselves'

escargot

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#31
My Border Terrorist Evangeline can even spell words now. I once said to my son, " Could you take the D O G for a W A L K " and she knew exactly what I`d said and immediately ran into the hall to fetch her L E A D and B R A ......
Yup, we had 'walk', 'The W Word', 'Wubsies' and so on, all of which the mutts learned. They also knew I was planning to take them out in the summer when I put on socks or even approached my sock drawer, and also when I walked near where I kept my long shoe horn to put on my old dogwalking trainers.
 

Scribbles

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#33
Our staffy checks out what shoes I've put on when I come downstairs. He knows which ones I wear for walkies (elicits excitement), for shopping(elicits a sulk), for curling up with him on the sofa (elicits tail wags).

We have a black cat which we called Poppet. I thought it was such an original name! Ha. There's loads of cats called Poppet.
 

GingerTabby

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#34
In her later years, my mother had two cats -- Felix and Bimbo. Felix always responded to his name but Bimbo never answered to his, although he would respond to Kitty or KitKat. When my mother died, Felix moved in with my sister and Bimbo came to live with me. I thought the name Bimbo was undignified so I gave him one with more gravitas -- Chester. He learned his new name very quickly and always answered to it. Perhaps he never liked the name Bimbo and just chose to ignore it. Chester was seven years old when he arrived in my home, so his age was obviously no impediment to learning a new name.
 

catseye

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#35
Teal knows the walk pattern is different when I wear my work uniform to when I wear civilian clothes.

But she surprised me yesterday. I was thinking of taking her for her afternoon walk at 2 (I had to be at work for 3). Found my rota had changed so no need to walk her until her usual walk time of 3.30. Yet at 2, she was pinging up and down ready to go out, even though it was a bit early. There's only the pair of us in the house and I hadn't said out loud what I was planning.

This is now verging on the 'psychic animals' territory. Back to 'animal names', please.
 

Ghost In The Machine

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Court case reported in York Herald, July 20th, 1861. Plaintiff, a farmer called William Nattress, was my great uncle x 4, is how I found this story. Dog stolen by soldier - judge tries to settle the matter by bringing dog into court and calling both names, to see which it responded to. Glad to see my relative won - even though the dog didn't care what it was called:

"NATTRESS v. PIE

This action was brought for the recovery of a dog, which it was alleged had been illegally detained by the defendant, who is a mess-master at the Barracks. The plaintiff resides at Kelfield, and is a farmer, and he, along with several other witnesses, described a dog which he had lost named “Charley”. The defendant contended his dog was named “Sam”; that he had bought him off a man named Burton, who is the Leeds guard, for 15s., and that he was doubtful about the identification by those opposed to him. The dog was let loose in Court, when evidently “Sam” and “Charley” were synonymous to him, as he answered to each call. Verdict for plaintiff."
 

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#38
One of the cats was outside, sitting on the wall in the snow. I opened the door, shouted 'oy, tosspot, get inside in the warm!' Cat ran round house and slunk in through window.

Cat's name is Corvo. Not Tosspot. Although I may now change it.
 

catseye

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#41
A mate had a cat called Boo, he was out in the back st shouting for it
when a drunk looked round the corner and shouted "And Boo to you to"
We had a horse called Boo. I was out in the field calling for him when someone came up behind me and said 'that's the least effective surprise I've ever seen'. Which, oddly, made me jump!

And, more in keeping with the thread, I could never ever think of that horse as 'Boo'. In my head he was always 'Mister'. Boo just didn't suit him!
 

Ghost In The Machine

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#43
Argh! One of my favourite forums has “funny”, “like” and “interesting “ buttons.... sometimes I really miss them!
I'm on a forum with those buttons (and a few more) and if I really find a post annoying, instead of hitting (Disagree), I hit (Educational). It seems more insulting, somehow.
 

Ibis

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#44
I wish there was a "this made me laugh really hard" button. If I didn't use the "Like" button, many of my responses would resemble this:

Nobody else has posted it so far ...

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I'm on a forum with those buttons (and a few more) and if I really find a post annoying, instead of hitting (Disagree), I hit (Educational). It seems more insulting, somehow.
:rollingw::rollingw::rollingw::rollingw::rollingw::rollingw::rollingw::rollingw::rollingw:
 

Spudrick68

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My brother used to have a dog called Moses. When he was a puppy he slipped his lead so my mum ran after him. He went into so.e bushes at which point my mum started shouting Moses into the bushes. Unfortunately they were not on fire.
 

Mythopoeika

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#50
My brother used to have a dog called Moses. When he was a puppy he slipped his lead so my mum ran after him. He went into so.e bushes at which point my mum started shouting Moses into the bushes. Unfortunately they were not on fire.
Did the bushes part eventually, letting the dog out?
 

catseye

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#52
When I first met my dog (as a newborn puppy), I waited for a name to suggest itself to me.

Two came through, 'Teal' and 'Rook'. Probably because, as one of her mother's owners suggested, she has a feather marking on her face.

Settled on Teal as it holds a reminder of her mum's name. Still like the name 'Rook' though. One day...
 
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