Naming your new family pet can be a fun process for all involved. It is an exciting event bringing home your new dog, cat, goldfish, whatever it may be, and you want to pick a name that is fitting. I find that most people’s pets names somehow seem to reflect both the personalities of the owner and the pet.
Our beloved dog Mickey came to live with us when he was two years old. He already had his name and we had to make the decision if we wanted him to keep his name or to change it to one we saw more fitting. When we got him, our daughter Danica was two and a half years old. She offered suggestions such as “Rainbow” or “Fluffy” or other such completely unique (ha ha) names. I didn’t necessarily want to go with any of her suggestions as I feel that it would be a name we would all have to live with and it seems to be a reflection on our family. Especially since I am one of those people who always includes our dog on the annual Christmas card as he is truly part of our family.
I have know idea how his name was originally chosen. I can speculate that since he is a beautiful Sheltie with black ears and white on his nose that possibly they thought he resembled Mickey Mouse? All I know is that the named really seemed to fit him. We have of course made variations on it such as Mickey Mick, Mickers, Mickey Rooney. I find that the name rolls of my tongue with ease and seems to fit him perfectly.
We did make one small variation on his name. He is a registered dog and when we got him his name was spelled on the papers as Micky, I thought it should be Mickey like Mickey Mouse, and so that is how I have always written it. We love our Mickey and he has been a wonderful addition to our family. He fits in very well with our children and our two goldfish Bob and Dory.
I am sharing this story about my dear dog in cooperation with the “What’s in a Name?” Campaign hosted by dog bark collar. No matter the name, pets are an important part of any family.