Thank you for all the thoughtful and heartfelt responses yesterday. I still have no idea where my head it at. To be honest, it probably wasn’t the best idea to watch the Grey’s Anatomy season finale when I was in such a melancholic mood since it didn’t really help the situation. My GOD. That was the most intense 2 hours I have spent in front of a TV since Saving Private Ryan.
Shall we lighten it up a bit? Did you all see Dr. Patty Khuly’s USA Today article about what vets think of the names people give their pets?
The question she poses is, “Do vets pass judgment on you based on what you name your pet?” and the answer is, “Yes.”
Well, OK, guilty as charged. I’m human. I also judge people on what they name their kids. We all do. This is why I am glad my mother went with “Jessica” and not “Jesykka”, why my kids are named what they are and not- well, at the risk of offending someone, I’ll just leave it at “not something really weird.”
Dr. Khuly’s article is pretty spot on in her assessments, that cute human names (Brody) are OK, but very normal human names (Joseph) are kind of weird. Cats are more likely than dogs to have overly strange obscure reference names (Bubastis). My personal addition to the rules: When in doubt, names from Greek mythology are always safe and make you look kind of intellectual.
The old adage is repeated once again. You all know it by now: Don’t name your pet, say it with me, Lucky.
And she tops it off with the pinnacle of offensiveness, the people who give their pets crassly crude names. To be honest, I don’t see it very often. When I was volunteering at a clinic that worked with the pets of homeless people, I saw it all the time. Perhaps it is part of the culture. All I know is that is caused me physical pain to put on a cheery face, hold up a little fuzzy kitten, and say, “So how is A****** doing today? Aww, S******* is such a sweetie.”
I was younger and nicer then.