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The Name Game

Choosing names for the kittens has been a little challenging, but after much deliberation (and trying out several to see what “fit”) I’m finally ready to formally announce the names I’ve selected for them.

GwenWhile I was enjoying calling them “Boy Cat,” and “Girl Cat,” Hodor and Gwen seem like better choices.

My original plan was to continue the trend of naming my pets after book characters (Jasper’s name was selected as part of a joke on my little sister who was very into Twilight around the time I adopted Jas, and I thought it was hilarious to name a 1.5 pound puppy after a scary vampire), but the only “pair” of names I really liked from books was Gandalf and Galadriel, and while I love both of those characters in the Lord of the Rings books, I couldn’t see either name fitting the kittens. Also, finding a suitable nickname for either of those would have been a nightmare.Hodor

I’ve known for a few weeks that the girl was going to be called Gwen, which I realized early one morning that the name just suits her personality. And it’s a short enough name that no nickname is required…. although I’m sure some will form over the years to come.

Boy kitten was harder to choose the perfect name for, but after a joking suggestion from a friend, I started calling him Hodor, and the name has stuck. Like the half-giant character Hodor from Game of Thrones, my Hodor marches to the beat of his own drum, and after watching him “investigate” running bath water, only to fall into the tub (I wish I had my camera ready because it was hilarious watching him try to escape for the 3 seconds before I rescued him), I realized it really is the perfect name for him.

It’s silly how much thought I’ve put into naming my cats, but I wasn’t about to settle on something like “Mr. Wiggles,” or “Boots.” Sure those are cute names for some, but to me it would have seemed like a cop-out.

Fellow pet owners (current or former), have you ever faced a similar challenge when it was time to select your pet’s name?

Responses (4)

  1. Laura says:

    When I adopted my dog his name was Merlin. I didn’t like that name one bit. I refused to call him Merlin. I posted a picture of him on Facebook and asked people to make suggestions. Since I’m from England and love soccer/football a friend suggested Beckham. After I watched my puppy kick around his first soccer ball I knew Beckham was perfect. Any dogs I adopt in the future (I’m convinced I’ll be a dog lady) will be soccer related. 🙂

    • Katy says:

      Laura, Beckham is a great name for a dog, and it sounds like it fits your dog perfectly! Also, Beckham sounds like a great dog, and probably just as fun (or even more fun) than Jasper. If given the chance sometime, it might be interesting to see them interact. 🙂

  2. Laura says:

    He’s definitely a great dog! I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I adopted him but can’t imagine life without him. I’m always looking for opportunities to socialize him more with other dogs because he tends to be shy and freaked out at first. Once he warms up he’s fine. 🙂 A play date with Jasper would be fun! 🙂

    • Katy says:

      Oops, I totally missed this comment, but yes we should definitely set up a play date for the dogs sometime! 🙂

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