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All Wiggles... All the time!

Cookie is a beautiful mutt that rescued us when we found her through Save-A Dog, in Framingham, MA. We picked her up on Christmas Eve from her foster family. They called her Suki. We renamed her Eve, but quickly changed it to Christmas Cookie. Shortened to Cookie. However, she has this infectious full body wiggle whenever she greets anyone! So, we often call her Wiggles or Wigs. She knows all the names and responds with the same happy gesture to all.

GGMRyan - North of Boston

My dog Musubi is such a character

Aloha! I live in Hawaii where there's lots of different races, we have here chineese, Japaneese, Samoan, Portugeese, Spanish, White's etc., etc. I had never heared of a musubi until I moved here over 20 years ago.

People eat musubi's for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; as a matter of fact people here even eat musubi for pupus, which are appetizers and snacks.

It is rice that is wrapped up in seaweed and usually has a slice of spam or chicken or whatever you can get created with to add, even eggs have been added to some and the people here just love it, anyway when this particular puppy was born she looked just like one.

Maui is a combination of Dauchound, long hair chihuhua, and who knows what...I didn't have anything to do with the breeding, that was someone else, but as soon as we saw her, we fell in love with her.

Maui is very short to the ground, she's long, with all white hair except her face and ears are black, and it's kind of hard to see her brown eyes unless she looks to the side where you can see the whites. She always sleeps on her back with her little bitty legs stretched out, and she's extremely fat, she got that way after we got her fixed, and she likes to eat at night. But I look at her and she makes me smile because she looks just like a musubi roll.

Ana M.Dominguez - Kurtistown, Hawaii

Archie's Pet Name..."Ooooochie"

Our Black Mouth Cur, Archie, received his most-used pet name because when wanting something from us, he stands in front of us, rolls his mouth into a howling position & "oooooo's". He doesn't bark but continues to make this "ooo-ooo" plead until he is satisfied. Hence, we now call him "Ooochie".

Lisa A. Snapp

How My Dog Got Her Nickname

My dog, Madeleine, is a 7-year old Australian Shepard/English Setter mix. She was 10 weeks old when I brought her home. Madeleine actually started out with more than one "pet" or nickname, thanks to my husband. He first coined her "Ba-dump a-dump" because he said when she went down the stairs, she went ba-dump, ba-dump, etc. Well, the Ba-dump a-dump eventually turned into Dumpy for the sake of something shorter & it has stuck ever since.

She is now 6 years old & I think she responds to the nickname Dumpy better than her given name Madeleine. Her most recent "nickname" that we have been using in jest lately is Millicent, as my mother-in-law, for whatever reason, has been referring to her as Millicent instead of Madeleine. My husband thinks it's hilarious.

Carin Raynal - Camino, California

Zoe aka "Yodeler" and "Yodie"

When we first got our dog Zoe, she used to cry when we put her in her crate. It sounded like she was yodeling, so we started calling her "Yodeler". Then Yodeler got shortened to "Yodie".

Now she readily responds to not only her full name of Zoe, but also to "Yodeler" and "Yodie" without hesitation. In fact she almost responds quicker to her "pet names" than her given name!!

Holly Domagala Flower Mound, TX

My dog's nicknames

I'll start in the order in which dogs I have owned.
Jack: Yack, Pickles, Pete, Hog, Taco, some I don't recall.
Sasha: Babycakes, Babycakeset, Bunny, Bunnycakes, Bun Bun
Maxine: Reese Pieces, Sweetie, Sweetheart, Sweet Pea, and Lovely Lady Locks, Baby
Buddy: Butters, Mr. Pal, Buddy ol' Pal, But head, Buddy Butt Buns, Butter Butt
Dusty: Stinker Bug, James D Applewhite, Wonder Wuss, Dutter Butt, Duster. I have several others for my dogs just can't remember them all; these are all the main ones!

Jon

Dotty, Come!

I had my Border Collies up north in MI. for vacation with me. My newest addition Dotty was out racing along the fence line barking frantically! I called out to her, "Dotty come" (she didn't)!

Training for many years, dogs of various breeds, I broke the cardinal rule of every seasoned trainer and began repeating the command...Dotty, come, Dotty come and this devolved to, Dot come, Dot come to no avail! My friend, a witness to the entire fiasco, gave her the name, Dotcom and by Golly, it stuck!

Ginger Von Dinked Chicago IL

My husky, Skye was such a monster.

When we first adopted our husky, Skye, she had multiple issues, earning her the label of 'monster.' She was an escape artist and we would often find ourselves chasing her around the neighborhood frantically trying to catch her before she ran into traffic.

She destroyed the metal cage our friend had lent us by bending the bars in one of her manic attempts to escape the dreaded confinement. Skye had been a street dog for an unknown amount of time in her puppy years and still had the street mentality. It was not odd for us to find loaves of bread, bits of dog food or any other tasty treat stuffed between the couch cushions or under the bed pillows, stashed for her enjoyment at a later date.

She could never be sure that you were not going to take off and abandon her at any given time, so she had to be ready. I learned to do my grocery shopping in all one stop when she was in the car with me. If any items were left in the car alone with her, it was guaranteed she would eat at least half of the good stuff (bagels, ground beef, etc.) and stash the rest in my car somewhere for later.

Skye hated to feel trapped and we replaced our mini blinds several times because she felt the need to rip them down so she could see out the window when we was home alone. It was heartbreaking to leave her in the crate because she cried and paced the whole time. We developed an intricate pulley system to rig the front door against the bedroom and bathroom doors so that she could roam free in the house and not escape. This at least kept her out of the crate.

Skye had so many problems and so little interest in us when she first arrived and for the first several months of our lives together that we affectionately nicknamed her 'monster'.

It's been two years now and that nickname still surfaces on occasion when she has done something really bad. More often than not, she is now our 'baby girl' or sometimes 'lovebug' when she is feeling really close to us.

It took a lot of effort to get her to earn those nicknames, but it was worth it and we wouldn't trade our 'baby girl' for anything.

Shari Haines

A Special Name - Pita

When I purchased our second dog, an adorable Pug puppy, my husband wasn't ready for a puppy, and neither was our other dog, Bruce. Bruce was 9-years-old and pretty set in his ways. I didn't have a name picked out for the puppy and thought long and hard to come up with something "cute". After two days of my husband saying "this puppy is a pain in the ass" repeatedly, we decided to name her Pita (short for Pain In The Ass). Her AKC registered name is Judi's Sweeta Pita and we call her Sweeta or Tweeta or Sweet Pete or Stinky Feet, all names she responds to.

Judi Polanowski - West Chicago, IL


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