The Curious Practice of Pet-Naming

“What’s your dog’s name?” Leo asks. “Bear,” I reply. “Yours?” “Tiger,” he says back. “Any other pets?” “Yes.  A cat named Puppy.”

© 2010 Karyn Eisler

11 thoughts on “The Curious Practice of Pet-Naming

  1. […] And here, as it appears on the PicFic website:  The Curious Practice of Pet-Naming […]

  2. Karyn Eisler says:

    I find naming practices a curious thing, for nonhuman animals and for humans. Here’s a link to the backstory with parallel examples and a question about your own pet names:


  3. grayestone says:

    Very fun. Thanks, Karyn!

  4. jessiecarty says:

    i want a cat named puppy 🙂

  5. Karyn Eisler says:

    How about a puppy named Cat?

  6. Rose says:

    I like it!

    I have a similar tendency, here is a link to a photo of a creature I call the Donkey Dog. Sometimes I just call him Donkey, too:

  7. Mel Bosworth says:

    too funny. i actually HAD a cat named puppy. no lie.

  8. Teresa says:

    my parents had one named puppy until recently. Darn cat played fetch until she panted with her tongue hanging out of her mouth.

  9. Karyn says:

    Donkey Dog’s ears make me think that ‘Bunny Dog’ might also be a suitable name.

    Mel and Teresa,
    Both of you having ‘cat named puppy’ stories — that’s really something!

  10. […] is Bunny, my feline companion. He inspired an award-winning Twitter fiction entitled The Curious Practice of Pet-Naming. Background notes on the publication are here. The award, set to video, is here. Share […]

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