If you’ll recall, we adopted a new dog from our local municipal shelter earlier this year. The name given to him was Samson. Donnie still calls him Samson, but over the last few weeks he as acquired several different names.
This one is because my Dad believed all dog names should have TWO syllables and the second syllable should end in the long E sound. These phonetic restrictions creates a name that is a) easy to call loundly and that b) travels well across a distance. We realized immediately that “Samson!” just doesn’t travel as well as “Sammy!” so the name “Sammy” gets used periodically when we’re trying to call him.
This is a name I call him for no reason in the mornings or when he’s acting particularly cute or sleepy. It is a variation of “baby” that I did not consciously adopt but which I can’t stop using when he looks at me with those adorably human-like eyes.
This name is getting the most traction as it was born of his personality. We – along with many people on the internet – call the act of a dog running around the house like a maniac: The Zoomies. Samson does this often after baths and when he’s playing with a new toy and sometimes when he knows he gets to go for a run. So the name Zoomie is the name he has come by the most naturally and the one I’m kinda sticking with, much to my husband’s displeasure.
Have you ever adopted a young dog with a name you decided did not fit him? Or even better – do you have a dog that goes by several names? It seems that Samson/Zoomie/Bee-Bee is willing to answer to all of the names, so should he just remain the 3-named dog forever?