Does your dog have a nickname?

I am one of those people that if I have a close relationship with you, I’m going to call you something other than your real name.

At work I manage to keep it professional, but if you’re friends or family, I probably have a special name just for you—even my mother is “Moms” for me.

When it comes to Baxter, I have so many names. Perhaps more names means more love?

I read Lily and the Octopus awhile ago (certain parts of the book I could have done without, but other parts perfectly capture the love, fear, sadness and joy of dogs), and one chapter has stuck with me. It’s a whole chapter on Lily the dachshund’s nicknames. The list is 39 names long.

It made me wonder how many names I call Baxter. So I wrote them down.

  1. Bax
  2. Baxter B
  3. Mr. B
  4. Mr. Ears
  5. Baby
  6. Babydoll
  7. Buck
  8. Buckaroo
  9. Buckaroo-hoo
  10. Sniffers
  11. Snoopy
  12. Goofy
  13. Wiggles
  14. Snuggles
  15. Handsome
  16. Buddy
  17. Bud

Seventeen. That’s actually more than I thought. Not Lily and the Octopus territory, but still a lot for one wiggly, sniffy, snugly, lazy, wonderful dog.

Does your dog have a nickname?

Baxter came with his name when we adopted him. If I was naming him today, I’d probably go with Buck for his deer coloured furs and his affection for deer.

For now, I’ll call him Buck, Baxter and 15 other names … and counting.

Does your dog have a nickname?

How did you pick your dog’s name? Have you changed your dog’s name?

Julia Thomson is a blogger at Home on 129 Acres where she writes about her adventures of country living and DIY renovating. She and her husband live on a 129-acre farm in Ontario, Canada.

See her recent post: How to play Find It with your dog.