Naming A Pet

By: Bob Trihy
By: Bob Trihy

Naming a pet after a weather term is not as easy as you would think.

Being a weather geek...I wanted to come up with a suitable name for my animals. At first I thought..well.. I can't name them Cold Front, Humidity or even  High Pressure.I guess Mercury might be a cool name, or Dewpoint, but that seems a little weird to me. I suppose I could name them after a cloud. We've got plenty of them, like Cirrus, Cumulus, Altocumulus..maybe not.

Then it hit me, like a hurricane. I could name him after a hurricane. But I didn't want to name him Andrew, since that was a ferocious storm that clobbered south Florida. Didn't want to name him Camille, since it's a male dog. and I didn't want to name him Bob, since that would make two Bob's in our house, and that wouldn't be good. Especially if someone says Bob and we both look.

But I did settle on a name for my first dog. It was Hugo. Although it was a nasty storm that hit South Carolina, I really like the name because I heard the name used before with other dogs. Sadly, I had to put Hugo down about 4 years ago, he was riddled with cancer. Thought it was inconceivable that a dog that was barely a year and a half old could be that sick. Obviously tore my heart out. If you have pets you know what I mean when you lose them.

But happily, I've had Charley for four years, and he's hilarious. The reason I named him Charley was because of the unique spelling. The common spelling is Charlie, so I thought it was pretty cool. Hurricane Charley hit the west coast of Florida north of Tampa Bay. An unusual location for a land falling hurricane. But back to Charley,  not much of a guard dog, but then again most Golden Retrievers aren't. In fact he stays under the bed a lot, even when a stranger enters my place. Not much of a barker, thank God, and he's a great companion. If there are ropes and squeezy toys in heaven, he'll love it. But hopefully no heaven for Charley anytime soon.

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