Dog naming and other oddities

This morning I decided to go to Razzmuffin’s Blog to do my weekly check on whether anything new was posted and found Razzie placed an article on his site called “Bo Obama and the Obamamization of America”. In that article he referred to a local Phoenix DJ named Chuck Powell and a comment he made on his show the other day. Chuck apparently made commentary upon the media’s insistence upon giving the White House dog a last name. Razzie also gave the address to the Chuck’s Blog Cabin site, so I decided to go check Chuck out.

On that blog I saw Chuck posted an article called “Does your dog have a last name?”… I thought it was hilarious and you may as well. Now before you Obama fans out there get all excited over a perceived attack upon your idol, it should be said that my impression is that Chuck is apparently attempting to find some humor in a president that even the big time comedians are having a hard time in needling. The reasons this phenomena occurs mainly deal with the official excuse of “The man is so intelligent that there is nothing to pick on”, so instead of finding, or making up, stuff anyway (as was the standard MO of late night talk show hosts and comedians everywhere) – they leave an awkward void. It’s good to see a guy like Chuck treat the president as he would any other president by trying to find something funny to rib him about – even if that joking is in the abstract sense or round-about way.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get to the point of the media apparently fawning and gushing over the Obama’s to the point of having to give their dog a last name.

Let it be understood that I am not talking about calling your dog “Buster Puppy” or your cat “Hell Cat”, I am talking about giving the animal your last name, such as Fluffy Smith or Butthead Borowitz. I have met people who called their dogs “Sgt. Slaughter” or “Mr. Bones, but they often referred to the animal as “Slaughter” or “Bones” as if the name was a first name and the Sergeant or Mister part was a title. I even knew a woman who gave her cat a first and middle name, after her grandfather. She used the initials commonly to call her cat, but her vet always called the cat by its proper name.

Chuck pointed out that there were a few pets out there that were graced with a first and last name and another site I visited had an article, called “Naming Your Dog” by Sandy Moyer, claiming:

“Dogs are frequently named after actors, actresses and other celebrities. They’re named after popular sports figures, presidents, and politicians – past and present.”

I once knew a kid that named his dog “Mickey”, after Mickey Mantle, but no one in the family every referred to the dog by both names. On the other hand it wouldn’t shock me to find out someone named the family dog “Barack Obama”, “Michelle Obama” or even “Brad Pitt”. This doesn’t take a thing away from the point of the media’s insistence upon giving the First Puppy the Obama last name, especially when the White House web site didn’t list the dog by a first and last name.

It will be interesting to see what Chuck comes up with on this issue of giving last names to the family pets, but I suspect he’ll find that last names for dogs and cats are a rarity.

Upon searching the net I have seen this Bo Obama name listed by the score. It would not surprise me in the least to find out that many people out there cruising the net and paying attention to the media will adopt the idea of giving their pet a last name as well… simply because the media did it for the Obama family. On the other hand people are lazy creatures, they like to try to shorten names. So even if they give their pet the name of Franklin Delano Roosevelt they will still call the dog “Frank” or “FDR”.

I wonder how many dogs out there are called “JFK” or some variant?

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3 Responses

  1. Definitely one of the better posts that I have seen on this topic. Can you suggest some other resources that complement what you have written?

  2. I know this might not be the most appropriate place to post this but for other readers living in the USA are you concerned about the debt? It just seems like it is getting to the point where the country is going to go bankrupt and my husband and I are just a little concerned that our kids and grandkids are going to have some big problems in a few years. Thanks for letting me vent, Sara

    • Thanks for the reply, Sara, but you are right in saying that this “might not be the most appropriate place to post this) — However I sometimes have an odd sense of proprieties. :)

      In my opinion there are more important things in life than the naming of dogs or any one of the millions of oddities we can find out there, but I do think that it’s equally important for people to not ‘sweat the big things’ that they develope medical problems or the lose their sense of humor. Additionally it’s also important for a person to ‘vent’ once in a awhile” in order to let off steam. For these reasons I approved your comments.

      The Debt is a serious problem. The Outstanding Public Debt as of 18 Feb 2010 at 06:49:46 PM GMT is estimated at $ 12,391,591,184,279.62 , while the estimated population of the United States is 307,863,279. This means that each citizen’s share of this debt is $40,250.31, according to the US Debt National Clock website. It is shown that the National Debt has continued to increase an average of $3.87 billion per day since September 28, 2007.

      The National Debt is the total amount of money owed by the government; the federal budget deficit is the yearly amount by which spending exceeds revenue. Add up all the deficits (and subtract those few budget surpluses we’ve had) for the past 200+ years and you’ll get the current National Debt. In September of 2000, the national debt clock was stopped — despite it showing that the US still being 5.7 Trillion dollars in debt. In July of 2002 the clock was restarted with a value of 6.1 trillion dollars in debt. The debt has been skyrocketing ever since.

      The problems from the National Debt are generations old and each generation had to seek out ways of dealing with the ever growing debt, some generations did better than others… but the end result is the same — Our Children are going to pay the price.

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