Friday, May 25, 2007

Nola

So. I really like the name Nola. But here’s the thing. When you are training a new dog you tend to use the word “NO!” quite a bit. So then it’s not so good when the dog’s NAME has the word “No” in it. I think it’s confusing. Because in his little pee brain I’m just the lady that says “No” quite a bit. Sometimes nicer than others. Hmmm.

My young cousin has a pomeranian, Joey. Nola and Joey will be spending a lot of time together, so we thought maybe we could come up with a name that goes with Joey. We thought either Ross or Chandler might be cute. I tried out Ross, but I just don’t think he looks like a Ross. So then I tried out Chandler and he actually kinda looks like a Chandler. But I don’t look like someone that actually names her dog after a character in a sitcom. I just can’t. I can’t go from Nola, which is in memory and honor of a fallen city, to Chandler, the guy who has transvestite father. It lacks a little heart, you see.

So we are sticking with Nola and going to see how it goes. Who knows. I don’t actually have the occasion to say the dog’s name very often, so I need to change that habit I think, cause how else is he supposed to learn his name? How exactly do things learn their names? Do I put a nametag on him? Maybe buy him a keychain with his name? I dunno. I do know that a dog who is afraid of stairs has more important problems than identity.

8 comments:

tornwordo said...

My friend never says "no" to their dog, Cubby. They say "Wrong!" Wrong Cubby, wrong!

Chunks said...

You can teach a dog their name, but will they come when you call it? Taz just looks at me and turns away again. Of course, I call him Taz, Tazzy, Tazzinator, Tazzmo, Booboo, Stinkface, etc. Just have lots of treats. They like treats.

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Dean said...

I missed telling you how much I like your new addition - Nola. What a little cutey!

Perhaps you could substitute the word "No" with "Stop"? If Nola represents the French Quarter, then you could say "No" in French..."Non".

Any hoot, you sound happy and I wish you both many years of laughs and good times.

Patricia said...

ah yes, how to pick a name for a dog. did I miss you saying how old he is? did he come with a name? he’ll learn a new one easily enough. rox is right, treats are the universal canine language. they should even help you teach him to navigate the stairs.

p.s. we need lots more pics and/or vids of the little guy.

Amores Perros said...

How about a French name with a "ck" ish sound in it? Animals respond to hard sounds like that (Nikki, Jacque or Jaqueeé like the sassy actress, Pico, Spike, Casie, etc.). Or you could name him after your favorite movie - Simon Birch! :-)

Anonymous said...

I understand the sentiment, but please don't name this poor little pooch Nola. It's like naming a boy Sue. He'll get picked on by the other doggies in the park and beat-up by the bullies in obedience school. He'll probably develop agressive behavior because he'll feel like he has to defend his manhood. Then again, that might make him a really great watch dog. I can just hear him -- "Don't let the name or the hair fool you, I'll rip you ankles apart if you dare step into this house!" Maybe Nolan would work.

Anonymous said...

Isn't Nola a girl's name? what about Louie for Louisiana?

Anonymous said...

Yah, Louie works. Then you can say, "NO, Louie! NO, Louie!" That's close to N0la.