Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A Riley By Any Other Name...

Like any typical pet parent, I have a lot of cutesy names for my dog.  He responds to most of them, if only because he thinks there might somehow be a treat in it for him.  Since adopting Riley two years ago, he has gone by all of the following (and probably lots more that I'm leaving out that are far too embarrassing!):

Little Gentleman
Snuggle-Bug - when he worms his way under the covers at night
Riley Jo
Stinker - reserved only for the times he is being especially naughty :)

We had originally planned on changing his name, wrongly assuming it had been the shelter that named him Riley.  Turns out, his name had been Kasey, then changed to Riley by another family.  Figuring he had been through enough confusion, we kept his name as is.  Otherwise?  I had a very lengthy list of fancy-old-man-ish names, including but not limited to:  Gatsby, Darby, Digby, Hugo, and Bixby.

C'mon, don't you think he looks like a Gatsby?!

Do you have any vaguely embarrassing nicknames for your pet...or any names-that-could-have-been?  Share in the comments! :)

Psst!  Don't forget to check back on Saturday for my round-up of the best links of November.  Who knows - you might be on the list!!


  1. Oh yes, several very embarrassing names, especially when caught chatting to her when we're out on walkies !
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  2. Riley would make a great Gatsby! Veruca name is often shortened to Ruca and for some reason we make Ava's name longer and call her Ava Marie.

  3. Oh yes, I'm so silly with the names. Cricket is often "Jelly Bean", Sheba is usually "Sheebie-sheebs" and Luke is "Lukey-duke, or Luka Loo". We just can't help it, can we?

  4. BOL! I love your little names! Yea, I have a bunch too!
    Mika is Meeky moo, meekers, meeker beeks, mikalangalo.
    Lexus is Lexi pie, lexers, lexi poo,
    Koda is Koda pop, Kodes, and Kodie poo. hehe
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  5. Fun names! Thanks for sharing on Thoughtless Thursday!