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  • EM23 Oct 10, 2013 05:39 PM
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I was just reading through the Dog or Cat thread and see that foiegras mentioned that they named all of their dogs for sweet things. I have named some of my pets after foods and drinks over the years, too - I’ve had a Ginger (as in Snap), a Guinness, an Oranjeboom and a Stella. They were all delicious!

Foie and I can’t be the only ones. Anyone else name a pet after a tasty treat?

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  1. Yes. Since i love orange tabbies I have also had a Ginger, an Apricot and a Cheddar in my life. First two were girls, the last was a boy.

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    1. re: suzigirl

      I had a client years ago that had three dogs named Bailey, Molson and Samuel for her favorite drinks.

      1. re: suzigirl

        A dear friend named her cats Mocha, Maxwell, Folgers and Java because of her love of coffee. :-)

        1. re: buzzardbreath

          I have a cat named Kona for the same reason(and another cat named Basil). Our pets always have food names!

          1. re: buzzardbreath

            A neighbor of mine did similarly, with Moka, Chicory, and Cappy (for cappuccino). Our family inherited Moka when they moved. We always joked that the coffee association with Moka's name was responsible for her demeanor: that cat was the non-sleepingest cat I have ever seen. Too much espresso in our Moka.

            1. re: buzzardbreath

              My cat is Mocha. We adopted her as an adult, and that was the name her previous owners had apparently given her before they abandoned her. It sort of fit, as she is a dark calico with a mix of brown and black in her coat. But she has NEVER responded to the name Mocha. As far as she is concerned she is "Kitty" and will come running if you call her that. Call her Mocha and she looks away. I guess she doesn't want to be reminded of her previous life:-( (Oh, and I had a dog named Ginger for many years...she had a ginger-colored coat. I think its a common name for certain-colored girl dogs....)

              1. re: janetofreno

                I call our neighborhood cat Ginger, because she is a red tabby. Everyone else calls her Michael (the kids think she is a boy even though it's obvious she's not), but she'll always be Ginger to me! A good name.

                1. re: janetofreno

                  I am a big believer in issuing new names for new lives. My original dog was named Honeycomb ... she had been a breeder's dog and was unsocialized when I got her, and seemed unhappy. I wanted her to have a sweet name for a sweet life, and for her sweet personality to emerge, and that is exactly what happened. I referred to her original name (the first two letters of which were tattooed on her tummy) as her slave name.

                  1. re: foiegras

                    as a white guy I feel hesitant to relate this but I seem to recall a cartoon in which two dogs are talking and one says something like "yeah but Trixie's just my slave name"

                2. re: buzzardbreath

                  If my kitties were brown instead of black I probably would have named them Sumatra & Java. (And if I adopt a male dog or cat at some point down the road he may end up with the name Major Dickason!)

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    Would Major Dickason's nickname be just Peet?

                    1. re: Tripeler

                      I figured he'd have a brother named Peet :)

            2. my cat is named mochi, using the kanji 毛気. she was born in odate, japan (same town as hachi, the dog made famous by the statue at the shibuya scramble crossing in tokyo and also by the richard gere movie). her kanji mean fur+spirit/energy.

              it was cuter to think of her as my little rice ball before she broke 15lbs...

               
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              1. re: chartreauxx

                Beautiful pic :-)

                1. re: klyeoh

                  thanks! she's half norwegian forest cat, half chinchilla persian. she's still growing at almost 3 years old; she currently weighs about 16 pounds, and is slightly underweight for her size. i like to say they told me she was a cat, and they actually sold me a snow leopard!

                  1. re: chartreauxx

                    A beautiful kitty indeed! A friend of mine had a handsome Norwegian forest cat named Heinz. Yes, it was for the 57 varieties.

                2. re: chartreauxx

                  In Japanese, 毛気 would likely be pronounced "moh-ke" though it could be "mo-chi" in Chinese.

                  1. re: Tripeler

                    there is a very esoteric and archaic reading of 気 in japanese that takes the old chinese "chi" pronunciation. (and actually, the 気 could also be read ki, for mouki, or iki, for mouiki. mouke is a sort of secondary use of the onyomi for that letter.) i deliberately sought out some very quirky, off-the-beaten-path jokes to put into her name. and yeah, the first character is technically read mou, not mo, but it's close enough to still be a pun :-)

                    i lived in japan at the time i got her, and verified the viability of the pronunciation with numerous native japanese speakers, including her breeder. so thanks, but it's not wrong.

                    1. re: chartreauxx

                      Well, the main thing is what your can thinks about the name. It is certainly creative and quirky, and such a beautiful cat!

                      1. re: Tripeler

                        she is a beauty, and she knows it!... good thing she has something going for her, cause i honestly think her IQ rivals that of a slightly developmentally impaired potato.... ;-)

                        1. re: chartreauxx

                          I am choking at work trying to stifle my laughter at your last comment, chartreauxx!

                          She is a beautiful cat, regardless. :-)

                  2. re: chartreauxx

                    She's beautiful!!!!

                  3. Our black lab is named Kona after the coffee and our fluff dog was named by our son after his favorite cereal-Coco Puffs.

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                    1. re: foodieX2

                      Coco.

                      1. re: foodieX2

                        A fluff dog named Coco Puffs makes sense. A ballplayer named Coco Crisp is just nuts.

                        1. re: foodieX2

                          And of course Junior is CUCKOO FOR COCO PUFFS, right?

                        2. We had a dog when i was a kid that I named Nacho (one of my favorite things). My brother has two dogs and a cat - Chili, Cheddar, and Cracker, all named by my niece and nephew when they were toddlers. I suppose any more would have been Onion, Sour Cream, etc. but my brother said no more pets.

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                          1. re: KrumTx

                            Another Cheddar. Was s/he orange?

                            1. re: suzigirl

                              Yes, she's an orange cat. They got her from the pound a few months after adopting Chili the mutt.

                            2. re: KrumTx

                              My ex MIL had a pair of sun conure birds named Nacho and Taco. Cute names

                              1. re: KrumTx

                                Ha ha ha! Love the idea of a family of pets that make up a plate of nachos.

                                1. re: EM23

                                  I think we were rebelling against my mom. We always had Weimeraners growing up and mom would give them long, unpronounceable German names (Fritzie, Friedal, etc for short), but as kids, we wanted cooler names!

                              2. When I first saw Cookie at the local Petco rescue, her name was "Lindy." I didn't think it suit her so I came up with a list of names and began using them. She didn't respond to Lindy or any of the names I picked but when I called her Cookie, as a term of endearment, she responded every time!

                                 
                                 
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                                1. re: Kate is always hungry

                                  Cookie is lovely.

                                  1. re: tcamp

                                    Thank you! I wasn't even planning on getting a cat! I was about to do some Passover shopping and I saw the pet adoption sign at Petco. I went in, took one look at her and couldn't imagine no one wanting her. I came back the next day, certain she would be gone, but she was still there! She's a tough Cookie but she keeps me laughing!

                                    Here she is dunking her toy mouse :)

                                     
                                    1. re: Kate is always hungry

                                      We got our latest at Petco too, she was named Sylvia but since I had a friend with that name, we renamed her Moxie. Which suits her to a T. She has one ear clipped because she was so wild when they fixed her that they were planning to take her back to the transfer station where she was born. But it was one of those years, I think it had been snowing since she was born, and somehow she let them know that living in a house was very much to her liking. Still skittish but she's a pip!

                                      I love that Petco pushes the adoption thing.

                                      1. re: coll

                                        There she is, with her main man, Mooch the original Chowcat.

                                         
                                        1. re: coll

                                          Moxie and Mooch are precious! Cookie has the clipped ear too. She apparently had a hard scrabble beginning and some trouble with other cats. Once she came home with me she immediately established the pecking order. To paraphrase someone (not sure whom), it's Cookie's home, I'm just here to open the cans! I was told no other cats but a dog is ok.

                                          Here's Cookie on her throne :)

                                           
                                          1. re: Kate is always hungry

                                            Oh thanks, I'll tell her you said that! There's also Minx, she's in the middle. She's a tortie and looks kind of like yours. All rescues, I call them the 3M Corporation!

                                    2. re: Kate is always hungry

                                      Yes, she is a beautiful cat. She is at once a tabby and a calico.

                                      Hmm, Passover. Good thing you didn't name her "Matzo".

                                      1. re: lagatta

                                        Thanks! She's a torbie with white--a tortoiseshell-tabby with tuxedo markings. She's all mixed up! I thought she may have come from a litter where a breeder was trying to create a Toyger. She has very tiger-like body and mannerisms. I wanted to call her Linkie or Curie but she chose Cookie!

                                         
                                        1. re: Kate is always hungry

                                          My favorite cat (we've had many) was a tortie named Beanie. We also had a chocolate-brown cat named Hershey.

                                      2. re: Kate is always hungry

                                        Cookie is a beauty!

                                        1. re: Auntiewoman

                                          Thank you! Cookie is a special kitty and a handful! LOL

                                           
                                      3. RIP, Taco...

                                        1. I was having lunch in Kuala Lumpur a while back, when I noticed this little dog at the next table which kept staring at me. I asked its owner what's its name and he replied, "Bak-kut-teh", which is the local Chinese term for "Pork-rib soup"!

                                           
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                                          1. re: klyeoh

                                            Yikes, the little guy was probably hoping you'd rescue him.

                                            1. re: tcamp

                                              LOL! I hope pork-rib soup was the dog's fave dish, *not* the owner's.

                                          2. Here's our newest arrival, Juniper, just a month old. His older brother is Nutmeg. (In hindsight I think he was only a week or so old in this photo).

                                             
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                                            1. re: junescook

                                              That's one goofy lookin' poodle. ; )

                                            2. First cat I owned and named was Oreo.

                                              1. When I was 11 we adopted a sad looking terrier mutt from the pound and my brother named her Twinkie (I wanted Muffin but it was his birthday present). She lived to be 16 and always looked rather pathetic. Spent most of her time in the corner sitting and staring at the other dogs like they were nuts.

                                                1. Indeed, quite expectantly. As a confessed umami-addict, I have a cat named Shiitake. Our 20 year old family cat was named Truffles.

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                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                    Ah, now I know what "Take" is short for...and he's lucky you decided to use the latter half as his nickname ;)

                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                      The "ta-ke" in shiitake just means "mushroom" so it works well.

                                                  2. We have an orange tabby named Pumpkin.
                                                    We've had dogs named:
                                                    Bailey
                                                    Ginger
                                                    Whiskey
                                                    Pie
                                                    Cupcake
                                                    and a bird named Fleigal (Yiddish for poultry wing).

                                                    1. We adopted a Doxie-Pin (Half Dachshund and Half Miniature Pinscher)

                                                      Her name is Pumpkin and she is as sweet as Pumpkin Pie.

                                                      1. At the SPCA where I volunteer, food names are pretty common, especially for Chihuahuas: Nacho, Taco, Peanut, Cookie, Oreo...

                                                        1. We had a cat named Chili.

                                                          1. No. My dogs are Murray and Freckles.

                                                            But there is a golden doodle in the 'hood named Dewar.

                                                            1. My friend has a small farm on her property in Pasadena. She grows veggies & fruits and raises a few chickens and turkeys.
                                                              When interviewed by the local NPR radio station she was asked if she ever named her turkeys.
                                                              "Sure, that's Easter, that's Thanksgiving and that is Christmas!"

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                                                              1. re: Motosport

                                                                Sounds like the local 4-H'er that named his turkeys "Lunch" and "Dinner" and his sister named her geese "Yummy" and "Scrumptious". True story!

                                                                1. re: buzzardbreath

                                                                  I knew a similar animal named Sir Loin.

                                                              2. We have a rat terrier named Kugel (Yiddish for pudding).

                                                                1. Friend's black, and brown splotched cat is Pudding.

                                                                  1. Does Mooch count? Man, he loved people food.

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                                                                    1. re: coll

                                                                      Mooch definitely counts. I should have named this thread Food & Drink Related Names for Pets. My dog has a people name, but one of his nicknames (of which he has many) is Belly because he does an automatic belly drop stretch when I ask him if he’s hungry.

                                                                    2. We have a neighbor who has a cat named Noodles.

                                                                      1. Not my kitties, but I almost adopted a brother and sister from the SPCA named Rice and Krispy.

                                                                        1. My cat is named Olive. No connection to her color or anything, I just like the word.

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                                                                          1. re: uptownlibrarian

                                                                            A friend's cat is named Olive (pronounced in French). She is a black cat with green eyes, so she could be either an olive noire or an olive verte.

                                                                            Another cat named Sushi, more for what she'd like to eat.

                                                                            Mine have always had literary or historical names; no food. My current, 17-year-old black cat is Renzo.

                                                                          2. I briefly had a mouse I called Entree, before I fed him to the snake. My dog when I was a kid was named Schnapp's.

                                                                            A friend has two little yip yap dogs called Sushi and Sake.

                                                                            Another friend, a bartender/consultant, recently named his daughter Juniper Sage.

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                                                                            1. re: JMF

                                                                              Yes, food names for children could be a thread too, but I hope they are as subtle as Juniper Sage (which is a pretty name, and not too weird or "stripper-name"ish).

                                                                              1. re: lagatta

                                                                                Children, pets, same thing basically, but pets are more grateful.

                                                                                1. re: JMF

                                                                                  Also, pets are far less likely to be judged by the given names they put on their CV for work or studies. At worst, the vet staff will snigger.

                                                                                  1. re: lagatta

                                                                                    Quite true. My brother and I wanted to name our youngest sister Bubbles ('cos she made them constantly). Probably would have limited her job options....

                                                                                    ;-))

                                                                                    1. re: lagatta

                                                                                      My vet's wife told me that someone named Cherry came in, and was outraged when she saw my dog Cherry noted on the sign-in sheet!

                                                                                      1. re: foiegras

                                                                                        You reminded me of a situation my father found himself in a couple years ago. My dad is an outgoing guy and likes to have conversations with anyone and everyone. He's been known to strike up a ten minute conversation with someone on the phone who got a wrong number and called his number by mistake.

                                                                                        Anyway, he was checking into a casino hotel (in Iowa of all places) and he sees the name tag on the desk clerk as he is checking in. He says "I see your name is Samantha, I used to have a dog named Samantha and she was pretty too". The clerk asked him what his name was, he told her and, she replied with a smile, "I used to have a fish named Bob".

                                                                                        The next morning at breakfast, he asks the waitress what her name was and she said "Sam, short for Samantha". My dad almost choked, but all he said was "my name is Bob".

                                                                                        1. re: foiegras

                                                                                          And your post reminded me of a visit to a local park playground one lovely fall day several years ago. The place was teaming with kids, families, dogs. Turned out at least 3 kids and several golden retrievers shared the same name. Calling out "Emma" resulted in a stampede every time it happened.

                                                                                          1. re: tcamp

                                                                                            chloe and shilo get the same results around here

                                                                                  2. re: JMF

                                                                                    i have a couple of friends who just named their daughter olive. i feel like that's a pretty common food name. i also had a friend last year who named his daughter juniper; i had a friend while i lived in japan who was named momoko (peach).

                                                                                    1. re: chartreauxx

                                                                                      As long as they don't name them Olive Oyl....or Popeye for that matter!~ I had a friend named Olive and my husband insisted on calling her Olive Garden.

                                                                                      1. re: coll

                                                                                        Oh dear.

                                                                                  3. I have had a calico named Pumpkin (got her in October), a yellow cockatiel named Lemon Drop, and a Mini-Schnauzer named Pepper. Currently have a Yorkie named McTavish, somewhere there must be a scotch with that name.

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                                                                                    1. re: BeefeaterRocks

                                                                                      McTavish is a brand of shortbread cookie. Years ago we had a Chihuahua-Maltese terrier mix, he was black with a little bit of white. My mom named him Pepper.

                                                                                      1. re: BeefeaterRocks

                                                                                        There is actually a Scottish song that is about the McTavish Bros. :-)

                                                                                        1. re: BeefeaterRocks

                                                                                          Oh my, I forgot the late, great Kiwi, our Australian shepherd/heeler mix.

                                                                                        2. I forgot one that may or may not count. My last cat was named Sis but we called her sweet pickles as a nickname.

                                                                                          1. Ah, yes! At the moment we have two cats, Marmalade and Jellyroll. We have also had a sibling team, "Salt and Pepper", a huge cat named Turducken and I am reserving the name Pickles for a future cat or dog. The funny thing is I didn't even realize my penchant for food names until my husband pointed it out. It all started with a cat my sister had as a child which she named, Jellybean.

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                                                                                            1. re: Auntiewoman

                                                                                              Turducken is an AWESOME pet name, Anutiewoman:)!

                                                                                            2. My husband and I named our first yellow cat after our favorite Hong Kong street cart item Egg Puff.

                                                                                              Then we named our grey cat Cardamom.

                                                                                              Other names on the list for #2 were Truffles and Saffron, but he was grey and Cardamom fit :)

                                                                                              1. no personal animals thank you allergies, but we have friends with a dog named Macallan. Guess what they like on the rocks

                                                                                                1. We recently had a gorgeous long hair named Truffle but we had to return her to the rescue group because she peed on everything. I mean everything. We adopted two other cats, Julia after Julia Child, and Toni, after Anthony Bourdain. We were told that Toni was male and only discovered she was a she when we took the cats to be fixed. She'd been called "Tony" so long that we just changed the spelling. Julia's got more of a Bourdain personality, though. She is simply hell on furry wheels.

                                                                                                  1. There's a U-pick farm near my house, and they have a big fat pig running around named Bacon.

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                                                                                                    1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                      Our former dog boarding facility had a pot belly pig named Barbie. They'd say, "that Barbie, as in Barbie Doll, not Barbie-Q!"

                                                                                                    2. We have a flatcoat named Haggis. He's Canadian, but hubby's a Scot. If we were to get another one, it would probably be Neeps or Bridie.

                                                                                                      1. I had a very bull headed black cat named Angus for the cattle breed.

                                                                                                        My nephews have an orange torti-patterned cat named Reeses.

                                                                                                        My sister named her first cat Monty after the name of her favorite pizza place.

                                                                                                        I have known many animals named for the owners favorite beverages: Porter, Java, Cosmo, Shirley ( a pinkish bird named by a child for the color of a Shirley Temple).

                                                                                                        I've known Peppers, Cocoa's, Sugar's and Ginger's galore.

                                                                                                        Fun thread!

                                                                                                        1. One of my two kitteh brother/ sister adopted pair is my beloved Licorice:).

                                                                                                          They were found abandonded a couple weeks old under a wood palette at a local hardware store.... found on Craigslist being cared for by a local pet rescue lady, I couldn't help but take them both. My then BF's little 5 year old named them. His bigger alpha sister is Sunny - a tabby. I lobbied for Cheddar or Goldfish (as in crackers), or Butterscotch, so we could have a matched candy set, but he got to choose.

                                                                                                          Unfortunately, that relationship ended, but my kitteh's keep going on 6 years young and a delight and entertainment every day.

                                                                                                           
                                                                                                          1. My kitty comes running over to the kitchen whenever he hears me start to cook, so he is now nicknamed "Fatty" since he loves snacks and is just the tiniest bit over average weight.

                                                                                                            1. A lovable, smart mutt named Basil Milkbone Wellington. Pronounced "bazzle", not "bay-sill".

                                                                                                              1. My rescue dog seems to have a healthy dose of greyhound in him, because he loves to run -- and challenge dogs 3x his size to races.
                                                                                                                So I named him Gingerbread, as in "Run, run, run as fast as you can, you can't catch me ..."
                                                                                                                Here is a picture of him as a puppy, in his favorite spot next to the oven -- where he will sit when I am baking, even when it is 30+ degrees C.

                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                1. re: almond tree

                                                                                                                  Very very cute dog, and a nice photo of him. Thanks for posting it.

                                                                                                                2. My daughter had hamsters; there was a Maple, a Miso, a Meatball, and a Milk Dud. (Dear daughter went through an "m" phase.)

                                                                                                                  My son named his bird "Egg."

                                                                                                                  I had a childhood cat named "Pickles," for the title character in an "I Can Read Book" titled "The Fire Cat."

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                                                                                                                  1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                    My brother's family has a dog named Mac, short for...well, almost McDonald's, it is for McDonald, my SIL's maiden name. Your post reminded me of two of their boys, at age three, the eldest named his teddy bear 'Magellan', at age three the middle son named his teddy bear 'Ball'. The Magellan owning son now works for a law firm. The 'Ball' owning son was recently discharged from the army. They are both great guys, just not similar when it comes to schooling.

                                                                                                                    1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                      Yeah, that Egg name made me question my son's creativity a bit, but as time rolled on, we saw the method behind it: that bird was called every egg-dish name under the sun over the course of his life.

                                                                                                                      Same son has now named one of his cats Rosemary.

                                                                                                                      I just recalled a couple more when growing up. We got a couple of Siamese from a cousin who was moving and they came with names: one was named Crackers (and, she was), and the other, Sukiyaki, shortened to Suki. Crackers executed a food-related disaster once when we were on an extended family vacation. We learned, ex post facto, that the cat was obsessed with trying to swing on the cord of our large chest freezer in the basement. This swinging obsession led to unplugging, which led to a large chest freezer full of sloppy ick upon vacation's end. As I recall, my dad swore a lot (a lot, a lot, a lot...), but the freezer cord was managed differently thenceforth.

                                                                                                                      1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                        I can only imagine the stench coming from that freezer. We've been lucky enough never to have a cat with such dexterity and also have not lost power due to a storm.

                                                                                                                        I once had a pet pigeon that I named Bird, not much creativity there. My dad wanted me to name him Walter, but I was too young to get the pun, plus I had an uncle named Walter. One Walter was enough.

                                                                                                                        I have already told the story of Bird as an OT post on another thread.

                                                                                                                        (Bird's story is about a dozen posts from the bottom of the thread.)

                                                                                                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/849487

                                                                                                                    2. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                      I read that book as a kid...trip down memory lane.

                                                                                                                    3. Our Chihuahua's name is Peapod. Though, she got the name more because of what she did on the carpet as a puppy rather than her likeness to the green veggie.

                                                                                                                      1. Josh Chandler, when he owned Lazy Creek winery (Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, California)-- around the time Eric Asimov of the NYT visited and wrote it up enthusiastically -- had a family compound of a few small cottages on the site, with pets, children, etc. running about. And a couple of fat pigs, "Pancetta" and "Prosciutto."

                                                                                                                        However, they weren't so much pets as livestock, and had the corresponding fate. But it did show a certain wit.

                                                                                                                        I recall a pet magazine many years ago reporting that parrots were no longer being named tings like Polly, but Oatmeal. It was a fashion of its time (like all those US male children about 1971 being named Shane, and all the daughters around 1992 named Chelsea).

                                                                                                                        1. I had a cat named Jif because choosy mothers choose Jif.

                                                                                                                          And a friend's late cat was named Chow because, well, she loved to eat.

                                                                                                                          1. The late Melvin Belli had a dachshund named Welldone Rumproast III.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: mwhitmore

                                                                                                                              They are more often named after Germanic sausages...

                                                                                                                              1. re: mwhitmore

                                                                                                                                I just had to go a googling for a photo of Rumproast, but no luck. According to this news clip, “Rumpy” was used as a pawn in Belli's divorce. http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/a...

                                                                                                                              2. My husband grew up near a lovely lady who named her cat, General Nuisance. Not a food, but too good not to mention!
                                                                                                                                :-)

                                                                                                                                1. No, my dog is Dusty named after my favorite baseball player Dustin Pedroia.

                                                                                                                                  But a guy at the park has a Dachshund named Mustard!

                                                                                                                                  1. A couple of years ago a feral cat started showing up on our back deck. We started feeding her and sitting on the deck with her when she'd eat, until she got brave enough to let us pet her. Then we let her in the house...and she hasn't left since. She became fast friends with one of our other cats, whose name is Pluto, so we decided to name our feral girl Mint, after the nymph Menthe from Greek Mythology, who tried to seduce Hades (Pluto) but got turned into the mint plant by Persephone.

                                                                                                                                    Anyway, our Mint is an indoor cat now but we still see a lot of strays/ferals, and whenever one starts hanging out in our yard on a semi-regular basis, we name them after herbs or spices. So far we have a Thyme, Sage, Basil, and Archer (after archer's gold thyme -- we suspect he is relted to Thyme since they look almost identical.)

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Maggiethecat

                                                                                                                                      What a great story - love the thought put in to naming! We have a long-term feral cat that shows up here regularly. He'd not be a good candidate for absorption into the indoor herd, but we enjoy him. We call him Marigold, for his coat color blending with our garden blooms. (I suppose that's food related, for the calendula/pot marigold connection.)

                                                                                                                                      1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                                        I was thinking you were from somewhere with much milder winters than here in Montréal, but see you are in Minneapolis-St.Paul! I hope that tomcat has warm nooks to survive the winter cold...

                                                                                                                                        1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                          We have made a cozy hut of a styrofoam cooler for Mr. Marigold, complete with cuddly tee-shirt rags. His hut is under our back porch. And he gets fresh water in the winter. Marigold has been a welcome addition to our yard.

                                                                                                                                    2. Black tri Australian Shepherd named Foster. Not food, but beer!

                                                                                                                                      1. I had a blue merle corgi whose name was Brinjal (which means eggplant).

                                                                                                                                        1. I guess this counts: we had a cat for many years (she has passed on) called Bubble Gum. We were traveling over a mountain pass, and my ears were bothering me from the altitude changes. So when my husband stopped for gas and went in to pay and get snacks for the kids, I asked him to get me bubble gum (to chew on to relieve my ears; bubble gum is my favorite type of gum). He took one of my sons and the two of them returned with my gum, AND with Bubble Gum, a tiny kitten from a litter group someone had in a box and was giving away by the entrance to the convenience store. She was a beautiful white, brown, and tan Calico, and one of the sweetest cats I ever knew (and so loved that when she died my normally very unsentimental husband buried her on a hillside in the same mountains (where "she would have a nice view and there would be plenty of mice and birds to chase"). He travels through there on business frequently and often stops to visit her unmarked grave....

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: janetofreno

                                                                                                                                            Oh, those gruff men are often old softies. I have an uncle like that. He refuses to refinish a large dining-room table he made after the clawmarks his cat Anastasia (not food, a princess) left in it after a young relative tried to pull her tail.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: janetofreno

                                                                                                                                              A male friend had a cat (without a food-related name) who loved loved loved riding in his car. Go figure. When she died, he had her cremated ashes put into a can about the size of a tuna can and kept the can in the car because that's where she loved to be.

                                                                                                                                              (Does the tuna can make this post subject appropriate?)

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Erika L

                                                                                                                                                Your post got me to thinking, and this is going to sound a little weird, but my mother's ashes were in the cardboard box they came in from the crematorium and sat on the bookshelf in my fathers dining room for three years before he bought a plot and stone for them and we finally had a gravesite service. (Take a breath.) I had not considered how appropriate that was because my mother was a vorascious reader. She was also a fantastic cook, but it really would have been weird to leave her on the kitchen counter for three years.

                                                                                                                                              2. re: janetofreno

                                                                                                                                                Such a sweet story. Thanks for sharing.

                                                                                                                                              3. Nope, my two cats have perfectly normal names: Mole and Malgato. Although Mal's nickname is chickenhawk . . . she goes absolutely insane when chicken is on the menu (for us, not her)--running circuits around the house and then sitting at my feet giving me the stink eye until she gets her share.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                  Well, mole is definitely a dish. Malagato, IDK, but if her nickname is Chickenhawk, methinks she has a food-related name.
                                                                                                                                                  Dogs can never pull off the stink eye like the kitties can…or the vamp.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: EM23

                                                                                                                                                    Mole had a small black spot on her white tuxedo face . . . my sister wanted me to name her cindy crawford ;)

                                                                                                                                                    Dogs only have puppy dog eyes and make me feel bad. Malgato will hurt me if I don't share my chicken . . . I have the scratches on my feet to prove it.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                      My husband, who is also crazy about our cats, reminds me every once in awhile that they would eat me if they were larger. :-)

                                                                                                                                                2. one of our cavliers is Carmel Espresso Kisses.

                                                                                                                                                  i had a fish named sushi( kind of mean.. i know)

                                                                                                                                                  my friend had a husky named Snowcone

                                                                                                                                                  1. once I named a rather dizzy stray "Puddin'Head". true to her name, after about a month of good eating (dry kibble AND rice steamed in personally reduced beef stock), a dry place to sleep, no beatings, LOTS of games of fetch and skritches, she just disappeared. maybe she got wind of the upcoming spay and chip appointment I'd scheduled.

                                                                                                                                                    that's sort of a kick in the pants when even a stray dog won't stick around for regular food and good treatment. Puddin'Head. I hope she's well.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                      not too wildly OT I hope, my current foundling's name this week (it changes regularly), taking a riff from Del the Funkee Homosapien's lyrics is "Mr. Dog-a-Licious, Mr. Dog Dog-a-Licious, Mr. Dog-a-Licious, Mr. Dog Dog-a-Licious, Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr."

                                                                                                                                                      he seems happy.

                                                                                                                                                    2. When I was very young we had a cat named Raisin Pie. She was a black and brown short hair that came from a litter of white long hairs and my mother thought she looked like a raisin. She died after I went away to college and my parents got another cat named Brandy after the drink due to her coloring. At one point I had a wonderful hyper black cat named Java but she passed away much too young. Sadly my current pets don't have food names.

                                                                                                                                                      Also, an old friend had a cat named PITA, but that stood for pain in the ass, not the bread. I also once knew two brother barn cats named Chicken and Biscuits.

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                        All of our chickens have food names. The current ones are Giblet, Nugget, Biscuit, Schmaltz, and Vindaloo. Past chickens have been called Marsala, Kentucky (as in KFC), Francese, Dumpling, and some others I forget.

                                                                                                                                                        And not quite a pet, but the two rabbits who were decimating our herb garden a few seasons back were nicknamed Pesto and Rosemary. We joked that if we ever caught them, they would come pre-seasoned.

                                                                                                                                                      2. My last boy Bulldog was Gevrey Chambertin (French wine Region) du Beauregard, or Beaux, to his friends. All of my other Bulldog (girls) have been named for the various holes at Augusta National Golf Course - no food/wine for them.

                                                                                                                                                        Hunt

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                                                                          well ya had them neutered right? so what's the worry?

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                            Yes. All of our Bulldogs have been "fixed." We do not breed, nor do we show. They are all family members, and our surrogate children, like our Camelia, named for the hole # 10, at Augusta National Golf Course (no food references there).

                                                                                                                                                            Hunt

                                                                                                                                                        2. Meet Basil...in the background is Oregano, the plant not the critter

                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: BiscuitBoy

                                                                                                                                                            Hunts...back before weimaraners were trendy, and Biscuitboy was a pup

                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                            1. re: BiscuitBoy

                                                                                                                                                              And Sukiyaki

                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                            2. A friend of mine in California has two Siamese cats: Soba and Kami. Soba is after the buckwheat noodles, while Kami is a sister of another cat named Kaze, so they were Kami and Kaze. Unfortunately, Kaze passed away.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                                                Isn't it funny but feels like you have to name Siamese in pairs. Ours were Cheech and Chong (this was a long time ago....)

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                  Let's blame Lady and the Tramp which featured the cat twins, Si and Am.

                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                                                                                    Oh yeah, and I still crack up when I see them on screen walking around the house saying "...if you DON'T please"!

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                    You have to have Siamese in pairs. Okay, you don't HAVE to, but given their levels of sociability and activity, it's natural to do so. I say this having been a breeder/exhibitor for several decades. There are countless Sushi/Sashimi pairs of Siamese, and in more recent years, in the new "oriental/foreign" (a body type in the cat fancy) breeds of Oriental Shorthair, Oriental Longhair, and Japanese Bobtail.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: greygarious

                                                                                                                                                                      We didn't go the food route while choosing a name for our Siamese. Mister Frankie Blue Eyes after Sinatra and his bright blue eyes.

                                                                                                                                                                      And your right, about needing a second cat. Once our big blue cat Macavity aka Big Mac died the job of keeping Frankie warm and entertained has fallen on me.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: viperlush

                                                                                                                                                                        plus a Siamese cat w/o a pal will scream their head off at you and all around (granted they will anyway, but it's easier if you know you're not the focus).

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                          Stop! You're making me want to get some more right this minute (even though I have a Russian Blue right now who has a lot of similar bratty traits).

                                                                                                                                                                  3. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                                                    Ha! My network servers are chowfun, soba and ramen

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: BiscuitBoy

                                                                                                                                                                      I'd be much more likely to keep our corporate servers straight if they were named after noodle types than the boring monikers they currently have, e.g. FINGEN 1, CP 1, HR 1, B&P 1, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                                                                                        same for conference rooms and 'hoteling' work stations.

                                                                                                                                                                  4. Our maine coon was rescued from a shelter, his shelter name was Mushu, we named him Hamish and call him Ham... which is not that far from Mushu Pork :-) He's not huge for a maine coon, weighing in at a measly 8.5kg.

                                                                                                                                                                    The other one is very small compared to the maine coon, so her nickname was Gherkin, which morphed to Pickles.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: vanderb

                                                                                                                                                                      All our cats have a name, and a more appropriate nickname, just the way it goes.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                        Since they have nine lives they are entitled to nine names!

                                                                                                                                                                        The first is the universal "kitty" (varying by local language). Then there is a constantly changing name - if you get lucky you'll know it at the exact instant when it fits. The given name is the third and the resulting nickname is the fourth. Many cats consider "NO" to be their fifth name. The remaining four names develop organically...

                                                                                                                                                                        Your earn great respect from the kitty once you have figured out at least six of his/her names!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                          meatn3, you make me laugh with the "universal kitty," as I have ever only had one kittykittykitty in my long cat-owning life. I have him now, as a rescue stray. My guess is that he had been called the default "kitty" when he was on the streets, and he still loves the term, but responds always to his everyday name. All of ours do, although we use the blanket call "oh...CATS!" to call them at times.

                                                                                                                                                                          Now, to kept this food-related, I'll say that the potato-fixation in my younger Maine is entrenched and fascinating. While we still have small new potatoes that seem cat-toy-sized, we can just call out "Po-taaaaaay-toe" and get a cat on the run. It might seem that our Harry has his own auxiliary name of "Po-taaaaaay-toe."

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                                                                            Calling out "chicken" or "treat" will bring my dog running.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: almond tree

                                                                                                                                                                              almond, I find anything gets him bounding (I could probably call "dead rat!" in the right tone of voice) and even better if it involves food that's not kibble (he's fine with kibble, but gets bored easy) so I play the "which hand do I have it in?" game with the treat. he always gets it. if I feel a bit teasing, I'll swap hands behind my back so both smell of it and re- present them. he still gets it.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                                Funny, I used to play "Guess which hand" with my kids when they were little. Just tried it with Gingerbread for the 1st time -- he likes it.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: almond tree

                                                                                                                                                                                  I bet your dog has a higher success rate than your kids (smirk) - better sense of smell and all.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: almond tree

                                                                                                                                                                                For my current Bulldog, that operative word is "cheese." She IS our "cheese dog."

                                                                                                                                                                                That always gets her attention.

                                                                                                                                                                                Hunt

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: almond tree

                                                                                                                                                                                  My dog came running quite frantically when someone in the kitchen yelled, "dropped one, Basil!"

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                    Our call was, "Cleanup on aisle 3!" The dog came running every time.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                              Isn't that the truth? Our cat herd members have have fairly formal names, their everyday familiar names, and a whole slew of nicknames that come into play, a lot of which are ad hoc and food related, since they tend to be fans of food. (Shocker, no?<grin>)

                                                                                                                                                                              Probably off-topic, but with a crowd like this one, I thought I'd insert one of my favored poems here. T.S. Eliot's "The Naming of Cats." Link: http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/...

                                                                                                                                                                              It seems pet ownership encourages us to use multiple names for our furry friends - like parenthood does with our kids, or family tradition with nicknames for foodstuffs. The Eliot poem may not be food-related, but it is a interesting bit of thoughtfulness on names.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                                                                                My husband, who is not a fan of Broadway shows, got forced into seeing Cats and for years called ours "Jellicles". TS Elliot was obviously tuned in to the ways.

                                                                                                                                                                            3. re: vanderb

                                                                                                                                                                              We have a big hulking Maine, too, that we sometimes call "The Whole Ham!" And: Ham and Pickles? That's just darling!

                                                                                                                                                                            4. I have a cat named Kugel [because she is the color of a well-baked noodle kugel], a dog named Farfel [partially after the matzah product, but also after Danny O'Day's puppet dog from the old Nestle's commercials], and a finch named Haggis [because that was the first thing that popped into my mind when my wife asked "What should we name the bird?"]

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Filbert the cat. He's a nut!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Grandmother had two sibling kitties: Peaches and Cream.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Also we had a golden retriever dog named Peaches.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Alcoholic friends (just kidding) named their male kitties Cosmo and Bailey after the drinks.

                                                                                                                                                                                  My cousin has a Stella cat who is aptly named because she was a stray living (with a litter of kittens) under the side entrance to our favorite neighborhood pub. Stella and the kittens were rescued and given to good homes.
                                                                                                                                                                                  ^ ^
                                                                                                                                                                                  ~:~

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: foodcompletesme

                                                                                                                                                                                    I had a cat in college we named Sambuca, or Buca for short.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                      The Italian deli next door to my workplace also had a cat named Sambuca, also called Buca. A sweet and very friendly old kitty. Also an extremely well-fed one.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: eclecticsynergy

                                                                                                                                                                                        I'll have to tell my Mom that one, she used to think we named her that because we drank too much!! She was a beautiful tortoise shell kitty, we found her in a basement apartment when we went to rent one after we graduated from college. The landlord let us keep her, tho we weren't supposed to have pets. We had to keep her in as we lived on a busy street. As soon as she went into heat, we took her to my roommates sisters house, since she was a vet and we got her spayed for nothing. My mom had just lost the cat I grew up with at age 17, so we gave her the kitten. She lived a charmed life in Fla until she was 21. Beautiful cat.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                        I just remembered a fellow I used to work with, who had two very big, very fierce pit bulls. Somebody once asked him if his dogs liked cats. His answer? "Sure, they LOVE cats. For lunch or for dinner."

                                                                                                                                                                                        Dark humor, still, I couldn't help but laugh.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Used to have a yellow Lab named Toddy. His official name was Hot Toddy. One of the most enthusiastic dogs I've ever known, he could clear a coffee table with one sweep of his ever-wagging tail.

                                                                                                                                                                                      In the 1930s when my Dad was a young boy, he was given a pet goose as an Easter present. The family named the goose Christmas Dinner so he wouldn't forget what its ultimate fate would be...

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: eclecticsynergy

                                                                                                                                                                                        and such was life on a farm in the Great Depression...

                                                                                                                                                                                        a lot of kids today would need therapy after that character building exercise. (not 4-H or FFA kids mind you) I just hope your chore wasn't the plucking.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. The best food name for a pet wasn't by me, it was a friend. A cat named "Morsel."

                                                                                                                                                                                        Perfect.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: happybaker

                                                                                                                                                                                          but a small cat right? still a good name.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes. It was a small cat. So a perfect fit indeed!

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I like Kenji's dogs: Yuba and Hambone (both food names). I go to seriouseats.com each Saturday just to check out their photos for the week (this week they mostly slept, lol).

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: drongo

                                                                                                                                                                                            Don't forget the late Dumpling, RIP

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. There's this theatre my friends and I went to a lot and they had this cat had always lived there so the staff just adopted it. It was the cutest cat ever and ended up pretty much being the mascot for the place, they named her Marzipan. She unfortunately passed away last year from old age but the staff paid for all her vet treatment and everything and took great care of her :)

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Not surprisingly, I have a dog named Chili. When I registered here, the name ChiliDog was already taken.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. My Dog is Pumpkin Sweet as Pie and I got a chance to meet some Miniature pinschers and other toy dog breeds that have food names.

                                                                                                                                                                                                I just want to say the reason that show dogs have names like this is because they have to be originally for the ring. Most go by nicknames at home. As my other dog is Cleopatra's Mischief but she goes by Cleo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Pumpkin Sweet as Pie - My dog Pumpkin

                                                                                                                                                                                                Red Velvet Pancake - (goes by the name Panny) Red Miniature Pinscher

                                                                                                                                                                                                Carrot Couture (goes by Carrie) - Red Min Pin

                                                                                                                                                                                                Root Beer Rudy Float goes by Rudy - black and tan minpin

                                                                                                                                                                                                Bell's red bell pepper, known and pepper, Red minpin

                                                                                                                                                                                                Pichachu Paprika known as Picci Pappi - red minpin

                                                                                                                                                                                                Tito's cinnamonn toast - Min-chi choclate

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Well, my cats have always had several nicknames. I'm talking a couple dozen or so. My current cat, we sometimes call Fluffy Chicken, because my husband would tease him by holding up a back foot and telling him he has chicken legs....and he's long haired and incredibly soft & fluffy, therefore that name has stuck. I've also told him I'd make him for dinner, as a pot pie, so he's also known as Pitty Pot Pie :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                                    hey MODS - can I change my user name to 'Pity Pot Pie' (sic)?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                                                      You can, if you want. But only by registering a new username and starting over completely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pity Pot Pie is a pretty awesome username, though, so maybe it would be worth giving up 10K posts of history?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                                                                                                                                                                        yeah but after a moment of reflection, down the road I'd probably just feel silly(er).

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'll let someone else take that prize.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                                                        8))

                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                                        My cat Julia (see above, named for Ms. Child) is known somewhat affectionately as Lard Butt. Does that count as a food name?

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rockycat

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Absolutely! Lard is a food! I'll have to remember that one.... I always refer to my pets as tubby or chubby, even when they aren't. I had to explain to my kids it was a term of affection to me....

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                                            And I also refer to my as bratty or fatty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: rockycat

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lately I've taken to calling her Lardo. It's more socially acceptable and just somehow seems to suit her better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. My current black and tan colored terrier (Australian) is Pepe, which I chose for its multilingual meanings. Italian as in Cacio e Pepe. In Spanish it is a nickname, and in 'French' a particularly amorous skunk. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. We currently have Marmalade and Jellyroll. We have also had Turducken and Pepper. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. My husband had a sweet black and white cat, whom he got off of the streets of Philadelphia: Scrapple.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. When I was little, we had a ginger tabby cat named Marmalade. My step-dad adored marmalade on his toast, so he came up with the name.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                All of our other animals, now and then, have people names (or pirate names for some reason, again my father.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. FWIW, the cat fancy uses a lot of food names for the colors and patterns of various breeds, more so than the dog fancy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chestnut, chestnut-cream, caramel, caramel-cream, mackerel, champagne, cream, cinnamon, cinnamon-cream..... reading a show catalog can make you hungry!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BTW, there's no "orange" or "maltese" in the cat fancy. It's red and blue, and there's no Maltese cat breed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When I've named pets after foods, it's always been color-related, e.g. a blue point Siamese named Oyster and a red tabby Oriental Shorthair named Kim Chee (call name KC). Zipper was a Chestnut Oriental whose registered name was Chock-Ful-O'-Chestnuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I had customers who named their Cairn Terrier pair after DOG food: Kibbles and Bits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I once dated a guy from South Carolina who had a dog named (I thought) Omelet. Turns out the dog's name was Hamlet (the play, not the tiny version of smoked pig) but the whole family had such strong accents that it took me over a year to realize they hadn't named the dog after breakfast food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: tonifi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Best. Story. Yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Chippy..so many food items. Chips--Corn chippys. Potato Chippys...sun chippys....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Here is my Pumpkin Sweet as Pie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I had a cat named Sushi, and my sister had a pot bellied pig she named Carnitas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          oh, and long ago we had a mutt we named Kini Popo - which isn't a food name but was on a menu from Trader Vic's in Beverly Hills describing a puu-puu. close enough.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and lastly (I think), we now have a Chihuahua named Taco.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Carnitas for a pig. hilarious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. peanut

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Our new Black Lab pup is named Weber. Not quite food, but it is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              my favorite cookware!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Chihuahuas Mocha & Nacho. Amazon Parrot Crackers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Our neighbour has a new toy poodle named "pudding" for her light tan caramel colour.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. An acquaintance at work mentioned that his sister owns a pair of ducks named Cheese & Quackers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Have never named my cats after food items; although I call one of my current owners "Puddin' Head" as a nickname. Real name is Buster, however.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ETA: My mother and late stepfather raised a steer for the beef, and he was Sir Charles....Sir for sirloin, and Charles for chuck. :-P

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. My dog is an unusual color -- kind of the color of cognac, so we named her Remy Martina

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Food names are a popular choice for my pets. As a child I had Sprinkles the cat. As an adult, I had a giant orange tabby named Gouda and gave my parents a kitten named Scrapple. My currents pets are Affogatto (a play on affogato) and Kiffles (the Eastern European cookie).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. My first cat as a child was "Pepsi"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. My father in law has a dog names Biscuit and my sister has a cat named Peanut Butter. I haven't ever had pets with food names.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Ćevapčići, little Serbian sausage, for my quaker parrot. It did evolve eventually into Chevy because my breeder couldn't say it. No one else could say it either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's still one of my favorite words. I just like to say it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: shoo bee doo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  say it enough and maybe the parrot can say it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. "Remy" remoulade.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: monavano

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Our Remy is Remy Martina since she is the color of cognac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. my friends have had several little mutts...sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, i always thought those were apt names

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I have a grey tabby with a little bit of ginger on her, hence "Ginger", and the other tabby -pure grey- is called "Saba" after my favorite sushi.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My husband had a Dutch rabbit called "Heineken".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. One of my dogs is named Smartie - my daughter named her after the English chocolates Smarties (similar to M and Ms) and which I use as my CH name.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. This started as a fluke. Already named when adopted... Angel (food cake), with sibling Cocoa, and later Hoagie.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Named by us Raisin (at 6 weeks she weighed @ 8 oz and had more skin than she handle and Woody her brother that was a few months later.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. My dog's name is Popcorn. She's a chihuahua/pomeranian mix. The name was more fitting for her when she used to "pop" or jump all over the place with puppy energy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We are considering getting her a big brother french bulldog named Butter, just so we can call out "POPCORN AND BUTTER" at the dog park. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: NancyChin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              By the way, I love this thread. Everybody's food pet names are so adorable!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. On the PBS show Nature last night about bionic pets, there was an adorable pig named Chris P. Bacon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I knew someone with a pot belly pig named Barbie.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "as in Barbie doll, not Barbie-Q", she'd say!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I have two cats, one named Pekoe (after the tea) and one named Jack (after jack daniels), and I have four ferrets named Coco (after hot coco), Caesar (after the alcoholic drink), Jasper (after the tea), and Chi (after the little known chi tea)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I like to keep a drink related theme with my fur-kids haha