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Oct 10, 2013 05:39 PM

Food names for pets

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: 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. 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

                        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: 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.

                                        1. re: Auntiewoman

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