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    Reusing a pet's name

    Is it poor form to name a pet the same thing as a past pet?

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    I've been asking myself the same question lately regarding my new horse. I've thought about using a really cool name I came up with for a horse I had back in high school. However, there are so many memories attached to the other horse that I don't know if I could call any other horse by that name regardless of how cool it might sound in general.

    In your case, is the pet's name something that you could make a derivative of? That might be a way to retain the appeal of the name, but allow the new pet to be its own self.

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    Attach a suffix to the name. I have a cousin that over the years has had Puppy 1, Puppy 2, and is currently on Puppy 3.

    I wish he would pick a different name. there is just something wrong about seeing a 14 year old black lab that answers to Puppy.
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    I agree with Snicklefritz, if for no other reason, a different name should be chosen to remember/distinguish between past pets and the memories of their time with their families.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    Is it poor form to name a pet the same thing as a past pet?
    You could number them; Fluffy 2 (or Jr)

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve0257 View Post
    I wish he would pick a different name. there is just something wrong about seeing a 14 year old black lab that answers to Puppy.
    Eh... my wife's childhood dog Tim would still drag his 17 yr old frame across the room if you called 'Here pup!'

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    No harm in it. I had a lamb on the farm named Dog. Then I named a dog, Dog. I'm sure someday I'll name something else 'Dog'.

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    I'd say that unless the pet actually ANSWERS to thier name, it doesn't matter what their name is!
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    Texas A&M names all their mascot dogs, Reveille and just appends the name with a number. http://traditions.tamu.edu/traditions/#reveille I would say just keep using the same name for ever and add a number to the end. George Foreman has taken this concept and really tweaked it. http://www.cbn.com/700club/guests/bi...an_061208.aspx
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    Is that you jsharr #23?

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    no, he checked out last week. i am now jsharr XXIV, though you may call me Jeff Gordon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    Is it poor form to name a pet the same thing as a past pet?
    it's fine as long as the pet is a clone, like a RePet from The 6th Day.

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    I wish I had.

    Our puppy, Winston, seems to get called Chip a lot by me. Chip was our last male dog.
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    I couldn't do it.

    For each of my four footed family members I put a lot of thought into their name. Their personalities, the situation of how they came into the family (all of mine were rescues), etc. Each and every one of them stayed with me for several years. I think the shortest time one stayed was 12 years. That was my Rottweiler. The longest was 20 years. And I've had several four footed family members. To use their name again......well, for me ~ just wouldn't be right. Because there was only one Thaddeus and only one Genki.
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    probably but I often think of my last black cat while caring for my new black cat
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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    Is it poor form to name a pet the same thing as a past pet?
    My mom's dogs have both been named Charlie. She said she's used to calling that name. I don't think the second Charlie cares much that he was named after the first.

    If you really like the name, go ahead and use it again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    My mom's dogs have both been named Charlie. She said she's used to calling that name. I don't think the second Charlie cares much that he was named after the first.

    If you really like the name, go ahead and use it again.

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    Sadly, I'm at an age where I keep getting my dogs' names mixed up, and frequently refer to them by the names of previous dogs. This isn't helped by the fact that both my current dogs share personality traits with dogs I've had before - sometimes to the point where it's downright spooky.

    It would have been much easier had I just called them all the same name, but it would still have been wrong.
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    It depends on whether or not calling the new pet by the old one's name will make you sad as you think of his trip to the glue factory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    My mom's dogs have both been named Charlie. She said she's used to calling that name. I don't think the second Charlie cares much that he was named after the first.

    If you really like the name, go ahead and use it again.
    I'm thinking of reusing, Cicero.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Texas A&M names all their mascot dogs, Reveille and just appends the name with a number. http://traditions.tamu.edu/traditions/#reveille I would say just keep using the same name for ever and add a number to the end. George Foreman has taken this concept and really tweaked it. http://www.cbn.com/700club/guests/bi...an_061208.aspx
    The Univ of Georgia does the same thing with UGA I, II, III.....
    http://collegefootball.about.com/od/...p/trad-uga.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    I'm thinking of reusing, Cicero.
    There was a reason you named your previous dog this. Do those reasons hold true with the new dog?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    There was a reason you named your previous dog this. Do those reasons hold true with the new dog?
    I've had a bunch of labs all with Roman names. Abe's brother is going to be a lab but I've run out of Roman names I like.

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    Why not reuse the whole pet for something? Keep your local taxidermist in business!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    Is it poor form to name a pet the same thing as a past pet?
    Just about every cat my parents ever owned was named Tiger...and most of the dogs were named Sam. I think the reason was more because of us kids than my parents having any attachment to a particular name.
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