|What's in your pet's name?|
|Fluffy, the fluff meister|
|Fluffy's cage tag - Oct.2007|
The defining moment was when I learned that this cat is a Ragdoll. Always wanted one.
Fluffy had spent 3 months at the animal shelter by the time we adopted him on my birthday. We took home the cage tag as a reminder. See the bite makes on the top left corner? Poor Fluffy. "He was completely miserable," I remember these words from the SAVE volunteer well.
Earlier this year, I was told that SAVE names their rescues alphabetically. That now explains why I was told there was a 'Madam Fluff' in the girls room, if I wanted another long-haired cat, back then... Now I wonder what Fluffy's "real" name might have been -- in line with using adjectives as names, Fluffy could have been Grouchy or Grumpy or Greedy, but most definitely Handsome.
|Pickle, our piccalilli|
|Driving Pickle home - 12.Jun.2010|
I remember driving 3.5 hours from Zurich in a rental to meet this 7-year-old cat that we hadn't seen pictures of. The chosen spot to meet Nicki was a McDonald's parking lot near a highway. Our wait was short, and Nicki showed up in a black SUV. The "handing over" was brief: Nicki handed me Pickle's documents, and mentioned that when she (Nicki) was a young girl, her granny used to call her "a little pickle" when she was up to mischief or had gotten herself into trouble. When Nicki took this active kitten home, it was a real little pickle.
Pickle's birth name though, given by her breeder, is Innamorato. "The beat of my heart, in Italian," Nicki said, placing palm to chest.
When we parted, Nicki had text to apologise for the hurry. She was fighting back tears. I fully understand that now, and cannot imagine life without this sweetest-of-all sweetheart, let alone think about giving her up.
So, do tell me, what's in your pet(s) name? I'd love to hear your story.