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Old 05-09-2013, 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Airn View Post
Gwen's name was Bunny at the shelter.....

I'm not having a DOG named Bunny.
Lol! We have a pembroke corgi friend named Bunny but it TOTALLY fits her! And she was born on Easter. :P

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Old 05-09-2013, 02:37 PM
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I have no qualms about changing a dog's name - like others have said, it doesn't have the same significance to them as it does to us. Danny was Dakota and then Dancer (urgh) before we got him at a year old, and he adapted just fine. Cricket was Amelia for four months, and Journey was Denali until she was eight weeks old. Newton is our only dog that kept his litter name.

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Old 05-09-2013, 02:38 PM
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Zuma had a name change when I adopted her. She was Mimi, named by the person who found her as a stray. Zuma fits her perfectly and I can't imagine her as anything else.

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Old 05-09-2013, 09:52 PM
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I adopted my Great Dane when he was near 8 years old. His name was Gem and as far as I know had it his entire life. He was an owner surrender. I named him Kaiser. It was no issue at all. He didn't respond to Gem when I called him anyway.
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:35 AM
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Rowan was "Draco" when I got him, just shy of 2 years old. He'd been Draco his whole life. It is SO not a fitting name for him though, and I think transitioning him was really easy, but that was a while ago.

Riff was "Jaxon" (and was also just shy of 2 years old, weird, I hadn't thought about that.) That's an okay name, but I know several Jacksons and I like having unique names. He had been Jaxon since he was a pup and responded to Riff IMMEDIATELY, like so quick it was kind of weird, since it sounds nothing like Jaxon.

I agree that it's just another cue for them, and that the attachment to names is all ours. Still, naming is such an important convention for me that I'm not sure I could rename a dog if I'd lived with it, with the original name, for very long. I couldn't imagine changing either of their names now, and not just because they fit them so well.

On the flip side they have TONS of nicknames and respond well to most of them, haha.

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Old 05-10-2013, 06:59 AM
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Chloe was Nina at the shelter and then named Alex by her fosters. Who knows what she was named before that. She definitely knows her name (will wake from a dead sleep if you mention her in conversation) and had no trouble transitioning. I think Violet took much longer to learn her name and she's only ever had one lol!
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:59 AM
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Frag was bubba before we got him, he had no trouble learning his name.

I had a rat terrier mix who I rehomed to my parents who was Snookie at the shelter and I changed her name to bailey very easily.

Sir was Samson at the shelter, which I changed to Chernobyl for the first 6 months, then we changed it again to Sir.

Recon was Cree, but responded really well to "puppy puppy puppy" when I got him.

I change a lot of fosters names, too. Whether they came with/knew it or not. I just click treat for attention when I say the new name for a few days and they're good usually.
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:18 AM
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Yep. Rider came to me as Gunner. Didn't fit, I didn't care for it, so I changed it. Lol.

If Lucy were for some reason to ever stay with us permanently, we would change her name to Goose. XD

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Old 05-10-2013, 09:36 AM
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Ziva was Sasha at the shelter, which does not fit at all. :P Once we knew what we wanted to call her, I think I did one day of ZivaSasha and then she was fine with just Ziva. Somehow she's also gotten a middle name (Marie) that I use when I need her attention more urgently. lol

Kestrel was Laddy, which I knew I didn't want to keep once we decided to make things official, but he didn't have a real name for about 2 or 3 weeks after the decision was made, either. I think he mostly answered to Puppy at that point. lol

Aeri was Allo originally, but she didn't really know it when I got her, so transition was easy - we just started calling her by the new name!

Snipe was Sheeba. Not very fitting for such a tomboy. It took about a month to figure out what we wanted to call her, so she also had a no name period that made switching names simple.
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