Oh boy does that sound like my house. Bobby or as the wife calls him Bubby weights in ai 157 and I have a picture of him sitting on her lap. I have one that goes 172 shes a big baby And the oldest is Rose shes 13 the oldest one we've had. Thelma is 5 and I can't get out of the house with my keys she has to be by my side in the truck. with 5 Rottys I have it's hard not to fall in love with the breed.
None of my furbabies have typical animal names....since they are my "children" over the years we've never given them anything other than people names. One notable exception.....our daughter names one favorite cat Boots....but I stumbled every time I mentioned his name because it just didn't fit in with all the others......Annie, Hannah, Jessie and James!
I think there is evidence that people are "humanizing" their pets to a much greater extent than in the past. This is borne out by the huge numbers of $$ being spent on gear,, clothing, and supplies for them.
I got my little "Angel" from a previous owner that couldn't keep up with her and she, of course, was already named....and she does kind of look like an Angel (when you hold up her ears and look at her from the back) but I stumbled over that name for several months before I got used to it. I think I would have named her Daisey. Years ago we had a cute little sheltie look alike that my husband dubed "Jeeter" and it stuck...then Jeeter had puppies and we kept the runt. He didn't look anything like mom...more like front half poodle and back have terrier...he wasn't much to look at but he was a sweetie...we named him Kinardly.....reason....he "kin hardly" do anything right. Everyone loved the name!
Pet names are fun! My son recently acquired a - get this - Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen - this breed name is bigger than the dogs!!! The poor little guy was obviously abandoned, because he was all matted, dirty, and covered in sandspurs... and he was tied to my son's RV bumper - with no one in sight.
I suggested they call him "Bumper MacLeash" - because he was tied to a bumper with a leash, but the kids won that naming contest.
But the grandsons took one look and instantly named him "Harry, the Dirty Dog" - a children's book they like a lot.
After spending some time with "Harry" and the boys this past weekend, I think I know why he may have been abandoned. He was very active and probably just proved to be too much for the previous owner to handle, but still... I can't believe anyone would do that.
Harry is no longer a "dirty dog". He's been groomed, trimmed, and seems very happy to have a couple of new playmates (ages 7 and 5) to help him work off some of that boundless energy. He's also learning some manners.
Thanks for the nice compliment on my son. You're right, he's definitely a sweetheart (born on Valentine's Day), and he's all heart when it comes to animals. You can see "Harry" in my Profile - My Media.