I’ve had several pets before my beloved M and I tied the knot a little less than two years ago. Even before I started collecting the little critters, in discussing pets with other pet owners, it annoyed me when people would give the silliest and most unimaginative names to their animals. I vowed to myself that if I ever started collecting pets, I’d give them really good names. Here are the pets I’ve had, and what I called them. (The pictures are from different sources though; I couldn’t find my file pictures of my pets.)
- Two Siberian hamsters, gifts from my beloved M for my nth birthday, named Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.
- Goldfish: Two black Orandas, a black Ranchu, and a Calico Ranchu, named Homiletix and Hermeneutix, Apologetics, and Hegeliandialectix, respectively.*
- Two tarantulas, a local Philippine Dwarf (Phlogiellus baeri) and a Greenbottle Blue (Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens). The Dwarf was called Prefix, and the Blue was called Suffix.
Two African Lovebirds. To this day I still don’t know what came over me to break the “-ix” tradition and to call them Periyd and Semicolyn.
- And a California King Snake, (Lampropeltis getula californiae) which I lovingly christened Highermathematix.
When M and I get our own house, and in addition to the bicycle I’m buying, I hope to get two other pets. I want a Maltese, which I will name Dogmatix, and a Maine Coon (the same breed as Garfield® but hopefully not as gluttony) which I will name…wait for it…
Roman Catolix! (Insert appropriate fanfare here.)
*My beloved M reminded me of this one.