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Baby naming has become somewhat of a sport in the modern world we live in. There is certainly a competitive edge to the whole thing, with soon-to-be parents (or even just couples who think that babies may be on the horizon) “claiming” names or remaining incredibly secretive about their choices until their child is born, for fear that someone might try to steal their name. Celebrities are becoming known for their over the top attempts to out-do the last with the most unique name of the century, and everyone else is following suit – searching for the name that will set them and their child apart.
This seems to be a fairly new phenomenon, as parents shy away from names that could be considered common or popular. They are opting instead for unique spellings of traditional names, or names that were invented entirely for the purpose of ensuring their child would never have to face the shame of sharing a name with another child in their classroom.

Because somewhere along the way, being one of 12 Jennifers apparently became shameful.
What’s interesting is that this is a trend that has always taken place in the doggy naming world. Not the competitiveness or the desire to pick a name solely to set your dog apart, but certainly the drive towards distinctive. Think about it. The names of your friend’s pets growing up were probably names you never would have thought of yourself. They were unique and personal to the pet owners, names chosen with love and care, and without a lot of concern for what others outside the family might think of a particular moniker.

And isn’t that how it should be? Getting a puppy is a very special event in most people’s lives. There is a reason they say dogs are man’s best friend – because adding a canine to your life means committing the next 10 to 15 years to this loyal companion who will love and cherish you just as much as you do her. And while your commitment to a puppy won’t last as long as, say, your commitment to a baby, that doesn’t mean the love you feel for your pup is any less valuable.
Or that the sacred tradition of naming should be any less worthy of thought and contemplation.

In fact, plenty of people think of their pups as children, and they love and care for them as such. It isn’t uncommon at all to hear women talking about their “fur babies” or to see couples and families always opting to include their pets in their Christmas photos. Because even if you wouldn’t go so far as to call your new puppy your baby, she is still certainly a part of your family. And there is no denying the depths of your love for her.

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