First of all have you voted in the BAAs public vote for the Best Animal Name? You have until 8pm tonight (Mon 23rd Feb 2015) to vote!! You can either vote with a comment in the post from last week or here on this post or on our Facebook page where there are pictures of all the animals listed. The nominations are:
Boris Johnson (a pig)Having run this bit of frivolity (and I once knew a horse called Frivolity) it set me wondering as to how people name their pets. We've met a couple of new pets on #AnimalTales including Opie and Roxydog and I would love to know how these animal come by their names.
(The) Firkin (cat)
Coco Chanel (a pig)
Fluffy Chick (our oldest hen)
Erol Flynn (a turkey) - posthumous award ... we are after Christmas after all.
Foggy the Moggy (a cat)
In France it is traditional to name your pet starting with the letter of the alphabet for that year. 2 years ago this was H, hence Harry got his name from the rescue centre. 2 years before that it was F which is why we have Foggy, Fumée and Firkin. Before we got Foggy and Fumée and before we knew about this naming tradition we had another grey kitten called Smoky, who sadly died. The boys wanted another grey cat and so when 2 kittens became available it seemed sad to separate them. Fumée means smoke in French (in honour of Smoky) and Foggy seemed to fit his grey colour and just suited him. Having a name "just suit" an animal is often how they come by their names although having a pig who bears an uncanny similarity to Boris Johnson does help!
|Both Boris Johnsons|
If you are wondering about Firkin, it is a sort of derivation from Furry Kitten and is in fact a size of beer barrel. Only after naming him did Simon wonder if it might not such a good idea - after all yelling "Have you seen the Firkin cat?" could be misunderstood! Turns out he is a right Firkin cat and the name suits him perfectly!!