When we brought Harry, our Labrador back from the Refuge he already has his name, a name that really suits him. And with a surname of Hill, having a dog called Harry brings a smile to many faces.* However having now had him nearly 3 months we have come up with plenty of names we might have chosen for him.
|Saari and Harry|
Alternative names for Harry Hill
Bendy DogHonestly, I can safely say I have never known a dog as bendy as Harry. He is so flexible you could tie his back legs round his head if you wanted to.
Strong DogFor a small Labrador he is incredibly strong, quite able to bowl Saari over who is considerably bigger than him ... and a real handful to hold if he decides he wants to hare off after, well .... a hare!
Both these attributes meant we had fun in the vet's when he needed his post Crown Jewel removal stitches taken out. Our vets don't have nurses to help so she asked me to hold his front leg in a certain way that would keep his tummy up and prevent him rolling over. Well it should have done except we are talking Bendy Strong Dog here. "Non, 'old 'is leg!" she said (best uttered in French accent although in fairness she did say this in French). "Ah, you arrrre!" Yep, I was and Bendy, Strong Dog had still managed to turn himself over!
Dirty DogHarry is just such a bloke. He'll come in off a walk, plonk himself down on the bed or in front of the fire and fall asleep. Washing? Pah - who has time to wash? Saari, on the other hand, will take ages fastidiously cleaning herself. Not Harry, no, he's Dirty Dog!
Jealous DogIf you fancy giving Saari or any other visiting dog stroke or a cuddle, Harry will be there, pushing in for HIS cuddle. He gets very insistent and does a very good "Nobody loves me" look when you gently push him away.
Thief DogSaari may be the Queen of food thieving (the shells from boiled eggs, the left-over spaghetti some-one didn't finish from their lunch and biscuits from a visiting dog's breakfast are her latest steals) where-as Harry is the King of stealing all sorts of odd things and redistributing them around the house and garden. Simon owns two pairs of crocs but is currently sporting one grey and one blue and Harry has hidden the others! And the garden is a mess of stolen animal feed tubs, washing up brushes, chewed up frisbees and flower pots etc etc!
Energy DogOh boy has Harry got boundless energy. He would play with Saari all day of she didn't run out of puff and he'd walk from here to where-ever all day given the chance. When he gets the chance to run (usually after that real or imaginary hare - Bad Boy) he is incredibly fast yet still has more energy even after he has come back from his extra-curriculum gallops.
HariboActually we do call him this and anyone French promptly breaks out in:
"Haribo c'est pout la vie, pour les grands et les petits"
So go on, own up. Who is now singing:
"Kids and grown ups love it so, the happy world of Haribo"?
* For those not aware, Harry Hill is a well known English comedian and television presenter famous for his large collars and wacky sense of humour.
Do you give your pets alternative names? Do please let us know in a comment.