Monday, 23 March 2015

Harry the Dog could have been called ...

Posted by Rosie

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 Dog

Honestly, 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 Dog

For 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 Dog

Harry 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 Dog

If 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 Dog

Saari 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 Dog

Oh 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.


Haribo

Actually 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.



17 comments :

  1. Sounds about Perfect, I can see the smile on your face as you type !! Laters JT x

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  2. Haribo is definitely the name that would stick for me! No doubt we will be back to the Haribo factory when we are over again this year.

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    1. ... but you do have to remember to drop the "H" - 'Aribo :)

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  3. Harry! You sound so like our Freki. Bendy and dirty and a total opportunist! You are my kind of dog!

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    1. I certainly think we are incredibly to have him .. although we may not think that when he rushes off after what-ever it is he rushes after.

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  4. I like that name Harry, I think it suits him ;) Doc on the other hand, can very well be called "Smelly Doc" or also "Dirty Doc". Every single time I take him out, he'll find the smelliest thing and roll over it :( #animaltales.

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    1. Poppy, our previous Lab had a penchant for fox poo but we found out we could not call her Stinky Dog or she would creep out of the house clearly very upset. it must have been something that her first owners called her and she really hated it.

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  5. Crown jewel removal (chuckle). He sounds as much a character as the ITV Harry Hill :)
    Most of our dogs are from the dogs home and have had names b/c they were put into the home from a known household. Exception was my old dog who was very overweight when we got her and the rescue centre had called her Nelly after the elephant. We changed it to Milly after the cookies instead.

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  6. Harry does sound like a real bloke dog - sounds like his name does suit him.

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    1. He is no gentleman that's for sure. Open the door and he'll always push through in front of Saari!

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  7. Definitely Harry Hill suits him but I can see myself calling him Haribo!

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    1. He does get called both but HAARRRRYYYYY is saved for when he is being naughty!

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  8. Hi Rosie, I love Harry Hill, you have one special lab. I have only ever had one male dog and have always thought he was a law unto himself, but it seems that maybe it's a male dog thing.

    I too had to hold Alphie down to have his stitches removed after 'the op', he wriggled and he fought. In the end the vet called her husband to help... Did I mention that Alphie is a Yorkie? It was an experience.

    As for dirt, he's the first to find and wade through a muddy puddle, but never worried about how dirty he gets. He gets washed the most often and is still the dirtiest dog we have. I think him and Harry would get along just fine.

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    1. Excellent - so Harry is not unique and maybe it is a male thing. Harry says he likes the sound of Alphie ;)

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  9. I dunno, I can see why he might be quite bendy and strong when having crown jewel stitches removed...

    Never mind the pets, I have many alternative names for the kids!

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