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Top Ten Tuesday

I love me a good challenge but today’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday, from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl, is what character names might make a good name for a pet and I was like, what? This is nearly as funny as using book titles as song titles. And, to be honest, I had a friend who named his two dogs after Lord of the Rings characters. So I can see how this would already be a ‘thing’ IRL!

I mean, who wouldn’t want a dog called Gollum, or a cat called Cotton Malone. And I’m going to make you work to figure out which character names I’ve chosen are from which books I’ve read … what, that’s cruel okay, I concede, I’ll tell you which book I pillaged the character name from.

So here are my choices from some of my favourite crime fiction characters:

  • GAMACHE — yes, my first pet name, straight out the gate comes from Louise Penny’s great Inspector Gamache series of Three Pines mysteries. This one would work equally as well for a cat or a dog. What do you think, would you yell at your dog Gamache?
  • HARRY BOSCH — from Michael Connelly’s series of books could work too. I think Harry and or Bosch would be another great name for a dog, though I envision a tortoise named Bosch noisily chewing on its lettuce.
  • TEMPERANCE “TEMPE” BRENNAN — you have a choice of all three or individual names from Kathy Reich’s famous character. I mean how about a cat named Temperance, or a bulldog named Brennan, or even a goldfish named Tempe? All sound choices right? Well, maybe.
  • V. I. “VICTORIA” WARSHAWSKI — okay, so maybe it’s a little more difficult to use Sara Paretsky’s famous PIs initials, or even that great Polish surname for anything other than a die-hard fan’s pet python. Not sure screaming Warshawski out the back door to call the dog in wouldn’t go unnoticed by the neighbours.  You might get some funny looks with that one.
  • HERCULE POIROT — but of course I have to have Agatha Christie, and I cannot have Poirot without MISS MARPLE now can I? And these two would make a great dog and cat pairing in my mind.
  • EDDIE FLYNN — so onward to Steve Cavanagh’s character, the ex-con turned lawyer, Eddie Flynn. Flynn is a great name for a pet and works well for a parrot or a budgie or any kind of feathered friend. While Eddie works equally as well for a dog or a cat. Eddie the cat definitely has a ring to it.

And here are my choices from some of my favourite SF and fantasy characters:

  • NEMO — top of my list would be Captain Nemo from Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, especially for a cat or a favourite fish. I mean come on, this is a classic, right?
  • TWEEDLEDEE or TWEEDLEDUM — I would have to choose one or other of these names from the ultimate in literary nonsense, Alice through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll. But again, more for a cat I feel than for any other kind of pet. Though I could see a pair of parrots being named after one or the other.
  • GREEBO — yes, this is, in fact, a fictional cat who appeared in several of Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels, featuring first in, Wyrd Sisters. But while your kitty might be a big softy, Pratchett’s Greebo was a mean one-eyed tom who ate at least 2 vampires (while in bat form). Could be the kind of name to give your favourite white rat, maybe?
  • TWOFLOWER — sticking with Terry Pratchett and the Discworld series of characters, I always had a soft spot for the amicable and out to lunch Twoflower who, while on holiday with the walking luggage, always made me laugh. He would be a fun name for pet. And his companion, RINCEWIND, would make a great pet name if you had a dog with bad flatulence.

A silly, fun set of character names for possibly the weirdest collection of oddly named pets you’re ever likely to come across, but you would definitely remember them. And you, what favourite characters would you choose as your next pet’s name?

20 comments on “Top Ten Tuesday

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    Oh, you went straight to my heart with Harry Bosch I can see a German Shepherd or mastiff called Bosch. What a pairing!

    Enjoyed this post, Alexandra!

    • Alex

      Oh, you too? That’s exactly what I was thinking of, Jo. Great minds think alike. And thanks, this was a fun and silly TTT this week. I still want a cat and a dog name Poirot and Miss Marple though. 😉

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    Eddie seems like a great name for a cat!

    My post.

    • Alex

      Oh, indeed. And others seemed to have taken this one to hear, and come up with some great ideas compared to mine. 😀

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    You’ve blown me away with your names. I enjoy the series Bosch. It would make a good name for a Pit Bull.

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    It makes all the names of cats and digs I know sound so boring suddenly (I know two Felixes, a Baya, Floeffie, James..) . I think I’d go for a Watson. I can see myself teaming up with a Watson already, the conversations I’d have …

    • Alex

      I know what you mean, we all tend to pick the same kind of names, but thinking outside the box, this offers up some fun ideas. Oh, and I would love a cat named Dr. Watson too, wouldn’t that be fun.

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    It would be awesome to have two dogs and name them Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

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    Honestly I was at a loss today and I just skipped as I have great difficulties recalling the names of characters. So you did great!

    • Alex

      Wow, that’s unusual for you, Sophie. I think you are putting too much stress on yourself. It won’t matter to miss one week. I know I only do these if I have something to share, otherwise, there’s no point. It should be about the fun aspect, no pressure.

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    It would indeed make for strange combinations if you put them together, but some very nice pet names are in this list

    • Alex

      Thanks, Annelies. This was as tough as song titles to do. But I kind of like some of my choices, nonetheless. It was fun.

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    Haha. I have a feeling Miss Marple and Poirot would always be fighting cats-and-dogs. 😉 Glad to meet a fellow Christie & Penny fan, and that explains your blog title too
    Overall, Tweedledee and Tweedledum are my favorites of the lot. Happy TTT!

    • Alex

      It’s such a great pairing but they’d be fighting over who got star billing at the murder scene every time. Now wouldn’t that make a fun series of books? Hmm…

      Oh, yeah, a BIG fan of both authors. I feel like Penny is a modern day successor to Christie. Though it’s true, no one can eclipse Christie of course.

      I’d love to have a pair of cats or dogs, even guinea pigs, named after these Alice characters.

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    I absolutely love the idea of a pair of cats name Poirot and Miss Marple. How fun!

    • Alex

      Ha! Ha! They seem to be a popular choice here, Christopher, along with Tweedledee and Tweedledum!

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    We like names from Lord of the Rings for our cats. Currently we have Pippin and Melian.
    We also have a cat named Tristan. It is one of my regrets that we weren’t able to get another cat with Pippin so we could name it Merry and another one with Tristan so we could name it Iseult. It’s a difficult thing, though, adding cats to a multi-cat household.

    • Alex

      Oh, those are great choices. Love them. And I know what you mean. If you get 2 or 3 cats together, great, but try add another to the pack? And it’s murder.

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