I “accidentally” named my dog- a short reminder to choose names wisely

I picked my dog up on the side of the road a few years ago. I was not planning on keeping her, so I called her “pup” for a day or so while trying to find her owners. I took her with me to a gas station to put up a flyer with her picture on it. I lived in a very small town and put up flyers at the four gas stations in the area in addition to posting online.

This lovely little girl, about 6 years old, politely asked if she could pet my dog. I told her to ask her dad, he said yes, and she began petting “pup.”

She asked me what the dog’s name was and I said “ask her” as a joke. This sweet little girl looked up at me with a big smile and said, so sincerely, “Asker is a beautiful name for this dog!”

At that time I was still not planning on keeping the dog and couldn’t help but call her Asker for the next week. Before I knew it that was her name, and four years later I’m still confusing people who ask what her name is. Half the people bend over and say, “What’s your name?” The other half are just confused and say, “What?”

Anyway, remember to take time to choose a name for your dog.

Dr Bryan Goodchild,” has spent his life working toward better health for pets and the people who love them. He is the founder of Likeablepets.com , which works to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them.

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