Post # 1
Yesterday I was with a very good friend … she’s 26 weeks in her pregnancy.
We had a lot of catching up to do and I told her about my puppy, now three weeks living with me. I gave her the name Noa. I gave that name a week after her birth.
My friend was shocked hearing the name I gave my puppy… Because she told me that she will be having a babygirl and her name is going to be …. Noa.
She kinda begged me to change the name of the puppy because she felt very ackward about it.
I didn’t know what to say at that moment and I said I would think about it.
But … I feel I realy don’t want to. I carefully picked out that name for my dog. It has been on my list for ages to give to my future daughter (but I’m unfertile). She knows I love that name because I’ve always used it as a nickname. She just never thought I would of use it for a pet.
You know I don’t mind her using that name, but I do mind her asking me to change the name of my puppy.
What would you bee’s do?
Post # 3
I wouldn’t change the name. How many of her friends and family members will even know your dog? Most of the people who will know Noa the baby probably won’t know Noa the dog (unless you guys have a massive amount of interconnected friends and family).
Post # 4
@NoaMarijn: Um all of my dogs have human names. Tell her she is allowed to name her child whatever she wants, including Noa, and you get to name your dog whatever you want. I mean really, are you ever going to be talking about her kid and your dog in the same conversation? Is she worried you two won’t be able to keep track of which is which?
Post # 5
I wouldn’t change it. I wouldn’t be upset if she named her kid that too, but I wouldn’t change the already established name of my dog.
Post # 6
Your friend needs to lighten up. You named the dog before you knew about the baby name.
Post # 7
Well we have one gang of friends, so they are connected.
Post # 8
I think giving a human name to a dog is pretty common. Just tell her you mean no harm by it but you love the name and plan on keeping it. I def don’t plan on checking with every member of my family to see what their pets names are someday when I have a child. I think it was just a happy coincidence.
Post # 9
Tell her Noa is a stupid name for a baby girl.
Just kidding! I wouldn’t change the dogs name, but I would probably give her a nickname to call her when the friend is around.
Post # 10
I wouldn’t change it. She’ll get over it!
Post # 11
Oh boy… she’s going to have to get over it haha.
Post # 12
Haha, I guess Im the odd one out on this one.
If she was sure that shes naming her baby Noa, I think that kinda takes priority. I can see why she would feel bummed out. If it was a more common name then it would be different.
Post # 13
@NoaMarijn: Meh, I’m sure they’ll all be able to deal with it.
Post # 14
It depends how good of a friend. I know this is off topic, but I always wondered (I knew another puppy with that name-) Does it sound too close to “NO!” ? Is the puppy confused between hearing “NO!” and hearing “NO-A!”
I changed my puppy’s name before. I think that is a tough call, but not the biggest deal- I love the name Maggie and lots of dogs have that name!
Post # 15
I’d cut her some slack (because at 26 weeks pregnant I know I’m not the most rational all the time…according to my husband :D), but definitely wouldn’t change the dog’s name. I would just avoid bringing it up in conversation for awhile until it blows over. You will probably laugh about it together one day, and if the little girl ends up spending time with the dog she’ll love that it shares the same name 🙂
Post # 16
Keep the name! The puppy is learning its name. . .changing it will just confuse the situation. It’s a dog. It’s not like you’re both naming your children the same name. So what if you were, anyway? A name is a name. As another bee said, you named the dog before you knew of the baby’s name. And since she knows you’ve loved the name for so long, she can just get over it!