(Closed) My friend wants me to change name of puppy

posted 8 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Would you change name of the puppy?
    Yes : (14 votes)
    5 %
    No : (254 votes)
    95 %
  • Post # 77
    1297 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Growing up, our neighbors had a dog the same name as my sibling. I have no idea which came first. Nobody cared, and it’s still just a funny family story to us.

    Post # 78
    5654 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

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    @NoaMarijn:  WOW she actually sent you a list of alternative names!?

    Man I would probably not reply at all, but I would want to write back “Oh good, I’m glad you found some alternative names for your baby!”

    Post # 79
    5843 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I would offer to change the dogs name to her name.

    Why can’t pets have the same names as people? My dog is named Arthur, I would not think twice if a friend named their child Arthur.

    Post # 80
    1773 posts
    Buzzing bee

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    @PinkMagnolia:  “Baby trumps dog”

    That’s nice that that’s your opinion, but OP can’t have children. It’s my opinion you said something rather mean.


    Regardless of that, I, personally, have no particular fondness for babies and hold no belief that everyone else should change their life up because someone is having a baby.


    Also, the fact remains that OP was going to name her child this, but cannot have children. I think it’s kind of thoughtless for a riend to choose an infertile friend’s intentional baby name.


    OP, leave the dog’s name. I say this especially if it’s a common name where you are. She can deal.

    Post # 81
    38 posts
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I’m kinda annoyed for you that she was/is intending to use the name for her daughter when she knows you always wanted to use it. 

    I had a cat called Freya and worked with a lady whose daughter was called Freya – we laughed when we realised once, and that was it, she had her Freya, and I had mine.

    We also have a cat called Seth – my brothers friend who knew the cat called his son Seth.

    We have dogs called Pheobe, Molly and Tara, (and had another called Macey) – know people called all of these but no big deal.

    Its her that has the problem and I do’t think shes being very understanding or considerate so I wouldn’t be changing it.

    Tell her polietly you are not changing it, and that you always wanted to use the name and this is the way its going to be 🙂 but maybe suggest if she still feels uncomfortable that she alters the spelling or uses a double barrell name. Anne fits on the end of most names lol, 80% of the girls on my mums side have it on the end of their name because its our granny’s name 🙂


    Re: Noa sounding like “No”, same principle could apply when the child is learning how to understand no (no offence intended and I am not comparing the baby to the dog incase this point is taken-up the wrong way). If you want Noa, stick to it and be mindful of the change in tones needed to show the difference between Noa and “no”. 



    Post # 82
    11507 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I would not change the name of my puppy.  Your friend, of course, is free to use the name also, but I would not rename my dog because of this. 

    I don’t know if this is helpful or not, but, I just wanted to note that, in my DH’s own immediate family, two of the siblings have given their daughters the same first name, and two of the siblings have given their sons the same first name. We’ve all easily adapted by referring to the children by their first and middle names or first names and middle intitials in conversations within the extended family. Assuming that her daughter Noa could be referred to as Noa Middle name, and your puppy could be referred to as “our puppy/our dog Noa” in group settings and conversations involving both, no one should ever be confused.

    Post # 83
    454 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    No way!  I feel that this is a completely ridiculous request!  

    Post # 84
    2413 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    She can suck it up and it’s weird she’d even ask.

    Post # 85
    842 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I totally don’t think you should rename your dog.  Everyone in my FI’s family laughs at my dog’s name – Maddy, because his name is Matt and they’ve always called him “Matty”.  I don’t actually ever call him Matty since he’s not 9 and all, but anyways, his family does.  His family thinks it’s funny and constantly ask me how we know who I’m talking to/about, and several times has laughed about my naming the dog after him (which I didn’t).

    I adopted my dog when I was just friends with my Fiance and she came with the name Mattie.  While the adoption was going through I was constantly referring to her as Mattie because she wasn’t mine yet and I couldn’t change her name.  I didn’t really like the spelling but I’d gotten so used to thinking of her as Mattie, I altered it slightly to her full name being Madison, and we always call her Maddy. 

    Anyways, my point is that it shouldn’t be a big deal.  You and your friend will know who you’re talking about by context.  And since it’s a common name, she really has to just live with it.  Especially given the fact that you wanted to use it and can’t.  She should just STFU and be happy she can have a baby.


    Post # 88
    2808 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

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    @NoaMarijn:  Thanks for the update. I saw you state multiple times in your previous post that you are not a native English speaker, therefore your dog would not get confused…but I guess people didn’t read those posts because they’re still bringing it up hahaha.

    I’m glad you stuck to your guns even though your friend is upset. Her request was unreasonable and I hope she eventually realizes how silly she sounded.

    Post # 89
    38 posts
    • Wedding: May 2014

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    @NoaMarijn:  your right Smile hope she recovers and you are both still friends

    Post # 90
    10451 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    That is being crazy. She can’t dictate what you name things, what if you had had that baby and named her Noa? Your friend can’t call dibs on names like that. 

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