Friday, August 21, 2009

What's in a name?

Okay - I give in!  I think everybody else we know has played, and far be it from me to not follow convention.  So here it goes - we're playing the name game :)

For those who are newer to our blog and didn't get the history, Brutus is named after the mascot of The Ohio State University (Paul & I are big college football fans, and we root for the Buckeyes any way we can!).  Come to think of it there is a striking resemblance between our Brutus & the actual mascot - wide head that's too big for the body it's on, big googly eyes, flat nose, wide mouth.  Bizarre - I never noticed that before now!!

We had to come up with a name in a hurry, as the one we had picked out was for a creme female Frenchie we had originally gone to see at that day at the breeder.  We decided that we had to have something picked out by the time we arrived home, a 3-hour drive away.  It was the middle of college football season, so "Brutus" was the first thing that popped into my head.  It seemed like a good name from the moment I said it, and despite coming up with some good alternatives, it stuck.  Now when people meet my little frenchie & hear that he is called Brutus, they inevitably respond "Of course he is" since it so fitting for him!

So, in no particular order, here are 14 permutations of "Brutus":

The Brute
Mr. Brutus (usually means he's in trouble)
Brootie Patootie
Bruticus (pronounced like the gladiator Spartacus)
Bru-Bru (this is used exclusively by our 2 1/2 year old niece, 
              Mayna, who adores him)
Buckeye (from well-intentioned relatives that can't quite 
         remember his name, but know it has something to 
           do with Ohio State)
Bowling Ball 
Stinky (he can be a gassy boy...)
Bubble (as in "what's the trouble, bubble??")
Rock star
Bruce (our young nephew Scotty used to think this was really his 
           name, now he just thinks it's funny)

Not nearly as exhaustive of a list as some of our furiends, but there you have it!  Call him what you want, he's still a mama's boy!!  

Thanks for tagging along today - have a great weekend everyone!


NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With Khattledog said...

Furry furry khute explanation of his name!

Of khourse, his nikhknames are tooo khute!


ocmist said...

Love the names! You LOOK like a "Brutus!" It's interesting the way our names mutate over a period of time isn't it? BG

Bijou said...

Hi Brutus,

Yep, we agree. Your name fits ya perfectly!

Wags & wiggles,

Two French Bulldogs said...

Cool, we love the history behind your name. You are cuter than than big man in the costume
Benny & Lily

Cocorue said...

can imagine your mumster calling you all these names and the intonation esp when she's mad.....cute Brutus

mumster wants to kiss that face of yours ( lately she seems to want to kiss alot of my furiends faces except mine hmmmmmm.....)

have a great weekend

Taffy said...

Hey, I started that game! Thanks for playing. It is fun to learn how we get our names! Great nicknames you have too....but bowling ball?
I loved your anteater and Momma were laughing at you.

Ziggy Stardust said...

A Brutus by any other name would still look like Brutus. That is the most perfect name for you ever. Nothing else will do.

licks and sniffs, Sasha

Martine said...

LOVE the name list!!! My favorite is Bruticus!!!!!

xo martine

Oreo said...

Hey Brutus,
It was fun to learn how you are named. I even like all the nick names, but dont you hate the one when you are in trouble?? LOL
course, you look like you never ever get into trouble,
BTW, your name fits you perfectly!!

paw knocks

ScrapsofMe said...

Ah..but you left off 'the wee Brute'!
Bonnie - the wee scottie

Martha said...

You just so suit your name with that expression of yours Brutus. Cool post!
Martha & Bailey xxxx

Dexter said...

Momma says that whatever you call your pups starts to sound like the right name after a while. I am not convinced of that since she frequently calls me a%^hole.

Brutus is a fine name.


SEDONA said...

I like Brutie Patooty the best :-)
Thanks for sharing!
Have a great weekend.
Your pal,

The Adventures of the LLB Gang said...

I am with everyone else...Nothing but Brutus would describe you better!


Mollie Jo and Bobo said...

Very cool nick names!

-Mollie & Bobo

Molly the Airedale said...

You've always looked like a Brutus to us! We can't imagine any other name for you! It suits you just perfectly, Brutus!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Brutus, Ellie, Pippa and Otto said...

Hmmmm....several of those sound familiar :) The one I get called the most is Bru-Bru. Of course mom adds an extension on that and calls me Bru-Bru Magoo - moms are funny aren't they.


Lorenza said...

Hi, Brutus!
You have lots of nicknames!
I have many but not all of them are very nice!
Kisses and hugs

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

We think Brutus is a perfect name for you.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Mack said...

Brutus is the PERFECT name for you!

I have lots of nicknames - some I better not say!

Achieve1dream said...

That is great. I love it and it does soooo suit him. :)

Woodrow, Luna, MJ Campanella said...

great names - its funny how we come up with names - and sometime they just stick

he is adorable no matter what you call him

Woodrow - Sweetie - MJ

Nika + PARKER said...

Hi Brutus, i'm Parker, from Montreal, I am a 4yr old Choc. Lab. Hope you stop by my page too: