Sunday, November 12, 2006

What's the meaning behind your name?

Yesterday, Hana asked why my name is always spelled in capital letters. I think it's because my girl has serious mental problems. My girl would disagree.

Because I'm a chow (mix) I have a pretty blue tongue. As it would turn out, my girl is a science geek, and spent several years doing research on a virus called bluetongue virus. Don't worry, that's not what caused my tongue to turn blue. An annoying biting gnat spreads that disease to cows, sheep, deer, and similar animals.

So scientists don't have to write such a long word all the time, bluetongue virus is shortened to BLU (in all capital letters). Instead of naming me Blue like the color, or Blu like some other dogs, she named me BLU to make sure that it was always the virus! I think it is just plain rude.

She thought it was clever, especially when my former best friend Tequila was still alive. Most people thought Tequila got her name from the alcohol, but she really didn't. Tequila had to go to the doctor for hook worms when she first moved in with my girl. The girl started calling her "wormy butt dog" and "little miss wormy bottom" before she picked out an "official" name. A little bit of common sense hit the girl and she was smart enough to realize that once the doctor fixed Tequila, the name wouldn't be appropriate anymore. Being the dork that she is, my girl almost named her Ancylostoma, (see a scary picture here) but decided that it would sound dumb calling her that. Instead, she decided to think of something else that had a wormy bottom. A bottle of tequila popped into her brain (even though it should have been mezcal), and hence the name. She had two dogs named after parasites! Hmmphf. I wonder if that's what she really thought of us!

How did everyone else get their name?

Why Comet?
The girl wasn't quite as obnoxious when naming me. At first she was going to abandon her science/parasite theme. She thought since BLU was named after the color of her tongue, maybe she would name me Pink, since that's the color of my tongue. Luckily a few friends of hers told her that she couldn't call a boy dog Pink. She thought about making it a bit darker and calling me Red, but decided that her "logic" would take too long to explain to people.

She ended up sticking with the science geek theme, but at least I'm not a parasite! Because Snowball and other snow related names are common for my breed, she wanted something a little less obvious. The girl tried to think of something that looked like a blur when it moved, had a long tail, and was snowy. A comet fit that description and still tied to her "science theme" of dog naming.

The worst part is that she calls me strange things related to my name. Sometimes instead of calling me Comet, she calls me Commie (maybe she still thinks of me being red). Other times, she will sing my name and call me "Comet Comet Comet Comet Comet Chameleon. You come and go, you come and go". I'm never sure what to do. Should I stay or should I go?

But the worst one is when she sings that Comet song to the tune of the Colonel Bogey March. I think they screwed up the words where she grew up, because other people sing it with the words green, gasoline, listerine, or something similar.

Comet, will make your teeth turn blue
Comet, will make you poo poo poo
Will make you vomit
So try some Comet, and vomit, today

How did your people sing this song?

Are there strange things that your people do to your name?


Joe Stains said...

wow, cool stories! your girl is a geek and so is my mom! but my dad named me, he just said I looked like a Joey. We don't know how Tanner got his name becase he came from the pound.

Hana said...

Wow, a blu tongue! I've never seen THAT before!!! Comet, would you like it if BLU can joined the circus? BLU, I'm really glad you weren't named Ancylostoma because that truly is a scarey picture.