Now there is no way to say this without sounding clinically insane, but over the years K and I have taken in 5 animals in need. Yes, we have a mini zoo minus the funding and facilities. Our animals all have amazing stories and they are our family. Feel free to judge - we can take it.
It should come as no surprise but I love me a good rant about the love I have for my pets. This may be because I do not have kids yet and they have become my babies, or it could be that they are awesome and deserve to be brought up in discussion. Either way - I think that we all can agree that when you find someone who loves talking about a topic with equal or greater passion than you, it is going to be a good day.
A few months back I found myself in a delightful conversation with an amazingly talented woman, Ashten author of Just Go Left, about her dogs (present and past). We bonded over having dogs we loved and the hardship of saying goodbye, introducing new dogs into your family, and (my favorite part of any conversation about dogs) their names. As I listened to Ashten talk about her newest addition, a handsome and stoic yellow lab named Gatsby, I could not help but think how perfectly the dog, the girl, and the name fit together. I realized that if I were an outsider looking in I would think "that girl is fun, loving and intelligent!".
And then I thought about Bananas (my crazy 4 year old Yorkie, Jack Russell, Poodle mix) and wondered what the hell outsiders thought about me… #underbite
I decided to take it to the interwebs for further investigation and I came across two articles that I found very insightful:
I strongly recommend you read both articles, but here is my 4 sentence summary of their findings. In both articles, the authors allude to the fact that there is a direct connection between your personality type, your breed of choice, and said dogs given name. The Fox News article reviewed a piece of research from Bath Spa University in England that survey 1,000 pet owners to determine owners personality types. Through this research they were able to categorize pet owners into 5 personality types:
- Pastoral dogs (German Shepard) | extroverted
- Gun dogs (Golden Retriever) & Working Dogs (Boxer) | agreeable
- Hounds (Beagles or Basset Hounds) | conscientious
- Terriers (Jack Russell) | Lacking emotionally stability
- Toy Dogs (Yorkie or Chihuahuas) |intelligent / creative.
And in the Forbes article, the author Isabelle Schafer explained how your pets name will reveal your interests and how you want to be seen by others.
Flashback to Ashten: phenomenal blogger and dogs name references one of the greatest literary works of all time - makes sense. Flashback to me and bananas: I wanted to be Gwen Stefani (still true).
So, to test these theories I am going grade the three mutts in my home! So without further ado, in order of biggest to smallest:
Kavu | Black Lab & Border Collie Mix
Kavu is a mixture between a Gun dog (agreeable) and a pastoral dog (extroverted).
Name: she was named after a Seattle based sports and outdoors shop - thus in line with Kriss's interests of being outside.
What does this say about us: Love the outdoors and a would like to be seen as adventurous. Accuracy score: 100%
Jagger | Chihuahua Terrier Mix
Jagger is a mixture between a Toy (Intelligent and creative) and a Terrier (lacking emotional stability).
Name: Jagger was named after the always cool Mick Jagger and has absolutely lived up to his name. K got Jagger to be a companion to Kavu when they first move to CA.
What does this say about us: We have a love of music and would like to be seen as cool, but spunky. Accuracy score: 100%
Bananas | Yorkie/ Jack Russell/ Poodle Mix
Bananas is a Toy (intelligent and creative) and a terrier (lacking emotional stability).
Name: I adopted Bananas during a crazy time in my life - I was 24, just got back from my year of being a ski bum, recently single, and trying to figure out what the hell I wanted to do with my life. Which is probably why I named her after a Gwen Stefani song...
What does this say about us: Looking back at my 24 year old self, I think it is safe to say I wanted to be seen as wild, fun, and march to the beat of my own drum.
Accuracy score: 100%