In Katherine Bucknell's The Animals, a collection of letters between the famous British-born novelist Christopher Isherwood and his lover, the American portrait artist Don Bachardy, love speaks in animal tongues. Cloying Beatrix Potter animal tongues.
I recently heard from a woman seeking advice. It seems she and her husband had adopted a dog. The dog had arrived with the name Dave. He knows his name, and comes to it when called. The problem? So does her husband.
Is it OK to recycle pet names and phrases? I mean, the odds of an ex discovering you've dipped into your once-shared repertoire are very slim. And even if she were to hear of it, is it really that bad?
Traditional monikers like Fido have virtually disappeared, to be replaced by popular people names. In fact, looking at the list of top names for dogs might make your head spin as it's so similar to the top babies' names lists.