“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” -William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Act II Scene II
No, this isn’t a post about love, romance, soul mates, or undying devotion; it is about Hamlet’s many nicknames. Shakespeare simply said it better than anyone: with a different name, he would still be the same adorable, funny, carrot-loving, snoring, black and white little bundle of joy. This post is dedicated to his many nicknames. I haven’t used any of them previously on the blog to avoid confusion and annoyance. However, I can’t resist sharing his nicknames with you any longer and after this it will probably be open season on nicknames in blog posts.
During the Great Boston Terrier Search of 2009 (a.k.a. when Mike and I were checking Petfinder every day for a suitable Boston Terrier), we often contemplated what we’d name the little beast. Many names were thrown out as ideas and a list was even compiled one afternoon over beer, hot pretzels with cream cheese, and burgers at My Brother’s Bar. One day we came up with Hamlet and fell in love with it. When we visited Hamlet while he was being fostered by MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue, his foster mother Jami referred to him as “a real ham” and that sealed the deal. With the name Hamlet in mind, we already knew we would probably often refer to him as Ham. I had no idea how many nicknames would be concocted from his simple Shakespearean beginnings:
The Ham Man
Ham and Cheese
Monkey (Courtesy of my friend Melissa, don’t ask me the relevance to “Hamlet” but it sure is cute to hear her call him this.)
Froggy (Mike coined this one after a certain face Hamlet makes – ears back against his head, eyes wide, and a pleadingly sweet look on his face.)
I’m sure there are more to come. I thought with this series of nicknames it was only appropriate to share a series of photos.
No, all of the photos are not going to have captions beginning with “s.” Ok, maybe one more:
Do you have any more nicknames for Hamlet? Did I miss any? What is your dog’s name and does she/he have a nickname?