A Hamlet By Any Other Name…

21 08 2009

“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

1968 Romeo and Juliet movie poster. Image from teachwithmovies.org

1968 Romeo and Juliet movie poster. Image from teachwithmovies.org

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

Hambone

Ham Hock

Haminator

Hamster

Hammer

Ham and Cheese

Hammy

Hammakin Skywalker

Hammo

Hampson

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.)

Ham Sandwich

Hamley

Ham-a-lama-lama-ding-dong

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.

Hamlet Sleeping in Blue Bed

Sleeping

Squinting

Squinting

Sniffing

Sniffing (The red and white Boston was Hamlet's foster brother Dylan.)

No, all of the photos are not going to have captions beginning with “s.”  Ok, maybe one more:

Sunning on the balcony.

Sunning on the balcony.

Eating.

Eating.

Doing the rope dance.

Doing the rope dance.

Goofing off with me. (I am obviously an amateur photographer, hence his creepy blue-cast eyes!)

Goofing off with me. (I am obviously an amateur photographer, hence his creepy blue-cast eyes!)

A little bit Froggy.

A little bit Froggy.

Good sit, now lick...

Good sit, now lick...

"Huh?"

"Huh?"

"No, seriously, what did you say?"

"No, seriously, what did you say?"

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?

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9 responses

21 08 2009
bostonsandboxers

he’s adorable!
Buster isn’t called anything clever…just silliness like frog-boy, turtle-boy, monkey-boy, ‘the good boy’, and when he’s bad (rare) Buster Meador 😉
Patti Meador
BostonsandBoxers.com

24 08 2009
modernation

I have Hamlet’s super hero name all planned out. SuperFarter. Hehe. Just kidding! Love the Ham Man.

25 08 2009
Shelley

Patti – why is it that we seem to attach other animals to our dogs (frog, turtle, monkey, etc.)? 🙂

Modernation – SuperFarter has been striking again. Saturday night there were a few skunky doozies.

25 08 2009
Patti Meador

Couldn’t tell ya…I forgot ‘wigglebutt’ tho. No other animal there 😉

26 08 2009
modernation

Happy Birthday to Hamlet’s mom, who also has several names. Shell, Shelma, Heels and Bestie are my faves! Love you Shell!

26 08 2009
Shelley

Thanks Amanda! You’re the best bestie!

11 12 2009
Kathi

hi – stumbled across your site from another blog I read. We have a dog named hamlet as well (and his “sister” named Ophelia, Ophie for short). I enjoyed your list of nicknames as we use several of them with our dog too (most notable, hambone and hamster)…

30 12 2009
Shelley @ Green Eggs & Hamlet

Kathi, thanks for checking out the blog (not much to look at yet but hoping it will be beefed up in the future). Cheers to the name Hamlet; we should form a club. And I LOVE the name Ophelia for his sister. Might have to steal that one day if we get Hambone a little gal pal. 🙂

19 02 2010
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[…] and – weird alert! – elbows.  Because of this another nickname has been added to the list – Lickyloo. "How many licks does it take to get to the tootsie roll center of a human […]

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