My dad used to have all sorts of colorful (and generally gross) nicknames for our pets when I was growing up and, more recently, until my grandmother’s cat Daisy (aka Booger) passed away. Now that I’ve gotten Cristian into the habit of pet name-calling the pets, I’ve had to explain where those names came from.
Of course, there are the obvious nicknames:
Captain or Cap for Captain America
Bill or William for Billy
Kitties (As in “To me, Kitties!” to gather the troops.)
Babies (When I’m sad or when they’re sad or any kind of sad over-nurturing time)
Monsters (When they’re misbehaving.)
Kitty Faces (Because their faces are those of kitties.)
And there are the slightly nontraditional ones:
Buttons ( Back when we had Wally–the shoulder panther–I started calling him Buddy or Kitten until one day, I combined the two to create the nickname Button. Now I call Captain and Billy “My Buttons” all the time.)
Nuggets (Short for poop nuggets because those are the gifts they daily give me.)
Poopies or Mommy’s Little Poopies (Should this one go in the obvious section?)
And of course, Wheezyriders (because they are named after the characters from Easy Rider and because Captain is wheezy in general and Bill is… well, fat.)
How about All Ya’ll? Any weirdo pet names of the obvious or not so obvious variety?