Monday, July 23, 2012

And the Winner Is...


I have chosen the name for my contest! My new WIP (work in progress) has a Saint Bernard that belongs to a detective.  I didn't give much information about the hero of the story other than his occupation, on purpose.

He's had a relationship turn sour, he sees a lot of negativity in the world with his job. Unable to avoid the cliché, this story is about how the grass isn't greener on the other side. It's full of irony and deceit. It is a romantic suspense, whatdaya expect?!

How I chose the name was pretty simple. I read it, then I closed my eyes and tried to see if I could pull off a humorous scene using the name. This dog will be the way my hero/heroine meet.

All the names were great! So I'm going to give you my top five names and then the winning name!

5. Mr. Darcy
If my detective had a poetic side, the irony would be awesome. And I laughed several times thinking about it.

4. Bootsie
Big white feet look like boots and I could come up with some dialogue but not enough humor.

3. Lipstick
Seriously, look at that mutt's mouth! I could see this dog as a puppy eating the detective's ex's favorite tube of lipstick and the name, well…sticking.

2. Komere
Sounds like Come here in an exaggerated southern accent and had my novel been set in the south, I'd have probably went with that! Cracks me up!

1. Edith
"You named your dog, Edith?"
"Yeah, it reminds me of my grandma."
"Gentle and soft?"
"No, rotund and hairy." LOL I could see my character so saying that! He's a bit of a wiseacre!

But I chose the following name because not only is it ironic and ridiculous, but I can actually weave some truth about life into the dialogue and the name.

So the winner of the $10.00 Amazon/Starbucks card (winner's choice) goes to…..drum roll……

Jeff Redding for the name:

Kitten!

Congratulations, Jeff! 

Here's a tiny snippet of dialogue I concocted on the fly after hearing the name.

After dusting herself off, she took a good look at his dog. “Your boy dog’s name is Kitten?” The puzzled look on her face made him grin again.

“I got her at the beginning of an ironic stage in my life.”

She crossed her arms. “Did you ever think you’d come out of it and be stuck with a horrible name for a dog?”

“I’ll let you know when I’m out.” He'd brought Kitt home the same day Miranda said she wasn’t going to marry him. That God had another plan for her. It didn’t include him.

He’d been sure God had told him it had.

“You know that’s mean really. Labeling someone as something they’re not is destructive.” She glared at him and gave him a take-that look.

Thanks to everyone who participated! I read every single one and I tell ya, it was hard to choose. I valued all of your input.

What's the silliest pet name you've ever heard?

16 comments:

  1. Great name and choice! Congrats, Jeff!
    Very fun contest!

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  2. Ooh, I love that dialogue. Awesome banter. Fun name, too.

    Funniest pet name--um, we had a dog named Chubby growing up. We didn't name him. :)

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  3. Wego. Here we go. Such a funny commercial. Lipstick cracked me up.

    ~ Wendy

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  4. Very clever! I'd say the name works in your storyline!

    Our poodle was named Bubbles when I was a kid. Cute name for a cute dog. :)

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  5. Love it - and the scene you whipped up was great:) Amazingly, the funniest name I know of is my friend who soooooooo wanted a dog but her apartment only ok'd cats got a little kitten and named her PUPPY. That cat is still alive today and the meanest thing you've ever met. I think it's still angry about its name.

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  6. Yay, Kitten! Hahaha.

    When Mike and I were looking through the baby name site when we were going to name our dog (oh yes, we did), we came across Edith and laughed at the idea of naming a dog that! :P

    My parents had a cat named Fleetwood and a dog named Dylan growing up. :P Guess they liked rock music, huh?

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  7. LOL... I didn't think it would make it into the top ten, Jesse. Thank you so very much! and... Starbucks Please! Woohoo...

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  8. That's fun! Sounds perfect for your story. Most of my pets had obvious names when I was younger. We had a large bunny once named Elway, like the football player. I do live in Colorado, of course, so that wasn't too far-fetched.

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  9. Kitten is H.I.L.A.R.I.O.U.S!!! You're gonna get a lot of mileage out of that one, my Friend. Nice!!

    The silliest name I ever gave a cat was Mushroom. He was a seal point Siamese with a cream colored body and dark brown paws, face and tail. When he curled up in a ball, he looked like a mushroom. LOL!

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  10. I love the name! Congrats to Jeff.

    My rescued greyhound is named Pickles. That was her racing name. I can't tell you how kids laugh when I tell them what my doggy's name is.

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  11. Thanks everyone for congratulating Jeff! Some of your animal names have me cracking up! :)

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  12. Congrats, Jeff! I'm tickled at the idea of a Saint Bernard named Kitten. My Cocker Spaniel is named Noodle. Doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but the previous owners called him that because as a puppy, he used to wiggle around a lot, lol.

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  13. That's so funny, Jessica! My son's girlfriend's dad calls my son's dog "Kitty." But she's a small Maltapoo (Maltese and Poodle!)

    We had three kittens once that we named: Gin, Tonic, and Ice! (Their colors seemed to go with the names!)

    Aloha! --Cheryl

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  14. Oh, I love "Kitten" for a St. Bernard! How funny! And I really enjoyed your excerpt--great stuff! I think the silliest pet name I've ever heard was the name my black-and-white Persian cat came with: "Igor". Miss Igor. He was a great cat. :-)

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