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.
Big white feet look like boots and I could come up with some dialogue but not enough humor.
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.
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!
"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:
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?