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Poetry Friday: Pet Names

Hello poetry lovers and rhyming fools!

Please be sure to check out all of this week’s Poetry Friday selections at the wonderful  Jama Rattigan’s site, Jama’s Alphabet Soup.

And  here is a poem about my  gentle giant, Jambo.

Pet Names

I just adore my dog and I
Have loving names to call him by:
Poochy Woochy, Silly Nilly,
Slobber Gobber, Goofus.
Lovey Dovey, Stinker Winker,
Pooper Dooper, Doofus,

He looks at me with puzzled eyes
Though not a hint of blame,
And wonders how in all these years
I still don’t know his name.

Iza Trapani copyright 2012

And I make him wear silly hats, no less. 🙂










Do you have goofy names for your pet(s)?

Have a happy, love-filled Holiday Season! Xox

About the author

Iza Trapani I am a children's book author and illustrator, fan of Mother Goose and Dr. Seuss, lover of big dogs, aspiring yodeler. When not in my studio, I spend time outdoors and have climbed over many a mountain to see what I could see.

31 Responses to Poetry Friday: Pet Names

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  2. Matt Forrest says:

    Ha, very cute – and completely relatable to most pet owners!

  3. Isn’t he the cutest Santa ever? Jambo looks like a stud even with the Santa hat. 🙂 Beautiful tribute to a handsome companion and friend. 🙂

    • Iza Trapani says:

      He does have a James Dean kind of sneer, doesn’t he, Myra? 🙂 Although he’s probably thinking, “oh the indignities I have to suffer…” Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. Laura Shovan says:

    Adorable. “Slobber Gobber” is my favorite. Our dog is a vocal Schnauzer who came to us with the name Sam. His family nickname is Samwise McBarkBark.

  5. Poor little Pooper Dooper, he must be so confused! I’m not sure which is cuter, the poem or that picture of you and Jambo. All I know is they both made me smile! 🙂

    • Iza Trapani says:

      Renee, it doesn’t take much to baffle my big galoot! I hope I don’t offend anyone with that picture. Some cultures would not approve. But I could not imagine a life without doggie cuddles. Of course, I must be sure to give my husband equal time 🙂

  6. Whoa, that is a big dog! We have an Australian Shepherd named Sky. We call him Skysie Wysie, Fathead, and Dogface. Those are the nice names, not the ones we call him if he poos on the rug. Then there’s a whole ‘nother list of names, none of them polite.

    • Iza Trapani says:

      Ha Ha! I Love all your names! You are a woman after my own heart. Dogface is a name I also use, and I can imagine some of your impolite names, as I have those as well! And we had an Australian Shepherd, Grommit, who died a few years ago 🙁 Such a great breed. (Jambo is an African Mastiff. We’ve always had Labs or Aussies before. He is a BIG but delightful change- very sweet, obedient, lovable.)

  7. Ooh, I forgot to tell you, what a cute poem! I just read it out loud to my 7-year-old, and he is laughing!

  8. Tara says:

    Very cute…and I love that picture!

  9. jama says:

    LOVE your poem and that pic of you and Jambo. That’s a seriously big dog (more to love). Terribly good of him to pose with the Santa hat. 🙂

  10. Donna says:

    Loved the poem, loved the Santa hat, and LOVED that big galoot! Our Golden is Pippi, short for Pippi Longstocking, and I call her Muffinhead, Dufus, Miss Silliness and Scaredy Pants (when the UPS man comes).

  11. Hi Iza,
    Ooh…such adorable pics and a wonderful poem! 😀

  12. Okay, BBF! My heart is smiling and singing after seeing that picture and reading that poem. THANK YOU. I needed this today. I love you. Always and forever. MWAH!

  13. Violet N. says:

    Iza, this is so fun! Love that photo of, what is his name, Jambo?, in the Santa hat. After the heavy news of today (Newtown CT), this is such a delightful and life-affirming diversion!

    • Iza Trapani says:

      So true Violet. Such a horrific tragedy. My heart was light when I posted this..Thank you for your kind words. Jambo is a good sport and he definitely keeps me smiling 🙂

  14. Precious! Precious! Precious! I love the photo–pure happiness. The poem had me smiling ear to ear!

    Iza…I am substituting in a kindergarten class long-term for a friend who had surgery. After school today I was pulling books for next week. And guess what??????? She had Jingle Bells by Iza Trapani among the Christmas books on her shelf. I just shouted out! I am soooo excited. I have been stressing author and illustrator for EVERY book I read them. Now they are all excited to tell me that
    Written by means who wrote the words
    Illustrated by means who drew the pictures
    Written and illustrated by means they did both!
    And I’m so excited to tell them that my friend wrote and illustrated Jingle Bells! I printed up your picture with Jambo and Jambo in the Santa hat. They will love it!

  15. Aw! LOVE the pictures and the poem! What a lovey pair you are 🙂 I think silly names go with the territory of owning dogs – our Scout is “Miss Brown” or “Brownie”, and Jemma is “Baby J” and my husband calls her “foofy nunu head” 🙂 and they are both “Pooky” and “boodle” and hmm… maybe this applies to cats too since I seem to recall calling my childhood cat Kittybuns all the time, even though her name was Louisa 🙂

  16. Cathy Mealey says:

    You adore Rob as well. Does he rate a goofy name?

    Grace has adopted “Mr. McPiggles” as a nickname for her heretofore distinguished guinea pig “Storm”. So cute!

    • Iza Trapani says:

      No goofy names for Rob- just “”sweetie” and “my love.” Boring! I Love Gracie’s name, Mr. McPiggles. It’s perfect!

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