Originally Posted by celloyogi
Consider how most of us have "pet" names for our animals. I refer to Olive as Olive, babyface, piglet, lazy butt, mudpuppy, butt licker, face licker, little stinker, among others. In training and formally she knows her name is Olive and responds appropriately. But she also knows I am talking to her/about her when I use the pet names.
My Olive answers to "puppy" or "stinker" (and "stinkbug" if it's coming from my dad, bless his heart, but we're just happy my parents use the right gender most days) just as well as "Olive", but DH uses them interchangeably.
Speaking of my Olive- the rescue named her Bambi since she prances around, but her fosters and we were not so fond of it (first night with the fosters, she escaped into the woods and they had to run through the woods yelling "Bambi"). We had already picked out a couple of names before we picked her up and decided Olive fit best. After a month plus of going by Bambi, she transitioned to Olive very quickly.