Sunday, June 23, 2013

A Cat by Any Other Name



By Ardis Buchanan from the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries by Molly MacRae

Hi, I’m Ardis Buchanan. I took a turn blogging last month – my first ever attempt – and wouldn’t you know it? Our blog died that day so my post didn’t appear. By weird coincidence, the post was about my car developing the inconvenient problem of dying at odd and inopportune times. But, really, was it a coincidence? I’m not so sure and if you’d like to see why, you can read that post in a note on our author’s Facebook page. In fact, I tell you what, Molly gave me two copies of our new book – Dyeing Wishes – to give away today, so I’ll give the first copy, in a random drawing, to someone who “likes” that note, “shares” it, or “friends” Molly.

Now, on to the subject at hand – the cat. We’ve always had a cat at the shop. There’s nothing unusual about that. Yarn and well-behaved cats go together like fur on black pants. What shop am I talking about? You need to catch up, hon. I’m talking about the fiber and fabric shop in Blue Plum, Tennessee, called the Weaver’s Cat. You can read all about the shop and the cat in Last Wool and Testament and Dyeing Wishes. Did I say that Dyeing Wishes comes out in nine days? Exciting!

But back to the cat, though. It has been a sad fact of my friend Kath’s life that cats do not tolerate her. She’s been scratched and hissed at by the best of them. But this cat we have at the shop, now, is different. This bedraggled stray rescued himself by finding Kath. And now she knows the joy of cat fur on everything she owns. The problem? She hasn’t named him yet. She’s tried out a few and I’ve made suggestions, but nothing seems to stick. However – more exciting news – our author tells me that we will learn the cat’s name in Dyeing Wishes. And I say it’s about dang time.

Don’t you love hearing all the interesting, creative, highfaluting, and silly names people come up with for their pets? So, how about this? For another chance to win a copy of Dyeing Wishes, leave me a comment here and tell me the best pet name you’ve ever heard. Stop back tomorrow and I’ll post the winners’ names. Thanks for stopping by!


 
Look for DYEING WISHES, book two in the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries, coming to a bookstore near you on July 2nd and read LAST WOOL AND TESTAMENT - both books are available in mass market, e-book, and audio book. LAST WOOL is the winner of the 2013 Lovey Award for best Paranormal Novel and was named as one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of 2012.  


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24 comments:

  1. My own cat, a Siamese is named Cosmo. He was originally my oldest daughter's cat. Not sure why she named him Cosmo. A unusual name for a Siamese to be sure. Now this same daughter has her own Siamese cat whose name is Lyoto. Her husband is a fan of a martial arts fighters/wrestling group and Lyoto is the name of one of the fighters he likes. I think the name is appropriate for a Siamese.

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  2. I named a dog Muffie, and I have no idea why. The name just seemed to suit her.

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  3. My daughter just adopted a cat through rescue - a very petite long-haired dilute tortoiseshell with what looks like a touch of Maine Coon. She was named China Doll by the rescue but after going through and discarding several names, she finally settled on Amber, because of the cat's beautiful eyes.

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  4. When I was very little we had a dog whose name was Winki. Don't know where that name came from.

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  5. 10 years ago during the Harry Potter craze, we got our Yorkie. Her hair went every which way and reminded us of the character Hermione. In one book she got stuck in animagious form and thought of our dog. The name stuck and we just love her little wild haired self. Hermione big name, little dog, lots of personality.

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  6. I had a dog years ago who was named Podunk because he was so small.

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  7. The best pet name I heard off was peaches. Lol

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  8. I have had and continue to have many pets with wonderful names, some came with names already and some I've named myself. I currently have Harley (OTTB horse whose track name was Bad to the Bone), Sam (dog)-they came with their names. I have Aleister (black cat named after Aleister Crowley), Calumet (named after the racing stable since she was born in Harley's barn), and Licorice (black kitty AKA demon spawn). Seneca, my calico cat crossed the Rainbow Bridge yesterday, she was named after the Native American Nation. I also have 9 rats-Beowulf and Izzy came with their names, but I named Parsifal, Siegmund, Cavaradossi, Neige, Blizzard, Tyskie, and Zywiec. Also at the Rainbow bridge are many more rats, Bandit and Kokishin (Japanese for curious-he was a very curious cat who died too young), Brioche (her fur was the color of that roll) and Barrett (named after Syd Barrett)

    I think the best names are my Polish Beer Boys-two sets of brothers named after Polish beers. The 2 younger are still with me-Tyskie and Zywiec and their friends Okocim and Grodsiskie (a wheat beer for a wheaten burmese rat!)

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    1. Oh, Brie (Brioche) and Barrett were dogs.

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  9. We had a black and white cat we named Pepe Le Pew, the upside down skunk. He was black but his undersides were white. He was a good cat and got quite large. We just called him Pepe for short.

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  10. New Jersey rescue cats named Jake & Tony Soprano. Both would make great Mafia bosses.

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  11. A red Abyssinian who is formally "Red Hot Chili Pepper", but better known as ChiliBoy

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  12. My Boxer/Lab mix is named Holly, but one of her many nicknames is Stinky McPoopers.

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  13. My cute little rabbit was named Truffy.

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  14. Our first Scottie's registered name was Chieftain Angus S Podgorny. Angus Podgorny was the Monty Python character who competed at Wimbledon versus the Blancmange.
    One of our current dogs, Fringe is named after the Edinburgh Fringe (not the TV show). (Not to mention Mayhem and Madness)
    In college I had two Angora rabbits I named after the play, Harvey. I had Elwood P. Dowd and Myrtle Mae.

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  15. Oh, and Upstart was named after that 7 letter word that caused a war in the Marx Brothers, Duck Soup.

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  16. Such excellent names from all of you! Although, I think my favorite has got to be Chieftain Angus S. Podgorny. No dog - or cat - with a name like that could lack for self esteem.

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  17. My Brother-in-law called his dog HEY DOG. He loved that dog. It would come bounding up to HEY DOG.

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  18. a cat was named "dog"

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  19. Best Pet name I ever heard:
    My Birman Lexie was:
    Her Highness Princess Alexandria Munchie Hazel.
    It was a registered name including her Mums nickname.
    My cat is
    Feathers-so named by a lovely boy 16 years ago as she has very long soft fur. Fits her.
    My Mom had a huge orange and white cat named:
    Godzilla. he would attack everyone and everything so the name stuck, but we called him zilla. He lived up to his name and was a efficient bird catcher and killed many shoes and purses.

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  20. I adopted a rescue cat at the local shelter and his name was Malachi. I have no idea why he was named that---but the name fits and he likes it.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  21. Mmm the name has to fit the cat, so I am curious to find out. I like Captain Havilland, the big poodle in Ellery Adams Books by the Bay series.

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  22. Like the first commenter, I had a cat named Cosmo. I got the name from a cat in a mystery that Willard Scott wrote. My current cats are Brownie, Fluffy, Suzie, Wiggles, Muffin, and Tippy (the tip of her tail is white).

    I shared on Facebook, put in a friend request, and tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/MichelleFidler1/status/349675010597724161

    catbooks(at)rocketmail(dot)com

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