Pets in my family always end up with nicknames, and Sebi is no exception. He is refered to as "the Thing" by my sister and I (becuase we were called Thing1 & Thing2 growing up) and my father has taken to calling him the (admitedly un PC) nick of "the Frog Dog" after we discussed the origin of St.Hubert hounds. I've also been unable to stop myself from calling him ...um.. Bunny, the nick I had for the former cat. I claim habit, and he really doesn't seem to mind, honest.
Sabian: Sandy, Sanni-B-the-Nanny, and Sabe. Pearl: Pearly, Pearly Mae, and Pig girl. Beau: BoBo, Uncle Bo, and Papaw Bo. I am apt to call any of them Lucy if I can't see who it is that is getting in trouble.
Moe: Mozambique, Mosey or Mosey-baby, Punkin, and many others I can't think of right now.
Tally: Tally-bell, Evil little demon dog, Devildog. My daughter has sweet nicknames for her but I like to to tease may daughter by calling Tally terrible names. Tally doesn't care WHAT you call her so long as you say it in a sweet-talking voice.
I do love Tally but Moe is MY baby and Tally is my daughter's baby.
Kenworth used to be the youngest dog in the house so I called him "Newborn" for quite awhile, and still do though he is now 9 years old and the oldest dog in the house. I also refer to him as "BH" as in "come on BH, time to go pee."
Isiac I call "Big I" even though he is a tiny Miniture Schnausser, while Bailey (a Black Lab) I call "Bailey Anne...biggest Black Lab in the land." Yes I say the whole thing.
Yes it's all very, very foolish, but somehow it keeps my sanity. It's funny how pets do that.
All of our animals answer to something else. OPus-OPie and Pup, even though he's nearly ten.
Diva -Mammycat (she's 14)
Binkley- (3) Bee-bo and Blanket, he answers to all three.
And Bill the Cat(10)answers to william and particularly likes it if I say 'Good Morning William,' in a deep voice. I have no idea why but it sends him into spasams of delight.
Francis is called "François" by my parents, "Franky" by my nieces and I call him everything but Francis, i.e. Bitty Buddy, Boo-Boo Boy, Booder or Punkin Boody.
My mean old brother calls him "L'il Weener" or "L'il Franny Wonder".
Shyla is called Shy-Shy, Shiela (by my son because he knows it drives me crazy), Shy-Fi, Pretty-Pretty, Gorgeous, Pretty-Baby, and I usually sing to her "Oh, Shyla, Oh Shyla" when I come home from work.
We call George "Jo-Jo" (try saying "George-George" and you'll see why) and I call him "baby" and "sweetheart" and "pumpkin" and Hubby calls him "buddy" a lot. Also "Georgie-Porgie" or "His Bassetness" and a friend of mine calls him "King George" (for obvious reasons -- he runs the joint) or "Le Dawg." LOL He knows all of those names mean him, but we wouldn't get away with "Le Dawg" if we didn't pronounce it with an Inspector Clouseau French accent because George is NOT a "dog." Just ask him.