I will admit it. I thought about changing Beamer’s name. I never really liked the name when I fostered him in the past because I thought it was strange. And I refused to call him what every one of his previous adopters called him – “Buddy” was just too generic and had all that bad juju attached to it. No, I wanted to give him a fresh start with a new name to match!
I pondered deep thoughts about all this. I even googled name meanings and had a running list going for a few days. Nothing really seemed to make sense for the dog I knew Beamer to be. That was until I remembered something that my friend Nancy told me back when I was fostering him. She explained that she liked the name Beamer because it suited his personality – after everything he had been through, he was still a dog that beamed happiness.
Nancy was definitely on to something. In terms of structure, beams are sturdy and provide support. In terms of energy, beams are rays of light, particularly complex and beautiful at the same time. For me, my dogs have always been a source of steadiness, and Beamer is particularly sure-footed. And as Nancy had pointed out, Beamer really does radiate an excitement about being alive that is so unique to dogs.
So, I want to know, what did you think about when naming your dog? If he/she is a rescue, did you change your dog’s name or keep the same one?