Thursday, April 22, 2010

Introducing: Lucky, Mina, Hrothgar, Sweetfry, Frank, Spike, Scutaroff and Jim Snuggleman, Esq.

Jason and I had been searching for a foster family for our two cats for the months of August through December, and our two amazing friends, Kolleen Carney-O'Brien and Jeff O'Brien graciously offered to take them in.

Kolleen informed us that she and Jeff, as foster parents, are claiming their right to choose their own names for the cats. Jason and I are supportive. So I thought that this would be a good time to examine the name evolution of my two fat, furry buddies.

When I adopted her, on my 21st birthday, her name was Lucky. I thought this was a dumb name. I adopted her along with her all-white brother, Casper, and I decided it would be cute to give them coordinating names. Inspired by a recent viewing of Bram Stoker's Dracula, I renamed them Mina and Van Helsing.

Van Helsing got very sick and died a few months later, but Mina has been my constant cuddlebuddy for almost seven years now.

At some point, Jason's good friend Conor decided to provide alternate names for both our cats. He insisted on referring to Mina only as "Hrothgar", and further insisted on only saying her name in the heartiest, most booming voice possible.


Mina's new name, under Jeff and Kolleen's care, will be Sweetfry.

When Jason and I adopted him, his name was Frank. Sticking with the vampire theme, we named him after a character from Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Spike (also known as William the Bloody.)

At the same time our friend Conor dubbed Mina "Hrothgar", he renamed Spike "Scutaroff". Or Skutaroff. Or Scooter-Off. I don't know how it's meant to be spelled, but you get the idea.

Upon entering the O'Brien home, Spike will be reborn as Jim Snuggleman, Esq.

Photos by Jason Dubinsky.


Miss Kolleen said...

OOOH! i hope they get along with princess meowpaws, the cat that sometimes runs in the house in hopes for tuna. we named her princess meowpaws. we later found out shes a boy, and her real name is lucky as well. lame. she lives next door.

Anonymous said...

Great cats to another great home.

Miss Kolleen said...