One might think the name Officer Piccadilly refers to someone in the fire department, police department or military, but Susie Iacobucci of Cleveland, Ohio, based her miniature pinscher’s moniker on an inside joke from her college days.
“The name fits him great, actually, despite the fact that he's neither firefighter nor Dalmatian,” said Susie. “He really lives up to his ‘Officer’ title, and likes to be in charge. Plus, he just looks like an Officer of the Law.”
Susie advises pet owners that are having difficulty selecting a name for their furry friend to choose a moniker that they can’t imagine yelling in true anger when their pet misbehaves. “It's not easy to take yourself seriously when you're screaming, ‘Bad Officer Piccadilly,’” she said.
Officer Piccadilly was rescued from a shelter in Columbus, Ohio that recommended pet insurance for miniature pinchers due to their reputation for being fragile. Fortunately, her pooch has avoid any serious mishaps thus far.
“Officer Piccadilly is an exception to pretty much every rule, so far,” said Susie. “He hardly ever gets sick (even though he eats everything under the sun!), he's never had any major medical issues (yet, fingers crossed!), and he is much sturdier than a purebred MinPin.”
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When Winifred de Ceuninck van Capelle of Des Moines, Iowa, found her purrfect feline in the pet store, she immediately decided on the name Felix because he reminded her of Felix, the black and white kitten from the European Purina commercials of the 1990s. Unfortunately, Felix soon became very ill and refused to eat, causing him to lose weight.
“After a visit to the veterinarian he was diagnosed with a respiratory infection,” said Winifred. “He soon healed up and we made sure he ate whatever he could so he would be back to his normal self again. Soon, however, he became overweight – a whopping 21 pounds! It never stopped him from being a playful kitten, faster than the speed of light; hence he earned the name Felix Thunder Paws, as our downstairs neighbors thought we were harboring rhinos in our apartment.”
Felix Thunder Paws seems to enjoy the lengthier (and appropriate) new moniker. However, Winifred reports that Felix may have an identity crisis as his typical behavior more resembles a dog than a cat.
“He must sit or lie on us whether it is on the couch or in bed,” said Winifred. “He also plays fetch, and he absolutely loves having his belly rubbed, the more the better. He'll roll around as you do it, purring loudly. He also licks us a lot. Wait…are we sure Felix Thunder Paws is a cat?”
Winifred de Ceuninck van Capelle
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