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The Weekend Vote weekend vote: Have you ever named a pet after a famous musician?

July 8, 2011 at 6:42 PM

I was picking up my bow from my luthier friend's shop, when he told me what seemed like very startling news.

"Yo-Yo has passed away," he said sadly.

"WHAT?" I said, in full-alarm mode. How could such a thing be? How I have possibly missed such major news?

"He was 12 years old," said my friend, "such a great dog to us."

"Oh!" I said, trying not to sound too relieved. I mean, I do understand how sad it is to lose a pet. But thank goodness for the continued existence of a certain cellist we all know and love!

This brings me around to our question of the week, which was inspired by the alpaca breeder who e-mailed me this week, wanting to name this year's newborn alpacas after violinists: Have you ever named a pet after a famous musician? What kind of pet, and after whom? My answer is "no," but I haven't really had too many pets in my life!

P.S. Here is the latest from Tom Balka, owner of Lavender Fields Alpacas:

"We have used sculptors, opera singers, dancers, actors, painters, authors, poets, fiber artists and chefs. To give you a few examples, we've named some of our alpacas for Kiri Te Kanawa, Cezanne, Matisse, Renior, Degas, Julia (Child), Cat Cora, Emeril (Lagasse), (Anthony) Quinn, (Burt) Lancaster, Alexandre (Dumas), Shakespeare, (Shel) Silverstein, Ogden (Nash), Courteney (Cox), Penelope (Cruz), Pearl (Buck), Baryshnikov, Joffrey and Ginger (Rogers).  It's fun and every year we get to look into the backgrounds of some wonderful artists."

Here is a picture of "Emily Bronte" and her cria (baby alpaca), the one Tom is asking us to help name:


From Michael Divino
Posted on July 8, 2011 at 7:05 PM

No, simply because all of our pets have been pre-named. 

From Eléonore Darmon
Posted on July 8, 2011 at 7:04 PM

 When I was a child I gave to my Guinea Pigs the name "Papageno" and "Papagena" from "The Magic Flute"...

Not really famous musician, but still, musical character!

From Bart Meijer
Posted on July 8, 2011 at 7:49 PM

We have had cats named Rossini, Caccini, and Petrouchka.

From Brian Lee
Posted on July 8, 2011 at 11:11 PM

A couple of my friends told me about a violinist who named a fish, "Jascha Heifish"

From Mendy Smith
Posted on July 9, 2011 at 1:48 AM

 No, but my cat's name is "Allegretta con Moto"....  '  I just call her Alley unless she gets in trouble ;)

From David Beck
Posted on July 9, 2011 at 3:43 PM

 No, bit I have nicknamed a few famous musicians after animals, strictly sotto voce.

From Mary Haarmann
Posted on July 9, 2011 at 8:06 PM

Not yet, but the question reminded me of some friends in ministry who named their cats Martin Luther and John Calvin. The former was an escape artist and they would roam the neighborhood calling out, looking for him...

From Marsha Weaver
Posted on July 9, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Don't know how many of you remember the legendary "Pet Rock".  A few years ago, someone decided to market them again, not only in the familiar cardboard "carriers", but also in smaller, hard-plastic, keychain-size carriers.  Of course, I couldn't resist!!  :)  I named mine "Sebastian", after Johann Sebastian Bach.

From Marsha Weaver
Posted on July 9, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Now that I think about it, I guess he's Johann Sebastian Rach!

From Arjun Mudan
Posted on July 10, 2011 at 4:08 AM

I wanted to name my Dad's dog Mahler; unfortunately, verbally it has a different connotation than I wanted.

From Terry Hsu
Posted on July 10, 2011 at 5:15 AM

I'm just such a big fan of Ginette Neveu. I think they should name the alpaca Ginette Neveu. But then I think everyone should name all of their pets Ginette Neveu so take it for what it's worth.

A friend of mine who's a cellist once named his labrador "Truls" after Truls Mork.

From Josh Henry
Posted on July 11, 2011 at 3:57 AM

A few years back, I had a stray cat that wandered into my shop and decided to adopt me. I named him Mr. Tubbs (I actually just called him Tubbs). Although not a musician, James Tubbs was one of England's most respected bow makers.

From Mazz Swift-Camlet
Posted on July 11, 2011 at 4:19 AM

 I know we're talking classical music but I just had to tell you all that a friend of mine named his cat Michael McDonald. which I just think is so freakin cute and funny. also - he must be addressed by his full name at all times.

he's never "Michael" or "Mike" or even "Mr. McDonald". it's Michael McDonald... tee hee.

(for those of you who don't know who he is...:

From Luis Dias
Posted on July 11, 2011 at 4:23 AM

 I've not had too many pets in my life, but I've met a cat named Pizzicato (owner is a string player), a dog named Bach (family of music lovers, with children named Haydn, Rossini and Liszt), and I know of at least two cats called Tosca and Carmen (owner's a soprano). :)

From Joseph Baker
Posted on July 11, 2011 at 4:50 AM

My Bichon's name is Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu'. My vet about flipped out when I told him the dogs name. He was an old violinist. He thought it was great.

Posted on July 11, 2011 at 12:01 PM

I have a goldfish named Otakar.

---Ann Marie

From Royce Faina
Posted on July 11, 2011 at 12:58 PM

I remember folks Bloging here a few years ago giving pets musical/musician names and someone either did or suggested, "Poochini"! There were many neat ideas for names.

From Deborah McCann
Posted on July 11, 2011 at 12:56 PM
One cat I named Pope Gregory because when I was in college he attacked the tape recorder every time Gregorian Chant was played. Another cat Toscanini. My Golden Retriever was Heifitz, and the worst dog, a German Shepard-Coon Hound that howled Berlioz. I stopped after Berlioz as he was too much like the composer :)
From Vitalis Im
Posted on July 12, 2011 at 2:50 AM

I very vaguely recall a friend contemplating whether or not to name her fish Shostokofish--I should ask her if she ever followed through with that particular muse.

From Hannah Williams
Posted on July 12, 2011 at 2:31 PM

I've never named a pet after a famous musician, but I did name my pet wild rabbit (which I released  awhile ago) Allegretta "Gretta".

From Jeff Terflinger
Posted on July 12, 2011 at 4:14 PM

I had an Iguauna named  " DJANGO  "  which grew to over 2 feet long.  I sadly sold him / her ?

to a pet shop when I moved.  


The Zen like character the lizard possessed convinced me he was a composer, always busy with his art.

From Barry Nelson
Posted on July 14, 2011 at 3:55 AM

Our Cocktiel is named Paginini

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