V.com weekend vote: Have you ever named a pet after a famous musician?

July 8, 2011, 11:42 AM ·

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:



July 8, 2011 at 07:05 PM ·

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

July 8, 2011 at 07:04 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!

July 8, 2011 at 07:49 PM ·

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

July 8, 2011 at 11:11 PM ·

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

July 9, 2011 at 01:48 AM ·

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

July 9, 2011 at 03:43 PM ·

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

July 9, 2011 at 08:06 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...

July 9, 2011 at 08:08 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.

July 9, 2011 at 08:11 PM ·

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

July 10, 2011 at 04:08 AM ·

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

July 10, 2011 at 05:15 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.

July 11, 2011 at 03:57 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.

July 11, 2011 at 04:19 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...: http://youtu.be/Y7-BBADPAvE)

July 11, 2011 at 04:23 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). :)

July 11, 2011 at 04:50 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.

July 11, 2011 at 12:01 PM ·

I have a goldfish named Otakar.

---Ann Marie

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.

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 :)

July 12, 2011 at 02:50 AM ·

July 12, 2011 at 02:31 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".

July 12, 2011 at 04:14 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.

July 14, 2011 at 03:55 AM ·

Our Cocktiel is named Paginini

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