By Trisha, Dec 24 2017 07:42PM
Animal names - is it ok to change them?
I always thought it was a bit rude to change an animal's name, as that's what they're used to, and with dogs especially, what they answer to. I have a rescue dog who came with almost the same name as my cat, which does complicate things a little - but it didn't feel right to change her name again (she'd been given a new name when she was rescued.)
However, a couple of different readings changed my perspective!
In one, with a dog, he clearly didn't care which name he had, and was fine with the owner picking one that they liked; it really didn't matter to him.
For another dog, it was apparent that having a brand new name with his new owners would be a good thing, and would actually make the transition easier; his 'old' name held associations with his previous owners and life. <3
I've notice the same with horses, too; they don't seem to be as attached to their name as we'd think. It's more that their name attaches them to their owner.
So, I now believe that most animals are actually ok with having their name changed. If you're considering it, and aren't sure, by all means ask me to check in for you. Or, get quiet with your animal and ask them yourself, and notice what 'feeling' or answer you get from them.
This line of work (animal communication) does tend to both challenge and surprise me regularly, and now I tend to just observe with interest when it comes to the differences between what humans think animals like or want, and what they actually like or want ;-)