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Doodle Bug and Other Silly Nicknames for Dogs


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Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt is, “bug.”

The first thing I thought of was Doodle Bug. That’s one on the nick names for our Treeing Walker (problem child) coon hound.

Her original name was Dixie Doodle. Well,  she probably had a name or two before that because David rescued her starving self when she was two.  Dixie Doodle, quickly became Doodle. A year or two ago, I started calling her Doodle Bug. I think there was a mom who called her toddler Doodle Bug years ago. What’s a doodle bug anyway? Just a sec. while I google doodle bug……. A larva of an ant-lion. And they’re not that cute. Except maybe to a mama ant-lion which are pretty like a dragon fly but very predatory.

Did I just see there’s a doodle bug song? Be right back…. Well, there is more than one doodlebug song. Both cute as you can imagine. If you like silly humor, this one will get your inner child dancing.

Okay. I realize I sort of stepped out of the stream of consciousness. But not really. I kept you informed. It was like a side stream, a detour.

My plan was to write about how nick names develop, especially with dogs. David calls Doodle Bone Head. That’s because he doesn’t want to be so deeply attached. Too late! And he knows it. But sometimes he calls her Doodle Bug, too. When I’m annoyed with her, I call her Doodle Head or Crazy Head.


Doodle on the bed (2)

Our little mutt, Marigold, named by my daughter 16 years ago, became Mary, then Mary Moo, then Mary Moodle (There’s a song I made up that goes “Mary Moodle, you’re not a poodle,” …. but that’s too silly. We also call her Moodle, or Moo Moo, or Mary Mack.

In case you didn’t know it, I’m crazy about dogs. AND I just found out my story about Jesse is going to be in this anthology: GONE DOGS, about dogs who’ve crossed over the rainbow bridge. Mary and Doodle are all we have left of the five dogs (two of mine and three step-dogs) from when David and I reconnected in 2011. I’m so happy to be able to honor Jesse’s memory in this book which should be out by Christmas.

Jesse didn’t  have as many nick names. Jesso, Jetz, and Jesse Boy are the only ones I recall. He was my boyfriend, my best friend, especially during the single, celibate years. Here’s a picture you might have seen before of Jesse howling (to a siren) with Mary Moo in the background several years ago.

jesse howling

This is David and I walking the pack back in 2013.

Walkin the Pack in June 2013

Mary Moo, Jesse Boy, Oreo, Beep, and Doodle Bug

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

25 thoughts on “Doodle Bug and Other Silly Nicknames for Dogs

  1. Oh, my gosh, I LOVE your dogs’ names! What a happy bunch of pups, and now…I’ve got that doodlebug song stuck in my head! Thanks for the smiles this morning! Happy Saturday!

    • I’m go glad you liked the song. After I posted it, I thought it was pretty silly. But sometimes I like silly. 🙂 I hope you have a lovely day.

  2. Oh good I’m not the only one who does this! My husband rescued our little dog and named her Scrappy, then he named her Snappy. I started calling her Sibby. Now she’s Sibby Lou but still perks to Snappy when I put my husband’s call on speaker phone.

  3. The song isn’t available in my country. Boo-hoo.

  4. I love the sweet way you added music and the photo of the dogs with you two was fantastic, JoAnna! What a blessing to have found your way back together into a “happily ever after” life. You went through a lot to get here, Enjoy!! 🙂 ❤ ❤

    • Thank you, Robin. I did go through a lot, but it was worth the wait. Glad you enjoyed my SOC. 🙂 ❤

      • I did enjoy this SOC and cute nicknames for dogs.
        It made me think of when I see friends there are some funny ways to interpret the greetings. Like when I see Lou at work, I say: “Hi Lou, how are you?” I giggle at the simple rhyme.
        When I say “Hi, Jean!” I always think in my mind “hygiene.” 😀 Yes, I’m goofy so the​ song and silly dog nicknames were fun to read!

      • JoAnna, I have a nice man on eHarmony who made a fun text yesterday, since I usually add the bluebird emoji to my messages. He said, “I giggled at your blue bird since my name is Jay and nickname was “J-bird” in school.” A blue jay and a robin may meet this week, he is willing to drive down and meet me! 🙏 🕊️

  5. This is great. SoCS side streams are always fun. I like Mary Moodle.

    • Thank you, Dan. I’m glad you enjoyed this. Mary Moodle used to be a feisty girl. She’s moving slow now at 16, deaf, and half blind, but she still likes to smell stuff and she dances a little at mealtimes.

  6. Aww … nicknames for pets are so fun. We do the same with all the names we’ve called our cats and dogs over the years. So fun to hear what you call your dogs. 🙂

  7. That’s a great lookin pack 🙂 Fabulous names if you ask me.
    Ah, Laurie Berkner — she was the main music in my house for many years. Quite the talent, but I don’t miss her. lol Here, doodle bugs are the things other people call pill bugs and potato bugs.
    We do not call our dog Sadie much. We call her Puppy. We didn’t name her, so maybe that’s why, I dunno, but we call her Puppy 99% of the time. She’s never looked like a Sadie to me.

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