Monday, August 24, 2009


When Sedona posted about her nicknames, Twix decided to start The Name Game and tagged her readers to play along. So we decided that today we would tell you about the origin of our names and the silly nicknames the humans call us.

Phantom was actually named because as a young pup he had a beautiful mask. So he was named in the spirit of "Phantom of the Opera". However over the years, his mask has almost disappeared. If you look very closely at his face, you can see that he still has small traces of black under his eyes. But the name still fits quite well if you consider the definition of a phantom to be an illusion, an apparition, something apparently seen, heard, or sensed, but having no physical reality; a ghost or an apparition. Phantom has always been a very aloof pup, not the one who runs to the human for affection. He prefers to be alone, he is on the shy side, and he is known to "disappear" in a flash when thunderstorms are in the area.

Nicknames: Phanty, Phanny, Phanny Bananny, Shy Guy, Picky Boy, Skinny Boy, Mama's Boy, and Blue Eyes.

Thunder came to us when he was about four months old and had been donned with the name Max. His father is Mel Gibson (Siberian Husky, not the actor:) and his breeder was really into Mel movies. Thunder was named for Max of the Mad Max movies. TD's huDad here in OP did not want to keep the name Max. So we tried to stay with the Mel Gibson theme and went to Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, hence the name Thunder. In addition to the Mel link, Thunder is mostly grey and white, and so we thought of storms and thunder. As time has passed and Thunder has reached his adult size, it has become quite apparent that maybe Max was a good choice after all. TD is a very big boy. He has a very healthy appetite, and the vet says he is a good solid weight for his body's frame.

Nicknames: Thunder Dunder, TD, Silly Boy, Handsome, Big Guy, Fuzzy Bear, "Hey You".

We thought this was a fun game to play - why don't you give it a try too?

Woos, the OP Pack


  1. Grrrrreat names and stories fur the names!

    PeeEssWoo: Fur some reason "hey you" made my mom grin - now that woo mention it, I think I've heard her khall me that too!

  2. Phantom and Thundew It hink anothew nickname should be DDGB
    (dwopDead Gowgeous Boys!)
    I love those closeups.
    I'll twy to get Mommi to play
    smoochie kisses

  3. Hi, You Guys...

    How fun to learn how Phantom & Thunder got their names...

    I think their names fit them pawfectly...

    Maybe I can get My Mom to help me play, too...

    Abby xxxooo

  4. We enjoyed the stories behind the names and of course the photos of the handsome boys. Our mommy knows how Phantom feels when there are thunderstorms in your area since she's from Kansas too. My nicknames are Sayd, Baby Girl, Momma's girl and my daddy calls me Stinky but I don't know why.


  5. Those are two really wonderful photos!

    We loved the stories and all the nicknames!

    Take care

  6. That is a good game and I will play this week.

    Huffle Mawson

    Purr S: TD wouldn't want the real Mel Gibson as his dad anyway; he's a bit mad these days. We're disowning him in Australia.

  7. what great story of the cute boys' names!

  8. Very interesting! And great pictures to go along with it. Our Mom thinks your two are so very handsome.

    Chihuahua kisses,
    Bentley & Lexus

  9. Great job, boys!
    Phantom - where did your mask go? Do you need help looking for it? :)

  10. What a great post. Great stories and names too. I will try to do this as soon as I can.



  11. It's the OP "THG"
    Two handsome guys! Woo two always look so soft & huggable.
    Great stories & nicknames. Mom says we can play this game later this week too!

    Woos & a-roos,
    Star & Jack a-roo

  12. Thanks for stopping by and your kind words about Isis. Your boys are just beautiful! Loved reading about all their names :)

    Laura & the Girls

  13. We can't remember if we've seen baby pictures of these handsome pups especially since they would show Phantom's mask. (hint!)

    Do they have fancy official names like Bricey does?

    Princess Eva

  14. Thanks for sharing all your names with us!!


  15. Those are very good names because they suit you well. I like your nicknames too...those are fun ;)

  16. We loved reading the history behind your names and all the precious nick names.
    This is a very fun game, I would like to play it to sometime.
    How do your pawrents get those beautiful close up photos of you?
    They are amazing!

  17. That was fun learning about your names!

    love & wags,

  18. Thanks for sharing your nicknames!
    That "hey you" sounds familiar to me!
    Kisses and hugs

  19. Cute names! We actually did a nickname post quite a while ago ... it's here if you want to check it out!

  20. I love your names, they are very strong names and they fit you both perfectly. Nicknames are so fun.

    licks and sniff, Sasha

  21. cool! it was fun to learn about your names. We will try to remember to do this later this week.

  22. We love reading about you nicknames! and about how you got your names! I like that names Phanty and Fuzzy Bear! You both are so handsome in your photos!

  23. Hello! Thanks for sharing your beautiful stories behind those names! PAweSome!!


  24. Both of you look so handsome in the photos. ;)

    ~ Bae

  25. I always love reading how we get our names - but, better, all of the nicknames we pick up.

  26. Phantom & Thunder have such beautiful eyes. We love the name game, it's such a fun game.
    Love Ruby & Penny

  27. Glad you cleared up that whole Mel Gibson thing. I was worried for a minute.

    Those are two great names and they seem to suit you just fine. Of course we all carry our share of nicknames, some more flattering than others.


  28. Great name story maties.
    Our pinkies have no imagination when it comes to naming us lol.

    Noah Willow Tess Lucy

  29. oh wow, yes this is a fun game! I may give it a whirl, so to bark!!

    Mel Gibson eh? "Cry Freedom!" kinda rings a bell with me you know!

    A very interesting post too, I love finding more about my pals!

    lotsofluv, Marvin xxxxxxxxx

  30. wha great names you have - we also love hey you - mommy calls Woodrow that all the time - you guysa re so handsome


  31. We love your names and the stories behind them!

    My middle name is Thunder. It is actually what the breeder named me!

  32. We love hearing about everyone's names and nicknames. Mom really wants to play, but I'm still not sold on it. She's come up with some super embarrassing nicknames lately. :sigh:

    Your pal,

  33. my mumster went and kissed your closeups.....i knew she's weird but now i think she's gone bananas.....

    but i have to agree that you're gorgeous, i mean drop dead gorge (no one will ever call me that as i'm not.....i'm saucy, cute etc etc but ddgorge will never be in my vocab)

    i think it's your eyes.....

    great names by the way

  34. That was very cool!

  35. What wonderful explanations of your names. We might try to play - we have stories of where our names came from too.

    Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

  36. We liked hearing about how you came by your names and will always think of Phantom now when we hear Phantom of the Opera!
    We smiled at a dog being called Mel Gibson!!!
    We loved the nicknames you have too - Martha has become 'thunderpaws' in the house!
    Sorry we are late - the beginning of the week is work!!!
    Martha & Bailey xxx

  37. EHYYYY TD And Bananny!!!!
    What a great story about your names!!!
    And your nicknames are wonderful!!!!!
    And the best part of your post are your pics...
    You look gorgeous and we love your blue eyes!!!
    Soooooooooooooo cute and sweet!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing with us!!!
    We love youuuuuuuu!!!!
    HAve a wonderful week!!!

  38. WOO WOO Thunder and Phantom

    thanks for sharing your name story with us! We like hearing about how folks name their best friends! Maybe Mom will do that someday for us!
    Thor and Marco Polo

  39. Thanks for sharing! Mom says Phantom was very friendly to her, but I'm sure it helps to come bearing treats and also he might have thought she would give him some of your mom's yummy snacks (before TD ate all of the vanilla wafers, GO TD!).


  40. We'll play on an upcoming post. Mom worked hard to come up with eight names at once for us. Funny how we sort of grew into our names.

  41. That is a fun game, we love your nicknames..hehe

    Holly & Zac...XX

  42. I love all the names and the stories behind them! :) Do you think my mask will disappear too?


  43. We loved learning about your names. WE thinks you both have purrty blue eyes. As you probably guessed we are partial to blue eyed doggies around here. We will play soon. ~S,S,C & F

  44. That's a great game to play... i'll have to do it on wild dingo! i always wonder, espeically for sibes, where they get their names. Juno was like phantom...she was totally BLACK on her she grows up, she's more silver now. her old pix show her so black when she was first with us, only 1 year ago. and Loki? he filled out...just the other day, i found the collar that he came with... it totally does not fit his big neck!

  45. How did we miss this one? The pix of the boys are wonderful and I would also like to see Phantom's mask in earlier pix.

    I was Sasha when I came here, then Stella Marie, now and then Stella-Bella. I answer to Hey You also!


  46. Great names. I always do thinkings that you boys have very appropriate names.
    ~lickies, Ludo

  47. I loved hearing about your names, guys! "Phanny Bananny" made me BOL :-)
    What beautiful pictures to go along with the post, too.
    Your pal,


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