You can’t have Bella without Edward to keep her company
Ididn’t do it on purpose. My words were completely innocent.
It was imprinted on me early on in my career that popular culture has a rather significant influence on the monikers we give our pets. When it’s the younger kids in the family getting to choose the name, Disney names often predominate. It was the summer before my last year of vet school when was released, and I remember a tsunami of Simbas and Nalas coming in to see me the year I started my career here in Cape Breton. Even Timone and Pumba got into the swell, though not in as significant numbers. But it’s not just the movies, as I’ve doctored many a Mulder and a Scully who had been adopted by an older fan of the television show.
Although not always, very often these names come in pairs. I imagine the SPCA really appreciates this when folks are picking out their new kitten Jasmine, and just can’t leave lonely Alladin sitting all by himself in the back of the cage. I’ve often thought of these pairings as a good thing, because it’s really nice to see unwanted animals find loving homes, and two is always better than one. I suppose this is what was in my subconscious when I meet Janine.
It was quite a few years ago that Janine, at six years of age, wanted a puppy, but the time hadn’t been right. Janine was too young to give a puppy proper care and training and her family was just too busy to do so for her. It had been a long six years for Janine, but the time had finally arrived. Janine even had the name picked out — Bella — chosen as a result of her passion for the books and movies.
I could see the excitement in Janine’s eyes, and her nervous energy when she and her family brought Bella in to see me. They had just adopted the little fourmonth-old lab mix from the SPCA, and the little lab was the picture of health and sweetness. As I always do, I talked to Janine about her newest family member. I always try to include the children in visits with their pets, but in this case Janine was the guardian and she was pleased to explain to me of how she cared for Bella. Knowing the series a bit (okay, I haven’t read the books, but I did see the first movie) I inadvertently, but innocently asked, “But where’s Edward?”
As Janine’s eyes opened wide and lit up, I noticed her mom’s go narrow and stern. I finished Bella’s checkup quickly and sent them on their way, but as they were leaving I could hear Janine telling her mom that they had to go back to the SPCA for Edward. Apparently she knew just the pup. Perhaps I overstepped my boundaries that day, and stirred up trouble for Janine and her mom. But heck, I did it for love.
Thanks for reading. Adopt, neuter and spay, save a life every day.