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  • I realized today my dogs' nicknames reveal volumes about their personalities. My older dog, Sunshine (or Sunny), is an 11 year old purebred Welsh Corgi who is sweet and well behaved. On an average day, Sunny hangs out around the house napping, looking pretty, or shoulder tapping for tummy rubs. That's about it. Her nicknames are:

    -Sunny Bunny
    -Sunny Badger (lulz)
    -Tater Tot (if you've ever seen a Welsh Corgi, you know this is descriptive)

    Even if you knew nothing about Sunny, you'd know this dog was a sweet little girl owned by someone who appreciates viral videos, which is 100 percent accurate.

    Now my younger dog, Helo, is a roughly 18 month old New Orleans street dog we found while walking Sunny one day. Our best guess is that he's a mix of Scottie and Toy Schnauzer, but he has become the doe eyed bane of my existence. During the course of a regular day, he'll get mud on our bed, do anywhere from $25 to $50 in damage to our house or belongings, and bark with his mouth full. Then, just when I'm sure he's a lost cause, he remembers how to sit, stay, heel, and generally stop his reign of terror. His nicknames include:

    -God dammit (it's been said around him so many times he responds to it)

    I'm not trying to besmirch Helo here, but again, the names are accurate. They describe an animal that might want to snuggle, or might inadvertently commit a war crime while you're at work. As before, 100 percent accurate.
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