Rename My Mutt!
#1 01-09-2018 
I love breeding Simmy mutt puppies. You never know what you're going to get! Big Grin

The problem with that, however, is that Maxis got lazy with the puppies and kittens in The Sims 2: Pets. All the puppies look like the exact same Mini-Schnauser-like dog, monochromed either all-black or all-white. You don't get any idea what your dog's going to actually look like until he or she reaches adulthood. And yet the game makes you choose the dog's name the moment it's born or bought from the adoption center! What if I want to choose a name based on the dog's appearance, which I won't know for certain until later?

And so this problem hit me in the face yesterday. I made two of Jolene Lupina's dogs try for a puppy. They ended up giving Jolene three puppies — one stud and two bitches, to use the traditional (albeit colloquially maligned) terminology — and all three puppies started off as the same perfectly pitch-black micro-Mini Schnausers. So, respectively, I named them Beastgor (because why not?), Muttsie (because she's a mutt) and Negra (that word being Spanish for the feminine form of "black," or, roughly meaning, "female black thing," because as a puppy she was 100% black, just like her siblings).

So then the puppies grew up, and Negra wasn't so black anymore.

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Personality Stuff:
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The Whole Dog:
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Dad:
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(Yes, that's Webster. Jolene took him in, and it wasn't too hard because werewolves are friggin' supreme when it comes to befriending dogs and wolves. But I swear to Zeus, I am never, ever breeding Webster again because Kerry Blue Terriers are some ugly dogs. Whether Simmy or real, that entire breed looks like they were all cloned from Satan's pubic hairs! Or maybe Webster's a Giant Schnauzer. Either way, Webster is still an ugly, Brillo-Pad-like dog with this weird combination of beefy forelegs and scrawny hindlegs. But he's not without his charms, so I can't really hate him or wish him ill or anything. He's like the ugly best friend that you keep around because A) you don't want to be a shallow prick by tossing him out like yesterday's scrambled eggs, B) standing next to him/her makes you look dead sexy by comparison, or C) you actually enjoy his/her company for whatever reason, physical appearances be damned.)

Mom:
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No illustrious history to this one; Jolene bought her over the phone when she was a puppy. Her name's Cha-Cha. She's a pretty dog, and she kind of looks like an Australian Shepherd, or maybe a Border Collie with floppy ears. That's pretty much all there is to her.

So now I feel strongly compelled to have Jolene pick up the phone, call the Pet Registry and give this goofy-looking, tank-looking, Brillo-pad-looking bitch a new name. Tongue

The soon-to-be Dog Formerly Known as Negra hasn't really done anything noteworthy; she hasn't run all over the house like a ricocheting bullet, she hasn't tried to destroy Jolene's 5,000-Simoleon treasure chest (unlike two of those dogs in her care), she hasn't stolen any plates of food that Jolene and her guests have accidentally set on the floor like nitwits...she mostly just eats, goes to work, comes home, and sleeps. She jumped out of the tub while Jolene was giving her a bath one time, but that's about it.

So with all that in consideration, I am ready to be hit with suggestions. What should I rename this weird, lazy female mutt-dog who looks like a chimera formed from a pair of Audrey Hepburn's armpit-length white gloves, the Phantom of the Opera's half-mask and a hundred pounds of steel wool? Sock it to me. Big Grin
(This post was last modified: 01-09-2018 09:27 AM by Pizzatron-9000.)

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#2 01-09-2018 
Negra needs a name such as "Checkers" Big Grin

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#3 01-09-2018 
(01-09-2018 09:42 AM)BoilingOil Wrote:  Negra needs a name such as "Checkers" Big Grin
She does have a "two colors alternating" look, so Checkers might work. But Checkers is played on a black-and-red checkerboard, not black-and-white. So...maybe "Chess"? Big Grin

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#4 01-09-2018 
Black-and-red? Not always, and not everywhere, I can assure you. There are many double-sided chess/checkers boards out there that have an 8-by-8 Black-and-White pattern on one side for playing Chess, and a 10-by-10 black-and-white pattern on the other side for playing checkers. And the "Checkered Flag" in racing is black-and-white as well. Just saying.

Also, I don't think a name like "Chess" swings as much. But, it's YOUR mutt. *I* can only make suggestions, but *you* must make the final decision, eventually. Big Grin

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#5 01-09-2018 
Good points, good points. Wait a minute. The Dutch play Checkers on a 10-by-10 board? That might actually add a wee bit more strategy to Checkers! o_o

So we have one vote for "Checkers"! Do I hear two votes? When should I stop counting votes and declare a winner? Who knows? Big Grin

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#6 01-09-2018 
Heh I vote for Checkers too. she looks like a "Checkers" to me. Big Grin

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#7 01-09-2018 
(01-09-2018 12:36 PM)Pizzatron-9000 Wrote:  Good points, good points. Wait a minute. The Dutch play Checkers on a 10-by-10 board? That might actually add a wee bit more strategy to Checkers! o_o

Yes, we do, and I would be surprised if we were the only ones. We use 20 pieces per player, and call it "Dammen", which comes from the french phrase "Jeu de Dames" (Ladies' game). When Chess was still a rather new game, it was considered an all men's sport, too complicated for women. So women would play a game with only the pawns on the same board, using the rules that we now associate with Checkers. What in the Checkers game is called a "King" in English, is called a "Dam" (a dam) in Dutch. Hence Dammen, because much of the strategy is geared towards getting one or two of those before your opponent does.

Originally, when a piece was promoted, it was replaced by a King or Queen of the same color. When the flat, round coin-like pieces were introduced into the game to replace the pawns, promotion was indicated by stacking a piece on top. But the name was kept as it was.

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#8 01-09-2018 
...well... while I was reading through your post, I thought Domino would be a fitting name. Referring to: A masquerade costume consisting of a hooded robe and a mask covering the upper part of the face. (Not the pizza or the game.)

Like BO said - she's your mutt Tongue

Good luck!

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#9 01-09-2018 
Googling "Checkers," BRB! Smile

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draughts

Huh. Apparently they play Checkers on a 12x12 board in Singapore and Malaysia. The 8x8 version is often called English Checkers or American Checkers, the 10x10 version is called International Checkers, the game's really old (with forerunner versions being found in ancient Egyptian tombs and such) and Chinese Checkers isn't considered to be an actual variant of Checkers, even though game play's pretty similar (albeit adapted for as many as six players). Interesting stuff. Smile

So we have two votes for "Checkers" and one vote for "Domino" (also a good choice). Anyone else?

Leefish! What do you think? Big Grin

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#10 01-09-2018 
(01-09-2018 05:00 PM)CatherineTCJD Wrote:  ...well... while I was reading through your post, I thought Domino would be a fitting name.

Hi Cat <3,

Long time no see. Of course, I'll stick with my own suggestion, but I like yours a lot, too!

Hug,
BO

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