Why My Friend Named Her Dog Tahiti….or Planning Healthcare For Your Pet

Why My Friend Named Her Dog Tahiti….or Planning Healthcare For Your Pet

You would do anything for your dog, right? Knee surgery, special diet, allergy medicines….these are all things that are no-brainer, aren’t they? Of course they are – we are dog lovers extraordinaire! So imagine my surprise the other day when while discussing with a friend the cost of ‘saving’ her dog she mentioned that she’d renamed her dog Tahiti. Tahiti? Why Tahiti? “Because what it cost to save her was the cost of our next vacation!” Ah! I get it… this is why my friend named her dog Tahiti! Why My Friend Named Her Dog Tahiti! By Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog“I thought of “College education,” said my friend…”but could you imagine screaming that at a dog park,” she offered. “Come here College Education!” Yup, she had a point. Naming your dog ‘College Education’ just doesn’t have a ring to it.

We stood in our doorway, taking a break from our day, talking, laughing at the potential of calling your dog silly names instead of giving things to your family….”Stay off the couch Toyota!” Ha ha ha! Oh gosh, what animal lovers won’t do for their fuzzy ones. In all seriousness, my friend, Emily, is a great mom and she puts her family first. Her family includes those recently adopted and with four legs. Love….it doesn’t wax and wane…it just is. Emily knew that when she adopted her dog that she had to put the needs of her pup first, particularly if something drastic happened, above conveniences like vacations. Emily had just adopted her pup, after having to make the hard decision to let her senior pup go into that sweet night. Tahiti

Life is for those that believe life is worth living. Don’t come to life thinking that it will somehow just take care of you. It’s a bit tougher than that. Love is often not convenient. I’ve learned that….the hard way. Just when I thought we have everything ready, our pup decides that…oh, perhaps kidney failure might be more important. Or even heart failure. Dang dogs! Of course their health is important – and when it comes down to thousands of dollars per treatment, that is then weighed against your extra money spending like vacations or that RV you were thinking of buying. So what is a dog mom to do? Find a more convenient time for their dog to get sick…. No! Of course not.

Why My Friend Named Her Dog Tahiti

So, taking on some life lessons from our friend Emily – we decided that we better have a reserve, just in case… you know, for things that perhaps you ‘don’t know’ might be coming! What would you name your pup if he or she took over your reserve fund? For me and my husband, our dogs names would likely be “Concrete Driveway,” “French Door,” and “Extra Bathroom!” I’m partial to French Door – ‘sit French Door, sit!’ I imagine that I’ll be met with a ‘le’ woof!’ We enjoyed a great laugh with our friend Emily – and we’re glad that she was able to amend her spending to allow for the care of her pup. But in a way it made us think about what we should perhaps think about how to manage the unplanned in our dog’s lives. Maybe we should have a little reserve. You just never now when something might go south. Besides….calling our dog ‘Tahiti’ is just something that we don’t want to do!

Thanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog!

Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog

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Rebecca Sanchez is a nationally recognized leader in the human-animal bond. Known as "The Pet Lifestyle Guru™" at MattieDog (her heart dog)! Rebecca is an award winning writer that blogs about her life with her doggos, and sometimes about her husband who reluctantly agrees to participate in her shenanigans. Rebecca's work can be seen in numerous dog magazines, and in her books on Amazon.

25 Comments

  1. Love it, when I was planning to adopt Layla asked two of my small pupils what they would name her – BOL – they wanted to call her fluffy and all I could imagine was standing in the park calling come fluffy come ha ha ha. I named her Layla as she is black and arrived at night from the shelter – Layla means Night in Hebrew

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    • Ha ha ha!! We adopted a senior dog once and his name was Mai Tai! When we realized that Mai Tai was deaf, we changed his name to OD – we couldn’t imagine calling Mai Tai while we were out walking him! Layla’s name is beautiful!

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      • thank you and yes I love her name, have a great weekend

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  2. Thankfully, Mr. N hasn’t been too expensive while we’ve had him. How about Jet Ski? I could see that as a quirky dog name.

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  3. Hmmm… what would we name a new dog? I guess “hardwood flooring” would be on my list. I could get more specific and say Bamboo!

    What a great post! And Tahiti is a perfect name.

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  4. Laughing…and crying over this one 😉 Simon blew out his knee a few years ago so I said goodbye to the new car and Piper just got a custom leg brace to help her heal from a small fracture and tendon tear. Zora (thankfully) has not incurred any major expenses. My favorite is when the vet, looking at Simon’s X-rays said, “Hmmm…well that’s unusual. Never really seen anatomy like that” Translation: “You’re about to buy my kids that new custom swing set” 😉
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  5. Our dogs have not been too bad but our cat had an accident and broke her jaw- thousands – she was Nala but she could have been “no holidays” or “extra-curricular”. Great to be prepared but insurance is expensive.

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  6. I think it’s a great idea to have a little in reserve for unexpected emergencies. That’s what I try to do, and it’s really been helpful!!

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  7. Love it – and Tahiti is a pretty cute name!

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  8. Pets can be really expensive at times! That is quite the story. So far, there haven’t been any major problems with my kitties, but I would have a list of things to rename the cats if there was. I would do anything to help my kitties if I could.

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  9. One my dogs that has since passed was diagnosed with an Immune Mediated Disease and she was in and out of the hospital the last nine months of her life. It was very expensive and we were grateful to have pet insurance… very difficult time. Sandy was our priority above anything else.

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  10. My dog was named by my daughter – I now call her Mary d Dog (oh by the way she is running for president see Instagram) any who, my daughter a teenager at the time name her Mary Jane (some will get the reference, some will notI), needless to say, her name was changed to Mary d Dog. I think many pet parents have more than one name for their pet. For instance, I call her Mary, Mar-Bear, Cutie-Patootie, she knows them all so Mary Jane is a thing of the past.

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  11. It’s all personal, who are we to judge. Nice post.

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  12. This post is really cute. I love the name she chose too, it’s really cute.

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  13. It is always a good idea to have money put away for emergencies. My friend named her dog Beemer and she says she may have spent as much on his medical care as BMW would have cost her. She would much rather have the furry version!

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  14. So true! And another great argument for pet insurance.

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  15. I love stories behind the name. I have vet pet insurance for 20 plus years and swear by it.

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  16. Lol Awww…pets can be expensive at times for sure. Simba got his name from the movie of course…one of my childhood faves!

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  17. I purchased pet insurance for my previous cat, Praline, and knew how much money it could save me. I immediately purchased it for Truffle and Brulee when they came to live with me.

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  18. That’s a pretty funny idea, though “Tahiti” is a terrific name =) Stories behind the names – great idea for a post, thanks for sharing!

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  19. The story behind a name is always so meaningful!

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  20. Tahiti is a great way to look back and laugh at a traumatic and scary pet situation! I love pet names that have a story behind them, so we don’t end up with 20 million dogs named “Bella” after the Twilight character 😉

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