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Top Ten Tuesdays / Characters I’d Name a Pet After

Literature is filled with so many distinct characters. As readers we often fall in love with them. Sometimes we love them so much, we wish that thy were real. Naming a pet after one, could be the closest thing we get to having our very own favorites.

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly prompt game hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. Each week has a new theme that is used to share your own thoughts and ideas. This is my first time with TTT, so lest see how many more I do. I will try to get as many as I can. I had a bit of fun with this one, and hope you enjoy.

November 17: Characters I’d Name a Pet After (These could be your own pets (present or future), you could pick 10 different animals and tell us the name and animal type, or you could choose 10 names that would make fun cat names, etc. Put your own spin on this one!) (submitted by Nushu @ Not A Prima Donna Girl)

10 – A Pig Named George Orwell.

George Orwell is an author, not a character silly. Yes, you are correct. Of course there is just something about naming a pig after the acclaimed author of Animal Farm. A novel which in fact features pigs as the most influential characters. This is why I made this as number ten on the list.

I could always name my pig after the pigs themselves, but I just can’t help but think that George, just fits.

Besides, just look at those scrunchy faces. Could any of them be capable of starting and or leading a whole organization from a political standpoint? Like Napoleon the pig, who is a representation of the communist leader of Russia, Josef Stalin. OK sure, adorable things can have a dark side, but I must not let my cynicism get in the way here.

George would be a curious pig, with an eye for the world. Not only could he sniff out truffles, but he could also sniff out propoganda.

A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned –a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible.
When Animal Farm was first published, Stalinist Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell’s masterpiece have a meaning and message still ferociously fresh

“All, animals are equal, but SOME are more equal then others.”

9 – A Turtle Named A’tuin.

sure, I could be a little more original. Naming a turtle after a turtle. That’s why this is number nine on the list. Of course, one could argue A’tuin isn’t necessarily a turtle. He’s a floating figure in space, holding a flat world on his shell. This world also held, of course, by four elephants that stand on top of A’tuins back. Terry Pratchet, where does this imagination come from?

When I say Terry Pratchet has a high velocity imagination, I may be putting that lightly. I have only experienced the first discworld book so far, but will eventually be reading on. I love the humour, the satire. Pratchet is as witty, as he is imaginative. Some really colorful characters in a vast new world. It’s been a while in fact, I just may need to give The color of magic another re-read before moving on towards this lengthy series.

The Great A’tuin artwork by: Angevere via DeviantArt

My turtle A’tuin would be a kind, although slow paced creature. In a figurative sense, it would be like he carried the entire world on his back. He would worry about some problems. Odd enough ones, for a turtle to get worried over. like greenhouse gases, the previous presidential election, and a hankering for world peace. He just wants to help make the world a better place. Having a bad day, it could be better with A’tuin. He will see that you’re sad and attempt a barrel role just to put a smile on your face.

That’s when I would help him out, laugh it up, and feed him some savory arugula lettuce.

Terry Pratchett’s profoundly irreverent, bestselling novels have garnered him a revered position in the halls of parody next to the likes of Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen.

The Color of Magic is Terry Pratchett’s maiden voyage through the now-legendary land of Discworld. This is where it all begins — with the tourist Twoflower and his wizard guide, Rincewind.

On a world supported on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown), a gleeful, explosive, wickedly eccentric expedition sets out. There’s an avaricious but inept wizard, a naive tourist whose luggage moves on hundreds of dear little legs, dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course THE EDGE of the planet..

“No, what he didn’t like about heroes was that they were usually suicidally gloomy when sober and homicidally insane when drunk.”

8 – A Wolfdog named Nymeria.

What, really naming an animal after the same animal yet again. Yeah, yeah I know. Quiet your riot. To be fair, Nymeria is a Direwolf, and I am talking about a dog wold hybrid. I mean it should pass, right? *shrugs*

Some say Wolfdogs can be unpredictable with that “wild nature”. Others say they make great companions. I think, with the right owner a Wolfdog could be a loving pet. You would need a big enough yard for it of course. Or you should walk the doggo a few times of day. I could imagine a Wolfdog being a good pet if you live in the country. Hey, she could even watch the chickens for you from other wolves and the coyotes. Out of all the direwolves in the Song of Ice and Fire series, Nymeria is my favorite. Of course, Ghost isn’t trailing by much.

Nymeria the Wolfdog would be a great leader, and a ruthless fighter when need be. She would fear no beast, no man. She would protect me, and all those close to her. She may be a loyal companion, but she can’t ever be tamed. Who’s a good girl? Not Nymeria.

Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin’s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.


Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

“We had to throw rocks,” she said miserably. “I told her to run, to go be free, that I didn’t want her anymore. There were other wolves for her to play with, we heard them howling, and Jory said the woods were full of game, so she’d have deer to hunt. Only she kept following and finally we had to throw rocks. I hit her twice. She whined and looked at me and I felt so ‘shamed, but it was right, wasn’t it? The queen would have killed her.”
“It was right,” her father said. “And even the lie was… not without honour.”

7 – A White Mare Named Lady Amalthea, and her donkey companion Schmendrick.

Getting a little creative here I see. why yes. Naming a horse after a unicorn. But of course, she is known as The Unicorn, for most of the book you see. It is when she becomes human, that she is called Lady Amalthea. Hmmm ok I guess we will let it slide. Also, how fitting is a donkey named Schmendrick. Gotta donkey name feel to it. Lets be real here as well, Schmendrick kind of was a “donkey.”

So, as you can see I couldn’t find any gifs with both a horse and donkey. Well there was one… let’s just say its not how imagine my duo here.

As a fan of the movie growing up, I had to get my hands on the book The Last Unicorn. The author Peter S. Beagle, also wrote the screenplay so there is not much difference between the two. The book even has that annoying butterfly, and all his nonsense.

All those beautiful lines, where also in the book. I haven’t read anything else Beagle wrote yet, but his writing in The Last Unicorn is so poetic.

Amalthea would be a gentle soul. A part of her understands the human like no other horse ever has. She was once an orphan, but the donkey Schmendrick became her friend, her family.

Schmendrick although a bit gullible, is a loyal friend. He tries his best, even though he fails many times. He always tries to be better. After hard work, and becoming friends with Amalthea his skills increased ten fold

She was magical, beautiful beyond belief—and completely alone…

The unicorn had lived since before memory in a forest where death could touch nothing. Maidens who caught a glimpse of her glory were blessed by enchantment they would never forget. But outside her wondrous realm, dark whispers and rumours carried a message she could not ignore: “Unicorns are gone from the world.”

Aided by a bumbling magician and an indomitable spinster, she set out to learn the truth. but she feared even her immortal wisdom meant nothing in a world where a mad king’s curse and terror incarnate lived only to stalk the last unicorn to her doom.

“I have been mortal, and some part of me is mortal yet. I am full of tears and hunger and the fear of death, although I cannot weep, and I want nothing, and I cannot die. I am not like the others now, for no unicorn was ever born who could regret, but I do. I regret.”


6 – A Floofy Pooch Named Fraser

By Fraser of course I mean Jamie Fraser. Isn’t it obvious with those curly red locks. I’m in a long term relationship with a guy named James. In a way, a dog named Jamie might be a bit strange.

What is it about a handsome Scottman, is it the accent, is it more

I will let you be the judge of that. 😉 ; )

I believe we are getting a little carried away here now, lol. When it comes to James Fraser, we have not just a handsome man, but an honorable man. And who wouldn’t want cuddle time with Mr. Fraser, even if you have to resort to the doggy equivalent.

Fraser the pup is loyal, but stubborn. He loves those he keeps close, but might be a bit wary of others. He has a playful side, but won’t be afraid to bite if you cross those he cares dearly about. Just a rambunctious little love bug

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

I can bear pain myself, he said softly, but I couldna bear yours. That would take more strength than I have.

5 – A Russian Blue Named Sarai.

Not as blue as Sarai herself, a grey-blue really. Who could not be a better “muse of nightmares.” then someone who could sleep on your chest while you sleep. Cats also believe that they are gods as well, right?

I loved Strange the Dreamer so much, that it was my favorite read of 2019, and there was some stiff competition. There was just something so beautiful about Laini Taylors writing. The story too, and the world building. Sucked me right in.

Sarai the cat, likes to sit up high on top of her kitty tower and watch the world go by. She is also fond watching you sleep, not in a creepy way by any means. She means to protect you Ready to wake you you if you stir.

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.

“You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable,” she pleaded. “Something beautiful and full of monsters.”

“Beautiful and full of monsters?”

“All the best stories are.”

4 – A Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko Named Randall Flag

Yeah you heard that right. This little guy is named a satanic leaf tailed gecko. Those round eyes give it a dragon like appeal, as well as something a little more sinister. This beautiful creature probably is one better off living in the wild. We will just have to pretend here – it’s not like any of these other glorious pets here mentioned are not pretend.

couldn’t find a gif, but here is a little informative video. There is quite a few videos YouTube of people having these unique lizards as pets also. Not sure if it’s actually a good thing. If I could, and give the little guy a livable environment I definitely would want one of my own.

Randall the gecko hunts his prey with no remorse. Sometimes he will try to manipulate the crickets, then eat them after his games. A master manipulator in fact. He can blend in, and make you believe he is only a leaf. Why it’s not a leaf, it’s Randall and you better watch out. Not even the world’s greatest exorcist can help you now.

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides — or are chosen.

“That wasn’t any act of God. That was an act of pure human fuckery.”

3 – A Feral Cat Named Ponyboy

Kitties that prefer the outdoors need love too. A nice warm shelter in the winter. A bowl of milk every now and then.

One of those stories everyone should read in high school is The Outsiders. I did, and it’s still one of my favorite novels out there.

Ponyboy the cat likes to roam around, and do his thing. A little shy, he will often hide out. He really can be a lovable little mook. Even though, this Tomcat likes a good fight against the rich snooty cats from the city, he also likes to stay gold.

Outsiders is about two weeks in the life of a 14-year-old boy. The novel tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for “social”) has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he’s always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers–until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy’s skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser.

Things were rough all over, but it was better that way. That way you could tell the other guy was human too.

2 – A White Husky Named Geralt

Huskies have always been one of my favorite dog breeds. Stunning canines, lovely beasts.

I only read the first book, and am still in the process of beating the first game. From what I know so far – Geralt is quite the character. It’s no wonder he’s gotten so popular. A book, a video game and a television series. What’s next ? A new perfume line? A theme park? Really, maybe Geralt just wants to be left alone.


Geralt the husky can be a bit aloof sometimes. A natural ladies man. He has a keen sense for monsters, and a taste for adventure. Geralt knows what evils you try to hide from the world.

Geralt the Witcher—revered and hated—is a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent.

But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good… and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth

People,” Geralt turned his head, “like to invent monsters and monstrosities. Then they seem less monstrous themselves. When they get blind-drunk, cheat, steal, beat their wives, starve an old woman, when they kill a trapped fox with an axe or riddle the last existing unicorn with arrows, they like to think that the Bane entering cottages at daybreak is more monstrous than they are. They feel better then. They find it easier to live.

1 – A Falcon Named Arya

Such a beautiful bird. I have always wanted a falcon. Even as a kid, I thought they were neat looking birds. I saw one once, and it was so cool. I live in Alberta, Canada. Never seen one in my province. The first time I went to Ontario I saw one just sitting in a tree on the street. Just chillin, like a villain. My uncle said they were spotted often in Ontario.

Arya is by far one of my favorite literary characters. The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin, has dozens of great characters. Arya’s chapters have always been my favorite. Jon snow is a close second though. I also do prefer the novels over the series by a long shot. Not like its bad, the show is great, the book is just that much better. Martin is a great author, and I plan to read more of his books in the future. I do hope he finishes Winds of Winter soon. Good things take time, but I have been patiently waiting. I just remind myself that high fantasies take a long time. so much work, world building and everything. I will wait George, but please the wait is killing me!!

Arya the falcon doesn’t stay in the same place for a long time. She loves to explore. Quick, dexterous, Arya is a supreme hunter. Arya absolutely despises lions.

(since the first book was mentioned already, will just do a goodreads share of the second one Clash of Kings)

A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon—who hold sway over an age of enforced peace are dead, victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel…and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles.

Here is the second volume in George R.R. Martin magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Game of Thrones and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R.R. Martin stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction

Next Top Ten Tuesday will be —- Thanksgiving/ What I am thankful for. Seems like an easy enough one. Until next week my friends.

9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesdays / Characters I’d Name a Pet After

  1. A’tuin and Sarai are such amazing names for pets! I’d love to have a turtle and cat with those names. This is a great compilation! I love your twist on this theme. Here’s a link to MY POST in case you’re interested. Have a great reading week!❤️

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  2. I loved all your choices. A pig name George Orwell made me laugh so hard. Randall Flagg is such a nasty guy. Perfect animal choice for him. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.


  3. Oh wow I absolutely love your picks! A turtle named A’tuin – why didn’t I think of that!! Geralt is the perfect name for a husky (I’m currently reading the series too) and George for the pig and Randall Flagg for the ‘satanic gecko’ really had me cracking up. What a nice post!


  4. I love all of these names! As I read, I thought, “This is my favorite.” And then I would read the next one, “No, this is my favorite.” And so on. Very creative! If I had to really choose one favorite, it would be the Russian Blue named Sarai. I love it!


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