We've discovered that if you name a pet after something they already are, they'll grow out of it. We named our newest male dog M.C. because he was always rapping, and he stopped. The world is full of dogs named Snowball who turned beige when their adult coat grew in. But if you pick a name that doesn't especially go with them, they may grow into it. Be careful! We named our first bird Amelia Earhart, and damned if she wasn't lost in flight. Not having figured this out yet, we named our first parrot Icarus. We wised up and named his successor Thalia, the Muse of Comedy, and the first sound she learned to mimic was laughter. (Says a lot about our household.) Many of our dogs are named after Fraggles: Wembley, Gobo, Mokey. Their personalities are surprisingly similar to their namesakes. We named our next-youngest male dog Batmanuel, after the character in that wonderful live TV show "The Tick." He leaps through windows and climbs over gates. We're talking about a 17-pound Lhasa Apso here. So give this a lot of thought! I'm always puzzled when people spend months with dictionaries and consultants to give their babies names like Beelzebub and Loquacia, when most kids would much rather "fit in" and be Joey and Sue until they're teenagers. And then they name their dog Snoopy and their cat Garfield. This is the time to be creative!