Born to Be a Shiva?

I can’t really say why or how we decided on the name Shiva for our dog. We had come up with a list of names we liked and slowly started eliminating ones that didn’t quite fit. “Pepper”, “Leda”, and “Loki” are three that I can remember off-hand. I remember we had yet to decide on the day of our first vet visit, about 48 hours after we brought her home. When the receptionist at the clinic looked at me and asked her name, I turned to my PH with eyebrows raised, laughing awkwardly in my uncertainty.

“Shiva”, he filled in for me with confidence.

And Shiva it was.

In many ways, our Shiva grew to live up to the name. A goddess of destruction she was indeed. At this point I can’t think of any moniker that would suit her more.

This morning, after watching a video a friend forwarded to me, I began to wonder if there were other forces involved when we came up with the name. It could just be coincidence but maybe Shiva is a Shiva for a reason. I’ll let you watch the below and come to your own conclusions.

30 thoughts on “Born to Be a Shiva?

    • Yes, I learned that a few years ago after we had already chosen the name. I think we pronounce it differently – Sheeva as opposed to Shiv-ah – but I may have reconsidered if I’d known. Shiva in Hebrew is a solemn and important word and not one I would associate with a dog.

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  1. I loved this video. I suspect zoomies are a way of burning off stress. And it’s a great idea.

    Interesting to see your other name choices. Pepper, Loki, and Shiva all go together. They all express mischief. Leda is the one not like the others.

    I think you went looking for a feisty pup, if those names are any indication.

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    • We probably did, whether we knew it or not. The shelter staff had given her the name “Tessa”, which doesn’t suit her at all! Since she was a stray and had no attachment to any name we knew of, it was fun coming up with a list of ideas. I love names and wanted it to be creative and unique. I think we chose one that works very well and am glad we didn’t just end up calling her “Dog” due to my indecision!

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  2. Hey Kristine, was that really Shiva? That certainly wasn’t you. Or has the world changed? The shelties got named by the breeder and Owen and I got named by our dad. He just thought that Sam and Owen were good solid names. We like the name Shiva, it sounds solid and strong too.

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    • Hah, no! I don’t know this dog/handler at all, it was just a video that was forwarded to me because our dogs share the same names and M.O.s.

      I like the names Sam and Owen as well and think they suit you perfectly!

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  3. Wonderful! She reminds me so much of my beloved husky mix , Britney, who passed over the rainbox bridge last year. She too was feisty and full of personality right through her 14+ years. I miss her so much. Thank you for this reminder of what a delightful mess she was and how much joy she brought to my life.

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    • I’m so sorry your dog is no longer with you. She sounds like she was a special girl. I am so glad you had her in your life and can look back on all the happy memories you shared.

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  4. I was disappointed at first that it wasn’t your Shiva, but the video soon made up for that! Loved the way this Shiva bounded over the agility tunnel. 🙂 It was great to hear everyone laughing towards the end of the video, thanks for sharing!

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  5. HAHAHA! I watched that video a while ago because it was linked after one of Rio doing agility and I thought maybe it was a Shiva I knew, i was a little disappointed it wasn’t your Shiva but laughed quite hard because I felt like it sort of WAS your Shiva 🙂

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    • Except for the fact that the Shiva in the video actually has had success on the course. And our Shiva has not. 😛 Oh well!

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  6. caren: I believe in Kristine’s case… she meant to refer the Hindu God Shiva… who is considered to be the God of Destruction… intriguing to know that there exists another meaning to the word, though.

    Kristine… yup, sometimes they are ‘meant’ to be named such… loved the video 😀

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    • Thanks, yes, that’s the pronunciation we use anyway, from the Sanskrit. Though, we spelled it wrong. If I am going to be completely honest, we actually got the name from a video game like the dorks we are. I hadn’t heard of the Jewish word until afterwards. If I had known, I may not have chosen her name as it has quite a different meaning.

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  7. I posted a video a while ago of a Poodle who had his own ideas of what an agility run should look like. The entertainment value for the audience can’t be measured.

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  8. I was also a bit disappointed at first when I saw that the video wasn’t of YOUR Shiva, but holy crap it was funny. Clearly, the best part being her jumping over the tunnel! This is exactly why Remy and I could never do agility; it would be that level of zooms every time we stepped into the ring – he’d be great at freestyle agility, though. Fortunately Flyball runs are only a few seconds long, so they can keep his attention… sometimes. 😉

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  9. Oh I laughed, only because I’ve been there and can relate to it. 🙂 Although Delilah does not jump like that! It sure looked like they had fun.

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  10. This video is too funny! That dog is really hyper, haha! She’s like – catch me if you can!

    Love it!

    To the topic – it’s true, whatever your name is, defines you even if you’re a dog. My mother-in-law’s dog’s name is Scrappy and well, he is scrappy sometimes 🙂

    My other dogs were:
    Roxy (meaning – bright, dawn): she is indeed bright, as in smart.
    Bobo (meaning – born on Tuesday): we chose this name so my 4 year-old niece could pronounce it.
    Kormi (Hungarian for “smokey, dark”): yes, he was indeed black. 🙂

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  11. I’ve always loved Shiva’s name though she’s missing a trident on her forehead 😉 She definitely lives up to it, or used to anyway, since she is now such a good girl! All grown up , are our doggies! Sad and sweet.

    BTW, did you get my email or did I use the wrong address?

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