What’s In A Name?

Mrs. Publicist: Not the fifteenth of the month, when we discuss names, but let’s play catch up. You’ve mentioned, Pete, how important names are to you, and that you actually can’t write the character until you have the right name. How about this month we talk about Iggy, Chet’s best pal, who plays – what would you call it? – a supporting role in Bark To The Future, the next Chet and Bernie novel. Coming August 9 but available for pre-order? As the publicist may I say I encourage preorders?

Pete: Ah, Iggy. A writer you has to be careful with characters like Iggy. They like the spotlight and would take over the whole book unless restrained. As for his name, I’m not the first artist (for want of a better word) to fall for its appeal. In that I stand on the shoulders of Jim Osterberg, Jr. And may I recommend in passing Jim’s duet with Francoise Hardy on I’ll Be Seeing You.

Mrs. P: And what is the appeal of the name Iggy?

Pete: For me, the appeal was that the character came fully formed as soon as the name popped into my mind. Iggy’s all about id, lack of restraint, totally unselfconscious goofiness and yearning.

Mrs. P: And then to have him pretty much shut inside the Parsons’s house for the whole series, watching Chet through the window?

Pete: Makes the odd moment when they do get together –

Mrs. P: Like the bathroom scene in The Dog Who Knew Too Much?

Pete: – all the more explosive.

Mrs. P: Thanks, Pete. Iggy appears by the way in the digital short story below.


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7 Responses to “What’s In A Name?”

  1. B. Stover
    10:57 am on May 25th, 2022

    I’ve always liked the name Iggy…and it fits his personality.

    Good day to all.

  2. mlaiuppa
    11:23 am on May 25th, 2022

    Yes. The Iggy Chronicles. VOLUME 1.

    So. When are we going to get an Iggy Chronicles volume 2?

    Or will we continue to get part 1s?

    Iggy Chronicles. Iggy Papers. Iggy Journal. Iggy Diary. Iggy Blog.

    All part 1.

  3. Herd of Hounds
    12:46 pm on May 25th, 2022

    Good day to everyone!
    We love the name Iggy and the dog Iggy. We think that Iggy gets into more trouble than Chet and together they are unstoppable!

  4. Wose-The Small and Meek
    3:06 pm on May 25th, 2022


    I love Iggy! I hope Mrs. P will talk to Spence about Torquemada…such a great and interesting name!

  5. Hobbit
    3:07 pm on May 25th, 2022

    I do want more of Iggy but I understand OFA’s reasoning.
    Good day all.

  6. Wose-The Small and Meek
    6:06 pm on May 25th, 2022

    Just saw this story about therapy dog Aldo. I don’t have a problem going to the dentist, but I would love to him at my side the next time I need dental work. :^)


  7. mlaiuppa
    1:39 am on May 26th, 2022

    On the way home from my parents I was discussing some of the jobs that therapy dogs do with the Uber Pets driver. He had no idea.

    They work in courts to help relieve anxiety in children that must testify in court.

    They work in airports, not sniffing out contraband sausages, but ti relieve the anxiety of people for whom flying causes stress and fear.

    They work in libraries and schools helping children to improve their reading.

    They visit retirement homes to cheer up residents who may have been life long pet owners but who know are no longer allowed to own a dog.

    They visit patients in hospitals, helping those who may be terminal, undergoing procedures, and especially with children undergoing treatment or recovering from injury or illness.

    They walk the line between emotional support and service dog. Their jobs are as varied as their talents. They are all gifted.

    I like to think that God tried to make up for all of the evil and sadness in the world by giving us dogs.

    BTW Freyja was a very good girl at the vet. She was afraid of the bus we took one long stop from the vet to the street to my parent’s house but she was a brave girl and behaved very well. She loved her walk from the bus to their house, spent the day playing with Dolly, had another walk with Dolly and both of my parents now rolling away in their respective scooters and was a darling on both of her Uber Pets rides.

    She was greeting with joy and celebration by Diana, who bravely spent the day alone.

    A good time was had by all.

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