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I feel awful, just laughed at someones dead pet

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NotTheJoker Sun 15-Mar-09 01:11:37

I've namechanged because I'm sure I'm going to get called allsorts here ...

But my friend called me about an hour ago crying. I asked "what's wrong?" and she replied "I've lost BigBum"

I said "what??"

and she snapped "The Guinea Pig!"


So I did my best to console her and everything. She's just phoned back, she'd stopped crying and was feeling much better. But when she started going on about the guinea pig by name I had a huge lump in my throat and my voice was strained. Just the name makes me laugh so much blush especially when she uses it in such serious context eg:

"This morning, I said to DH that BigBum does not look well ... DH said BigBum never looks well ... " etc etc

When she heard my voice go funny she said "aww, are you crying now too?" blush

I had to rush off the phone. I feel AWFUL. I'm not laughing at the more guinea pig and my friend didn't catch on that I was laughing but DH keeps making me feel really guilty!

Am I truely awful for laughing?

Grumpyoldcaaaaaaaa Sun 22-Mar-09 20:09:54


I would imagine there were a lot of Pele cats!

You may know me if you're a Yorkie.

I've just remembered another cringey animal name thing:

I was recounting to some people how we had a cat when we were very small named Barnsley. My mum named him Barnsley because he smelt (my mum is a snob....). Of course, the people I regaled with this little gem were from Barnsley. blush

Lancelottie Sat 21-Mar-09 16:04:12

Were there a lot of cats called Pele in the 60s/70s, or do I know you, Grumpy??

RunLikeTheDevil Fri 20-Mar-09 14:30:27

MIL's dog is called Fanny believe it or not. I cringe when I hear her shouting it down the garden, especially when she adds "Adams" onto it:

"Fanny ... Fanny, where are you? come on now ... come on Fanny Adams"

andiem Fri 20-Mar-09 14:14:46

this thread has made my day
particularly alistairsim and the cats on the bed grin
yanbu poor guinea pig imagine having bigbum on your gravestone

Grumpyoldcaaaaaaaa Fri 20-Mar-09 14:09:19

grin AlistairSim and the cat boxes (and I speak as a devoted cat-lover and current owner of 1 dog & 3 guinea pigs).

We had a cat called Pele (after the great footballer) when I was in primary school. I wrote a 'what I did on my 'olidays' kind of thing about him and my teacher went through the whole bloody thing and crossed all the 'l's. She thought he was called 'Pete'. She said 'Pele' was a very exotic name. Imagine if we'd called the cat BigBum smile

mylifemykids Fri 20-Mar-09 14:01:29

That reminds me of the time I heard my neighbour hysterically screaming in her front garden. I looked out of the window and saw an Argos delivery driver stood by her gate looking white as a sheet. So I went out and asked her what was wrong. In between the sobs and screaming (she actually wet herself too), I heard 'knocked the door off it's frame, landed on..., is she dead, is she dead'!!! I could see her DS in the living room watching Cbeebies completely unaware of his mother's ranting but couldn't see her DD. Of course I naturally assumed her DD was squashed under the bloody door and nearly fainted myself. Then I pulled myself together and asked if anyone had called an ambulance. The Argos delivery driver looked at me as if I was deranged and said...........

'Why would you need to call an ambulance for a squashed cat'?!!!

I was so relieved I started laughing blush

As you can imagine my neighbour was not pleased with me!!!

Lillabet Fri 20-Mar-09 14:00:58

Oh, by the way I forgot to say YANBU - you will probably be considered a fab friend because it probably sounded like you were very sympathetic

Lillabet Fri 20-Mar-09 14:00:01

I have just read through this thread and am now crying laughing - problem is I am at work and I am now getting VERY odd looks from my co-workers (one of whom is the DH!!). grin.
My great aunt did have a cat called Pussy - cue much hilarity from friends and family (although my aunt didn't see what was so funny!).

duchesse Fri 20-Mar-09 13:56:24

grin at Balloonslayer's story

BalloonSlayer Fri 20-Mar-09 13:52:33

A lady I worked with took one of her two dogs to the vet and found the vet looking at her warily.

It transpired that the notes said "Be very careful of lady."

She had to explain that Lady was her other dog, at home and quite well.

BEAUTlFUL Fri 20-Mar-09 13:50:40

At least hr wasn't run over. "There's BigBum all over the road!"

HeadFairy Fri 20-Mar-09 13:50:33

PMSL at this thread... i'm very ashamed of my perfectly sanely named pets, perhaps I should rename them?

BEAUTlFUL Fri 20-Mar-09 13:49:59

I'm laughing too, imagining the conversation in the vet's offices. "BigBum needs 50cc of saline. How is BigBum looking? What are BigBum's vitals?" etc.

OrmIrian Fri 20-Mar-09 13:49:20

Well I'm glad you find it so amusing. Poor little creature angry

I bet you'd find it hysterical when I tell you that loosecolon my goat died last week, just after wobblytits the cow <sob>

Iklboo Fri 20-Mar-09 13:45:12

My mother called her cat - ahem -

Lickie Wah Wah blush hmm

Because he couldn't really miaow, just kind of do a little 'wah' noise.

Thank all the gods the little fecker never went out as there would have been NO way I'd have shouted that through the streets

BalloonSlayer Fri 20-Mar-09 13:44:37

My Mum just adopted a cat and was told that it was called Todger.

Cue much consternation and repetition of my favourite joke as a child (see below).

Luckily it turned out it was actually Tadger. Not much better though.

Old lady has a house called Hairy Bum and a dog called Willy. One day the dog goes missing and she can't find it so goes to the Police Station to say "I've looked all over my Hairy Bum but I still can't find my willy."

Kimi Fri 20-Mar-09 13:42:26


BalloonSlayer Fri 20-Mar-09 13:42:05

When you go to the vets, though, they call the animal by its name with your surname.

So they'd have called out "BigBum Jenkins" or whatever when it was his turn for his appointment.

pandagirl03 Fri 20-Mar-09 13:37:31

oh my god AlistairSim that has really made me laugh so much, cats on the bed. oh how funny. Thats made my day. smile

TinkerBellesMumandFiFi2 Mon 16-Mar-09 11:29:28

juneybean no, that's why I reposted but I was laughing too much to make sense.

samestuffdifferentday Mon 16-Mar-09 00:15:40

Ah well, worth the chuckle, and she did say she felt awful grin.

muffle Sun 15-Mar-09 23:34:39

The thing is if you have called your guinea pig a daft name, then you get used to it and it sounds normal - I bet she happily called BigBum!!! to it all the time without a thought.

I however would have laughed, I can promise you. I do embarrassing things like that all the time.

btw i also would worry that this thread will make you somewhat recognisable if she should read it!

juneybean Sun 15-Mar-09 23:16:04

TinkerbellesMum, have you missed your typo in your first post LMAO.

I'm sat crying of laughter.

differentID Sun 15-Mar-09 22:19:07

my dh's grandparents had a great big mean ginger furball when he was growing up.

His name was


dh recalls refusing to call him in.grin

TinkerBellesMumandFiFi2 Sun 15-Mar-09 22:18:38

I'm laughing too much


Another thing I've shouted at a bush "stop following me Pooh" grin

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