Move over, "Fluffy" and "Fido." You’ve been replaced — by Lutherans whose faith has influenced the naming of their pets. Responding to a call in the July issue of The Lutheran, readers not only reported faith-full names but also served up stories to go with them.
Not surprisingly, Martin Luther is a driving force for some pet owners. "We named our dog ‘Lute’ — short for Lutheran," wrote Steve Tangen, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, Dickinson, N.D. "We wanted to be an ecumenical household, so we decided if we got a cat, we would name it ‘Cat’ — short for Catholic."
This could lead to problems especially if their dog started to nail 95 feces onto doors. I am also not sure about the concept of animal ecumenism. One barking out that the other is a heretic and the cat meowing back an anathema. I read somewhere recently a blogger wanting to name their dog anathema just so that they could say Anathema sit! Would they say the Nicene Breed? Would cats say "Be purrfect as the father is purrfect? Would an owner sen their dog to obedience of faith school?
Mona Lackore’s family had a string of bad luck with cats that had anything but nine lives. So she named the next one Moses Methuselah in hopes of a long life. "He did survive significantly longer than his immediate predecessors," said the Willmar, Minn., resident. [Source]