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    Giving dogs silly names is part of the Mitford code

    NewsUK Dog NewsFriday 25 May 2012
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    It’s entirely in character that the Queen has called her labrador puppy Gryffindor, after Harry Potter’s house at Hogwarts. Not necessarily because she’s a Harry Potter nut, although Potter certainly qualifies for inclusion in the upper–class canon of children’s books. And upper–class literature is a rich source of dog names. I know a family whose dogs are all named after characters in Brideshead Revisited.

    No, Gryffindor is an ideal royal dog name because it is ludicrous. Light-heartedness is a crucial part of smart life – among the Mitford sisters, it was a religion. The essential trick is to be extremely serious about silly things – “Oh God, I can’t bear it, I’ve run out of Marlboro Lights” – and extremely silly about serious things: “It really is too funny – her husband went off and shot himself.”

    Dogs are semi–deities in grand, rural circles, and revered with deep seriousness; following the Mitford code, they must be given silly names. The only exception I’ve come across is the case of a smart friend running for a Tory seat in a safe Labour constituency. She called her dog “Trevor” – Aloysius wouldn’t have won her many votes. She still lost.

    Source: The Telegraph

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