I have to admit, I’ve always wanted a female beagle and dreamt of naming her KHALEESI
Khaleesi. Wife of Khal Drogo
Of course, I thought how cool it would be to name my female pooch queen in a made up language from one of my all time favorite book series, A Song of Fire & Ice. I envisioned how it would illicit questions from people and how I would gladly tell them that I named her after my favorite character, Daenarys Targaryan, a Khaleesi of the Dothraki Sea.
But things don’t always go as planned and 2 months ago, I decided that I would adopt a male beagle. I can no longer name her Khaleesi much to my dismay. But I am stubborn as they come and I was determined to find a character in the book that would fit my adorable beagle. In spite of the thousands of characters, I couldn’t find one. I initially dismissed naming him Khal Drogo, if you’ve read the book or even watched the tv series Game of Thrones, you would know why I was hesitant in naming him after Khaleesi’s hubby. Khal Drogo is a by definition a SAVAGE (a hot one but a savage nonetheless) and my dear puppy is nothing like the character.
Khal Drogo, husband of Khaleesi Daenarys Targaryan.
“But he doesn’t look like a Khal,” a close friend who knows the series surmised.
Not only that, I also anticipated people, who have no clue what GOT is, would probably assume I was just being jeje or weird.
True enough, a well meaning old lady who was smitten with Khal’s cuteness told me while cooing him “Bakit ang mura ng pangalan mo eh ang gwapo gwapo mo. Parang pinangalan mo sa matigas na manok.”
“What a cheap name for such a cute dog? Sounds like a chicken name to me.”
This wasn’t the first time people questioned my name choice and I KNOW it won’t be my last. Even Khal’s veterinarian didn’t have an inkling who Khal or what Game of Thrones is. In fact, she gave me this blank stare after she heard his name and the reason why he was named Khal.
Heck, even I was a bit hesitant calling him Khal. But it grew on me and I have not regretted naming him after a character who loved his wife fiercely. And if I were to be really honest – I find people’s reaction amusing and if you add that to the list, then I can definitely say that naming my beagle Khal was the right choice.
Khal at 5 months
Khal Drogo, an unlikely name for my male beagle.
Photos of Khaleesi and Khal Drogo were procured via the internet.