We had a dog, many years ago, a Jack Russell we called Sparky. He lived up to that name in every way possible. He was… well, very very sparky, naughty, boisterous, a real live wire.
We’ve also had a Rottweiler called Chyna. She was named after the women’s pro-wrestler, Chyna. If you don’t know who Chyna is, you can read here, Chyna (the dog) lived up to that name too. Incredibly strong, incredibly naughty! She could pull entire palm trees out, she destroyed our automated sprinkler system, she pulled the Telkom lines right out the ground!
You’d think we’d learn our lesson… with names and steer clear of the naughty ones, apparently not!
Enter Hannah….. her nickname is Dennis the Menace! She is my wild child. She does things I never imagined a child would do. She does things I never imagined a girl would do. She is naughty and mischievous and always up to something!
Last week, she helped Ava over turn a leather poof in the playroom, unzip it and pull all the stuffing out of it. My lounge look like a blizzard had landed in it. And there was Hannah sitting in the midst of the destruction EATING the Styrofoam balls from inside the poof. She poo’d Styrofoam for about 3 days after that incident.
She has also systematically stripped the leather off one of our chairs and yesterday…. yesterday I almost put her in a box and dropped her on the side of the highway! She took a toy, hit the wall till she’d chipped a piece of plaster, then proceeded to pull a massive chunk of the wall and …. EAT it!
I’m thinking of changing her name to Angel in the hope that we can curb these destructive and very naughty tendencies. I really just can’t. The worst part is that, even though she refuses to speak, she understands perfectly, so when I asked her if she’d done that, she nodded her head to tell me that yes, it was indeed her!
She’s also very soft hearted, so after I scolded her, she cried for an hour, complete with snot and hiccuping!
So parents to be – be warned, be careful what you name you children! And whatever you do, give up taking pride in your possessions because your children will destroy them!
Hannah’s birth parents chose a birth name for her that means Warrior Princess. This kid…. she’s a warrior that’s for sure! And a real bloody Dennis The Menace! She’s going to be the death of me!
Photography by Catherine Scott Photography