When my dog first showed up at my door in the arms of a friend who couldn’t keep her anymore, she was simply called GB. Needless to say, I didn’t keep the name, but like many adopters, I wondered if calling her something else would confuse her. I decided that the best route to take would be selecting a name that sounded phonetically similar, so I named her Phoebe.
To be honest, I’m not sure she even noticed the change. Dogs, like humans, can get used to being called a variety of nicknames. Phoebe now regularly hears Pheeboline, Pheebs, Sweetheart, and a variety of other silly monikers, and has no trouble recognizing that I am speaking to her.