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As our readers know, the Hu-Dad is creative with the various nicknames we each carry – from Q-Tip to Cheesewhiz to Frankenstein to Queen Natasha the Evil. So why is Typhoon now called Munchie?
To understand the process, you must first understand the breed – Siberian Husky. We have a quite amusing and endearing trait (also sometimes called frustrating) of obeying commands when we choose – not when humans decide. Theory has it that we were trained as sled pullers to override a human’s direction if that command would lead the team over thin ice and danger. Thus, you give a Siberian Husky a command, and we first decide whether the command is appropriate before deciding to obey – or not. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
Now don’t get us wrong. Siberians can be trained to obey. Hu-Dad remembers watching a Siberian Husky in an obedience trial obeying every single command. Of course, in true Siberian Husky fashion, the dog was loudly expressing his opinion the whole time in our creative and extensive vocabulary. We may not bark, but we can be quite expressive in a Wookie kind of way.
The end result is that Hu-Dad spends a lot of time training us and dealing with our “creative” decision making. And that means calling our name over and over and over some days. Anytime you repeat a word a lot, sometimes the wrong word falls out. Like the day Hu-Dad accidentally called Cheoah “Cheesewhiz” – and it stuck.
So Typhoon (originally named Ty) was being obstinate and Hu-Dad referred to his small-size by calling him a Munchkin. Actually, the exact phrase was something along the lines of “Now look, Munchkin.”
Anyway, Munchkin stuck and one day Hu-Dad stumbled over that word and out came “Munchie.” It very much stuck and Typhoon now responds to Munchie.
Well, as much as a Siberian Husky responds to anything.
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