This post came about because of a chat on Twitter with @writerjeangill. (She is Blanche’s biped.) There was an interesting interview on her blog, featuring some gorgeous photos of a group of Pyrenean Mountain Dogs. We agreed that there should be a group name for Great Pyrenees and we had fun discussing a few options.
I kept thinking about this, as I find collective nouns fascinating. The best collective nouns tell us something about the items being grouped together. A “squabble” of seagulls tells us more about the nature of seagulls than a “flock” of seagulls does. A “drift” of swans immediately brings to mind how elegant swans look on water.
I asked my bipeds if they had any ideas to add. Of course they did! I discarded most of them, as they were too rude to put on a blog that puppies read! But I have to admit they came up with the perfect description of Pyr puppies – a pandemonium of Pyr pups – I cannot deny that Pyr pups are a handful and love getting into mischief.
I’ve found it much more difficult to choose the name for a group of adult Pyrs, so I’ve listed my favourites, along with a few words about them, and would like you to help me out by voting on them.
Once we’re adults we don’t claim to know everything, but if we don’t know something then it really isn’t worth knowing.
Bipeds sometimes find us confusing – I think it’s because we have minds of our own!
Modesty prevents me from expounding on this one!
When we decide to do something, we persist until it’s done.
This brings to mind our heritage in the mountains, as well as being a figurative peak (yes, I meant peak – not peek, and not pique, and very definitely not Peke)!
If anyone can persuade the lions to share this name, I think we can! We are justly proud of our noble heritage and our abilities, but our pride is under good regulation because, as observed by Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen), where there is real superiority of mind, pride will be always under good regulation!
We are always on the alert for potential danger.
It’s time to vote!
I love collective nouns, so I would love to see some of you come up with some new ideas. It doesn’t have to be dog breeds. Cats already have some group names, but I think they need more! It doesn’t even have to be animals. If you choose to write about this topic, let me know and I’ll link to your post.
I’m featured in an entertaining tale on Icewolves of Europa.
See you in a few weeks!