Monkey's official name: Snowcap's Homunculus
Monkey's birthday: October 9th, 2000
Monkey's top speed: 33 mph, chasing my bike down a hill
"Monkey" is short for Homunculus. About six months before I got Monkey, I woke up in the morning with the word "homunculus" in my mind. I didn't know what it meant, but I thought it would be a good name for my next dog.
I told my wife "I'm going to name the dog 'Homunculus', and we can call him 'Monkey' for short."
She said "That's a stupid name, and how can you name a dog you don't even have yet and you don't know what he's like?"
I didn't know what a homunculus was, I thought it was a monster from a bad horror movie. "Me and Jed was comin' up from the swamp and out of the water come a big ol' homunculus! We had to run for our lives!
What a homunculus is really, is a psychology term for the part of your brain where your mental image of your physical body is. Homunculus means "little man" in Latin. It's a good name for a whippet.