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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 05-11-2009, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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My Dog's Name is.... uhm....

We came across a gentleman with a Havanese while walking around the neighborhood yesterday. All was well and good until he found out my dog was named Castro, he got very offended and went on to say that he is Cuban, and that it was like naming a dog Adolf or Hitler and telling a Jewish person that. I immediately apologized if my dogs name offends him, but he continued on ranting about how his uncle was executed and that I should be ashamed of myself. He picked up his dog and walked away, leaving me and my husband speechless...

Don't get me wrong, I completely understand and would probably feel the same way, given the same circumstances... I just feel that since I don't know him, and he surely doesn't know me - there wasn't really a reason for him to scream at us, or act as if we were deliberately trying to offend him.

This has been bothering me since.....

Was I insensitive and politically incorrect to name my Havanese dog "Castro"? Aside from changing my dogs' name - what should I do, if any?

But most importantly, to those I may have offended by naming my dog Castro, my sincerest apologies...

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I probably would have said there are many people other than Fidel named Castro and his remarks would have been insulting to any of them. How insensitive of him to condemn you for your choice of a name.

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You could always tell people that you named him after the Castro district in San Francisco or perhaps Castro County in Texas.
It's too bad that he had that reaction to Castro's name. While understandable considering his heritage, I don't think he should have made you feel like you needed to apologize to everyone for your dog's name.

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Oh my goodness, how stupid. There are plenty of people named Castro and Adolf . . . the notorious ones didn't have a patent on that name. Plus it's a dog, not a person! I can understand the man's sensitivity to the name, but how impolite to take it out on you. There is the Castro Theatre and neighborhood in San Francisco, and plenty of people whose last name is Castro . . . are they supposed to change it?

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I can understand why he would be offended and would white like Susan said and after watching Milk last night, I think Castro in SF is a great suggestion

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My husband jokingly suggested we name Scooter "Fidel". I never thought it would offend anyone, I just didn't want to name him that.

That man can feel anything he wants but he had no right to be so nasty to you.

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it also could have been your last name and how offensive of him to bad mouth your last name.



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Gosh, I'm going to apologize now for Jackson's name . . . that is, he is named by my sons for General Stonewall Jackson. So politically incorrect to some. But they are major southern history buffs.

Everyone is offended by something.

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I am half Cuban and I am not offended. He was wrong to yell at you. I feel for his loss of his brother but does not give him the right to take it out on you.

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If I saw this guy again I would tell him I am sorry if my dog's name offends him, but you sure think his dog is cute.

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