Thursday, February 19, 2009

Ask Huffle

The Bumpass Hounds and Kitties want to know: what is a billabong? A Billabong is an Australian English word meaning a small lake, specifically an oxbow lake, a stagnant pool of water attached to a waterway. Billabongs are usually formed when the path of a creek or river changes, leaving the former branch with a dead end. The word billabong is most often heard in the Australian folk song Waltzing Matilda.

Zippie, Speedy and Sadie would like to know how I got the name Huffle. I explained a couple of weeks back about how I chose mum and dad. After I got here, they spent a few days trying to figure out what my name was. They weren't fluent in Huffle speak then, so I couldn't tell them. Eventually they chose the name Stella for me. But soon mum realised that when I roamed around the house checking things out, I was huffing at them. So she started calling me Hufflepuff after the Harry Potter books. That got shortened to Huffle and so that is now my name. I even know that I am called Huffle and I will come running if someone says my name. Usually I hope they have some ham for me.


The Army of Four said...

I love the story of how you got your name! But seriously? You come when you're called? Or just peek in to see if they have ham? I'm a lot better at coming if someone's holding a cup of cappuccino.
Play bows,
Zim - Honorary Kitty Cat!

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Now that is something we often wondered about - your name, that is. We never heard of a billabong but that is interesting too. Do they call woo Hufflepuff if woo are in trouble, oh, we forgot, woo don't get in trouble:-_

Tail wags, the OP Pack

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

So, I guess hey woo, blakhkh khat doesn't work?

PeeEssWoo: My word is 'comable'

meemsnyc said...

Awwww, that is a cute way to get a name!!

Mickey's Musings said...

Those were great Q&A's Huffle!!!
Must admit,we did not know what a billabong was either :o
Purrs Mickey,Georgia & Tillie

Mason Dixie said...

Mom loves Harry Potter and loves that you are named after it. =)

Ozzie the OZmonster & Zowie said...

That is a great story, Huffle! Kelly says she's heard of a clothing/surf company called Billabong--but she never knew what it meant. I'm now at least 10% smarter than Kelly.


Anonymous said...

Hufflepuff - very interest how you became Huffle. We wondered about that but didn't want to raise the question. Thanks for answering our billabong question. We're not sure what an oxbow lake is but we'll look it up. There was acool western (cowboy) movie title The Oxbow Incident. By the way, jenny comes when she is called. Alex and Boru just take a message.

Princess Eva and Brice said...

Just wondering if there is any video of you huffing?

Princess Eva

Stella said...

Oh, Huffle, but Stella is such a nice name. You know in the Italian language, Stella means Star. And you certainly have star quality.

Just as an aside, Ali Z came down and hung out with me for a very short while this afternoon. Progress and I'm being very good.


Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

I come to by name too. Even better than the furry beasts do. I think Huffle is way better than Stella, so it's good that you huffed around so your parents could figure out your real name.


Quill and Greyson said...

Well as always that was enlightening!

Poppy Q said...

Huffle is a great name.

I hope your mum and dad have a great time cruising around the south island. It is beautiful and relaxing. Tell them they may have to bring a polar fleece and a jumper, as it has been getting cool in the evenings and some of the days too.

Forever Foster said...

What a great story of how you got your name! We also like that it is a Harry Potter-related name. Guess what. I was almost called Stella, too:)

(angel) Grrreta and Fam said...

We love the story of how you got your name. It would be so cool to see a video of you huffing

Randi Lyn said...

Huffle, our stupid huMom thought billabong had something to do with wacki tabacci - we will be sure to correct her!!

WOOOOO woo rar rar rar,
Kayla and Maebe