Friday, January 13, 2012

What's in a Name: JAYNE

Jayne's name confuses people. If I could snap a photo of people at the moment they find out my big red male Doberman has a "girls' name," I could publish one of the most hilarious coffee table books in existence.

Jayne is named after Jayne Cobb, a character from the cancelled television show Firefly (which ultimately concluded with the movie Serenity.) The character of Jayne Cobb is that of a phsycially imposing mercenary, who appears rather simple but in truth is a lot smarter and more complex than he lets on. Despite his crude demeanor and harsh views on the world, he's got a good heart. He loves him mom. He doesn't really care about what others think of him. He speaks his mind. He gets shit done. Despite his efforts to appear otherwise, he's loyal. He's protective of his friends. He names his weapons. The only thing he seems to be afraid of is reavers. Quite frankly, I'd be afraid of space-bound self-mutilating cannibalistic rapists too, so I can't fault him for that.

Jayne's registered name is Bruda Hero of Canton, which is a homage to the episode entitled Jaynestown. The crew of Serenity find themselves on a very poor planet, in the middle of a very poor village called Canton. Jayne is nervous, because a few years prior he'd had a bad experience on the planet - a heist gone wrong. He'd been forced to drop the money he'd stolen in order to escape with his life, and the money just happened to fall into the village of impoverished working-class folk. They considered Jayne a Robin Hood-esque hero, obviously not knowing his true intentions.

They even wrote a song about him.

There's a point in the Serenity/Firefly story when Jayne says to the rest of the group, "If you can't do something smart, do something right." That's the core idea behind my Jayne. We weren't smart in taking him, but it was the right thing to do. And let me tell you, he's turned into the most special dog we've ever had.

There you have it. The story behind the name. I may explain the names of the other dogs someday, but none of them have names with such a good story.

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