The city of Suzhou, in the Jiangsu province of China, is the center of Wu Culture and the silk trade as well as a major tourist stop with a large expatriate community. It is known throughout the world as the Venice of the East or the Venice of China due to the large number of canals and rivers that pass through the city, and it has the highest concentration of UNESCO recognized gardens in the world. It has both a booming high-tech industry as the world’s largest producer of laptop computers and a sense of history that is evidenced by a number of museums and ancient temples.
Suzhou Dog Names in Pop Culture
Feng-shui is a system of rules developed in China that governs the placement of buildings as well as the placement of items within the building, with the intent of creating the best possible environment for the harmonious flow of qi, the energy of life. Placing these objects well is said to promote the healthy flow of qi, encouraging good health and prosperity, while poor placement is said to result in congealed qi and can cause disruption, delay, and poverty. Feng-shui immersion classes can be found in Suzhou, and the influence of the Feng-shui belief system can be seen in the ancient gardens that are located in this popular tourist city.
In China, the three-legged toad, also known as the Money Toad, Chan Chu, and the Golden Toad, is said to be a powerful symbol of wealth and prosperity. In Oklahoma, pet parent Heather Hernandez considers one of her greatest treasures to be Toad, a rather unusual Pit Bull mix that, at first glance, appears to have three ears. Those who look closer, however, find out that the truth is even stranger. Toad was originally a stray, and when she was first brought to the shelter, the veterinarian also thought that Toad had three ears, but when she was sedated for surgery so that they could spay her, they discovered that the ear was bifurcated by a hidden mouth on the right side of the dog’s head, a mouth that is complete with teeth and lips. While the ear mouth is not attached to any sort of a jaw, the extra mouth is connected to the esophagus and airway; when the dog drinks water, gets excited, or runs, sometimes the second mouth drools, and so Heather has to clean around it on a regular basis, and the shifting of Toad’s facial features has a negative effect on her vision and hearing. The ear mouth also has teeth that are connected directly to the skull so that they cannot easily be removed and require dental care, including checkups and regular brushing. Veterinarians are still uncertain about how the canine developed the second mouth, but the prevailing theory is that a twin was absorbed in utero, a rare but not unheard of condition. Toad has become one of the more popular faces of Mutt Misfits, a rescue society developed by Heather and Mandy James to help find homes for unusual dogs like Toad, that might otherwise be deemed unadoptable.
Suzhou Dog Name Considerations
Some people may be attracted to the city's spiritual history, naming their pooch after some of the temples and pagodas found in the area such as the Yunyan Pagoda or the Beisi Pagoda, or after the Feng-Shui system of placement that utilizes certain symbols such as Crane or Peach. Others may be impressed with the more modern, technological side of the city and may pick a name to honor that, such as Laptop or Metro. Certain names may be well suited to specific dogs; a name like Jinji works for a dog with a golden coat, as the name means Golden Rooster. It also works well for dogs that love the water, as it is the lake that is central to the Suzhou region. Mahogany can be a good name for a dog with a dark brown or dark red coat.