And so to further explorations of the names we give our animals: Nicholas Dujmovic is a retired CIA historian who now teaches in Catholic University’s Politics Department. He’s someone with an eye toward influential figures of the past. When Nicholas and his wife, Cathy, adopted two rescue dogs, they immediately named them Ronnie and Maggie, in tribute to Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.
“Then we found out that their names define them,” wrote Nicholas, of Vienna, Va. Maggie, a Corgi mix, is imperious but extremely smart and loyal. What’s more, he said, “Ronnie, a pointer mix, looks