On Saturday, I went to a birthday party. There, I met a man named Michael. I asked him what he did for a living.
“I work in the official receiver’s office,” he said.
Receiver of what? I thought, but it sounded important, so I didn’t ask.
“What do you do?” he asked.
I replied that I was the coordinator of the next International Dylan Thomas Day.
“Oh, my dog’s called Dylan Thomas,” he said.
“Really? You’ve got a dog called Dylan?”
“Yes,” he said. “Dylan Thomas.”
“You mean – not just Dylan, but – Dylan Thomas? The full name?”
“Yes, Dylan Thomas” he said again.
I was incredulous.
Anyway, it turns out that this dog really IS called Dylan Thomas. Michael’s dad, Paul Jeanette, is a huge Dylan Thomas fan, and insisted the dog be called by that name when he got the pup for his son several years ago.
“My dad brought a puppy back home, and told me that the puppy’s name was Dylan Thomas. So, I ended up learning about Dylan Thomas from that. I was 14. I’m 26 now.”
Michael’s dad, Paul, is passionate about Dylan the poet. He works for a tool company. Under Milk Wood is his favourite work by the writer.
“And when you’re calling the dog, do you call him by his full name?”
“Yes, we do. Dylan Thomas! Dylan Thomas! Like that.”
“Were you tempted to change the name at all, since you were just 14 and didn’t know who Dylan Thomas was?
Michael laughs. “I was, yes.”
But, they kept the name. And Michael learned about the poet via the dog of the same name. I am astounded, amused, and impressed. Here is a picture of Dylan Thomas (below). Thanks Michael and Paul Jeanette for this fine story, and do get in touch if you have any stories about pets with poetry names! If there happens to be another dog called Dylan Thomas, perhaps they can start a club.
International Dylan Thomas Day takes place on Saturday 14th May. Find out more via the Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/Dylan-Day-Dydd-Dylan-867753153285008/