It didn't start out that way . . . and it wasn't intentional (at first!) . . . but when it comes to pets, we have a pattern going.
First, there was Jelly.
Tom and I adopted Jelly in Boise, Idaho in 1980. She moved with us all over the country: Idaho, Colorado, Texas, and, finally, Michigan. Her full name was Bonanza Jellybean (after one of the characters in Tom Robbins' Even Cowgirls Get the Blues), but we called her Jelly for short. She was wild and fun; a cat with Real Personality. She died in 1990, when Erin was 9 months old.
Next came Jambo.
Jambo (her full name was Jambo Marie) was a tiny, delicate kitty. Very low-key; perfectly fine just fading into the background. Jambo found her way into our lives in 1982 . . . and she lived for 18 years! Jambo overlapped with Jelly . . . and both kids . . . and with the next pet in our line-up. . .
Oh, Jake. He was such a special dog that I still get choked up when I think about him. Jake was the dog of my children's childhoods! We adopted him from the shelter in 1993 - when he was 4 months old -- and Erin was 4 and Brian was 1. They grew up together . . . three puppies. Jake was a wonder. Really, a perfect dog in every way. Guardian. Playmate. Friend. (Except. . .well. . . there was that carpet incident. . . ) Jake lived to be 14; nearly making it to Erin's high school graduation. (But not quite.)
After Jake was gone, we decided to be without-a-pet for a while. To mourn and to re-group. But it didn't last long. Within 6 weeks of Jake's passing, we adopted . . .
Jenny came to us from the shelter as an 8-week-old puppy in the summer of 2007, just after Erin's high school graduation.
It was at this point, when we were thinking of a name for our new pup, that we realized . . . all of our pets' names had begun with the letter J!
We decided it was a tradition we wanted to maintain. With Jenny, the J was intentional!
And now . . . Jo-Jo continues the J-line . . .