Okay, dogs…sometimes Shakespeare can be a bit intimidating, and sometimes the dialogue just doesn’t make sense. You have to be ready for that. Take the quote above. Juliet is desperate to justify her love for Romeo. Of course, I can understand that. I feel the same way about my dog walker.
But then Juliet says names are of no matter. Is a Capulet a Montague? Any dog knows this is crazy talk. Is a ball a bone? Is a sit a down? Confuse these, and no treat for you. And nothing can fool a dog’s nose! If Juliet were here, I would tell her that a rose by any other name is probably some other kind of flower! …Maybe a poppy, or a daisy, or even yarrow.
So, as much as I love Willhound Shakespeare, I think he got this one wrong…What’s in a name, dogs? Everything.