I love this paragraph, from The Married Man by Edmund White (Ajax is Austin and Julien’s basset hound puppy):

Austin had never heard any whimsy coming out of Julien’s mouth before, but now it never stopped. Julien decided that he would raise Ajax to be the next pope. He was constantly on the lookout for pious deeds and minor miracles, which would confirm his calling. Julien started calling him Pius VII, which in French was pronounced “Pissette” and also meant “little pisser.” The whole idea was mad and in the worst taste, but Julien clung to it so long that Austin suspected he took it half-seriously.