When I was a kid, I had a friend named Kirk. His parents were major Trekkies.
Every once in a while, did you call him "friend Kirk"?
Love the "Dax" name choice for your cockatiel, T'Bonz.
About the only sci-fi pet naming I'd ever seen when I was a kid was the neighbors cat, named "Muffit" after Boxy's daggit from BSG. Too close to "muffin" to really be noticed. My neighbors named one of their dogs "Gizmo" (nod to the Gremlins movie).