Yeah, I know I've been pretty lucky. I've had Poseidon out there a few times a bit longer than I should've (HE WAS IN THE RED YOU IDIOT! WHY DID YOU LEAVE HIM OUT THERE!?). I'll need to be more careful in the future. Though, once I train Pokey up, I should have something to fight poison types with, because, correct me if I'm wrong, poison types are immune to poison? So I can always have her front and centre when that's a risk. I also plan to use repels religiously once I've obtained access to them in Pewter.
As far as the nickname, I will probably in the future do a look up and list the areas and candidates for a new team mate. It's not really voting so much as looking for suggestions. Sometimes I do have a good name in mind I'll probably use (if I had gotten a male caterpie for example, despite some good suggestions I was kinda set on going with Absalom), but other times, as with Pokey, I'm a bit at a loss. The only polling I did was for the starting pokemon.