What’s in a Dog Name? Pt 2
I have “Beefcake” my 12.5 year old Rottweiler named after Cartman on Southpark when he was not fat he was a beefcake!
I have “Bumpus” a Rottweiler named from The Christmas stories neighbors.
“Babbette” my Boxer Mix named after Radar O’Reilly’s guinea pig
Oscar and Grover a Std. Poodle and a Bearded Collie from the Muppets.
My cats Herman from the Munsters and “Buford T. Pusser walking small” from the sheriff in the movie Walking Tall.
Those are my fur babies!
A Maltese, named Shorty. I have to give credit to my niece for that one. But it’s cute, kinda hip(hop) -although he is a boy and it’s generally a girl’s nickname. A lot of people get a chuckle out of it. He too is kinda cool, like his name. My second dog, I let my husband name, so they could bond. He named him Geoffrey, like Geoffrey Giraffe – cuz he likes to stretch his neck in the morning. Not the coolest pet name in our family- but it worked like a charm, he’s a daddy’s boy and my husband adores him.
Mary K. Hartney says:
My JRT is named “WayToGo” (Kennel Name) Duet’s Spring Vision
How did she get her name: What a story which begins at the whelping. Duet is the Dam’s name, Spring’s is the female bitch that nursed her because her Mom could not and Vision is her name because thru complications at birth, it was highly unlikely she would have any vision. Anyway, here is her story.
Vision was behind a stillborn. The Vet was able to get the stillborn out but there was still another one which she could not whelp. So my Vet did an emergency C section. At this time all of us thought there would only be another stillborn but she showed us. We were wrong. She had a heartbeat but was not breathing. The other Vet Tech and myself took turns giving mouth to mouth and finally 20 minutes later she took a breath and started squirming out of my hands. The Dam, Duet developed an infection from the stillborn and her sister, Spring who had a litter 10 days earlier, nursed Vision along with her pups since Duet was unable to. Then at 5 days old, her right eye was the size of a golfball. The Vet contacted a specialist in Orlando, Florida to discuss what options we had and basically told us he never heard of it because the eyes and ears are sealed closed at birth so infections do not usually happen until the eyes open at 10 to 14 days. Anyway, he told us what to do. We had to open up the eye, flush it out, and put in antibiotics, then let it close back up until the eye opened on its own and could not say whether she would have vision. Needless to say, at 11 to 12 days old, both eyes opened but would need to wait to see if there was vision in the right eye. Of course, at that time she was officially named: Duet’s Spring Vision with a call name “V” She did have further complications and was on medication for the first six months of her life. After six months she was able to maintain her health and is now healthy, doing agility, obedience and rally and will celebrate her 2nd birthday on October 23, 2010 at a height of 10.5 inches and weighs in at 8.7 lbs. I cannot thank my Vet enough for saving V’s life, not once, not twice, but three times.
Can you tell I am a proud mother.
Oh boy here’s how it all started: All Yankee’s
“MICKEY” Mantle – horse
“BERNIE” Williams – sheltie
“YOGI” Berra – sheltie
“TORRE” Joe – horse
“TINO” Martinez – horse
“MO” Mariano Rivera – cat
“MOOSE” Mike Mussina – cat
“BABE” Ruth – cat
“JORGE’ Posada – carved wooden horse.
That is the story of all our Yankees!!!!
When I was in college, I met a dog named Katie and thought that was a really sweet name for a dog. Fast forward 20 years and I now have my first dog to raise on my own- a black Standard Poodle. Her name is pronounced “Kadie”, but we chose to spell it in the Bosnian language in honor of our best friends who are serving as missionaries in Bosnia. So, her name is Kejdi. And she is very , very sweet.
When we got our tiny Toy Fox Terrier puppy, my husband and I couldn’t agree on a name. One day he said “He looks like a rat”. When my son was young, he had a pet mouse named Nicodemus – so voila, we named him Nicodemus. Usually we call him Nicky, but when he’s feisty, I say NICODEMUS in a stern voice and he usually shapes up.
My agility dog is named “Snuggles.” We got her as a foster at age two and she came with that name. Since we weren’t planning on keeping her, we did not change her name. When she learned weave poles in two weeks, I knew that I had found my agility dog! Once we decided to keep her, we were going to change her name to something more tough and speedy, but Snuggles just fit so well, we couldn’t think of anything more appropriate.
My Aussie girl is named Corrie. I read somewhere that it meant “Chosen One.” She definitely made her statement. When I told our breeder friends I wanted a black-tri female, she was the only one that color in her litter of 7. I guess she chose me!
Janet Lynn says:
My girls names are: Lynnwoods Gorgeous Girl – Known as Gigi and Princess Ariel, known as Air Bug. Seem to work well for us………
My girl’s name is Cider. We adopted her from a puppy rescue during fall and since she is white with apple cider brownish spots it just fit. She is sweet as Apple Cider but can be a little feisty at times to!
Pat Duncan says:
I have an ACD, and when I got her from the breeder they called her Weaver (I have no idea why). Well, everyone hated it—and because of her name, everyone thinks she is a male – so we almost changed her name, but glad we didn’t. (I always liked the name myself), but when I started agility classes with her, she LOVED THE WEAVE POLES!!!! Started her in the 2×2 method, and she just took off, her favorite obstacle. I can send her to the poles from any distance, any angle. I do have to say “poles” instead of weave, though!!!!
When we go to look for a dog to adopt, we always have in mind what we are looking for. We usually have several names in our mind and pick the one that fits them the best when we see them. Katylee is a Corgi Mix and she is all girl and needed that feminine name.
Our Beagle is Jake. My husband thought he looked like a “Jake”, kind of a “Good Ole Boy” attitude. Plus he thought it sounded good with Katy…that’s what he said. When we told the breeder, she laughed and told us that was his father’s call name. His registered name is “Boogie Woogie Beagle Boy” cause he likes to dance when he was little.
For years I had a name picked out but never adopted a dog that fit the name. Finally 2 years ago we welcomed a little male Border Terrier into the family (had been shopping for one over 5 years). I took one look at his photo and knew he fit the name for several reasons. I finally got my “Makana” which is Hawaiian for “God’s Gift”. And that he truly is. Mak’s registered name is “Keepsake’s Cheviot Hills Dreaming”. The Cheviot Hills on the border of Scotland and England are where BT’s were originally bred. So that makes up for his Hawaiian call name.
florence hargis says:
Risque (pronounced Risky) Management is my girl’s name. I chose it because I bought from a breeder and wanted a show dog. I thought by going to a high profile breeder and spending a lot I would get show quality. Risque is super smart, quick, and loving. She is not the conformation quality I expected, but we have fun, fun, fun, doing agility.
Catherine Brown says:
My Jack Russell is named “Twister.” It really fits him! He loves agility and so do I. He can turn on a dime with a twist of his spine!
Frances Leiby says:
Dog #1 Sarah – called Sarah Brown (chocolate/tan Cocker) by the breeder as a puppy; her sister is Suey (black/tan Cocker) short for Steeler Sue.
Breeder is a Steeler’s fan; my brother a diehard Cleveland Brown’s fan; thus the Browns Vs. Steelers
Dog #2 Vicki – named for the Crown Victoria police car; thus Vicki for short.
Yikes – well, here goes… Shelby – named after one of my dance instructors and the car (she is elegant and fast). Bonnie came into the rescue with another beagle who we called Clyde. Kelly came into the rescue with another beagle who was named Regis. Roxie & Bubbles came with their names. Jacquelyn was named because she looked like a previous dog at the rescue – Jack. Pixie – because she looked like a Pixie. In hindsight, I probably should have called her Einstein and then maybe she would have had more intelligence.
Terry Blain says:
I really like dog names that fit and go together. I have a friend who has Cleo (a lab) and Cesar (a PBGV). Another friend had two rescues named Bonnie and Clyde.
When my husband and I decided to get puppies (not thinking of agility then) he got a Scottish terrier and I got a Corgi. I had originally thought of calling them Butch and Sundance, but the terrier somehow missed the terrier gene, as he’s shy and laid back, and just isn’t Butch enough for the name. Since the Scotty is a brindle, we called him Smokey so of course the Corgi became Bandit.
Both dogs are doing agility, and all the workers at the trial know Smokey and Bandit.
You gave us so many great stories and dog names we had to break it into two blog posts! If your naming game isn’t upped by these examples you will just have to resort to a naming app. And we are left wondering, do you pick a name and then find the dog? Or do you find the dog then pick a name? And for our adoptive parents, do you change your shelter dog’s name and why or why not? If you missed part 1, you can click here to read more stories.