Tag Archives: dog names

02Oct/15

Trendy dog names

Choosing your dog’s name is one of the more fun parts of – let’s use a word out of fashion – dog husbandry. (Dog wifery? Dog womanry?)

Boomer fancy

And I’ve always been curious: how do people go about it? What makes a good dog name?

Heidi fancy

In my years in the pet service industry, I’ve seen names come, names go, and names stay. (Max, for example, is here to stay, I think. Oh, the many wonderful and varied Max’s I’ve met! And the many more Max’s sure to come!)

Max fancy

(This is the smallest Max I’ve met, but one of the best!)

It’s the trendy names that interest me most. When I suddenly noticed a bunch of Kai’s walking into the veterinarian office or doggy daycare, I knew something was afoot. (What ever happened to Rover?)

Lucky fancy

These trendy names – they catch on like wildfire and leave me scratching my head, not for the quality of the names themselves, but the way they somehow worm their way into people’s brains and become the moniker du jour.

Rosie 2 fancy

Rosie too fancy

(And Rosie is not even on the trendy list!)

Here’s a sampling from one of the most recent trendy dog lists I found online, showing the top ten names for both sexes (full article here):

The girls:

Elsa, Bella, Stella, Quinn, Sophie, Ivy, Charlie (a girl Charlie!), Aurora, Avery and Lila.

The boys:

Sawyer, Jack, Hudson, Finn, Emerson, Bear, Puppy, Max, Kai and Cooper.

Luna fancy

At WOOF, we have at least one representative for each of these names (except Aurora and Emerson – any Auroras or Emersons want to come to WOOF? You could be a trailblazer!)

We mostly have a lot of Max’s, Coopers and Bellas. Lots and lots of Bellas! (And Murphy’s, but that’s not on this year’s list.)

Frank fancy

Yet only one Frank. Hmmm.

Ruby fancy

I have my own approach to choosing my dogs’ names: I look at the dog, cast my eyes skyward, see a bunch of names circling in a little imaginary name cloud, and blurt something out. Then my dogs get stuck with my whim (you’re welcome Sherman, Penny, Woody and Clyde!)

Zeppelin fancyMany of my dogs already came with a name, because they were rescues.

lady fancy

I could have changed their names, but it just didn’t feel right. For example, Lady has been Lady for many years before she lived with me – she knows it, she responds to it. And although it wouldn’t have been my first choice, it seems to fit her. (She is one of the most feminine female dogs I’ve ever had!) So Lady it has stayed.

Bowie fancy

I believe Bowie was named after David Bowie, who famously had two different-colored eyes too.

Smoke fancy

And Smoke for his smoky colors? (Or maybe because he enjoys cigars – I’m not sure yet; we haven’t hung out together socially.)

Sarge fancy

I’m also still getting to know Sarge, but so far the name seems to suit him. He’s kind of a take-charge sort of fellow. (As most bulldogs are.)

Personally, I like dogs with human names. For example, I’m dying to one day name a dog Gary. No idea why. I also like Doris or Joan. The dignity of a human name attached to a dog just tickles me.

Morty fancy

Ah, Morty. Perfection.

How did you choose your dog’s name?

 

26Apr/12

Perfect names & breed buddies

When you work around dozens upon dozens of dogs, you start to notice things. Patterns emerge. Alliances are formed. Discoveries are made.

(This might be a high-falutin’ way of saying if you stare at dogs long enough, you might go a little nuts.)

Today Nicole, one of our dog handlers, told me there were several dogs who had THE PERFECT NAMES. I wasn’t sure what she was talking about until I saw for myself.

For example, meet Peanut:

I'm Peanut!

Meet Peanut’s friend, Meatball.

Yo, I'm Meatball.

Now behold Peanut and Meatball together.

MEATBALL!!!!

peanut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You know, Nicole, I’m starting to see what you  mean!

Now let’s look at a few more.

This is Licorice.

This is Shadow.

And this is Hades.

(Now I get The Omen reference, but if this is what H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks looks like, I’m not so afraid anymore – such a beautiful smile!)

The other thing you start to notice are BREED BUDDIES. It is an observational “fact” (if that exists, and we say it does) that like breeds tend to gravitate towards one another in the playrooms.

Look at Sammy and Buddy, the Golden Retrievers.

Hi

They always seem to sit together.

And Sarge and Lando – the king of terriers – Airedales!

Hey!

 

They get each other’s high energy like no one else.

Also Lola and Oliver, the Puggles.

We're special.

 

They’re from the same family but we still consider them BREED BUDDIES.

And there’s Stella and Marzen, the German Shorthair Pointers.

We're huntin'

 

And last but not least, the stunning pair known as Travis and Kona, the Siberian Huskies.

This is my girlfriend.

She makes me laugh.

We're young, beautiful and in love.

 

So the next time someone sends you one of those funny e-mails of the owners who look like their dogs, send them this blog.

It may be that we subconsciously choose dogs who resemble us – but it’s also true that dogs know a few things too.

Like that they have the perfect name and totally own it!

Or recognize their own and like what they see.

It’s a WOOF FACT.

xoxoxo,

Vickie Jean @ WOOF