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Name that pooch

Posted Thursday, February 17, 2011, at 8:41 AM

We spent some enjoyable TV time watching the Westminster dog show. It's not called the "Super Bowl" of dog shows for no reason.

This year they added a couple of new breeds to the dog groups. While watching these truly spectacular dogs parade across the screen, we checked out the unusual names.

Some people get wild and crazy picking a pet's name. But, then you hear their more simple, easier to remember name choices. They included those like Hickory, Winston, Mo, Prada, Hunka Munka, Phoenix, and Tucker.

Personally, I choose whatever hits me at the time we pick up our new pooch. Years ago, on the way home with our new Cairn puppy, I heard the song with the lyrics, "Dude looks like a lady" and that's what I named him.

A couple of years back we got a Chihuahua mix. I'd already decided to call him Lenny Kravatz. We get a lot of funny, amused looks when he's called into the vet's office.

While at the vets, I've heard a lot of great names. My favorite is an English Bulldog called Large Marge. Brings a smile to my face every time I hear it.

If you talk to dog owners, they will willingly share their favorite pets moniker. We met a lady who called her dog Indiana Bones. Great name!

After Googling the top 10 pet names, the list included: Bella, Bailey, Max, Lucy, Molly, Buddy, Maggie, Daisy, Charlie, and Sophie.

Not to be outshone, our family (both sides) has picked some dandy handles for their dogs. We have two Katies, Shaman, Luna, Mozer, Hazel, Rosie, Lenny, Dude, Kreika, Sadie, Rusty, Coco, Wilbur, Sophie, Hazel, Bebe, and Tessie.

As this indicates, we are slightly obsessive with dog ownership ... you gotta love them.


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Had a dog when I was a kid named Rosie, not sure why we called her that.

-- Posted by simmons on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 2:24 PM

My first boxers name was Caleb. The second boxer I had was named Cherokee Spike, then we had a third boxer named B's Bouncing Bruiser. We have had several other boxers named Sheba, Daisy, Roudy and Little Bethsheba. It is really hard to come up with names for the A.K.C. They want unusual names.

-- Posted by Scorpio1969 on Sat, Feb 19, 2011, at 9:30 AM

My wife also reminded me that our first dog was named Falcon. Because I loved Louis Lamour's books and Lando Sackett's father was Falcon. My sons also bear the Sackett name tradition.

-- Posted by bhobbs on Fri, Feb 18, 2011, at 10:44 PM

We call our mini schnauzer Sofie Circles cause she whirls in circles when she gets excited and our other dog Molly Barker for the obvious cause she loves to bark.

-- Posted by summersolstice on Fri, Feb 18, 2011, at 10:15 AM

We have a white lab named Marshmallow. We also had her sister that was a chocolate lab for awhile. Her name was Cocoa. We have a yorkie named Max, a cat named Gizmo, a guinea pig named Cagey, two mice named Stewart and Squeakers, and lots of fish with all kinds of names. Can you tell most were named by the kids? We love them, all!

-- Posted by mmmmsmom on Thu, Feb 17, 2011, at 10:03 PM

Also, bhobbs, in college, I heard of a couple naming their twins Clark and Addison. Apparently the wife was a big Cubs fan, while the husband was a big Supermman fan.

-- Posted by ISUgrad06 on Thu, Feb 17, 2011, at 1:12 PM

bhobbs, LOVE the name! My son is named Wrigley :)

-- Posted by ISUgrad06 on Thu, Feb 17, 2011, at 1:11 PM

I'm really bad about calling my pup all of the following:

Bark Twain (After the famous Samuel Barkens)

Samuel L. Barkson

Barkington Bear

Barks-a-Lot (the musician who had the hit song "Baby Got Bark")

I've probably given him a complex.

-- Posted by per moenia urbis on Thu, Feb 17, 2011, at 10:39 AM

We named our golden retriever Addison after the address to Wrigley field. Yes I am a Cub fan. :)

-- Posted by bhobbs on Thu, Feb 17, 2011, at 10:04 AM


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