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By Lance Gardner on April 15, 2010

So how do we go about naming our furry friends? You can do like I did, and ask the youngest member of the family. He did need some guidance, however.

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Apr 15, 2010 11:59 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
I always like to pick names that are no more than 2 syllables, but we did have a rottweiler named Felony . She had a litter of 13 misdemeanors...
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Apr 16, 2010 8:13 AM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
Zany, you are a Hoot! How are you doing these days and do you still have a dog? I remember your posting at The Gathering Place several years ago and showing pictures of your dog. Do you still have that dog. I can't remember its name. I was reading the posts the other day and wondering about it. (That is not in reference to the one that was run over but rather the one that you got from the same breeder later.)
Apr 16, 2010 8:28 AM CST
Name: Memory Russell
SW Connecticut
I had a dobie named Turk and he was the best!
Apr 16, 2010 9:50 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Hi, Elena! Yes, I have Pyxle and she is a spoiled and much loved house pet.

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Apr 16, 2010 10:40 AM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
Ah yes, Pyxle. I do well to remember my family's names much less my friends dogs names. Sticking tongue out She is beautiful. She is a sheltie rather than a collie, right? Sometime if you ever have time, it would be nice if you could update over at TGP with that picture of her just so the folks there will know she is doing well. I know I have thought of her so many times and wondered. After the tragedy of your losing the other dog and looking for and finding Pyxle, it is good to know that story has a happy ending. I rremember the pictures of her when she was tiny. I seem to remember that she was just a few weeks old. Do you still have your cat? I always used to look forward to your adventures with your dogs and the cat. Hope your mom is doing well. Give her a hug for me please. Love you and it is good to see you again.....and Pyxle too. Lovey dubby
Apr 17, 2010 8:38 PM CST
Name: Donna
My brother attempted to name one of our dogs Melody. Dad vetoed that plan thank goodness. She looked like that Spud's McKenzie dog from the old 80's Budweiser commercials--think dad called her a cowdog. Dad named her Babe.

We had a matched set of chihuahuas growing up as well--black w/ tan markings--Poncho and Missy.

I really think we only had one miss step with pet naming---a rabbit we (maybe "I") named Flopsy who grew into a huge male breeding rabbit who weighed about 20+ lbs. We ended up giving him back to the guy we got him from to use for stud:lol:
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Apr 19, 2010 5:37 AM CST
Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX
The 12 years my partner and I have been together, our dogs have always had "people" names - though, they have always come to us named, and we only actually named our most recent little girl. Our dogs were/are:

Emily - Our first dog, a Jack Russell. She came to us as a puppy, breeder's daughter had named the litter after her basketball team, and it just seemed to fit (and it did, perfectly). We lost Em to canine lymphoma about 2 years ago when she was 8 years old.

Venny - our first greyhound. He was a retired racer. His racing name was 'Texas Revenger', and they called him 'Venny' for short. We lost Ven to cancer about 2½ years ago to cancer. He was only about 7½ years old.

Mosconi - Our second greyhound we got after losing Venny. Another retired racer, he was named after a big pool player. He's now about 9½.

Jimmy - Our second JRT. His litter was born at around midnight, New Year's Eve 2007. He was born right at the cusp of midnight - the first baby of 2007! The breeder named him "James Bond" derived from the "007". We call him Jimmy for short.

Nola - Last is our "new" girl. We got her from the same breeder as Jimmy. I picked her up the Saturday after Hurricane Ike hit us, and she'll be 2 this summer. Her name has "people" origins - it's a feminie version of "Nolan", which means "Little Champion". It's also somewhat of a maternal tradition. For several generations, her maternal line as had short, four-letter names beginning with "N" (Nina, Nora...). I decided to keep that and eventually came up with this.
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Apr 19, 2010 5:11 PM CST
Name: Donna
I like people names for dogs. Those are great names--sorry about your loss though.

I remember loving the names David Letterman had for his two dogs back in the 80's--I want to say Bob and Steve were their names--and that just tickled me.

My dad was a "free to good home" type of dog collector:lol: Most of our dogs had issues and when one passed away my stay at home mom (who became closest w/ all the pets) would tell him "No more dogs! I'm done, I just can't take this anymore!". In about a week pop would show up with some skittish sorta ugly-ish dog:lol:
Apr 25, 2010 6:29 PM CST
Name: Sandy Coffman
Jacksonville, Florida
I have had a Ruff as a child
A GSD called Hilde her brother was Butch
one Dobie my brother named Strider
one Dobie that I name Sauron
first Terv was named Cherokee(show dog)
Second terv called Hilo or Hilokee
My now terv is named Andre but is usually called Brat of Demon as he is.

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Apr 27, 2010 11:24 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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Nice selection of names. I especially like the Lord of the Rings allusions. I assume Sauron was not necessarily an evil overlord, just a good way to scare away the neighbors.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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Apr 27, 2010 11:52 AM CST
Name: Sandy Coffman
Jacksonville, Florida
You have it. He was protective of the yard and house. But when the neighborhood kids wanted to play, I would open the gate and he was a gentle playmate. He was what I was told was a "warlock" He was over 100 pounds and had the high head crest bone. Our vet loved him. He was almost ready to start showing in Utility classes when he get sick with cancer. Great dog.

Hilokee or Hilo's name started out as a joke. He was to be my next show dog, and as I was trying to find a good call name-I was also dealing with a Infinity dealer ship(worked for regional office of Nissan) They where group that thought they where the cat's meow. Overly proud bunch. The dealership was Hilo. Unfortunately Hilo had a small hidden flaw that made him unsuitable for breeding and there for for breed show ring. We where going to do the Obedience but I get hurt, right after I get downsized.. But he was the "bestest" dog, he took care of me after the accident

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