What’s In A Pet Name?

A recent article in the New York Times delves deep into the efforts that go into naming a dog.  The article covers everything from general common sense, keep the name relatively short, to the more exact, use specific letters like “s” and “k” in a name to better get your dogs attention.  I can’t say I agree with everything in the article, but it was interesting to read about all the different ways people come up with pet names.

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And of course, regardless of what name you pick, you have to take your pet to Pride Rock for the naming ceremony

Our first family dog, Indy, was formally known as Indiana Bones per a brilliant suggestion from my dad.  My mom’s dog Scout is named after her favorite character from To Kill A Mockingbird. As you may or may not know, Eko’s name was preordained long before I got him.  I always said that I would name my first dog Mr. Eko after my favorite character from the show LOST. The character was loyal, tough and adventurous.  I have always loved the name, but I have to admit it took Eko a while to grow into it.

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Eko looking real adventurous and tough his first week home!  If you picked him up he would be asleep within about thirty seconds

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During his gangly “teenage” phase, Eko didn’t exactly have the look of a seasoned adventurer

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Now I couldn’t imagine Eko with any other name

All this is just my very long way of asking how you named your pet.  I get a kick of hearing all the unique stories about how people came to a name, so be sure to let me know!



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Hey! Your blog rocks, just found it through the Purina app. Eko is gorgeous and it’s cool how he got his name.

We’re both huge geeks, so we knew when we chose a Beagle that we’d pay homage to Captain Archer’s Beagle Porthos from “Star Trek Enterprise”, so Admiral Archer was a given. After we got him, we tried out all kinds of different names for the middle, and Ben just fit him best. That would be the end of it, but then when we got his CKC certificate, they’d misspelled his name as Benjiman, so we decided to keep it.

My boy Duncan was named after a most handsome hero from the tv series Highlander named “Duncan, Duncan McCloud of the clan McCloud, there can be inly one”

My family got our first dog, a Cockapoo, when I was nine, and I got to name him: Dusty Buster (though I was the only one who ever acknowledged that he had a middle name). Dusty because when he was a puppy, the fur on his head was grayer than the rest of his body, so I reasoned that he looked dusty; Buster because that was my favorite character on the TV show ‘Arthur.’
Thirteen years later, our Beagle/Basset Hound mix was harder to name. We adopted him from a shelter with the name Chewchee, which we didn’t like. My dad remembered an old TV show called ‘The People’s Choice’, where the main character had a Basset Hound named Cleo. Our new dog was a boy, though, so we couldn’t use that. My dad mentioned that the main actor in ‘The People’s Choice’ was Jackie Cooper, and so we all agreed to call our new dog Cooper!

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