There is a pivotal moment in every dog owning human’s life where they must name their pooch. It’s so climactic & fur raising that its results could be syndicated as a “Gong Show” type program entitled, “Name that Pooch!” Fur balls from all over the globe would take the stage, their respective epithets being unknown to audience members & judges until, after a moment of cuteness induced oooo’s & ahhh’s, their names are announced.
“His name is Kale!,” announces a bashful bipedal donning an outfit of crocs, socks, & allover denim. A collective scoff spews forth from the audience, reducing the adorable doe-eyed Bichon at the stage’s center to a chewy bit of leafy greens that sticks like velcro to teeth. The judges all simultaneously crush the “X” button and suggest cutesie renames like, “Doc McFluffins” & “Puff Doggy"
The next hopeful hound trots onto the floor. Giggles ensue as the anonymous Basset lets out an, “AroooooOOooOOOOOOOooo!” and an impressive drool tsunami.
The drool monster in question’s keeper exclaims like an old school town cryer, “His name… is Salvador Droo-lee!”
The horde of onlookers springs upward in a guffaw of laughter & slow claps. Sal’s cheeky name is subsequently approved and even wins him the show. He goes on to become a worldwide sensation and paper towel spokesdog.
This fanciful episode of “Name That Pooch” is illustrative of an all too overlooked fact: your dog’s name matters just as much as yours. It’s the difference between dog park shame & dog park fame. It can either make or break your budding spokesdog’s career, even! Imagine if Salvador Droo-lee’s name was instead “Bob”… Way less endearing.
So I bring to you our own game of "Name That Pooch" in the form of 10 cute dogs (who are up for adoption, guys!) with quirky names. They may or may not spark your inner Shakespeare when you go to name your pooch: that or just make you LOL because they're so ridiculous. Point is, there is after all A LOT in a name.