What’s In a Name?

There is a special uniqueness to every dog in the universe.  Some people love big dogs and we had our share of them with Carl, the 175 pound Mastiff who was gentle and floated like a butterfly. What a great name for this big guy whose name means “robust and reserved, and very serious.”  It was the perfect description of this dog’s personality. Betsy LOr Betsy, the white Pyrenees who loved to taste the falling snowflakes on her tongue and yet would charge across the playground teasing her big pal Trouble into play time.  The definition of her name fit her to a tee, “shy but playful, smart and pretty.”  That was our big girl Betsy.

Awww, what can we say about Trouble?  A name that means “to agitate and stir things up, or to put things into a confused motion.” His owner already knew what he would grow up to be, even when he was a wee little ball of black and grey fur.  That cute little Malamute started coming for Doggy Daycare when he was just a pup, and had some of the cutest expressions you’ve ever seen.   TroubleL2013-11-06They just conveyed how much he loved to play with everyone and he was simply a delight.  He was light on his feet and swiftly ran from one end of the playground to the other.  But he would quickly grow up into a mischievous, “trouble maker” that still loved running around but now wanted to provoke all of the staff and the other pooches, living up to his given name in every way.

Trouble loved playing “cat and mouse” with Betsy his girlfriend as he grew older, and his biggest delight was keeping things stirred up by teasing the other dogs, especially a serious Border Collie named Noodle that sat faithfully by Will all day long, his appointed master at The Pooch.  Trouble would quietly saunter by Noodle and Will and act like nothing was going on in that mischievous brain of his.  As soon as Noodle let down his guard for even a moment, noodleTrouble would charge over to them just as if to say “Here I am you crazy people!  I am going to get in your face and show you who is really in charge here!”  Noodle, feeling so shameful about neglecting his appointed guard duties, would shake himself off and chase that big ornery pooch away, weighing far less than the smiling stinkpot Trouble, who wasn’t fazed in the slightest.  He just chuckled to himself and started right back up again in a few minutes, over and over and over throughout the day.  Needless to say, Noodle slept really well at night, so tired from his hard day of work.  His name which means “a fool or silly person,” didn’t fit him at all.  He was a hard working pooch that diligently kept his guard all day long.

There were pairs of dogs with great names like Guiness and Stout, Boudreaux and Huckleberry, Marley and Ziggy, Carlos and Santi, Tug and Kaida, Charlie and Ethel, Roxie and Rufus, Bhalu and Zaytoon and others too numerous to list here.  But don’t worry, we plan on sharing many stories about our pals, so join our blog to read funny secrets about your pooch.

What’s in a name?  Choose carefully, because what you name your pooch may portend his or her future behavior.  Look what happened to Trouble!



  1. Brenda,
    Loved these examples!
    My dog was Buddy, a black Lab. He was truly my buddy, loved being near me, taking car rides, lying at the foot of my computer. He liked being around cats (when no one was looking, he’d sleep next to them!). But he was a buddy to my two other dogs, Dumi and Dutch, and he became a mischievous.buddy. I miss that pal of mine!
    He passed away a few days before Thanksgiving.


  2. Love reading about dog names. Our old Yellow Lab was Obi and yes he was a Jedi Master. Then we got Experiment 626 – okay he’s Stitch and yes he keeps the family stitched together. We also now have Chewie AKA Chewbugga, yep that sums him up. Lucky he is cute!


  3. Cute article! I think you nailed it. When we named Maggie, we went through a hundred names that just didn’t feel right. Then we came to Maggie and we both looked at each other and knew it was perfect for her.


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