We're very dog friendly here at 41 Planters Glen Drive. Although, we're not, "bring your Great Dane or Irish Wolfhound over and let them take a 'Clydesdale' dump in our yard" friendly, but for the most part canines fair well at Casa Laugisch. We even had the distinct pleasure of sharing our home with a certain brown Cocker Spaniel for ten years. Buster was an awesome dog but I refuse to care for another animal that has to spend the entire day by itself. We don't have children and are both working professionals...least wise, Claudia is a professional teacher...I dabble at being a professional. I cant bear to think of how lonely that can be for a dog to be couped up in a house all day...waiting and waiting. We decided that we would forgo the responsibility of taking on another pet til at least one of us was retired.
It has been decreed that, regardless of what breed we decide to adopt, it will be a combo pair, either a brother-brother, sister-sister or the dealers choice, sister-brother, combo. She is leaning toward the brother-sister combo and I'm in favor of two boys. It got us to thinking about prospective names for these beasts.
Do you know the most popular dog name? According to this organization, Veterinarian Pet Insurance, Max has been the most popular dog name for the past six years. Here's the top ten: Max, Baily, Buddy, Molly, Maggie, Lucy, Daily, Bella, Jake and Rocky. Those names are fine if your generation was watching Howdy Doody, some are ok, but the others have to go. There was one interesting name that didn't make the top ten, but I was more surprised anyone would name their dog this: Gizmo. As this is my blog and I get to make the rules, that right there is a stupid name and the result of poor parenting...you know this is where Mom and Dad just caved into the kids wishes and allowed the protector of the family to walk through life with some moronic title. I'm here to put an end to this, right now.
I will get to what Claudia and I decided upon for the names of our future dogs in a minute, but in the mean time I'm going to give a remedial course in how to name your dog. Male dogs are easy, because, naturally, I'm a guy and I usually leave the "foo-foo" stuff to Claudia anyways. To start, the Dog is a symbol of strength and they react strongly to visible leadership..."Muffy" is not going to be the Alpha male of the pack no matter what breed it is...that's a name for a Gerbil. Hondo is a name I always wanted to give a dog. It is a tribute to one of my favorite authors, Louis La Mour and his book by the same name. Duke and Dutch are solid names as are Patton, Ike and MacArthur which keeps you grounded to that leadership theme. You could also classify male dogs in the blue collar category, especially if they're lacking that distinct leadership trait and go with Hank, Ralph or Stan. These are the dogs that will carry the mail for you, chase the cats and cars and annoyingly bark at anyone who comes in the yard. My sister, Laurie, had a brindle colored French/Belgian Mastiff that was close to 160 lbs...he was a big bastard and had a fitting name...Titan.
As for the girl canines, I tend to feel they deserve a feminine quality to their name, but be careful and remember...Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.... Dixie is a favorite for me living here in the South. I love the previously mentioned Molly and Claudia's sister Brenda and her family had a chocolate lab named Madison who was the most majestic and lady-like dog I have ever known. Some others I'm fond of are Daisy, Biscuit, Lulu, and Ema. One of the more striking names I've heard was Abbey Rose, man...I love that handle.
Back to our little quandary of future names. It goes without saying that the breed has to play an important part in all this...you'll get a chuckle out of this one...we're going to get 2 English Bulldogs. Yeah, I knew you would like it...can you see me and Claudia walking these short, fat behemoths in the park? Anyways, as I said earlier she is leaning toward the Brother-Sister combo and naming them Ike and Tina...please, I hope no one needs me to help them get that one. I like it and it is a helluva a conversation piece. My names, if I get the opportunity to pick 2 brothers would be Thurl and Cozelle. It's a WOLFPACK thing...Thurl Bailey and Cozelle McQueen were stalwarts on the 1983 NCAA championship team and I thought it would be a fitting honor to name my dogs after them. There you have it...how to name your dog...go forth and make this a better world for that lovable four legged friend of yours and give them a name they can be proud of.