We have many stories on Petplace.com on how to name your dog, the meaning behind dogs names, common names and even uncommon names. This has inspired many dog lovers to send us stories about HOW their dog got their names. We liked the stories so much that we wanted to share them with you.
Here are some of our favorites:
My Cairn/LH Chihuahua X is named Squirt because she was so small when I
got her at 5 weeks of age, she easily fit in the palm of my hand. She
was just a “squirt of a dog”! Squirt will be 11 this coming Feb. and she is the light of my world! – Leslie and Squirt
We had a Pom (Teddi-Bear) that died Dec. 2004. The next Mothers Day we were visiting a house, next to where we previously lived and saw a Pom outside of our old house that looked just like Teddi! So I called her Teddi and she came running. Interested in another Pom, we asked the owners where they got her and they offered her to us. Her name is Deja-Vu (we call her Deja) for obvious reasons. Looks just like Teddi! – Mark G.
I knew a dog named Kenmore. He was found in a Sears parking lot! – Amy Toothaker
Fidget- We named our yellow lab. When she was a puppy she didn’t want to sit still. She was fidgeting while she liked to cuddle. – Pam Dennis
I named my cat “Ripley” after the Aliens character Sigourney Weaver played ellen “ripley” because I found her abandoned by her mother who was too young to care for kittens in my back yard, thinking it was a rat I took a broom to beat it to death but my little boy stopped me & shouted, “it’s a kitten mom!” I adopted her & treated her as though she was a human baby, she survived many possible deaths in that back yard, therefore “Ripley” couldn’t be more appropriate. yes?
We had a male Pomeranian who passed away last year at the age of 15. We purchased him when he was 6 months old, and he was on sale. So we named him Clearance. – Laura Pentowski
My dachschund was an impulse purchase. It was love at first sight. So, he’s aptly named Impulse. Nicknamed Imp, since he’s a naughty little creature anyway. – Janine
I have a black lab named Destiny. I found him lying in the weeds along a four-lane highway. Someone had hit him & left him to die. I normally would not look where he was as that is where I turn on to the highway & am usually looking in my rear-view mirror to watch traffic coming around a curve & down the hill behind me, but for some reason, ( I call it destiny), I happened to look in the ditch & saw that black head above the weeds. A friend & I rolled him onto a blanket, carried him up out of the ditch, put him in my Jeep, & took him to my vet. He never growled, whined, or tried to bite. He spent 10 days at the vet & cost me a $1000, so I decided at that cost I’d best keep him! He had to have his left hind leg amputated at the hip, had lost over 1/2 of his blood into the tissue around that hip, was mal-nourished, dehydrated, full of worms & fleas, & his other hip was out of the socket. That hip would not stay in place, but the vet said he would eventually learn to walk on it & he has. It is a very awkward gait, but he doesn’t seem to notice as he rips & tears through the house playing with his Cocker brother or our 5 cats. I also have 2 female Labs outside & just lost my 15 year old Lab-Bassett mix that I’d had since she was a puppy. All of our pets were strays or otherwise unwanted animals we have taken in & are the joys of our lives.
Anyway, this was a long story, but now you know why his name is ‘Destiny’, I was meant to be his new Mommy. Thanks, Joetta Snelling
Since I love bagels (and now beagles), I’ve named them after my favorites: Garlic, Blueberry and Pumpernickel.
My Jack Russell Terrier’s name is Rudy. We name him after Rudy Ruettiger whose college life was depicted in the movie “Rudy”. In the movie Rudy Ruettiger learns to let nothing stop him from realizing his ambitions if you know the Jack Russell breed – they have dogged determination to get what they want. The name fits my little guy perfectly!
I have a Yellow Lab named Yellow Dog… After the movie Funny Farm with
Chevy Chase.. It has been my all time Fav for as long as I can remember. When my husband and I first started dating he loved the movie also and we decided we would have a lab and name her yellow dog.
Years passed and we are married now, It was last October right around trick or treat and a few of the kids in the neighborhood came to the door and said they found this dog walking alone in the rain storm we had the night before. They brought her to me and she was a mess hair loss all over due to fleas, worms, ear infection you name it she had it. My husband not being as an extreme dog lover as I am said NO WAY. I told him I would get fixed up and healthy and we would go from there, He didn’t think at all this ugly skinny dog would even survive much less become who she is. She weighed 22lbs when we got her, She is now a wonderful 75lbs a full blooded Yellow Lab names Yellow Dog.. she has turned out to be the most wonderful dog She is patient loving and adores our 2 year old daughter Ella they have became best friends. This is the wonderful story of our Yellow Dog that was I swear sent from God. – Kristie
I loved the names suggested for Rotties. My Rottie was abandoned at a local city park in the dog park area. I found him there while running one morning in june 2007. Every time I passed him he would whine a little and wag his “tail”. No one would go in the enclosed area and after talking with him through the fence I did. He just come over and sat up and gently put his front paws on my hips and tried to lick my face. I was hooked. It was determined he was abandoned and I took him home to find his owner or a new home. 3 days later I knew we were meant to be. His name is Moses Malachi, Malachi meaning a special messenger from God. My dearest friend had passed away 6 months before and had wanted me to adopt a dog for company. He said he would send one from heaven and he did. Moses was fully trained when we found each other. He is the sweetest. A rottie would not have been a choice at all but this gentle giant has been the best companion and does “work” with the elderly and enjoys that time. Everybody just loves him. I have been truly blessed to have him. You have such a great site, thank you as it has helped me a lot. I also love the videos. Keep up the great work. Thank You.
Unusual names for Mini schnauzers – My Mini Schnauzer’s name was O’fer. I came up with that name because her kennel number was 04…so I combined the two numbers “Oh four” shortened it a bit and walla O’fer (Middle name Rainbow -because I paid for her with my rainbow card). My little sweetie died on 17 June, but she will remain with me forever.
I think that lacey is a great name for a blck dog, Saying i have a black lab named lacey. I got her as a surprise on my birthday. My parents said that she was the last girl. My mother was looking around and petting all of the dogs when she saw a little dog that just noticed her when she saw him. It was a Yellow lab so to be named woody ( or tiger woods, she loves to golf ).when she came home and brought in lacey I almost started crying she was soooo cute, I asked them where they got her. they said “We got THEM of the esplanade, a house was advertising them in the paper”i didnt know who them was so i asked. i got an answer of of ” ohh sorry we brought home her brother for me. I asker why she decided that he was the one out of all the puppies and she said, “the second our eye meet i felt like i could see right into him. They Sydney Holderbein
Regarding your article on dog names and asking for unique ones. Well I am the proud Mother of two Shih Tzu‘s my older one is a certified Therapy Dog who models she will be 7 years old on Wednesday her name is Trixie. Now I now that that is not unique however my other Shih Tzu is called “Miss Kyipo” pronounced KEY POE, it is Tibetan and means “Peace and Happiness”. As they are a dog of Tibetan origin and I had been blessed by the Dali Lama last year here in Toronto I asked the Tibetan families around me to help me pick out a nice name for her and since the Dali Lama was here to discuss Happiness and always wants Peace for the world we settled on Kyipo I always add a Miss to my female dogs names. I hope you find this name rather interesting and as unique as I do. Wishing you all a day full of wonders. – Marlaine Albert
Dora-(Do for first born as first musical note) salt & pepper schanuzer pup who’s very curious(as in dora the explorer). Re-mi -(second born schnauzer and the third didn’t make it. – Lucille
My golden retrievers cool name is “Lady Liberty” but for short we always call her Libby. I have a golden color cat too, that we named Uncle Sam, and for short we call him Sammy. We got Libby shortly after Sept 11, 2001 and that is why we named her something patriotic. So of course, when we rescued Sammy a few years later, we had to name him something patriotic too! I love you site, and read articles from it frequently. – Karen McGill
I have a pair of Min Pins – Harley (rough & tumble – a leather kind of guy, loads of fun with a naughty streak) after Harley Davidson and Duffy(always the life of the party, will try anything, and always around for last call) after Duffy’s Love Shack, the premier party spot on St Thomas. Their full names are Love My Harley Doglett and Duffy’s Caribbean Doglett.
I also have two Dobes – Princess Coki Colada after Coki Beach on St Thomas and the drink most readily on that beach – pina colada and Cruzan’s Caribbean Breeze after – you guessed it – Cruzan Rum. I chose the Caribbean theme because of the warmth of my dogs’ personalities, the joy and fun they bring to my life, and the soulful reflection in their eyes like the reflection of the sea. – Shelley