You were right. Sally is the right name for our new foster.
It slips right off the tongue and just sounds right. Plus, every time I carry her down the stairs to pee outside I get to sing Robert Palmer (Am I right that only my British friends in their 40s got the reference? I love having a puppy with her own theme song.).
So how do you guarantee that every time you name a dog you’ll pick a winner?
A Few Simple Rules for Naming a Dog
Don’t be cute.
Just a little advice from someone who named her first dogs Agatha and Christie. I swear I scarred Agatha for life just by giving her such a name.
If you insist on being cute, make sure everyone gets the joke.
A dachshund named Killer? Everyone gets it and most people laugh.
But Agatha and Christie rang few bells on my West Philadelphia block. For years, my dogs were commonly known as “Africa” and Christie.
Think about what the name will sound like when you call it out in public.
I’ve received some unwanted attention on the street after saying, “Oh Honey.” I’m just glad I didn’t go with my first name, “Sweetie Love Balls.”
Be sure it doesn’t sound too similar to important training cues.
That’s why Spit (sit), Kay (stay), Bum (come), and Jay Fred (play dead) are terrible names for a dog.
Choose a name that fits your dog’s personality.
Actually, we were thinking Honey might be a Stella. But once we met her, it was obvious she would never grow into the name. She was Honey all the way.
On second thought, forget all these rules.
After all, you’ll never call your dog by her name. Honey is also H-Boo, Sweetie, CutiePatootie, Lil Luv Pup, Best Dog Ever, and Fuzzy Butt.
Your Turn: How do you choose your dogs names? And have you ever made a mistake?