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July 25, 2012 6:09 PM   Subscribe

Help me name my rescue dog.

I arrived at work last Friday to find this mongrel peering at me through the glass of the front door. A coworker had found it sniffing around the office building an hour prior and placed a call to the Humane Society for retrieval. We took a liking to one another so I decided to cancel the call and adopt it myself. There were no tags, collar or lost dog posting that matched its description.

For the life of me I can't pick a name. Help?

Characteristics:
- Huge grin
- Slobbers everywhere
- Sloppy eater/drinker
- Young, perhaps 8 months
posted by troll to Pets & Animals (74 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
Boy? Girl?

The pic screams "Happy" or "Howdy" or something like that to me.
posted by strixus at 6:12 PM on July 25, 2012


Girl.
posted by troll at 6:13 PM on July 25, 2012


My son the dog-lover is sitting next to me and he says "Floppers" because of his (?) floppy ears and floppy tongue. His friend who is here with us says she (?) looks like a "Rasputia." I see "Roscoe."
posted by headnsouth at 6:13 PM on July 25, 2012


Baxter or maybe Timothy?
posted by justjess at 6:13 PM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


I am a huge fan of Beanworld lately and I think I'd name a dog like that WAHOOLAZUMA and call her Zoomy for short.
posted by jessamyn at 6:13 PM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Ah, nevermind :(
posted by justjess at 6:14 PM on July 25, 2012


Roxy! Or Peanut Butter (nicknames PB and Butterball).
posted by Mizu at 6:14 PM on July 25, 2012


Rosie
posted by Fairchild at 6:14 PM on July 25, 2012


She's a Murphy for sure.
posted by carsonb at 6:16 PM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Bailey! What a cutiepie.
posted by cozenedindigo at 6:17 PM on July 25, 2012


Caletta, after the wife of Robert Johnson, who abandoned her when she fell ill and went on the road as an itinerant musician, and who eventually wrote "Hellhound On My Trail."
posted by The World Famous at 6:19 PM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


I say Ella Mae.
posted by merocet at 6:19 PM on July 25, 2012


Gambit
posted by argonauta at 6:21 PM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


I say Susie. (And don't forget to have a vet scan her for a microchip.)
posted by cairdeas at 6:21 PM on July 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


Definitely looks like a Baxter to me.
posted by ainsley at 6:23 PM on July 25, 2012


Pepper.

I also like Roxie.
posted by Sara C. at 6:24 PM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


I don't know why, but Mable or Myrtle work for me. (And such a cutie too --- love her goofy expression.)

Do you tend to prefer people names, descriptive names like Happy or Goofball, or silly names like Swizzlestick?
posted by easily confused at 6:24 PM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Please have her checked for a microchip! She may already have a name... and a family searching the streets calling for her right now!
posted by two lights above the sea at 6:25 PM on July 25, 2012 [10 favorites]


Sally
posted by facetious at 6:25 PM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Deedee?

And yes, do get her scanned at the vet's. Read this recently and found it quite illuminating.
posted by peripathetic at 6:26 PM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Rogue. Girl superhero with mostly brown hair with a white streak in the middle.

Plus: rogue/rōg/ One who is playfully mischievous; a scamp.
posted by iconomy at 6:28 PM on July 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


Freckles.
posted by schyler523 at 6:29 PM on July 25, 2012 [9 favorites]


I like Gambit. That dog has a gambling face.

Good catch.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 6:29 PM on July 25, 2012


Lolly
posted by Wantok at 6:34 PM on July 25, 2012


I'm listening to this song right now, and it's possibly influencing why I think she looks like a "Billie", but I'd still call her "Little Girly" just as often. She's lovely, and I hope she gets what she needs, be that you, or finding her family if that's the case.
posted by peagood at 6:35 PM on July 25, 2012


Happy.
posted by xingcat at 6:35 PM on July 25, 2012


Dakota
posted by backwards guitar at 6:36 PM on July 25, 2012


"Flash" (comes from 'Flash, the wonder beagle' from the Dukes of Hazzard TV show).
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey at 6:38 PM on July 25, 2012


Sally Ride.
posted by roger ackroyd at 6:39 PM on July 25, 2012 [3 favorites]


and yes that's not a beagle
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey at 6:39 PM on July 25, 2012


Another vote for Susie, but you should spell it Suzy.
posted by BibiRose at 6:47 PM on July 25, 2012


Or Sweetie, or Poppy, or Bonnie.
posted by BibiRose at 6:50 PM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Delaney/Della. Madeleine. Russe. Cinnabon. Ginger. Peanut.
posted by notquitemaryann at 6:50 PM on July 25, 2012


Maxine!
posted by jeudi at 6:53 PM on July 25, 2012


Gables, because she has freckles like Anne of Green Gables.
posted by Dasein at 6:54 PM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Sophie?

Oh god that dog is adorable.
posted by needs more cowbell at 7:05 PM on July 25, 2012


What a beauty! I think she's a Latte.
posted by lalex at 7:14 PM on July 25, 2012


Something about her suggests a 'p' name, not too fem. Parker, Parka, Parsley (I might use this for my next pet), Pizza, Pearl, Peppy, Pear, Parma(san), Pecorino, Pam, Polka
posted by Fig at 7:17 PM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


She looks like a Maggie to me.

Also, as suggested above, please make an effort to find her owner because she does not look like a stray. She looks well fed and taken care of so she might have just gotten out of someone's backyard and the family is worried sick looking for her.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 7:18 PM on July 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


HuggyBear!
posted by spinturtle at 7:26 PM on July 25, 2012


Porter
Pippi
posted by LobsterMitten at 7:28 PM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Pickles!
posted by sexyrobot at 7:31 PM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


That looks like a Smore to me.
posted by azpenguin at 7:32 PM on July 25, 2012


What an absolute sweetie! Good on you for keeping her safe and wanting to give her a home. I have to chime in my vote for either Happy (because she's all smiley) or Dee Dee (because that's my own nickname).

I also want to reiterate the above suggestions that you make a further effort to find her owner. She's healthy and happy, which suggests to me that she comes from a caring home. Maybe check again with local shelters, animal control, newspapers, online listings, etc., to make sure no one has posted a "Lost Dog" notice. You could also post "Found Dog" notices. And definitely have a vet scan for a microchip.

If these efforts come up empty, please then check with local county guidelines/rules for adopting a lost dog. There is a big lawsuit in the news these days about someone trying to get his lost dog back from the woman who found and kept it (http://www.kgw.com/video/featured-videos/Two-in-legal-dog-fight-over-lost-pooch-162212905.html). Lots of heartache.

I'm sure you want what's best for this lovely pup. Thank you for doing all the right things.
posted by Boogiechild at 7:49 PM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Boomer. Like Timmy's friend on Lassie.
posted by cmoj at 8:00 PM on July 25, 2012


Love the suggestions! I'll likely choose one here and mark it as the Best Answer.

I also appreciate the advice to do more to find an owner, if there is one. I've placed ads in two local papers and left a message with the shelter. The possibility of there being a microchip hadn't occurred to me. I'll bring that up during the vet visit.

Thank you all!
posted by troll at 8:13 PM on July 25, 2012 [3 favorites]


Looks like a Babs to be. "C'mere, Babs, babe!"
posted by roomwithaview at 8:18 PM on July 25, 2012


That is a goddamned Towser if ever I saw one. TOWSER.
posted by Decani at 8:25 PM on July 25, 2012


Buster.

Buster the Dog.
posted by Egg Shen at 8:26 PM on July 25, 2012


Well, if she's got the freckles, why not just Anne with an E? I'm sure she'll get into lots of scrapes, but with the best of intentions - and all her mistakes will be interesting?
posted by ChuraChura at 8:34 PM on July 25, 2012 [3 favorites]


See those toe nails? They've been trimmed. Recently. Chances are someone's missing her, so I'm going to suggest you try to find her sad family before getting too attached. And if she doesn't have fleas or ticks, that's a sure sign that she belongs to someone that takes really good care of her. Put an ad on Craigslist but don't don't get too specific, just state the area you where you found her and that she's female and brown/white. And check the lost messages also, chances are there'll be one there in the next day or two. If you get a call, be careful and ask for some kind of identifying detail, enough to satisfy you that this is their dog. Also, have her scanned for a chip. Vets do this for free, as do any/all animal shelters in your area.

She's so pretty! Good luck!
posted by raisingsand at 8:43 PM on July 25, 2012 [6 favorites]


I like peanut, as suggested up-thread.
posted by codacorolla at 8:59 PM on July 25, 2012


With those freckles and red fur, that's a Weasley if I ever saw one...
posted by DingoMutt at 9:03 PM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


My husband and I thought she looked like a pup who would have a bouncy gait, a little spring in her step. If that fits, we think Bounce would be a great name.
posted by alygator at 9:12 PM on July 25, 2012


I am a fan of giving a dog a name that means something to you. My fiance and I are big BSG geeks, so we named our dog Helo. It turned out to be a hilariously inappropriate name because he is *so* unlike the character, but it's a nice name nonetheless and occasionally another BSG fan will note the reference.

But yeah, he does look like he might have an owner, so I'd put up flyers, post on Craigslist, etc.
posted by radioamy at 9:18 PM on July 25, 2012


Also, keeping her would be great, but this is not a decision to be made lightly. We're six weeks in to keeping our "found in a parking lot" rescue and could not be happier with our sweet dog. However... first of all, she's an escape artist which is how she came to be rescued in the first place. And second, the vet bills for initial visit, shots, spaying, and a microchip have been substantial. The full spectrum has run us about $500 so far, so keep that in mind. Add in toys, food, and the $30 library book she ate last week, and that's at least another $150. Not trying to bring you down, but this is a big responsibility!
posted by raisingsand at 9:29 PM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Maybone!
posted by a humble nudibranch at 10:11 PM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Friday. "Good (dog) Friday"
posted by sianifach at 12:24 AM on July 26, 2012


Why, that there's Daisy. Daisy Mae.
posted by likeso at 1:37 AM on July 26, 2012


Hi Bella!
posted by carmicha at 2:52 AM on July 26, 2012


Those are some awesome eyes on your pooch. +1 more for Peanut (or Goober)

My dog is dumb as a bag of hammers. And when we got him from the rescue, they said his name was "Einstein" (wasn't how he was listed on their site, they had another einstein already so they gave him a random name). I figure it's tongue in cheek, like a 400 lb dude everyone calls Tiny.
posted by DigDoug at 4:35 AM on July 26, 2012


Bootsie, for her cute little white boots. She is really precious and you are so good to give her a home. Rescued pets always make me smile:-)
posted by mermayd at 4:39 AM on July 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


Joker
posted by newpotato at 5:50 AM on July 26, 2012


Trixie
posted by Dolley at 7:06 AM on July 26, 2012


Bucket
Stella
Mabel
posted by inertia at 7:53 AM on July 26, 2012


Lolly cause her tongue lolls out.
posted by ersatzkat at 8:02 AM on July 26, 2012


Take the dog to a vet to see if she has a chip. (I think they can all scan.)

If no one claims her, I'd call her Butchie.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 10:26 AM on July 26, 2012


Pup-a-roni
posted by BlueHorse at 4:03 PM on July 26, 2012


Annie
Pippi (as in Longstocking)
Blossom
Josie
Strawberry
Mary Jane
Lucy (I've always wanted a dog named Lucy so that I could say "yoohoo lucy" and "Luuuuuucy! You got some 'splainin to do!")
posted by tinamonster at 9:24 PM on July 26, 2012


Georgie.
posted by deborah at 10:28 PM on July 26, 2012


She looks like a Brownie to me. : )
posted by SisterHavana at 11:01 PM on July 26, 2012


That is clearly a Goober.
posted by MsMolly at 9:30 AM on July 27, 2012 [2 favorites]


Or possibly an Abba-Zabba.
posted by MsMolly at 9:37 AM on July 27, 2012


Viola. Don't ask me why but it fits. Vi for short.
posted by missmobtown at 12:27 AM on July 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


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