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Name our New Dog!! We just got a foster dog that we'll probably be keeping. Beautiful black lab. He might be a future Search and Rescue dog, or he may just be a family pet. Pictures inside!

This beautiful 9 month old black Lab is Beau or Bo, but we have kids who hear "no" a lot. We're thinking that might get confusing for the poor guy, so we want a new name.

Being the Harry Potter geek that I am I voted for Sirius, but my husband didn't like it.

Mr. Shoes like Max, but there are currently about 18 other Maxes at the dog park. Something equally simple would be best. Jack is a possibility.

I've heard that two syllables and hard sounds are good for dog names. Any ideas?

We have a German Shepherd named Leela, any name for the black dog needs to be different enough that he can distinguish between the two.

(Just for clarification, the black dog is Mr. Shoes dog. I'm posting on his behalf.)
posted by TooFewShoes to Pets & Animals (44 answers total)
 
Randy.
posted by kitty teeth at 4:12 PM on September 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


I used to have a Black Lab named Otis. It suited him.
posted by carolinecrane at 4:17 PM on September 8, 2012


Moriarty.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 4:19 PM on September 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Sam
posted by OsoMeaty at 4:20 PM on September 8, 2012


And I meant to say Marty or Morry for short.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 4:20 PM on September 8, 2012


Chase (esp if he becomes a search and rescue dog).
posted by quodlibet at 4:20 PM on September 8, 2012 [2 favorites]


The two syllable and hard consonant guidelines are nonsense from the New Skete monks. Pay that no mind, and find a name your ((handsome) dog responds to naturally and use positive rewards to reinforce it.

Boo

Blue

Bobby

Rocco

If he were mine? Handsome Bo.
posted by vers at 4:22 PM on September 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Brewster
posted by carmicha at 4:24 PM on September 8, 2012


Harry or Weasely or Potter for your HP fix.
Kirby, Rosco, Tex, Jasper, Bean, Joe...
posted by cecic at 4:29 PM on September 8, 2012


Jacob
posted by Vaike at 4:30 PM on September 8, 2012


Jake (with compliments to Vaike).

Scooter

Bowser
posted by 4ster at 4:31 PM on September 8, 2012


Rupert
Rutger
Bruno
Simon
posted by carmicha at 4:40 PM on September 8, 2012


Fry, of course.
posted by workerant at 4:50 PM on September 8, 2012 [3 favorites]


That dog's name is Huckleberry, but you'll just call him Huck.
posted by 26.2 at 4:52 PM on September 8, 2012 [2 favorites]


Lawrence
Lucky
posted by Dragonness at 4:55 PM on September 8, 2012


Bobo? Bilbo?
posted by carter at 4:56 PM on September 8, 2012


Inspired by vers handsome comment, I suggest Ransom.
posted by snsranch at 4:58 PM on September 8, 2012


Bober?
His Bo-ness?
El Boberino?
posted by carter at 4:59 PM on September 8, 2012


Lobo.
posted by 23skidoo at 5:15 PM on September 8, 2012


So far Otis and Chase are the favorites.
posted by TooFewShoes at 5:20 PM on September 8, 2012


Hank. Samson. Matey.
posted by scratch at 5:22 PM on September 8, 2012


Zach
Willis
Kipper
Alvin
posted by invisible ink at 5:31 PM on September 8, 2012


Jake. Because Metafilter was there for me when my best four-legged buddy Jake died.
posted by ellenaim at 5:32 PM on September 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Constantine.
posted by oceanjesse at 5:38 PM on September 8, 2012


J names are unfortunately out. My sons are Joshua and Joseph. I already get them confused enough!
posted by TooFewShoes at 5:39 PM on September 8, 2012


Rex
posted by Minos888 at 5:39 PM on September 8, 2012


Casey
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 5:44 PM on September 8, 2012


There was a rotweiler named Bo across the street from the house I just moved out of, and my new house has a great pyrenees named Bowie living across from us. They were both great dogs!

So I suggest modifying to Bowie.
posted by mannequito at 5:46 PM on September 8, 2012


oooh, but I just saw the above suggestion of Bowser.

I really, really like Bowser as a dog name.
posted by mannequito at 5:48 PM on September 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


I once had a black lab named Ace (of Spades).
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 5:49 PM on September 8, 2012


Casper (but you have to say it ironically)
posted by Bonzai at 5:52 PM on September 8, 2012


Azkaban (Ban for short)
posted by Prof Iterole at 5:58 PM on September 8, 2012


Albus!
posted by Fig at 6:06 PM on September 8, 2012


I really like naming pets after something that means something to you (and your family). We named our rescue Helo because we are such big BSG fans. So I would personally push for Sirius, or any other literary/film/TV name.

Also remember that any name you give your dog will ultimately morph into a nickname that may or may not be close to the actual name. "Helo" became "Helo Monster" (a play on gila monster) and we regularly call him "Monster," particularly when he crawls under the bed because it's endlessly amusing to say "There's a Monster under my bed!"
posted by radioamy at 6:07 PM on September 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Lucky!
posted by mon-ma-tron at 6:15 PM on September 8, 2012


Or Cooper (short for Cooper Black, of course).
posted by mon-ma-tron at 6:20 PM on September 8, 2012 [5 favorites]


Definitely Angus.
posted by Sal and Richard at 6:21 PM on September 8, 2012


As good as names like Jake, Sam and Max are, unfortunately they're also pretty common for both kids and dogs, so I'd have to recommend against them (ditto Molly, if he was a girl.)

Otis, Cooper and Angus are good: strong names you could yell and he'd clearly know you mean him, which might be important in a search-and-rescue career.
posted by easily confused at 6:38 PM on September 8, 2012


My dog's name is Sully, or if he's in trouble Sullivan O'Reilly. He's an Irish breed, so it fits. I named him after Paul Newman's character in Nobody's Fool, but if kids ask I named him after the big blue monster in Monsters, Inc.

I've never met another dog named Sully.
posted by Benny Andajetz at 6:54 PM on September 8, 2012


Fishface
posted by mullacc at 7:19 PM on September 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


killer
posted by H. Roark at 7:22 PM on September 8, 2012


Alright, Mr. Shoes has decided.

Cooper it is.

Mr. Shoes says the thing that really decided it was that the dog's bark reminds him of the font. Bold, dark, and loud.
posted by TooFewShoes at 7:25 PM on September 8, 2012 [7 favorites]


awwww! He's beautiful. [heart emoti here] Pleas give him a belly rub for me.
posted by mon-ma-tron at 8:01 PM on September 8, 2012


My friend had a black lab named Cooper. It was a good name for calling the dog, because it could be shortened to, "Coop!"
posted by StickyCarpet at 11:06 PM on September 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


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