Name. That. PUPPY!
May 15, 2013 4:30 PM   Subscribe

So, new-to-me pound hound, red heeler mix with golden eyes. She needs a name.

MeFites are good at this, so please help me name her.

As an adoptee, they know nothing about her at the pound, other than they said she is picky about her people. She's still a pup--probably under a year. Weighs about 35lbs and stands about 20in high. Apparently she's potty trained in several ways: both housebroken and including knowing how to drink out of the toilet (ick!) so I think she's been someone's pet. She's less than a year old and very, VERY active. I don't know how they got a picture of her to post on the adoption website. Loves Frisbee and squeaker toys. Right now she's working on a peanut butter kong next to me--otherwise she'd be zooming around the house.
posted by BlueHorse to Pets & Animals (88 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
Ginger.
posted by Sara C. at 4:32 PM on May 15, 2013 [4 favorites]


That's what I was going to say. Or Cinnamon.
posted by tooloudinhere at 4:32 PM on May 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Looks like Lady Jaye to me.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 4:32 PM on May 15, 2013


Her name is definitely Ginger.
posted by SkylitDrawl at 4:40 PM on May 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Her name is Red. Just Red.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 4:41 PM on May 15, 2013 [5 favorites]


Ruckus.
posted by nakedmolerats at 4:41 PM on May 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ralph.
posted by headnsouth at 4:42 PM on May 15, 2013


Rudy
posted by jabes at 4:51 PM on May 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


How about Leeloo, the redheaded character from "The Fifth Element" (she helps to save humanity)?
posted by quince at 4:51 PM on May 15, 2013 [6 favorites]


As an antipodean, I have to say her name is most definitely Blue or Bluey.
posted by lollusc at 4:51 PM on May 15, 2013 [6 favorites]


Nutmeg, if you think she'll settle down as she ages.

Flare or Blaze, if you think she's going to stay spunky.
posted by vytae at 4:53 PM on May 15, 2013


Honey.
posted by ambrosia at 4:53 PM on May 15, 2013


SPANKY
posted by elizardbits at 4:53 PM on May 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


Red!
posted by discopolo at 4:54 PM on May 15, 2013


Another vote for Ginger. What a beauty.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 4:55 PM on May 15, 2013


Roja!
posted by mudpuppie at 4:58 PM on May 15, 2013


Heeler M. Goldeneye
posted by Namlit at 4:59 PM on May 15, 2013


Matilda
posted by kendrak at 5:00 PM on May 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Blue. Australians used to nickname redheads "Blue", we are a simple people and easily amused, and well cattle dogs are Australian.

Whatever you decide to call her, she is a beautiful dog.
posted by wwax at 5:04 PM on May 15, 2013 [4 favorites]


I like Ginger, or Blaze.
posted by katypickle at 5:07 PM on May 15, 2013


Sparky von Bat Ears
posted by dtp at 5:08 PM on May 15, 2013 [5 favorites]


Just today, I asked myself: will I ever have an opportunity to name a dog June Bug?

You have that opportunity.
posted by Countess Elena at 5:12 PM on May 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


Chai.
posted by bricoleur at 5:16 PM on May 15, 2013


Rosie.
posted by pearlybob at 5:18 PM on May 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Wanda.
posted by capricorn at 5:18 PM on May 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Hannah
My husband, who I always ask for the dog/cat naming things, says that she's either Daisy or Zena Warrior Princess.
posted by sciencegeek at 5:22 PM on May 15, 2013


Mary, Queen of Scotts
posted by zippy at 5:25 PM on May 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh, how sweet.

Maybe a famous redhead like Pippi (pippi longstocking, very spunky) or Lucy (lucille ball)?
posted by amaire at 5:28 PM on May 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ladybug
posted by ottereroticist at 5:30 PM on May 15, 2013


Biscuit!
posted by Diagonalize at 5:36 PM on May 15, 2013


Lucy
Ruby
Merida
posted by carmicha at 5:38 PM on May 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Autumn. enjoy your new pup!
posted by wildflower at 5:44 PM on May 15, 2013


Another vote for Pippi or Lucy.
posted by scody at 5:51 PM on May 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Speedwell. Speedy for short.
posted by Pallas Athena at 5:53 PM on May 15, 2013


Fern
posted by Bohemia Mountain at 5:53 PM on May 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


Jill may be her name. Spring Heeled Jill.
posted by Pallas Athena at 5:58 PM on May 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Paprika.
posted by third rail at 5:59 PM on May 15, 2013


Another vote for Lucy...
posted by matty at 6:01 PM on May 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


her dog smile looks a bit like Martha from the children's book Martha Speaks. It's a dog name with a lot of mileage since Paul McCartney also named his that. (And it comes with a Beatles song.)
posted by mermily at 6:02 PM on May 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


She also looks like a bright smiling redorange flower. So Poppy. Or Zinnia.
posted by third rail at 6:06 PM on May 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Paprika's a nice name!

Note: I know so many Pippis and Lucys it's sort of confusing. "No not *that* dog Lucy, I'm talking about *this* Lucy."
posted by kendrak at 6:08 PM on May 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Zoom!
posted by megancita at 6:08 PM on May 15, 2013


Party Face
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 6:12 PM on May 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Joanie!
posted by ChuraChura at 6:14 PM on May 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Baz
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 6:15 PM on May 15, 2013


Ginger or Molly.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 6:18 PM on May 15, 2013


I know it's silly, but how about Frisbee? Nutmeg's a pretty good one too.
posted by MeatheadBrokeMyChair at 6:31 PM on May 15, 2013


Cedar. she's lovely.
posted by changeling at 6:34 PM on May 15, 2013 [5 favorites]


I have no idea why, but that first thing I thought of when seeing her picture was 'FlapJack'.
posted by cgg at 6:42 PM on May 15, 2013


Tango
posted by Brody's chum at 6:42 PM on May 15, 2013


Another vote for "Red"
posted by OsoMeaty at 6:44 PM on May 15, 2013


or Ruby
posted by OsoMeaty at 6:45 PM on May 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Piper
posted by Sassyfras at 6:50 PM on May 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Clara! (As in the famous red-head silent film star.)
posted by Nickel Pickle at 6:56 PM on May 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Take red a step further with Delilah.
posted by halfbuckaroo at 6:56 PM on May 15, 2013


Well, as long as we're doing spices, how about Cayenne?
posted by duffell at 7:00 PM on May 15, 2013


[Red] Sonja.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 7:10 PM on May 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


My Red Heeler says she's Dusty.
posted by pineappleheart at 7:19 PM on May 15, 2013


She looks like a Sparky to me.
posted by snorkmaiden at 7:30 PM on May 15, 2013


Penny. Or Ruby.

She's beautiful!
posted by divined by radio at 7:38 PM on May 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ruby, Cannella ("cinnamon" in Italian), Saffron, Rosa, Rosie, Chispa ("spark" in Spanish).
posted by houseofdanie at 7:38 PM on May 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


Hazel
posted by AppleTurnover at 7:46 PM on May 15, 2013


Babies stole my dingo.
posted by lester's sock puppet at 7:50 PM on May 15, 2013


Betty (I am partial to people names for dogs).
posted by Ink-stained wretch at 7:59 PM on May 15, 2013


Spice and/or Spicy
posted by islander at 7:59 PM on May 15, 2013


Another Australian chiming in with 'Blue' - it's what we call red-haired people, and red heelers/kelpies. And you know, you have a red kelpie on your hands there.

[Make sure she has a job to do in life if you want to channel her natural high energy. These wonderful animals wish to follow commands and work hard for you - that's what they thrive on and love.]

But I also have to say "Stella" is my go-to name for female dogs. Then you can bellow 'Stellaaaaaa' like Marlon Brando across the dog park during frisbee time.
posted by honey-barbara at 8:06 PM on May 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


I decided I wanted to name a future dog Bistromath.
posted by graxe at 8:16 PM on May 15, 2013


Keitha
posted by echolalia67 at 8:26 PM on May 15, 2013


Maybe a famous redhead like Pippi (pippi longstocking, very spunky) or Lucy (lucille ball)?

OMG, I thought "Lindsay Lohan" and then the perfect name: Lilo!
posted by AppleTurnover at 8:28 PM on May 15, 2013 [5 favorites]


My first thought was 'Chuckles.'

So happy.
posted by Tevin at 8:29 PM on May 15, 2013


Pumpkin.
posted by cairnoflore at 9:01 PM on May 15, 2013


Mary Ann (it's the "ironic" Ginger)
posted by marylynn at 9:09 PM on May 15, 2013


Iris. Cutie cutie little Iris.
posted by Glinn at 9:20 PM on May 15, 2013


Grandma
posted by rhizome at 9:45 PM on May 15, 2013


Goldie. Or Ginger.
posted by SisterHavana at 9:56 PM on May 15, 2013


Bella (because it looks like there's a lot of Dingo in her).
posted by jamjam at 11:31 PM on May 15, 2013


Farkus. As in Scut Farkus from 'A Christmas Story'.

"Scut Farkus staring out at us with his yellow eyes. He had yellow eyes! SO HELP ME GOD, YELLOW EYES!!"
posted by bolognius maximus at 11:33 PM on May 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Poppy
posted by Salamander at 2:24 AM on May 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


Smiles McPetersen
posted by rocketpup at 6:32 AM on May 16, 2013


Phoebe!
posted by Ostara at 6:34 AM on May 16, 2013


Shirley, after Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables, one of the most famous redheads I know. "Anne" doesn't seem quite right for a dog (and she HATED being called "Annie" or I'd suggest that!) but Shirley seems to suit this one.

(For the record, I also REALLY like the suggestion of "Pippi.")
posted by dlugoczaj at 7:57 AM on May 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


Also, I see you're from Idaho--how about "Tater"? (Potatoes can be red!)
posted by dlugoczaj at 8:02 AM on May 16, 2013


Pepper!
posted by fancyoats at 8:51 AM on May 16, 2013


Rusty, of course.
posted by crayon at 8:51 AM on May 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


Sedona.

She's beautiful. :)
posted by Boogiechild at 12:25 PM on May 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


JuneBug (Juney for short) is what popped into my head when I saw her photo.
posted by deborah at 11:43 PM on May 16, 2013


We have a winner thanks to islander.

This pup's name is Spice aka Spicy, Spice-girl, Spacy-Spice, Spice-a-rony.

She's going to be something special. She's a wiggly smart little perpetual motion machine with overflowing kisses.

Many thanks to all

Some reasons I didn't pick other names were because they were names of my previous doggies: Blue (a BLUE* heeler), Paprika, Lucy, Daisy, Iris, Pippi.

Other name belong to good doggies we know: Pepper, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Honey, Goldie, Ruby, Rosy, Red.

Boy names just didn't fit this petite little girly-girl.

Jimjam, that dingo picture is the spitting image of her! Maybe she is dingo and not heeler, or at least has some dingo in her. There is a ranch around here that raises dingos, but their puppies go for big buck$. Never know, maybe one of their boys went a' roaming.

*Blue, for a red dog? You Down Unders are really strange. Must be all that hot sun and barbie sauce.

Thank you everyone who participated in this round of Name. That. Puppy!
posted by BlueHorse at 9:46 PM on May 17, 2013 [3 favorites]


Yay!
May Spice have a long and happy life (which I'm sure she will with BlueHorse looking after her)!
posted by islander at 4:07 PM on May 24, 2013


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