Yo, dog. What's your name?
March 17, 2015 10:32 AM   Subscribe

Please help me give my awesomest new friend an equally awesome name!

Ok y'all. I recently adopted the most adorable freakin' puppy EVAR. Here are some pictures.
When my friend and I found him, we named him Pancake, sort of as a joke. It stuck. Now that he's growing, it's seeming like he's probably going to be pretty big. I'm not sure the name Pancake will fit him so much as an adult, so I've been trying to think of other names but I just can't decide! He's about 13 weeks now and I really need to start calling him something other than "Hey!" or "No don't chew that!"
So I humbly ask you, fellow mefites, to weigh in.

Here are some names we've been kicking around:


Im not set on any of those, either, so if anyone has other suggestions, they'd be very much appreciated! It's sort of hard to tell in the pictures, but he's got this really interesting coloring, sort of grey/brown/black, if that helps.

Aight! Let's get this puppy named already!
posted by lettuce dance to Pets & Animals (60 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
How about Hank? He looks like a Hank and it's still got the same hard A sound as Pancake so it might not be too hard to change. Though if you've been calling him Pancake and you like it, you should keep it!

Picture of my dog, who is not named Hank.
posted by lucy.jakobs at 10:35 AM on March 17, 2015 [3 favorites]

Best answer: I think Pancake is a really adorable name for him and will only get more adorable as he gets bigger.
posted by bleep at 10:38 AM on March 17, 2015 [17 favorites]

OMG he is adorable!

I noticed what looks like a Campbell's Tomato Soup poster on the wall in one picture -- what about Andy or Warhol?
posted by Celsius1414 at 10:39 AM on March 17, 2015

I think Skillet is really cute and funny for this dog.

He also has such a cute-serious face, so you could do the thing where he has a formal human name, like Gregory. Timothy. Jeremy. Joshua?
posted by witchen at 10:39 AM on March 17, 2015

If not Pancake, maybe Flapjack (Flappy or Jack for short)?
posted by melissasaurus at 10:40 AM on March 17, 2015 [5 favorites]

Yeah I also got the formal name vibe. Lorenzo came to mind.

Or something like Bond (as in, James) because he might look like he's wearing a suit.
posted by CrazyLemonade at 10:41 AM on March 17, 2015

I like Oliver, and maybe Rufus instead of Rufio. Maybe Duncan.
posted by jaguar at 10:41 AM on March 17, 2015 [2 favorites]

Or Devon. Maybe Dixon. I'm getting a D vibe.
posted by jaguar at 10:46 AM on March 17, 2015

That puppy's name is Rumpus.
posted by Lemmy Caution at 10:47 AM on March 17, 2015 [4 favorites]

posted by axismundi at 10:48 AM on March 17, 2015

Ink Blot.

(CUTE PUPPY!!!!!!)
posted by Ms Vegetable at 10:54 AM on March 17, 2015 [1 favorite]

I'd say stick with Pancake. Cute and unusual.

Except that this dog is obviously named Dave. (David for formal occasions).
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 10:58 AM on March 17, 2015 [1 favorite]

So his ears look like he's in the wind, so I thought Hurricane and then though Hurri. And you can yell "Come here, Hurri!" and "Hurri, Hurri, Hurri!".
posted by beccaj at 10:59 AM on March 17, 2015

I'd also stick with Pancake!
posted by radioamy at 11:00 AM on March 17, 2015

Jeff. Or Tony.
posted by cotton dress sock at 11:04 AM on March 17, 2015 [1 favorite]

Best answer: A dog like that needs a one of a kind name, I say stick with Pancake! Think of all the names that will turn into: "Sir Pan of Cakes", "Pan pan", "Pantuflas", and beyond. You should also remember that all pets' names are made into songs by inserting their name into whatever tune you have in your head--"Pancake" is great for that.

Or is that just me?
posted by thefang at 11:04 AM on March 17, 2015 [12 favorites]

I really like Pancake.

posted by culfinglin at 11:06 AM on March 17, 2015

Oh, please! His name is Pancake! He told you that right in the beginning, why would you go against his wishes?

Derail: pet naming questions are some of my very favorite Asks.
posted by MexicanYenta at 11:10 AM on March 17, 2015 [5 favorites]

Pancake, obviously. Pupcake. Puppypan-squash. Pfannkuchen!
posted by lydhre at 11:18 AM on March 17, 2015 [2 favorites]


Keeps the same sounds as Pancake but kinda... cooler. And might suit him better when he's full-grown. (Lots of interesting associations with mandrakes, too!).

But also don't be afraid to nickname him as you please -- and add new ones as you go along. He won't notice any difference between terms of endearment like "buddy" and "who's-the-bestest-dog-EVER" from other (nick)names like "Bean" or "Captain Stroopwafel" or "who's-the-Skilletiest-Oliver-EVER?" Especially if said during skritches (OMG so cute, congrats!).
posted by argonauta at 11:21 AM on March 17, 2015 [1 favorite]

I think his name is Mister Wizard. I cannot explain why.
posted by DingoMutt at 11:27 AM on March 17, 2015 [1 favorite]

I have to vote for Skillet.
posted by greasy_skillet at 11:35 AM on March 17, 2015 [2 favorites]

posted by Riverine at 11:48 AM on March 17, 2015

I totally think Pancake is the right name for him. But if you'd prefer a formal human name thingy: he's a William. To me.

/me faints from cuteness
posted by holborne at 12:00 PM on March 17, 2015

He looks like a Jake to me. Kindly give him a skritch on my behalf.
posted by Flexagon at 12:07 PM on March 17, 2015 [2 favorites]

posted by amtho at 12:09 PM on March 17, 2015

You could: (a) stay with Pancake, or (b) go with Scout!

Your puppy. That face. Those eyes. Swoon. Melting.
posted by simulacra at 12:15 PM on March 17, 2015

What's wrong with calling him Pancake?

And if he is anything like my three dogs, he will end up with a hundred different nicknames.

For example -- Chloe, Cuckoo, Fuzzybutt, Barky McBarkington, Harley, Wiggles, and Official Spokesdog are all the same dog. (She barks at me when ANY of my dogs needs to go pee or poop.)
posted by tckma at 12:18 PM on March 17, 2015 [2 favorites]

(Oh, and when they all start barking their heads off, I say I'm "being treated to the musical stylings of Barky Bark and the Noisy Bunch." I don't really know which of them is Barky Bark.)
posted by tckma at 12:20 PM on March 17, 2015 [2 favorites]

I think he looks like a Zeke/Ezekiel/The Big Z.
posted by specialagentwebb at 12:21 PM on March 17, 2015

I like Pancake, too. Regarding how well the name "fits" him--whatever you call him, eventually it'll fit so well that you won't think twice about it, even if he grows into a great huge floppy dog. And Pancake is cute on just about all dogs.

For example, my dog, who is composed primarily of bone, eyes, and ears, is named Tribble. People have one of two reactions when they meet her: either they ask "Dribble/Trouble/Treble"? and are generally confused what the word is, or they're Trekkies who stare at my dog, stare at me, and go "...why did you name that dog Tribble?" Doesn't matter, though. Now, when people talk about Star Trek Tribbles being cute and round and fluffy, I get confused for a minute because wait are they talking about my dog?? And other people who know the dog well have the same reaction. It fits her because it gets used so much, you form a default connection.

...that said, next time I name a dog after something nerdy, by god it's going to be a nerdy thing people can actually spell.
posted by sciatrix at 12:26 PM on March 17, 2015 [3 favorites]

I have a big doofus named Donut. Her sister is Strudel, and when we get a new dog, her name will be Toast or Waffles. Breakfast foods dogs are the best. I vote for keeping Pancake.
posted by rockindata at 12:31 PM on March 17, 2015 [2 favorites]

Pancake works. Or Mittens. He looks like a "Mittens" to me. (Because of the mittens, I think that's what makes him look that way).
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 12:35 PM on March 17, 2015

I'm also in favor of Pancake, but if you insist on changing it, Zevon or Jack totally work.

My puppy has about 12 names that she answers to (schmoo, schmookie, doodle, bug, boo, Mitzi, doodly-doo, Mitzi-doodle-the wonder poodle, etc.), so don't worry too much about whatever you decide.
posted by Sophie1 at 12:53 PM on March 17, 2015

posted by rhizome at 12:55 PM on March 17, 2015


I like Rufio, but it will sound a lot like Rubio. How about Rufus? I had a pet named Rufus once. He was the best.
posted by 724A at 12:56 PM on March 17, 2015

Pancake is an amazing name for a dog (I am 1000% in support of naming pets after food). If it were me, though, I'd name him Max or Samson.

Lord, you got a cutie on your hands. Lucky lucky you!
posted by Hermione Granger at 1:02 PM on March 17, 2015

Danny Glover
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 1:29 PM on March 17, 2015 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Banjo.
posted by carmicha at 1:39 PM on March 17, 2015 [1 favorite]

Mastur... I mean... That's Rodney!
posted by Promethea at 1:41 PM on March 17, 2015

Pancake. Definitely.
posted by harrietthespy at 1:43 PM on March 17, 2015

OMG Skillet Skillet Skillet Skillet Skillet. That's the perfect dog name. Do it. I also think Pancake would be great as a long term name, but there's more of a niche market for the dog-name Pancake. Some people just won't understand, and they will ask you, "Why did you name him Pancake?" Skillet will be more likely to be universally recognized for its dog naming brilliance. He does look cool enough to pull off Pancake, though.
posted by mermily at 1:48 PM on March 17, 2015

Or Skillet Pancake _________ (last name)
posted by mermily at 1:52 PM on March 17, 2015

I actually don't see this cute little guy as a Pancake. I see him more as a Rufus, Bean, Bear, Boo, Gus, Finn, Buster (short for Buster Keaton), Floyd, Emmet

posted by lillian.elmtree at 2:29 PM on March 17, 2015

Sir Skillet Pancake the Bold.

Pancake is outstanding, but if you're still hesitating, here's --> Aloysius (say ah-low-EH-shusss)
posted by Jesse the K at 2:41 PM on March 17, 2015

Pancakes can get pretty big. Also, if people give you the "why Pancake?" thing, you can tell them you got him on (or near) Shrove Tuesday, because you wanted to give up wearing un-chewed shoes for Lent.
posted by katya.lysander at 2:42 PM on March 17, 2015 [1 favorite]

He is adorable! How about Cato or Ajax?
posted by Requiax at 2:52 PM on March 17, 2015 [1 favorite]

You could shorten it to Pan, as in 'Pan's Labryinth'; which is what you could theoretically call your backyard if you've been a bit lax in cleaning up after him.
posted by Fig at 3:05 PM on March 17, 2015 [1 favorite]

I met a dog named Tuna Fish last night, which seems very odd, so I say go with Pancake.
posted by lemonwheel at 3:10 PM on March 17, 2015

He looks like an Arlo to me.
posted by tomjoadsghost at 5:27 PM on March 17, 2015 [2 favorites]

Goober. Or Gomer.
posted by Cocodrillo at 6:05 PM on March 17, 2015

posted by herrdoktor at 8:02 PM on March 17, 2015

He looks like a Nelson to me. Plus, then you get to address him as "Admiral".

posted by Lexica at 8:15 PM on March 17, 2015

Best answer: He has a very stoic look - I'd be inclined to call him Butler.
posted by bendy at 8:34 PM on March 17, 2015 [1 favorite]

He has a very stoic look - I'd be inclined to call him Butler.

Jeeves! Jeeves would be a good dog name, but only if he would always obviously definitely bring you your slippers or else obviously definitely would never bring you your slippers.
posted by jaguar at 8:50 PM on March 17, 2015

I have a dog named Bert. Bert Ocean to be precise

Although your dog doesn't look like my dog he definitely looks like a Bert. Added bonus is you get to say "Hey Bert!" just like Ernie from Sesame Street every time you talk to him.
posted by h00py at 5:09 AM on March 18, 2015 [2 favorites]

Churchill called his depression a "big, black dog". I always wanted to have a big, black dog so I can call him Churchill.
posted by alon at 6:33 AM on March 18, 2015 [1 favorite]

Ollie would also suit him!
posted by barnone at 7:02 AM on March 18, 2015

I like Pancake too.

Or Hank. Or Murphy!
posted by futz at 7:15 AM on March 18, 2015

Response by poster: Aww thanks everyone for the great suggestions, and for sharing pics of your own precious puppies! I'm loving Banjo and Butler, so I'll probably end up calling him one of those! And of course he'll always be my little pancake, no matter how big he gets. You guys are great! Muah!
posted by lettuce dance at 8:13 AM on March 18, 2015

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