Name these dogs.
June 26, 2016 8:18 PM   Subscribe

Can you help name these beautiful creatures?

My parents are adopting these siblings. Harley (on the left with the brown eyes) is male, Tilly (on the right with the golden eyes) is female. They're sweet, perceptive, and full of energy, and they love each other to death. Tilly is a little more mellow; Harley's more rambunctious.

It seems daunting to give completely new names to a pair of four-year-old dogs, so my mother is reluctant to rename them. However, their current names are a kind of motorcycle and a mall clothing store, respectively, and I think they deserve something a bit more timeless. Can you suggest some names that sound like "Harley" and "Tilly" to ease the transition?
posted by a sourceless light to Pets & Animals (23 answers total)
Charlie and Billie
posted by greta simone at 8:22 PM on June 26, 2016 [1 favorite]

Marley and Lily
posted by greta simone at 8:24 PM on June 26, 2016 [2 favorites]

Definitely Charlie and Jacki
posted by Toddles at 8:25 PM on June 26, 2016

Ha, I was also going to say Marley and Lily, but wasn't Marley a dog in a movie about how sad it is when he dies?

Millie is cute too. Charlie and Millie?
posted by fingersandtoes at 8:26 PM on June 26, 2016

Henry and Tulip
posted by bluedaisy at 8:26 PM on June 26, 2016

Hank and Talulah
posted by greta simone at 8:28 PM on June 26, 2016

FWIW, I rescued my dog when she was five. She had no problem understanding a new name. But I second Charlie and Millie.
posted by Ruki at 8:31 PM on June 26, 2016

Farley and Gilly?
posted by fingersandtoes at 8:32 PM on June 26, 2016

I don't mean to be a grump, I swear: but do your parents want to rename the doggies? It sounds from your post like you MIGHT be the only one who thinks of specific commercial associations with these existing perfectly cute names. If so, please consider not having an opinion.
posted by sheldman at 8:53 PM on June 26, 2016 [6 favorites]

Melody and Harmony!
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 9:20 PM on June 26, 2016

nutter and butter, the most tastiest cooky
posted by poffin boffin at 10:26 PM on June 26, 2016 [1 favorite]

On first sight they look like "Worried and Sly" to me, which will be better nicknames than Gerald Durrell's "Widdle and Puke" -- so yay.

As to real names, Wolfgang and Margarete.
posted by Namlit at 10:37 PM on June 26, 2016

Personally, I wouldn't rename them (existing names are perfectly fine, in my opinion!), but instead I'd come up with darling nicknames and use those more often. Pets are used to multiple names/endearments and will learn to answer to them all. Time and natural process will reveal the nicknamesā€¦. :)

Congrats to your parents on their lovely pups!
posted by Boogiechild at 10:40 PM on June 26, 2016

Rocky & Jules (edit, rgh, i missed the part where they have to sound similar .. )
posted by speakeasy at 11:53 PM on June 26, 2016

Meh, I renamed my five year old rescue guy and he ignored it just as much as the old one. Barley and Ghillie!
posted by Foam Pants at 12:37 AM on June 27, 2016

Morley & Millie
posted by Klaxon Aoooogah at 12:51 AM on June 27, 2016

Kawasaki and Abercrombie?

I wouldn't change Tilly's name; it sounds classic and classy to me. Harley's not a name I would choose myself (and I associate it with the DC character, not the motorcycle brand), but I'm not sure I'd be compelled to change it. But I think he'd be a great Charlie.

Other potential names of varying sound-alikeness: Harvey, Marty, Barkley, Darby; Jilly, Nelly, Willow?
posted by Metroid Baby at 3:35 AM on June 27, 2016 [1 favorite]

Harpo and Jill
posted by frumiousb at 6:27 AM on June 27, 2016

Harvey would be easy.

Tootie/Tootsie might would work.
posted by Ufez Jones at 7:50 AM on June 27, 2016

Charlie and lLilly.
posted by wwax at 8:19 AM on June 27, 2016

I wouldn't rename them either. They're adult dogs, they're used to their names. The names are not what I'd pick but not awful.
posted by radioamy at 11:16 AM on June 27, 2016 [1 favorite]

slow mo and nitro joe
posted by metajim at 1:34 PM on June 27, 2016

Do they respond to their names? My pup was seven when I got him and he did not respond to his (ridiculous) shelter name. He adapted quickly to my new name for him. Treats. Simple as that.

I'd call them Jackie and Wilson after the Hozier song (which of course references the singer).
posted by parkerjackson at 4:20 PM on June 27, 2016 [1 favorite]

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