Please help us name our new puppy!
January 16, 2017 10:32 PM   Subscribe

We are adopting a shih tzu puppy, yaaay! We would love some help picking a name for him!

His given name is Ivan, which we sort of like. We also like the name Jamie (I have very positive associations with it based on people I've known). However, we'd love more suggestions. We want to avoid super common dog names (Baxter, Lucky, Buster--no offense meant to anyone who has a dog with those names!) and overly cutesy names (well, my husband does not want overly cutesy; I am fine with them). So far, he seems playful, sweet, and adventurous. He is going to be rather small (about 8 pounds). Requisite pictures here, here, and here.
posted by bookworm4125 to Pets & Animals (26 answers total)

He is such a Jamie.
posted by pintapicasso at 10:36 PM on January 16, 2017 [4 favorites]

Kyle, or Loofah. (Extremely cute, btw.) Or Bunny, he looks a bit like a rabbit in that one pic.
posted by cotton dress sock at 10:38 PM on January 16, 2017 [2 favorites]

He looks like an Edward to me?

(I had a bunny named Edward and he was super cute and pokey and adventurous.)
posted by mochapickle at 10:40 PM on January 16, 2017

posted by mannequito at 11:19 PM on January 16, 2017

Patches? Brownie? Or the cliche, but rarely used Rover or Spot?
posted by Marky at 12:33 AM on January 17, 2017

posted by wym at 12:54 AM on January 17, 2017

Jamie. Hadn't even seen the first comment.
posted by threetwentytwo at 1:18 AM on January 17, 2017 [1 favorite]

I actually really like Ivan. You could call him Vanya which is the Russian diminutive when he's being sweet, Terrible Ivan when he's being overbearing, and Pavlov after the scientist when he drools.
posted by Mizu at 1:23 AM on January 17, 2017 [2 favorites]

James, Jamie for cuddles, James Ivan *?* when the pee pad does not work.
posted by TrishaU at 2:42 AM on January 17, 2017 [2 favorites]

posted by carmicha at 2:46 AM on January 17, 2017

Thistlepuff smoochiepoo, or possibly James. He seems far too serious to be a Jamie. Mister James Thistlepuff Smoochiepoo the first?
posted by frumiousb at 5:35 AM on January 17, 2017 [1 favorite]

posted by jillithd at 7:19 AM on January 17, 2017

Dr. Seuss says:

Did I ever tell you that Mrs. McCave
Had twenty-three sons and she named them all Dave?
Well, she did. And that wasn't a smart thing to do.
You see, when she wants one and calls out, "Yoo-Hoo!
Come into the house, Dave!" she doesn't get one.
All twenty-three Daves of hers come on the run!
This makes things quite difficult at the McCaves'
As you can imagine, with so many Daves.
And often she wishes that, when they were born,
She had named one of them Bodkin Van Horn
And one of them Hoos-Foos. And one of them Snimm.
And one of them Hot-Shot. And one Sunny Jim.
And one of them Shadrack. And one of them Blinkey.
And one of them Stuffy. And one of them Stinkey.
Another one Putt-Putt. Another one Moon Face.
Another one Marvin O'Gravel Balloon Face.
And one of them Ziggy. And one Soggy Muff.
One Buffalo Bill. And one Biffalo Buff.
And one of them Sneepy. And one Weepy Weed.
And one Paris Garters. And one Harris Tweed.
And one of them Sir Michael Carmichael Zutt
And one of them Oliver Boliver Butt
And one of them Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate ...
But she didn't do it. And now it's too late.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 7:19 AM on January 17, 2017 [4 favorites]

I'm with ROU, I say go with Marvin O'Gravel Balloon Face.
posted by bologna on wry at 7:45 AM on January 17, 2017

Or Danny Glover.
posted by bologna on wry at 7:46 AM on January 17, 2017

Oh he's SO cute. His serious little face says Allister to me. Or MacAllister. Or Angus?
posted by fingersandtoes at 7:47 AM on January 17, 2017

posted by dustkee at 7:56 AM on January 17, 2017

He looks like Chester to me.
posted by Short Attention Sp at 8:08 AM on January 17, 2017 [1 favorite]

All dog names are improved by adding a superfluous title. I like naval ones. Admiral. Commodore. You don't actually have to use it day-to-day life, but having it there when giving his'her "full name" is always a kick. "Chester" from above is great. "The Right Reverend Chester [Lastname]" is even better.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:15 AM on January 17, 2017 [1 favorite]

I always recommend going with a name that means something to you, either a famous person or a fictitious character. We named my dog Helo and even though it's been years since I watched BSG, I still am happy with the name.
posted by radioamy at 9:16 AM on January 17, 2017

Otter. Cause he looks like an otter in that first pic. Though I do like James Ivan.
posted by BoscosMom at 11:50 AM on January 17, 2017 [1 favorite]

Hmm...uncommon and not overly cute? The name you want is Tralfaz.
posted by Rob Rockets at 12:46 PM on January 17, 2017 [1 favorite]

Anything you wouldn't feel embarrassed to tell the emergency vet at 3 am when he's eaten a sock.

Jamie is nice.
posted by Nyx at 3:08 PM on January 17, 2017 [2 favorites]

Jamie pronounced Jay-meh😛 Like you're singin a song.
posted by esto-again at 12:04 AM on January 18, 2017 [1 favorite]

posted by speakeasy at 11:29 AM on January 18, 2017

Thanks all! We like Edward, and I agree that he looks like an otter in some of his pictures too! We had also considered Toby/Tobias! I also think I may call him Bunny as a nickname (he toootally looks like a lil bun bun). I had originally wanted to name him Puffin after a lovely doggie I met, but my husband is adamantly opposed. So....we think Jamie it is! Thanks for confirming our original leaning....but if anyone has any other ideas that they think are even more perfect, keep 'em coming!
posted by bookworm4125 at 1:09 PM on January 19, 2017

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