I Can't Decide on a Name for My Scraggly New Doggie . . . .
May 29, 2019 6:08 PM   Subscribe

Having a very hard time coming up with names for my new dog. Can you help?

He's roughly 1.5 years old. The SPCA listed him as an "Idaho Shag" for breed but he was a stray so breed and age are just guesses.

He's definitely between 1 & 1.5; has puppyish energy but in a pretty laid back way; Not into water; Plays with ball a little but not a serious ball dog. Sweet tempered.

Your suggestions are welcome and needed!!

and here's a photo!
posted by mulcahy to Pets & Animals (76 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Bismarck.
posted by Pfardentrott at 6:19 PM on May 29 [7 favorites]


Spud.
posted by LaBellaStella at 6:20 PM on May 29 [9 favorites]


I think Idaho Shag is a great name for him (unless shag means something else where you live in which case you could drop it or modify it.)
posted by bleep at 6:21 PM on May 29 [3 favorites]


That's a Baxter if I ever saw one.
posted by cooker girl at 6:22 PM on May 29 [4 favorites]


Frisky!
posted by MichelleinMD at 6:25 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


He's old-school, so I'm going with Toby.
posted by BostonTerrier at 6:26 PM on May 29 [4 favorites]


Milton.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 6:30 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


That's a Murphy right there.
posted by Lyn Never at 6:31 PM on May 29 [4 favorites]


Chester. I don't know why - it's what popped in my head as soon as I looked at his photo.
posted by annieb at 6:32 PM on May 29 [6 favorites]


Pepper.
posted by amro at 6:34 PM on May 29 [2 favorites]


Petey
posted by Ftsqg at 6:36 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


Dalton
posted by teremala at 6:41 PM on May 29 [3 favorites]


Pete.
Tramp.
Jack.
Chief
posted by Gusaroo at 6:49 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


Rufus
posted by Waiting for Pierce Inverarity at 6:50 PM on May 29 [3 favorites]


That's an Otis or a Percy by my eye. DARLING!!!
posted by mccxxiii at 6:53 PM on May 29 [4 favorites]


Rascal.
posted by greermahoney at 6:55 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


He’s so cute!

He looks like a Sam to me.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 7:05 PM on May 29 [2 favorites]


Buster.
posted by rpfields at 7:05 PM on May 29 [3 favorites]


Boomer Boo McBoomboom
He kind out looks like he's wearing a ruff (heh), so any thing Elizabethan - William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Walter Raleigh, maybe an explorer, as he looks adventurous.
posted by theora55 at 7:10 PM on May 29 [3 favorites]


Duke Bonegnawer Footwarmer Highfiver Treatfinder of Ulm, Esquire.

Duke for short.
posted by vrakatar at 7:11 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


He is a Spuds McGee if every I saw one.
posted by wwax at 7:13 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


Patch.
posted by ClingClang at 7:14 PM on May 29 [3 favorites]


Scruffy
posted by Enid Lareg at 7:15 PM on May 29 [2 favorites]


I subscribe to the idea that animal names, especially dogs, should be two syllables; 'Lassie", Rinty instead of Rin-tin-tin, Lady, Bowser etc. Commands should be one syllable; Come, Sit, Stay, Heel etc. And they are commands, not requests. Come, Sit. Stay, Down etc are not discussion items. Over the last years I've named dogs for our State Counties; Modoc, Inyo, Shasta. Enjoy your new family member.
posted by X4ster at 7:18 PM on May 29 [3 favorites]


Tater
posted by sallybrown at 7:19 PM on May 29 [3 favorites]


Winston. I have no idea why, but Winston.

Also he is perfection! That little face!
posted by mochapickle at 7:22 PM on May 29 [7 favorites]


I came to say Winston and was sure I wouldn't be the first. Mochapickle, thanks for not disappointing.
posted by papayaninja at 7:26 PM on May 29 [2 favorites]


Looks like there’s a bit of an Idaho theme in this thread, so in that spirit:
Payette
Wallace
Hayden
Burley
Riggins
Stanley
Donnelly
posted by Knowyournuts at 7:29 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


The first name that popped into my mind when I saw that ADORABLE face was Scamp. I also like Toby.
Congratulations on your new family member!
posted by bookmammal at 7:50 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


Your dog told me to tell you his name is Murray.
posted by marylynn at 7:56 PM on May 29 [3 favorites]


Buford
Chesterfield
Buford Chesterfield
posted by 23skidoo at 7:57 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


Albert
posted by Pleased_As_Punch at 7:59 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


I also immediately got the Chester vibe from this dog.
posted by wotsac at 8:00 PM on May 29 [3 favorites]


My partner: “He looks like a Tucker.”

But my first thought was Wishbone.
posted by brook horse at 8:11 PM on May 29 [3 favorites]


Willard
Murphy
Douglas
Bob
Vern
Quincy
posted by Mary Ellen Carter at 8:15 PM on May 29 [3 favorites]


He looks like the kind of dog that other dogs would want to hang with, but maybe their moms wouldn't approve because although Jimmy is fun, there's always a liiitle bit of trouble wherever he goes. Definitely Jimmy. (I love him!)
posted by WaspEnterprises at 8:16 PM on May 29 [2 favorites]


Also he's frickin adorable (heart eyes emoji)
posted by Mary Ellen Carter at 8:16 PM on May 29 [2 favorites]


Victor, as in RCA.
posted by kate4914 at 8:34 PM on May 29 [3 favorites]


Squiggy
posted by drlith at 8:41 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


Pirate.
posted by bryon at 8:44 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


My husband says “Dougie” (rhymes with muggy)
posted by armeowda at 8:44 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


Griswold
Baxter
Howie
posted by sutureselves at 8:50 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


Always a fan of presidential names for dogs.

Chester?
Herbert?
Douglas?
Howard?
Franklin?
posted by q*ben at 9:14 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


Hubert
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 9:18 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


Spencer.
posted by deludingmyself at 9:31 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


2nding Rufus.
posted by Weeping_angel at 9:40 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


Chip as in British Chips (french fries).
posted by mundo at 10:29 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


Another vote here for Baxter or Buster. He looks like such a little champ!
posted by some_kind_of_toaster at 10:39 PM on May 29 [2 favorites]


Finley or Victor!
posted by Illuminated Clocks at 10:50 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


Flopsy
Raclette
Mister Noodles
posted by sugarbomb at 11:14 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


He has the look of a cowboy poet: scruffy, soulful, and determined. Maybe name him after Buck Ramsey or Baxter Black?
posted by sculpin at 11:14 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


Patch
posted by plonkee at 11:53 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


Benji
posted by RandomInconsistencies at 11:54 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


Huckleberry Finn or Huckleberry Hound
Congratulations!
posted by TrishaU at 1:28 AM on May 30 [1 favorite]


Ziggy
posted by latch24 at 2:34 AM on May 30 [1 favorite]


Looks like an Eric or a Dylan to me.
posted by Chairboy at 2:50 AM on May 30 [1 favorite]


Please come back and tell us what you decide!
posted by mccxxiii at 3:36 AM on May 30 [2 favorites]


Milo
posted by jgirl at 3:50 AM on May 30 [1 favorite]


Roger or Otto are the suggestions from our breakfast table!
posted by ceramicblue at 3:57 AM on May 30 [1 favorite]


Fizz!
He is adorable!!
posted by sarajane at 4:41 AM on May 30 [1 favorite]


Brian
posted by KMoney at 5:14 AM on May 30 [1 favorite]


Idaho!
posted by nkknkk at 5:22 AM on May 30 [1 favorite]


Looking at his photo, he immediately looks like a Chester.
posted by missmary6 at 6:47 AM on May 30 [1 favorite]


Seconding "Rufus", which immediately popped into my head when I saw the picture (and before I saw it was already suggested, which is creeping me out a little).
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:17 AM on May 30 [1 favorite]


Albert!
posted by The_Auditor at 9:18 AM on May 30 [1 favorite]


Scruffy

...was the name of my childhood pupper, a mutt of unknown provenance, likely mostly terrier, and who had a very similar coat. Which is to say, seconded.
posted by solotoro at 10:04 AM on May 30 [1 favorite]


Hubert, pronounced like who-bert
posted by Pig Tail Orchestra at 10:44 AM on May 30 [1 favorite]


I also think he looks like the RCA Victor dog, whose name is Nipper.
posted by vunder at 11:07 AM on May 30 [3 favorites]


Izzy is what popped in my brain. but I can totally see him as a Chester.
posted by dawg-proud at 12:47 PM on May 30 [1 favorite]


Ruff!
posted by edman at 12:52 PM on May 30 [1 favorite]


Sgt. Barker
posted by at at 3:19 PM on May 30 [1 favorite]


Bingo should be his name-o.
posted by jgirl at 6:57 PM on May 30 [2 favorites]


Fair Play

or

Flowers
posted by dobbs at 7:06 PM on May 30 [1 favorite]


Boz Scraggly
posted by BlueHorse at 10:19 PM on May 30 [4 favorites]


For those waiting to hear the new name - sorry… I have naming block. I will post his name when I figure it out though. Many here are under consideration with Wishbone being my favorite in theory.

Special shout out to WaspEnterprises and sculpin for their accurate takes on personality, e.g., moms wouldn’t approve of him because theirs a little bit of trouble and scruffy cowboy poet.
posted by mulcahy at 10:27 AM on June 2 [3 favorites]


His name is Nemo - after the characters in Bleak House & 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Thanks everyone!
posted by mulcahy at 4:07 PM on June 15 [7 favorites]


« Older Physical books by #actuallyautistic authors   |   Don’t want to get into immigration policy at work… Newer »

You are not logged in, either login or create an account to post comments