29th April 2004

Name the Puppy Contest

sassxrumbtf1lt6wksassxrumbtf1_6wksassxrumbtf1rt6wkComing to live with us soon, this cutie-pie from JnD Kennels. This puppy was born on Saint Patricks Day and so she has a placeholder Irish (or perhaps Jewish) name right now: Erin. Two syllables is good. “Airrrr-innnn, stop rolling in that skunk poop and get over here right now!” But all those breathy vowels just don’t do it for me. “Bratwurst” would be a better name.

As you can see, I’m not really good at this. Could you give me a hand by entering the “name the puppy contest?” Leave a comment below with a good name for a sweet thing like this. If it was a boy I’d name it Tyler…

Did I mention there’s a prize?

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  1. 1 On April 29th, 2024, leslie said:

    how ’bout Queen Maeve?
    except you’d have to use the Gaelic spelling which is sometimes: Meadhbh.

  2. 2 On April 29th, 2024, fp said:

    Queen Mauve might work, but I’d want to use the midwestern spelling which is “Alfafa.”


    no prizes this round.

  3. 3 On April 29th, 2024, Stu Savory said:

    Neither Irish nor Jewish, because I’m going through the Norse mythology at the moment.

    So how about “Fenris”?
    Two syllables and a Hell of a Hound :-)

  4. 4 On April 29th, 2024, meg said:

    Bow (and arrow)
    Meaning: Cow
    Bó looks like a little cow. Get another dog and the next name is a no brainer (Arrow).

  5. 5 On April 29th, 2024, Shelley said:

    Animals, dogs or cats, answer to names that end with a long E sound (like, ahem, Shelley), so you might want to keep that in mind.

    My suggestion is Britney or Brittany.

  6. 6 On April 29th, 2024, Yule Heibel said:

    Well, this suggestion doesn’t have 2 vowels or a long e sound at the end, but how about Scout, from To Kill A Mockingbird?

  7. 7 On April 29th, 2024, susan mernit said:

    An Irish Australian Shepard? Hmmnn.
    Fiona. One of the most popular girls names in Ireland. Fi for short.
    Nicole or Nikki after Ms.Nicole Kidman, one of Aussie’s finest actresses
    Paloma, for no reason but it seems to go with how this very cute little pup looks.
    She is a sweetie!

  8. 8 On April 30th, 2024, Halley said:

    Cutie Pie.

  9. 9 On April 30th, 2024, Michael O'Connor Clarke said:

    Given the Irish theme, I’m surprised no one has come up with “Bran”.

    Bran was the name of the celebrated dog belonging to Irish folk hero Fionn McCoul. There’s a description in one of the bardic legends: “A ferocious, small-headed, white-breasted, sleek-haunched hound; having the eyes of a dragon, the claws of a wolf, the vigour of a lion, and the venom of a serpent.”

    Always thought it was a good strong name for a dog.

  10. 10 On April 30th, 2024, jr said:

    Wet Paynt would be a rather strange name I would consider. Of course you would call her wp for short.

    The dog is gorgeous and I’m not a dog fancier.

  11. 11 On April 30th, 2024, bmo said:


    Well, if you’d name it Tyler if it were a boy, would you name it Liv if was a girl. As in Liv Tyler. Or as in Livvy. As in Liffey. As in the River Liffey.

    Or, full name Bran Muffin. Call it Muffin. Two syllables.

    Or if the thing’s not the brightest, how about Dubya. I’m not sure if that’s two syllables or four phonemes.

  12. 12 On April 30th, 2024, Redhead said:

    I had a dog for 14 years and called him “puppyface” most of the time, instead of his name, which was Chips. An adorable fluffy thing like this needs a name which can easily turn into a hundred diminutives, like Josephine, which could be JoJo or Feenie or Who’s the Cutest Doggie in All the Land.

  13. 13 On April 30th, 2024, jeneane said:

    i donate Diva, my beautiful old dog’s name as well as

    synchronicity - city




    Mona (lisa)



  14. 14 On April 30th, 2024, fp said:

    These are getting better and better… Wendy’s observation that the name should “easily turn into a hundred diminutives, like Josephine, which could be JoJo or Feenie or Who’s the Cutest Doggie in All the Land” is a point well taken. Since this is a sweetie little girl doggie, forgive the gender stereotyping, I’m discarding macho names like Fenris and Bran. Fang of course has always been a favorite name here on the farm, but we’re trying for a softer gentler approach…

  15. 15 On April 30th, 2024, Elaine of Kalilily said:

    Definitely “Nipper” because he looks a little like the original (see http://www2.danbbs.dk/~erikoest/nipper.htm) and there’s all that “His Master’s Voice” associations, too.

  16. 16 On April 30th, 2024, fp said:

    While Nipper is a non-gender specific name, you’ll note that the original Nipper was a BOY (viz. “HIS master’s voice”) and we have a female puppy we’re trying to name here.

    Girly-girl names will definitely be weighted more heavily in the final judging!

  17. 17 On April 30th, 2024, Dan Herzlich said:

    My pick is jewel. You could call her julie, jay, but you doesn’t have to call her johnson. (sorry for the reference to a very old comedy routine)

  18. 18 On April 30th, 2024, bmo said:

    You must consider how you’re going to look to the neighbours when you’re out calling the dog when she gets lost. Style is important.

    Something cinematic. Stella might be good.



    Adrian. How’s your Sly Stallone?

  19. 19 On April 30th, 2024, Bill K. said:

    For an Australian name I’d pick Kylie.

    For the Irish spin, you could consider Caitlin, Katie for short, or Kerry-Ann with the obvious political associations.

  20. 20 On April 30th, 2024, jr said:

    To be politically correct we should ask the dog.

  21. 21 On April 30th, 2024, bmo said:
















    Doris Day

    Cheese Biscuit.



    Maude Gonne


    Sandy (extending the Sandhill Trek brand)

    Girl. (Girly-girl, c’mere girl, atta girl, lay down girl, bad girl.)

    Pie Face.

  22. 22 On April 30th, 2024, Bill K. said:

    While we’re getting political, since she’s a herding dog, howsabout bah-bah streisand?

    Paul(a) Woof-o-witz?

  23. 23 On April 30th, 2024, Yule Heibel said:

    Wendy is definitely on to something with the permutations around Josephine. You will end up calling your pet all sorts of silly names, & it’s probably a good idea to keep in mind how the original name will generate those “pet names.” We call our dog, Jigger, all sorts of silly names, against all stylish- good-intentions to the contrary: jigs, jigster, jiggy, pigster, piggy, wiggy, wiggledy-piggledy, pooplets, jiglets, wiglets, piglets, and of course poochie. The list goes on, but the general embarassing drift is clear. [goes off humming "love is a many-splendoured thing..."] ;-)

  24. 24 On April 30th, 2024, Bill K. said:

    The jigger reference jogged my memory for a liquor-related name: Brandy, close to Micheal’s Bran, or Bandy (hockey-like game), Candy, Dandy, Mandy, Randi (as in the amazin), Sandy (already suggested) and Tandy (Radio Shack’s old computer brand).

    Bar-bah-rella (Jane Fonda’s famous role)

  25. 25 On April 30th, 2024, fp said:

    Sorry… no food, no drink, no bah-bah-bah…

  26. 26 On April 30th, 2024, Michael O'Connor Clarke said:


    Legend doesn’t record whether Bran was a boy-dog or a girl-dog, but I agree that the name does have a rather butch resonance. So, I’ll donate instead my all-time favourite female doggie name. If I owned a girl-dog, she’d be called Lucy. And I’d love Lucy.

    “Strange fits of passion have I known:
    And I will dare to tell,
    But in the lover’s ear alone,
    What once to me befell.”

    (Um…on second thoughts…perhaps not such an appropriate scrap of verse. She pops her clogs, if memory serves…)

  27. 27 On April 30th, 2024, fp said:

    gee Michael… makes me wonder what a Word’s-worth.

  28. 28 On April 30th, 2024, Gary Turner said:

    Integral. As in tail.

  29. 29 On April 30th, 2024, Dean Landsman said:

    In the e-mail entity of this, before knowing the puppy was male, I offered the following:
    Acknowledging the need is the first step to getting help. And thus I suggest you name the puppy Sigmund, or Ziggy, for short.

    Or, since there is no tail, name it Darwin.
    So I now cast a more solid vote for Darwin, with the nickname Winnie.

  30. 30 On April 30th, 2024, Bill K. said:


    I was staying with a friend who has a border collie which is probably similar to the australian breed, and this dog was the most intelligent animal I’ve ever seen. These dogs love to be given tasks, like chasing geese from golf courses, or running obstacle courses. And this dog would never play halfway. Every time you would throw a ball, he would run full tilt.

    The only problem was fireworks. My friend had a female before this dog, and it ran into traffic one July 4th. Otherwise, they love to play with kids and have a good temperament. If they’re left along and not given a task to work they get neurotic. Good luck on your new family member!

    Bill K.

  31. 31 On May 1st, 2024, Niek Hockx said:

    Now that I have received a gazillion messages from almost everybody on the email version of this thing, sending it to almost everybody else and revealing all email addresses… I suggest you call the doggie: Carbon Copy ;-)

  32. 32 On May 1st, 2024, fp said:

    How about “si si?”

  33. 33 On May 1st, 2024, Niek Hockx said:

    …or: “Ja, Ja”? ;-)

  34. 34 On May 3rd, 2024, Stu said:

    How about “Blog-Ah”?

    Like your blog she’s black & white
    (& re(a)d all over ;-)

  35. 35 On May 3rd, 2024, fp said:

    The judges are even now conferring and we may have a lucky winner to announce soon!

  36. 36 On July 19th, 2024, Joanna said:

    Teela..i dunno kinda similar to Tyler but for girl.

  37. 37 On July 28th, 2024, ashley said:






  38. 38 On July 28th, 2024, ashley said:








  39. 39 On July 29th, 2024, jessica said:


  40. 40 On July 29th, 2024, fp said:

    Neither Nola nor Nora, but Molly by golly! Molly Bloom! yes! yes! Yebo! Yes!

  41. 41 On July 31st, 2024, Cally said:

    What about:


    Shamoo(after the white+black orca)


  42. 42 On July 31st, 2024, fp said:

    Shamoo would have been a good one! But we named her Molly Bloom-zoomy-zoom-Ms. B. Golly Molly licky face girl. AKA sweetie

  43. 43 On August 23rd, 2024, jinli said:

    if your dog is a girl, i personally think you should name her ~*Bubbles*~ or ~*BeBe*~. I think they are two really cute names and it makes the puppy even more adorable than it already is!

  44. 44 On September 1st, 2024, Kat said:


    great name for her because she looks like a Bridget and it is Irish…

    From the Irish name Brighid which means “exalted one”. In Irish mythology she was the goddess of fire, poetry and wisdom

    I did a little research :)

  45. 45 On December 13th, 2024, Anonymous said:

    Mierra. Nickname=Mimi

  46. 46 On December 30th, 2024, Avalon Ann Tillie Euericerin said:

    Tu to
    Baby girl
    Little Dan
    Sweet Ann
    Max or Maxy
    That’s all i got. Can you help me name my new puppy? -Ava E.

  47. 47 On December 30th, 2024, fp said:


  48. 48 On September 7th, 2024, Baleigh, Chip, Bear, Marques, Usher, Snap, Mr. oreo said:

    he’s so cute!!!!!!!!!!!1

  49. 49 On October 9th, 2024, jessica said:

    Yochana (Johanna)
    means “God is gracious”

  50. 50 On February 8th, 2024, victor said:

    I think you should name the dog OREO because the dog looks like an oreo. One more reason because the name is a cute name. It could be a boy or girl name.

  51. 51 On February 8th, 2024, VICTOR Y. said:

    The girl dog is realy cute. The puppy reminds me of my old dog Pixie.

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