a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

Saturday, November 20, 2021

A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

SUMMARY: But What About Dogs?
Originally posted on Facebook: Nov 20, 2020 in response to the #originaldognamechallenge

I’m not going to repost my dog photos, but here’s what each of them came to me as:

“Chipper” = Chip (I stayed in touch with his previous family, and Chip seemed to work fine. But “Chipper” was a bit too chipper for me.)

“Greenelda” (or some such) = Boost (All the puppies had color puppy names to match their collar colors.)

“Jake” = Jake (he had a perfect name and he was already a perfect little agility dog and I saw no reason to change it at his age of sixish)

“Lone Star” = Sheba (I think Lonestar was a popular beer at the time. But, really, for a husky?!)

“Luke” = Zorro (Luke was actually a perfect name, but under a theory that he had already learned to blow me off under that name, I changed it. Made no difference. 😜) (On the other hand, it did eventually stop me from calling him “Jake”.)

“One of the two yellow puppies” = Amber

“Remington” = Remington (I tried to come up with several other names, but Remington just seemed to stick.)

“Savanna” = Tika (She had been adopted out from the shelter twice and returned twice before she was picked up by the rescue group. I don’t know where the savanna name came from during that process. She did not seem like a Savanna to me.)


  1. Names have always been hard for me to figure out. Katie would have been Maggie if it had been up to me, but husband had a dog when he was a kid named Kate and he wanted to name her Katie and I figured that was cute too. I think your dog's names are much more interesting and imaginative.

    1. Everyone has their own ideas about what makes a name right for a dog. Some people I know always name their dogs to a theme (gambling games (Whist, Spinner,...), or a word about desired agility skills (e.g., Quick, Driven, Smart,...) or about how wonderful they are (Awesome, Stellar...)). Others to a first initial.

      My sister's first dog was Jenny, and she loved that dog to pieces. After Jenny died, she wanted to name the next dog Jenny, also, but her husband said that was too confusing, so she picked Katie instead. Not long after, she named her second daughter Katherine, whom everyone calls Katie. So, you know, sometimes that is just the best name ever! (Another sister a few years later named her daughter the same, but calls her Kate. I don't know what this is all about--no one in our family history is katherine or Kate or Katie!)
      I'm glad that you think mine are imaginative. Once I started agility, I tried very hard to pick names that no other (local, anyway) agility dogs had, and I used our agility club's massive database of dogs who had competed in our many, large trials. Tika and Boost were verified there. :-) There were a bunch of Jakes, though; I didn't change his name anyway. Which, on occasion, caused confusion.
      I remember one day in particular where the BCs together in the running order were Ruby, Ruby, Boost, and Ruby. Yeah, confusing! :-)

    2. I posted a copy of the Ruby running order here: https://dogblog.finchester.org/2012/07/sunday-at-agility-on-green.html