|Chubbs the Bulldog, courtesy of www.dailypuppy.com|
The name Luna evokes a shimmery, magical image for me---founded a great deal on the character of Luna Lovegood in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, as well as the name’s lovely lunar meaning. Imagine my surprise, then, when Luna turned out to be an adorable pitbull puppy instead of a whimsical young girl. Lately, I’ve been struck by the increasingly human-like names of the dogs I encounter, especially on websites like the Dailypuppy.com, where members post pictures and stories about their beloved pets, including the aforementioned Luna. Where men’s furry friends once answered to names like “Blackie,” “Spot,” or “Fluffy,” pet owners, perhaps in lieu of naming children, have begun to name their canines surprisingly chic names; names which one would expect to hear being called out by mothers in a posh playground in Manhattan, rather than printed on a shining collar tag. Many of those I encountered were names on my own list of favorites: Chester, Harvey, Philo, Rory. Nary a one of those names has a whiff of hound; with the line between canine and human names blurring, one has to wonder where the line between the two is drawn. Is it okay to name a child Sassie? What about Spunky? Both are typical pet names, but the fact is that our pool of possible appellations grows daily wider and wider, and with celebrity babies like Apple and Blue, soon it might not be surprising to meet a dog named Lula and a child named Nutmeg.
So, from the wonderful litter of names I discovered on Daily puppy, I have picked out the most distinctive, human-like monikers for the discerning berries, as well as the names that only the most daring of parents would name their child, names that are still a little bit too “ruff” around the edges: