When Shakespeare penned "a rose by any other name," he clearly wasn't thinking of racing Greyhounds -- some of whom are burdened with such inglorious names as Full Beer Fridge or Runya Beach. (Say it out loud.) We certainly hope their kennel names were a bit kinder.
For those who have adopted ex-racing Greyhounds, the question of what to do about their name always comes up. Some new owners keep the kennel name or use some version of the racing name -- Starz Windmaker becomes Wynn and Johnny Jazz becomes John. Others want to remove any memory of racing and come up with something new to ensure their pup is leaving their prior life far behind.
When SHUG brings over dogs from Spain, the same issue comes up. Do we pay tribute to their heritage by keeping their Spanish name or give them something new as a symbol of the break from the past? Borreguito-the-Galgo remained Borreguito even though it doesn’t quite trip off the tongue. (In a pinch, his mom has been known to shorten it to Geets.)
When Chica arrived, she was renamed Bella . . . which became Chica Bella and is more often than not just Chica. Some names just stick! Pilar was temporarily changed, but she was so famous as Pilar and her story so well known her owner quickly gave her back her original name. Mariposa was shortened to Mari, as it quite suited the little butterfly.
Sometimes dogs have to be renamed because they coincidentally have the same name as beloved, previous dog or a human child in the family (although there is some advantage to calling one name and having both kid and dog come running). Sometimes a dog needs a new name if the current one has a negative association – so Trouble becomes Trooper or Chaos becomes Chaz.
In other cases, new owners are quite happy with the name a volunteer gave them. The pretty cream-colored Borzoi was two years old and had no name. SHUG volunteers escorting her to freedom dubbed her Flower – and it stuck. Lego, the Saluki who needed swim therapy to heal his wonky leg, stayed Lego. It was just him. Tazi will always be Tazi. On the other hand, June became Wynter and Fawn became Alma without missing a beat.
Just like with human names, there are trends with dog names. The website VetStreet came out with their list of the “most trendy” girl and boy dog names from 2013. Here is the list:
No. 10 is Charlie for girls and Scout for boys. (In the human world, most Charlies are boys and most Scouts are girls, but whatever)
No. 9 is Maya and Milo
No. 8: Cali and Gunner
No. 7: Athena and Ace
No. 6: Nala and Leo
No. 5: Layla and Marley
No. 4: Marley and King (yeah, this time Marley is a girl’s name)
No. 3: Willow and Dexter (based on the series? Hmmm.)
No. 2: Piper and Thor (based on a recent movie hero? Well, as least Spiderman is not a trendy name -- yet)
And the No. 1 most trendy dog names in 2013 were . . . Luna and Jax
SHUG has already had a Luna and a Leo, but the rest are all fair game. What names are on your list?