56 thoughts on “LAST CHANCE TO NAME MY DOG”

  1. We are leaving now for Pennsylvania. Myself and three boys in a van. Five hours to pick up Pepper/Scout/Luna.

  2. Geeba, there’s nothing wrong or racist about naming this sweet dog “Pepper,” even if the color was the reason. I know someone who named their orange colored cat “Pumpkin,” and there’s nothing wrong with that either. Moreover, the name “Pepper” is not necessarily associated with color. For example, my first association with the name “Pepper” is “Pepper Anderson”– the name of the character played by actress Angie Dickenson in an old TV show called “Police Woman.” Angie was a beautiful and charismatic blond.

  3. I respectfully submit Amicus, and Ami when you want to be brief… sorry!

  4. Geeba Geeba

    i could just see the entire Turley clan out looking for a lost dog, riding their bicycles around the neighborhood shouting “Moesha Moesha, here girl”.

  5. Hello, if she were mine I would call her Tara Monet…..Tara for Gone with the Wind….(then you can say, heck with you guys….I’m going home to Tara). Monet is for the flowers….I like to give my dogs middle names!
    Enjoy her. Animals are such a gift from God!
    Jean

  6. Naming the pooch “Pepper” is like naming the kid of a black man and woman “Pepper”, or a red-haired kid Ginger. It’s a moniker based on a color. I thought we got away from that. How dare anyone recommend and vote on that name. And I’m surprised that Prof T would even consider such a thing. My recommendation would be “Moesha” which would be a color neutral name, right?

  7. Sooty

    That was the name of our mixed poodle and Labrador

    She was an incredible dog and friend for about 15 years !!!!

    You can’t go wrong….

    Sent from my iPhone

  8. Gina, I am quite sure that if he were to have to yell for the dog a dozen times that the name will cease to be relevant at that point as it will have already mutated into something from a George Carlin skit or the name Fenton.

  9. What is A Black Golden Doodle?! The puppy in the picture is black & curly so a Doodle could be a mutt with poodle in it, but I see no Golden in it. I dare say a partial Golden Retriever is close enough to a Black Lab to get an all black bitch? I guess I missed the earlier story on this. I don’t see any of those names fitting this dog. How about Fluffy?

  10. Tony,

    That’s why I voted Scout over Luna. I didn’t want to create some kind of synchronicity that encouraged the little critter to howl at the moon. 😀

  11. So much for Scout. You’ll surely want to write a book and maybe there’ll be legal issues… (-:

    The Puppy Diaries
    At a Year Old, a Few Small Lessons Are Left

    By JILL ABRAMSON
    Published: May 3, 2010

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/03/garden/03puppy.html?ref=thepuppydiaries

    This is the final installment of the Puppy Diaries, which tracked the course of a dog’s life over her first year.

    [Photo of “one-year-old Scout, the author’s golden retriever”]

    The Puppy Diaries

    A series about the challenges and satisfactions of raising a puppy through its first year of life.

    SCOUT turned 1.

    She weighs 63 pounds.

    To the naked eye, she is all grown up, but she is still very much a puppy, and some bad habits die hard — like pulling on her leash when we are heading to the dog run. As we approach the gate, I feel as if my arm is coming out of its socket. Recently, a squirrel crossed our path and Scout came close to dragging me to the pavement.

    (Blah, blah, blah.)

    I’m changing my vote, too. You’ll know what to name her, once she’s at home with her new fam.

  12. I voted for Pepper and Pepper seems to be the favorite so far among those voting. That normally could mean I made the wrong choice, as the majority here is typically wrong–but that’s usually only on political issues.

  13. Some thoughts on dog-naming follow, if it’s not too late.

    Practically speaking, a two-syllable dog name (or nickname) is always preferable to a single syllable – easier to shout effectively, easier for the dog to hear and discern. For the same reason, long vowel sounds are better than short. Sound it out yourself: Daisy vs. Becca, or Milo vs. Russell. (Worst is the single-syllable, short-vowelled name, like Dot or Bud.)

    In other words, I’d rule out Scout right off, but I’m not that keen on the other two choices either, although Luna’s long ‘u’ gives it an edge While all three names are lovely, we’re talking about naming a dog (who will frequently need to be called from a distance), not a cat or a literary character.

    Of course, it’s your dog and your vocal chords, so good luck and best wishes whatever you choose – I just know that I’d be hoarse after yelling “Pepper” a couple dozen times.

  14. “Luna” is the name of a discount chain of furniture stores in Chicago. There commercial has one of the most annoying jiggles around. I know the good Professor is from Chicago. I would think he’d get this crappy ditty stuck in his head. Go with Scout. It’s cute. Who cares if Demi Moore thought of it first and stuck one of her daughters with it. Pepper, while cute for a black dog, will inevitably make the entire family think of Angie Dickenson whenever they call the pup. On second thought. I change my vote to Pepper

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