July 8 08

oh yes, the dog story. and how we almost ended up with one… (and still might!)

growing up in my mom’s house, there was always a dog. and it was always a miniature schnauzer. the ugliest of all dog breeds. and clearly not the brightest either. we had those dogs that didn’t know their asses from their heads. they walked into walls. we even had one that used to pee itself every time a man came within 10 feet of it. scouts honor, i’m not making this shit up.

i hated them. all of ‘em. and their stupid names…smoothie, smokey, ben, pepper.

and then my dad got himself his Roxee.

and she’s pretty much the most amazing dog ever. she’s also the most spoiled. she gets her teeth brushed twice a day, and brushed three times a day. she’s my dad and stepmom’s baby.

and she eats an apple more politely than my children…

and we love her. but, we still aren’t DOG people. we are the fish-having kind of family. they are relatively little work. they don’t get stomach bugs or cancer or need to be walked. and they are fairly easy to replace when your kids aren’t looking. there’s no shortage of these in this world.

but then my cousins got themselves a shih tzu, Harry Potter, and it was instant love.

for all five of us. i mean, i’m NOT a dog lover, by any means. just ask my friends Jack and Ilana how many times i’ve gone near their Jazzy (um, none). but this dog?? i was on the floor, playing with it. cuddling with it. cuddling! me! with a dog!

(shit. i am a dog lover)

(a dog!)

apparently, my stepmom needs us to have one.

and i don’t think she’s going to stop until she gets us our very own Harry Potter…although ours would have a much better name. i mean, she was on the phone with my cousin getting his breeder information and everything.

and she’s even got Isabella working for her cause..

so…let’s just say, for the sake of saying, that casa de Martell is getting a dog. what is the BEST dog name you’ve ever heard? What should we name him? her?

  1. I’m partial to the name of my now deceased(but while living absolutely wonderful) dog, Maddie. Maddie was her nickname. Since she was born with a cross on her chest, we named her after my great-aunt, a Carmelite nun named Madeleine. So as not to be excommunicated (or struck by lightning) we told everyone she was named after Madonna (this was during her Like a Virgin era after all).


    Comment by jen on July 8, 2008
  2. The dog paragon for me was my collie/lab mix that I grew up with, Molly. Very common but it brought back all sort of happy memories. Then I met another Molly, a cocker spaniel. This Molly was just such an asshole that it ruined the name for me. We have three cats (Rufus, Zoe and Marley) and a fish (Daphne/Velma), but I would love a dog, and I think the greatest dog name is “Waylon”.


    Comment by Jenn on July 8, 2008
  3. It would have been better if your stepmom named the dog Hairy Potter – much more clever!

    And if you’re going to get another shih tzu, I recommend Shia LaWoof.

    (I have a kitty named Leonardo DiCatrio. I am an odd duck.)

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    Comment by AndreAnna on July 8, 2008
  4. I can’t wait to have a house so that I can have a dog (my boyfriend is not so supportive of this plan) and have always liked the idea of naming my dog after a Disney villain (Scar, Jafar, Ursela, etc).


    Comment by Joscelyn on July 8, 2008
  5. My husband had a Lab named Beauregard, they called him Bo for short. I liked that name. My Mom’s family dog was named Baroness. I guess I have a thing for dog names that start with B

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    Comment by Chantal on July 8, 2008
  6. I once new a Rottweiler named Thunder. Might not be so fitting for a Shih Tzu…but it would be kind of funny.

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    Comment by Angella on July 8, 2008
  7. Puppies are hard work, but if you realize that, and work through some rough times, soon you will wonder how you EVER lived without a dog. They are WONDERFUL :)


    Comment by Sarah on July 8, 2008
  8. We named our dog Izzie after Izzie Stevens on Grey’s Anatomy.

    How about naming it Favre?

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    Comment by This Mom on July 8, 2008
  9. I’ve never owned an animal so I’m no good here. Bogart is pretty cute though.


    Comment by gorillabuns on July 8, 2008
  10. we only had one dog when i was growing up he was a husky wolf cross.he had different coloured eyes and his name was pard…


    Comment by LAVENDULA on July 8, 2008
  11. Each dog has its own personality – you should pick a name that fits your individual dog – a calm, gentle dog doesn’t exactly fit the name Sparky while a hyper dog wouldn’t exactly be right named Snuggles – I tend to like “people” names for pets. I have a friend with a turtle named Bridgett which cracks me up.

    Which ever name you come up with I’m sure your family will love it!

    Congrats! (And welcome to the club!)


    Comment by Melissa on July 8, 2008
  12. How about Cher que Therape?…made-up French, but you get the point! You could call her Cher.

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    Comment by cristan on July 8, 2008
  13. Our dog is Freddie but we call him Fred. It’s actually a perfect name for him since he acts just like an old man, sitting at the fence and yelling, “Get off my property” in his old man doggy bark.
    Our neighbors have two teeny tiny little chihuahuas named Cowboy and Brutus. When they first got Cowboy, he wouldn’t take walks so they dragged him around on his little chihuahua hiney.
    My husband has had a lifelong ambition to get two identical dogs and name them Yep and Nope. Anything for a funny.

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    Comment by Kendra on July 8, 2008
  14. We had cats before our daughter was born. Now we just have one and he hides from her.

    They way she chases after, and hugs, every dog she comes across has made it pretty clear that we’ll be getting a dog at some point in the future.

    And his name will be Luke Peoplewalker.

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    Comment by Backpacking Dad on July 8, 2008
  15. OMG – my MIL’s dog is a Schnoodle & he pees every time he sees my husband – hilarious!!! It must be the schnauzer in him, he’s named Jesse – like the name, the dog really gets on my nerves though! He always wants to jump all over me. If you can tell from that statement, I am NOT a dog person either. Husband insists we will have one one day though.


    Comment by Maria on July 8, 2008
  16. “Barkley”…best dog name…we’re coming to play if you get one :)


    Comment by Michele on July 8, 2008
  17. When/if I do get a dog,
    it will be a puppy when/if I my child(ren) are puppies.


    Comment by Keri on July 8, 2008
  18. We have two dogs: Delta and Gravy.

    I like the names “Scout” and “Bo” which can me short for several other names, my favorite being Bocephus.

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    Comment by KA on July 8, 2008
  19. The video was awesome! I’ve never seen a dog eat an apple like that.

    I’m no help on dog names, I’ve had a million animals in my lifetime and have only named one.

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    Comment by Kristie on July 8, 2008
  20. OMG, I LOVE Roxee! What a sweet, beautiful, amazing dog! I had goldens growing up, too, then they all three were stolen =( so we converted to small, indoor dogs. I think you need a Maltese. They are the most fun, caring, kid-friendly dogs. And oh-so-cute! My family and I have had about 15 over the years, and everyone has been an absolute gem.


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    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on July 8, 2008
  21. Snooger!


    Comment by giblet on July 8, 2008
  22. OH. MY. GOD. What a sweetie golden baby.

    I have a golden named Finnigan, cause I always swore if I had a dog it would be Finnigan (after Casey and…) and yes I know I spelled it wrong, whatever.

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    Comment by Becca on July 8, 2008
  23. My two favorites – Clementine and Kitty


    Comment by Sarah on July 8, 2008
  24. Best dog name ever, Scout.

    Just don’t name it D-O-G (Deogee). I hate that.

    For the record my dogs are Zoey and Servo. Zoey is pretty unoriginal, but Servo is cool. Just don’t tell him I said that, he picked the name.

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    Comment by Megan on July 8, 2008
  25. OMG I am so in love with Roxee. I love those dogs. I love dogs period. My grandma’s dog was named Pepper. We called him Peepers. Ha. Nerd.

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    Comment by Miss on July 8, 2008
  26. We just went through this same thing! We got a maltipoo (half maltese, half poodle) he’s 7 months old now. That is the cutest shih tzu ever! By the way we named him Miles! Here are pics if your curious :)

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    Comment by K.... on July 8, 2008
  27. Best name ever … wait for it…. wait for it…..

    Saffron Monsoon

    Yeah I named my Westie after the nerdy daughter on AbFab.

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    Comment by SleepyNita on July 8, 2008
  28. No! Don’t do it! I am not a dog person (although I have an agreement that a dog could live with us if I had nothing to do with it). Don’t go to the dog side. You must resist their cute smiles, and adoring ways, and the way they keep you company and … oh, d*mn it, you better just get one.


    Comment by emma on July 8, 2008
  29. Um, no, sorry. The breed of dog that my FIL has is the UGLIEST breed of dog EVER. Google “Chinese Crested” and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

    My mom and I had a dog named Ice Cream. The first time she ever got lost, three kids from the neighbourhood came up to me with change in their hands because they thought I was advertising that I was selling ice cream.

    Dave still wants to name his future dog Fattie – that is, IF we get a dog. Big IF there.


    Comment by mamatulip on July 8, 2008
  30. Just say no.

    Call her Crazy.

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    Comment by HRH on July 8, 2008
  31. My puppy is named Stella Artois. It’s the best of both worlds – girly enough for me and manly enough for my guy (our dog is named after a beer! look how manly you are! ignore the fact that your dog has a dress on!) (I’m kidding, my dog doesn’t wear clothes.) I’m currently trying to convince my guy that Stella needs a little brother. If I win this argument, there will be a Willie Nelson added to our family.

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    Comment by hillary on July 8, 2008
  32. My favorite dog name ever was a dog I met named Rusty… who was actually a girl beagle, not a boy (I always thought Rusty was a boy’s name)… but still, I think Rusty is kinda adorable.


    Comment by Sarah on July 8, 2008
  33. OH, THE PUPPIES! I can never have a dog because my children have allergies, so I am destined to have slutty kitties (I love Wilbur, though).

    And that apple video! The tongue slays me. Plus, she just looks like the world’s nicest dog.

    I love Shitzu’s. They are a lot of maintenance and are prone to sleep apnea and allergies but I LOVE them. They are just awesome doggies.

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    Comment by Loralee on July 8, 2008
  34. Diogi is the best dog name EVER! D.O.G….Diogi…get it?!

    You know, I love dogs, but you know every time you go out of town, you have to kennel that dog and spend your life’s savings to do it! Just sayin’.


    Comment by Jennifer on July 8, 2008
  35. I always wanted to name a dog Clyde. But that sort of suits a big golden retriever better than a shih tzu.

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    Comment by She Likes Purple on July 8, 2008
  36. My best friend had two mini weiner dogs named Dennis & Greg…man is funny when she shouts “Dennis, quit humping Greg!!!” (She lives in an adult only building with a ton of seniors. My dog’s name is Berkeley (she’s a bichon / cocker spaniel) NO shedding, clean and cute. Never barks, LOVES kids.. did I mention, NO shedding!?


    Comment by suzanne on July 8, 2008
  37. Harley. That’s the best name, I think. That’s what I named my dog anyway. Ha. Your dad’s Golden is GORGEOUS!! That is what I have and love her to death, except…..THE SHEDDING!!! UGH!

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    Comment by nicole on July 8, 2008
  38. My dog’s name is Twister, I’ve known two dogs named Samantha (nick Sammy), another named Domino, then there was Ladybug (I kid you not).

    Who else? Ranger, Murray, Muffy (Muffy is near and dear to my heart), Ginger, Penny (Penelope?)… that’s all I can think of right now.



    Comment by Maryann on July 8, 2008
  39. Our dog’s name is Max and OMG he is such a Max LOL.

    Miranda wants to name our next dog Lolly (?) and she has a pet fake dog who dances called Sizzles (after the Charlie & Lola story).

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    Comment by Heidi on July 8, 2008
  40. Okay, so listen. When I was growing up, I always wanted to name a dog “Kitty.” Then I could call, “here, Kitty, Kitty,” and a dog would come running. For some reason I thought that was the funniest thing in the world. Sigh.

    Then, when Mike and I decided to get a dog, we settled on the name, “Tequila.” What were we, 19 year old fraternity bros? Sheesh.

    Luckily, when we went to get our dog, we took one look at her and said, “You are not a Tequila. You’re a Rigby.” Rigby, like “Eleanor Rigby,” the Beatles song. It suits her perfectly.

    You can have names picked out, but in the end, you won’t know until you see the dog.

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    Comment by heather on July 8, 2008
  41. You HAVE to get a dog!! I can’t think of the best dog name I know. My parents’ dogs are Olivia and Quincey, my sister’s are Daisey and Byron, My brother’s is Riley….Do your research BIG TIME before getting a dog, though. You know that, right? I LOVE that video! Roxee is adorable!


    Comment by Haley-O on July 8, 2008
  42. Honestly, I think we had one of the coolest dog names ever… Whiskey. He just had a coat the color of a really good Whiskey and we got more compliments on that name than I would have ever dreamed. Plus, he was an awesome Lab!

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    Comment by Kristi on July 8, 2008
  43. i would never get a dog for 2 reasons:
    1. you have to clean up their poo. there’s nothing more disgusting than that, except…
    2. they lick their bums and then your face. sometimes they lick poo and then your hand. it’s just too gross for me.


    Comment by diana on July 8, 2008
  44. A girl I knew in college had a dog named Mike. It was a small little mutt and it suited it.
    I knew a little dog named Dougall (pr. Doo-gull)
    My sisters dog was named Rory.
    My what about Leroy?

    that’s all I got right now…it’s late…
    There are about 4 Charley’s in our neighbourhood…don’t use that.

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    Comment by Christine on July 8, 2008
  45. I love dogs but once KC is gone, that will be it for us and we’ll stick with kitties.

    We can’t be spontaneous and go someplace for the night because we have to be home to take KC for a walk, etc.

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    Comment by Teena in Toronto on July 8, 2008
  46. So… I don’t know any great dog names, but my grandma used to have a cow named Thirty-Seven (or 37, I’m not sure how they wrote out it’s name if there was ever any reason to).

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    Comment by Britt on July 8, 2008
  47. Dopey.


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    Comment by Mike on July 9, 2008
  48. One of my friends had a neighbour with a dog named Happy New Year. Happy New Year ran away a lot, which meant the neighbour was always standing on his steps, yelling “HAPPY NEW YEAR!”.
    So don’t name your dog that. I just tend to give my pets people names – we have a cat named Frank and a fish named George. That route is a good route.

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    Comment by Rebecca on July 9, 2008
  49. I need a dog like Harry Potter. Looks like he doubles as a floor mop.

    Names? No clue. How about Jebediah.

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    Comment by threeundertwo on July 9, 2008
  50. There are days I really want a dog. But then I remember I’m lazy and I don’t want to have to get off the couch to go to the bathroom, let alone go walk a dog.

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    Comment by Kristabella on July 9, 2008
  51. how exciting!! i want a puppy :( but there’s no point in me getting one now. he/she would be lonely when i leave for the UK next year.

    very cute puppy… i have no idea on a cool name. i’m useless with pet names! lol



    Comment by Bronnie on July 9, 2008
  52. Is it telling that I don’t even remember you having a dog back in the day?

    Get a dog. Don’t get a dog. Name it Leftenant Snuffly Muffigans IV. Name it Spud. Either way, never, ever talk to it in baby talk.

    Shmoopy noopy doopy oopy! What a handsome man you are! Yeah!

    Please, never. Ever.

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    Comment by Pants Wearer on July 9, 2008

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