HOW TO Name Your Bird Dog
I received the following email yesterday:
So you seem to think of yourself as an expert in naming bird dogs. What do you suggest I name my new pup that starts with the letter “L?”
Here are my top five suggestions on naming your new bird dog.
1) Be Original. Ever hunted in a group with three dogs all named “Remy?” Think how confusing that is for you, let alone all three of those pups!
2) Names Tell Stories. I believe you should have to tell a story to explain your pup’s name to someone. The conversation ends when your pup is named “Phil.”
3) Pay Homage. A dog’s name is a terrific way to honor someone or something special in your life.
4) Don’t be Silly. Last year, VPI Pet Insurance published a list of the top ten most unusual dog names. Close circuit to the person naming their pup “Lord Chubby Pruneface:” Seek professional help.
5) Fit the Breed. When possible, it’s cool to match the pup’s name to the breed. There are lots of fun ways to connect a dog’s German, English, French, Spanish or Irish heritage through their name.
With those five bits of advice in mind, I suggested that the emailer consider their favorite characters from novels, people they admire, or names of favorite hunting grounds. Undoubtedly, there will be an “L” word that connects these dots. In the end, I did not offer a list of names starting with the letter “L” to the emailer. Picking that pup’s name and having it mean something special has to come from the owner.
The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.
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