Help Me Name My New Dog!

If you follow my blog, you probably know I lost my beloved little Susie Bell in November 2009. She lived to be 17 as nearly as we could figure. She was a pound puppy so we never knew for certain how old she was. I only know she gave me joy for all of the 12 years she was with me.  She’ll never be replaced in my heart and I haven’t been looking for another dog to fill her furry little shoes.

New DachshundHowever, one has found me. He’s a 10 month old wire-haired dachshund. My niece found him abandoned, tied to a tree in the Ozark woods, and brought him home. My sister and her family have been caring for him, but they are getting a big dog and don’t really have time for two. When I said I’d love to take this adorable little fellow home with me, my sister agreed to let him go.

So starting tomorrow, he’ll embark on a two day car trip heading for his new life in a New England condo. Fortunately, he gets along famously with Mack the Wonder Dog (who has missed Susie terribly too.)

Now the question is what to call him. We’ve come up with Prince Harry, which works on a couple levels because like the British royal, he’s trouble with feet. He’s quick as a blink and has slipped away from my sister and her family quite a few times. Harry can also refer to Houdini, another escape artist. Plus this little guy is . . . well, hairy, to boot.

We’ve also been thinking about Dandy, because he is. He’s a very sweet tempered guy, biddable and easy going.

The last name in the running is Angus, because the knowing expressions on his little old man face reminds me of the illustrations in the childrens’ book Angus and the Ducks.

So today I’d love to hear from you. Please let me know which name you like best or offer one of your own!

36 thoughts on “Help Me Name My New Dog!

  1. Mia Marlowe says:

    Thanks, Jerri. Looks like his name is going to be Harry. That’s the name we gave the vet when we made his wellness appointment today. Poor little guy will have to be neutered, but I’m a stickler for responsible pet ownership. Since we have no papers for him and don’t intend to breed him, it makes sense to have him fixed. It’ll also keep him from trying to get too friendly with Mack!

    1. Prince Harry! What a great name for him. And kudos on responsible pet ownership, Mia. Sounds like he’s found a loving home.

  2. Jerri Hines says:

    I love doggies. My son got a puppy in October. He named him Dexter after the serial killer series. He’s the most adorable sweet thing. My daughter’s puppy is Colbie. And my 14 year old dog is Max. But I like your daughter’s name for yours, Fergus, but I like Angus, too, or Harry. Not much help, am I?

  3. Thank you for your post and question, Mia. I don’t know much about dogs, seeing as I’m a cat person. But calling your new dog Harry sounds fine.

    Of course, to a lot of us this name connotes not just Prince Harry, but also Harry Potter. Maybe you could make like he’s a wizard who shape-shifted into a dog.

    Wait a sec . . . maybe that could be the seed of a story . . . Whatever!

    It’s really touching that you rescued him. I’m sure he’s a wonderful little fellow, and will provide you with great companionship for many years to come.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      We’re really loving him. He’s a wonderful traveler and an undemanding companion.

  4. Ranurgis says:

    I’m rather fond of the name Max or Maxie. For a smallish dog, it would be a contradiction of sorts: small in stature but big in heart, or whatever you want to call it. May he give you years of pleasure and love like your beloved Susie Bell.

    (I wonder why my mother’s father’s and brothers’ names pop up here: youngest brother was Harry (not derivative of Henry.)
    Father and eldest brother were Max (Well, that’s my choice.) It’s also the name of Austrian emperors as Maximilian.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Our rat terrier’s name is Mack, so we can’t call this one Max.

      We thought of Harry because the British Prince looked awfully dashing during his brother’s wedding. Plus one of the reasons my sister agreed to give this little guy to me is because he slips out her door pretty regularly (Harry Houdini!) and she was afraid he’d be hit by a car. If he makes it out our condo door, he’d still have to get down the elevator and past the doorman to chase a car.

  5. JOYE says:

    I have always given my dogs last names. I have 2 Jack Russell terriers who are called Johnny Diamond and Lily Cigar. I have a cat called Pete Mitchell for the Top Gun character and my goldfish is Miss Vivienne for Pretty Woman. The neighbors look at me with raised eyebrows if I have to call them into the house if they get out of the yard.
    My grandfather always called his German Shepherds Shep-he said he never forgot their names.
    Anyway, so glad you were found by your new doggie.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      What cute names! We had a cat named Cruiser Bob once, but I can’t say we’ve given any last names. Our vet always assumes they’ve taken ours!

  6. Quilt Lady says:

    I kind of like Dandy for some reason that seems to fit him. He looks like a Dandy pet.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      He is a dandy, but unfortunately, my DH doesn’t like that name.

  7. Krista McKenna says:

    Firstly, I’m sorry for your loss. It is always difficult to loose a loved family pet. As for your ner family member, congradulations. The first thing that popped in my ming even before I read the whole blog was Gabriel. Maybe because the name Suzie Bell reminded me of Gabriel’s ship in Pleasuring the Pirate. But Prince Harry is cute to.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thank you, Krista. I have grieved for my little Susie every day and will always carry her in my heart. This new puppy will carve out his own special place there too.

  8. catslady says:

    All are great suggestions. Maybe Prince but I actually like the name Ozark :) or zark or zar (tsar) for short lol.

    Our second dog was from the pound and we had Shadow for 17 years too and she was the sweetest dog ever. Now I have cats because they found me and I care for ferals/strays too.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Found pets are the best. I’m so glad my sister agreed to let me take him. Ozark is cute. Maybe we could call him Oz for short.

      1. catslady says:

        Lol why didn’t I come up with that variation!

  9. Nynke says:

    I like Harry or Fergus best – both names with a hint (or connotation) of spirit and possible mischief :).

    So happy for you – have fun with your cute little new dog!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks, Nynke. Our pets always become family members. I’m sure we’ll have lots of fun together.

  10. He’s so cute! He looks very alert and bright. I love the suggestion of Black Jack–it has a suggestion of mischief that seems perfect.

    Mia, I’m so glad you’re ok. Hope your new family member settles in well!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      He’s so lovable and sweet, but his face is so sober–just like a little old man. He makes friends with everyone and would make a perfect therapy dog.

  11. Jena Lang says:

    I have 2 Mini Dachshunds and they are the best dogs ever – so loveable and devoted.

    I like the name Prince Harry. Or how about Barkley? It’s one of the names my DH and I considered because doxies bark so much. Another poster mentioned Dudley, which is also really cute.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Actually, I’ve not heard him bark yet, so though Barkley is totally darling, it may not fit this particular doxie.

      1. Jena Lang says:

        A doxie that doesn’t bark – wish I had one of those. LOL! My male barks a lot more than my female, especially when he’s outside. In the house, he’s super submissive and sweet.

  12. Marcy W says:

    In one of your posts above, you say “he shadows us everywhere”, so how about Shadow? However, my first thought on seeing the photo was “Scruffy” — it’s the wire-haired part, reminds me of a kitchen scrubbie, I guess. I like the alliteration of Mack and Black Jack, but wonder if it would be confusing for the dogs?! Final thought: for me, dachshunds are always German, so the scots/celtic names don’t work, but that’s just me. For a tongue twister, try Schwartze Schatzie … that’s ‘black darling’.
    I suspect that by the time you all get back home to Boston, he will have let you know just who he is. Drive safely, please! And be sure to let us know the outcome of the naming process! :-)

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks for the tongue-twister name! I think it’s beyond me. So far, we’re leaning heavily toward Harry.

  13. librarypat says:

    He looks like a sweetheart. Dandy or Dudley seem to fit. Whatever you call him, he’ll come. He can tell he has found a good home and will be loved.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      He does seem perfectly happy with us.

  14. Barbara Britton says:

    Hi Mia,

    Hope you are feeling okay after your accident. Sometimes, the following days are worse than the actual impact day.
    Your new addition is adorable. How about Harry’s name for his brother–Wills.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      He’s a sweet little fellow, whatever we decide to call him. He already shadows us everywhere.

  15. Mia Marlowe says:

    My daughter just suggested Fergus, which would fit well too.

  16. cindy holby says:

    I love Prince Harry. Because I love Prince Harry. ;p I have a long haired doxie named Cody. He’s my shadow. Good luck with your doxie.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      He does follow me about, which I love, but I have to be careful or I’ll step on him. He’s not wise in the ways of feet yet.

  17. Deb says:

    My stepson has a black wire-haired”wiener” dog and he named him Black Jack; sounds a little piratical, doesn’t it? McDuff comes to mind, but that dog in Rosemary Wells’ books is a Highland Terrier. Good luck with names.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Oh, I love Black Jack and it rhymes with Mack, our other terrier.

  18. Penelope says:

    Mia! A wire-haired doxie! That is so wonderful! I love the name Harry for a doxie…that is really sweet. Good luck with the new addition to your family!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      He’s such a sweet little dog. He loves everyone and wants them to love him.

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