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I do. I got my dog from my neice,and her youngest sister named her Snowball.
Snowball was a good name for her as a puppy,because she was round and white.Now,at 5 1/2 months,she's tall,long,and has light golden hair.I always liked the name Molly,but because my youngest neice named her that,and she likes her uncle Mike,I decided to keep that name.At least she didn't name her Spot!Some names I changed,I wish I had this one,but it's too late. They didn't like my last dog's name either. I named him Buddy,after the blues guitarist Buddy Guy.Does any of you feel this way?
 

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Yup. I shoulda named Yansa 'Yeti'. His feet are so big that he's always tripping over them. lol My poor, big, clumsy baby anyway. :p


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Of my 5 dogs, we've only named ONE. His name fits. I do wish we'd renamed Trey when we got him because Trey is not a doggy name imo. Oh well, 13 years later and it's not going to change.
 

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We kept the same name (Mabel) that the rescue organization gave her. They call out a bunch of names and when the dog seems to respond to one...well, that becomes the dog's name. At the time we didn't know how easy it is to change names (plus we'd been involved in boating for a long time, where changing the name of a boat is a major no-no...bad luck).

Shaggy, I love your reason for Buddy's name. Mine would have been B.B. :D
 

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I don't really care for Eddie's name and sometimes wish I never agreed to it BUT I don't know what I would have rather named him so...I guess it doesn't matter. lol

I didn't like Uallis's name AT ALL when we got him...but it grew on me and it just seems to fit him now. I can't imagine him being named anything else.

One of my cats, RIP, his name was Fred. He was a stray and it was the first name that popped in my head when I first saw him and I just started calling him that...there was really no thought put into it. After awhile I really HATED that name...but everyone was already used to calling him that, me included, that it just seemed silly to change it. :rolleyes:
 

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No. I think the names we picked suited the dogs really well. CAIN & ABEL, since they are both males and are littermates. I just always remember to put away the knives when they are together. Just kidding.

Xena is the name I would have named myself if I got to choose my own name. Its a princess name that does not require for you to behave like a princess. My little girl is really just like that, she is our Princess but she definitely is No princess. She is shameless (will pee or poo anywhere if the nature says so) and is still working on her manners. :D
 

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I didn't really choose my dogs name per say. When I first got him, I was a little scared of him because he was much bigger than a cat so I called him dog for awhile. then after we became best buddies i unconciously put the "y" sound towards the end as sort of a term of endearment. and when I called for him or called him to come inside, the way I called him sounded like d-OH-ggy! so that became his name because he responded to it.
 

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We kept the same name (Mabel) that the rescue organization gave her. They call out a bunch of names and when the dog seems to respond to one...well, that becomes the dog's name. At the time we didn't know how easy it is to change names (plus we'd been involved in boating for a long time, where changing the name of a boat is a major no-no...bad luck).

Shaggy, I love your reason for Buddy's name. Mine would have been B.B. :D
B.B. is a good one. I named Buddy because he had some deep wrinkles,just like Mr.Guy! He never did try to play my Fender Stratocaster,maybe he was a Gibson player like B.B. is! :D
 

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Not usually. I think I would if I had named a name that was very common but in most cases I pick German names (Bear was an exception to that rule) but the names are picked to fit the dog. Oliver is the only othe common name and honestly I didn't know any Oliver's when I named him that. Actually, there simply was no other name for him, he is just a total Oliver. Carsten is a total Carsten, I can't see him as anything but that name. I have a name picked out for my next female Rottweiler so now I have to wait until I find the dog that matches that name. ;)
 

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So, give her a second name. Ours respond to a wide variety of names and nicknames. Most recently, Peanut is being called Princess Mugglesworth. It just seems to fit her right now.

When we named Melody, I really, really, really didn't like the name. But, we already had her littermate who's name was Harmony and we wanted matchy names for them. So, while she does respond to Melody I usually call her Melted Cheese or just Cheese (long story). Not sure that's any better LOL But, she doesn't seem to mind.

Some dogs just ARE a name. Our Scout is Scout. No question. She doesn't really have any nicknames because she just IS Scout. Same with Rocky...he's a Rocky through and through.

Bottom line - dogs can have more than one name. If you don't like what you're calling her now, just change it!
 

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I have a name picked out for my next female Rottweiler so now I have to wait until I find the dog that matches that name. ;)
LOL...its the same with me. I have the name picked out for my next Mastiff...who will be female.
 

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I like my dog's name, Matrix. We mostly call him Matey, or Mate, and it fits him perfectly. I also like that I've never met another dog named Matrix.
 

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I like my dogs' names, but if someone else had named them, I definately would have changed them. I sometimes wish I had left the B off and just called her Asia, but her registered name is Velma, so anything is an improvement. (No offense to anyone named Velma out there. :) )
 

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As soon as I saw Max in person I decided he looked like a Max and I told my boyfriend that that was the name I liked. Then I found out Max is the #1 most common name for boy dogs. I wanted to change it but my boyfriend was really set on that name and he looked like a Max, I'd bought the tags already and I figured since I picked the dog at least my boyfriend could help pick the name. So Max he stays. I still think he looks like a Max and I like the name but I feel sooo unoriginal.
 

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Nope. I love all my dogs names. People who meet them seem to really get a kick, too, especially out of Jacks full name. Their tags all have cute messages on the back corresponding with their names. Like Jack's says "District Attorney Jack McCoy. If found, contact my ADA. Phone number."

Now, their names at the shelter were a different story. Horrible.
 

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Not Pickle I LOVED that name and still do. Now Frodo,Charlie,Samantha and Brainard already had and knew their names when I got them. As much as I really would like to change them, since they already respond to those names I guess I will not.:cool:
 

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Not really. I'm absolutely horrible at coming up with names so I'll use anything I come up with. I did name a dog Warrior once (terrier mix) which turned out to be an awful name as he was skittish over a lot of stuff and extremely hyperactive. Honestly, after meeting him, I probably wouldn't have taken him except the shelter told me if I didn't he'd be put down. Not sure about the ethics of shelters operating that way.

I could not come up with any names at all for my cocker spaniel. I only knew that I hated, detested, abhorred and also disliked the name Cappy (which is what they were calling him). I ended up naming him Zero as that was the number of names I came up with. My friends think I'm giving him a complex.
 

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When we were looking for a puppy on petfinder, my sister wanted to name him Landen. She searched through pages and pages asking me, "does this one look like a Landen?" I wasn't too fond of it, but I got to pick his middle name (Cole) and his name grew on me. Mia just fit her name. So it stuck.
 

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We play the "wouldn't (blank) be a good name for (already named animal) game" quite often. Gus is named after the character in Lonesome Dove, but he is not like Gus McCray at all. My DH named him, but I call him "short bus" or "shorty" when no one is looking. Not very PC, but he is not the sharpest crayon in the box. Kiley was named by DD after the band Rilo Kiley. She said that the puppy responded best to that name. She is an Aussie mix and looks like a hyena. Bindi would have been a good name for her. We also think Lilo and Stitch would have been good for the pair.

I did have a horse that I bought when she was 14 or 15 y.o. No one I knew thought her given name fit her. I played the "better name" for her game often but never changed it. She was over 20 when I lost her and most of the time she was referred to as "whatshername".
 
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