My parents live in South Florida and recently traveled over 500 miles to pick up an adorable golden doodle puppy. And the moniker they chose for their new cuddly canine? Teddy Roosevelt.
When I first heard the news, I tried to nudge them toward alternatives. “But it’s a girl!” I protested. “What about Montana? Dusty? Kiwi? Anything but Teddy Roosevelt!”
But they held firm to the name of their new addition – so, Teddy Roosevelt she is, after the Nobel Peace Prize Winner and 26th U.S. President.
So, what’s the significance behind a name? It’s no surprise that medical conditions, unique foods and even archaeological discoveries are often named after people. But what drives dog owners to name their furry family members after celebrities, political leaders, fashionistas and even dolls?
Consider these examples:
Jennifer Garner takes frequent walks with her yellow lab, Martha Stewart.
Snow White is a Chihuahua belonging to superstar Britney Spears.
Eva Longoria has a Pug. Her aha moment? Naming it Oprah.
Rocker Pete Wentz opted for a literary association for his English Bulldog: Hemingway.
How about this award winner? Stephen Colbert – the mixed breed pooch – recently won a Cutest Dog Contest.
Tennis star Venus Williams plays with Barbie in her spare time – No, not that one, but a Yorkshire Terrier version.
Oh, and Coco Chanel? She’s really a French Bulldog living at the Witherspoon house.
While dog owners each have their own reasons for the names they choose, it’s clear that the term “pet name” now has a new and playful definition.
And although furry pup Teddy Roosevelt will never understand the meaning behind her name, she can still bark softly and carry a big stick in St. Petersburg.