Dogs rarely have dog names these days. They have people names. Max, Molly, Charlie, Lilly, and Jake are all popular. Fido and Rover are almost unheard of.
This is wrong! Wrong! Wrong!
Zoe Williams, writing for the Guardian, explains to us that giving our dog a human name is merely an attempt to demonstrate our social status to our peers. In addition, the more we think of our our dogs as human, the less likely they are to do our bidding. Her (presumably obedient) dog is named Spot.
|Zoe Williams with Spot|
What's more, we've ruined her chances at agility by failing to supply her with a speedy name.
According to Melanie Miller, who owns an agility training school, "In agility, especially with Border Collies, you want a name that evokes speed and a lack of control...Something like Pyro or Blast shows people that this dog is a serious competitor."
|Does this look like a "Pyro?"|
How much trouble might we have been spared if only Rob had named his sons Bowser and Tramp instead of Paul and Mark?