I saw the below tweet* in my Twitter feed this morning and had to stop and think.
What's in a name? Would Bruno the mastiff be less imposing if called Tinker? Changes in naming pets> huff.to/zNjr8k— NCState Vet Medicine (@NCStateVetMed) March 5, 2012
I'm not sure a Mastiff named Tinker would be less imposing than a Mastiff named Bruno - to me. It would wholly depend on the dog's behavior (and this goes for any breed/mix of dog, not just those with a more imposing physique). In fact, I know a very sweet Mastiff named Romulus, whose name I find kind of endearing despite its gladiator-esque ring. :)
On the other hand, however, I most definitely think that hard-to-adopt breeds in shelters (i.e. pit bulls, boxers, big black dogs) should never be named something that could potentially turn an adopter off...even if the dog is a complete marshmallow.
Remember Batman, Buckwheat and Yukon Cornelius, three (among other) "less-adoptable" dogs who were featured on the blog several weeks ago? (They are all in forever homes, by the way.) Do you think adopters would have shied away from them had they been named, for example, Spike, Bruiser and Big Boy?
It's hard to say (but let's hope there are no shelters out there taking that chance).
Okay, so now that you know where I stand on that issue (and I'm sure have opinions of your own), what do you think about the reverse scenario?
Let's say, for example, that my two unimposing clowns were named something completely different...like decidedly more
Well, like this?
Holy villain, Batman!
????????? (Words escape me.)
Would you avoid them at the dog park?
(I think I would avoid *me* - the doofus who picked out these names - at the dog park. :)
P.S. My husband just passed by and told me that I should change "The Terminator" to "The Turd-inator." I think I'll just stick with Dewi.
P.P.S. I still have the head crud, and therefore, should not be held responsible for the absurd (and intended to be funny) portions of this post. ;)
*The link in the quoted tweet goes to an interesting article about popular trends in dog and cat names.