Help me choose a name please!

(44 Posts)
SallyBear Sun 21-Jul-13 09:13:27

We are going tomorrow to the breeder to choose our puppy. We are happy with either a boy or a girl. They are field trained yellow/red Labradors. But DH and I are stuck for names.

Toby or Barnaby/Barney for a boy

Daisy or Ruby for a girl

But I'm still not sure. So suggestions please, I like people names as opposed to dog names and I like them to end in an "ee" sound.

Thank you!!

moosemama Sun 21-Jul-13 10:18:24

I've always like Ruby for female dogs. Years ago my friend had a Rottie called Ruby and she was an absolute sweetheart.

Boys names ending in ee sounds - I like Archie and Alfie?

We are having similar discussions in our house. Problem here is that we all have completely different ideas of what makes a good dog name. Dh likes quirky and a bit offbeat. I like something nice and solid sounding that I won't be embarrassed to call in the park wink and the dcs veer between horribly cutesy and downright bizarre. grin

SallyBear Sun 21-Jul-13 10:28:18

Yep. Sounds like my house Moose! DH was saying what about Frankie for a boy after Frank Lampard or Chelsea for a girl. I won't repeat what I said...... DS3 said he liked Steve for a boy dog. You see my problem!

SallyBear Sun 21-Jul-13 10:29:24

DS3 is 7 btw. Where he got Steve from I don't know? DD likes Skylar. But then she likes Skylar anyway!

LadyTurmoil Sun 21-Jul-13 11:40:05


Not so good on girls names, think they're much more difficult, but think there are loads of Molly, Daisy, Ruby, especially for labs, tbh, maybe Tilda, Macey, Maja,

Vibbe Sun 21-Jul-13 11:46:56


Floralnomad Sun 21-Jul-13 11:52:19

If you went to our local park and called Molly ,Bella or Lucy you would be descended on by about 20 labs and retrievers so neither of those. What about Berry for a girl and James for a boy .

moosemama Sun 21-Jul-13 13:52:39

Will this help - or just make things worse?

SallyBear Sun 21-Jul-13 15:16:30

11,000 dog names?!! Haha Moose. I will be there all day! smilesmile

moosemama Sun 21-Jul-13 16:19:31


I feel vindicated now dogs name is on there despite the raised eyebrows I get out and about grin

SVN Sun 21-Jul-13 17:15:14

We got our yellow lab a couple of weeks ago (sounds very much like your breeder - is it in Essex by any chance?) and we called him Sherlock as it means bright hair.

How about:
Rufus (red hair)

moosemama Sun 21-Jul-13 17:16:31

Ooo, now I'm intringued to know what your dog's name is! grin

I have given up on dog names and moved on to drooling over gorgeous sighthound collars. My dog may have no name, but at least he'll be well dressed.

Actually, I've seen a lovely one for Lurcherboy. It's embroidered in the colours of my family's town in Ireland - and we're going there soon. I'm sooo tempted, but dh wouldn't be impressed, what with all the upcoming puppy expenditure.

He is called Mario Moosemamma and you would not believe the hmm looks we get even though I don't think it is the worlds strangest name. He is a proper scruffy looking border terrier and I think it suits him!

moosemama Sun 21-Jul-13 20:19:51

Now my boys would love a dog called Mario (big computer game fans). I think that's a great name for a border terrier as well. smile

Ds gets really indignant about the game connection as he named the dog after his favourite footballer grin but to be honest he has an excellent moustache and when he is being a monkey dh calls him evil wario!

moosemama Sun 21-Jul-13 21:42:14

grin My boys aren't into football, so probably wouldn't have a clue who you're ds's favourite footballer is. It's Geek central round here - computer games, Pokemon and Star Wars I'm afraid. blush Sounds like he would be wholeheartedly unimpressed with them. grin

I absolutely love dogs that have moutaches and/or beards. Depending on their mood/behaviour, it either makes them look distinguised or downright comical.

Border terrier was high on my list of 'breeds to have next' - until I fell in love with another lurcher rescue pup. Which is probably only fair, as I'm not sure a border would be able to keep up with Lurcherboy at full throttle.

Ah no he is an utter geek too and took his beardy Mario to the carboot this morning and returned with a starwars game and 2 figures smile He likes Mario bros but it's not HIS Mario you see!

Never underestimate a Border, they are wily little beggers! One of my dogs best buddies is a young whippy...she can out run him flat out but he ducks and dives and does what he can to cut her off! He is a big bully though and he tries to sit on her so she pulls his beard grin

Apologies for taking your thread off topic here! Have you settled on a name or are you still on number 1864 of the list?

moosemama Sun 21-Jul-13 23:23:16

That's what I like about Borders though. I love the whole terrier attitude. I used to have a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and I miss the stubborn nuttiness and comedy antics of terriers.

This time round my dream rescue was going to be a Whirrier (whippet x terrier). As it turns out, I haven't a clue what mix the lurcher pup we're hoping to get is ... but he's gorgeous. (I do think there may be some terrier in his mix though.)

grin It's not my thread - it's Sally's, but she's lovely so I think she'll forgive us.

I'm really hanging around to find out which puppy she chooses out of the litter when she goes for a second visit tomorrow! wink

We still don't have a name, but when your eldest wants to call the pup 'Vinegar' of all things, there's little hope of ever reaching an agreement really. hmm grin

LadyTurmoil Sun 21-Jul-13 23:51:36

Sorry to butt in but I like Vinegar! Vinnie for short smile

Now I know a pair of borders called Stan and Vinnie and I love those names!

SallyBear Mon 22-Jul-13 07:17:09

I quite like Stanley, but DH is not so keen. So we are now at;
Toby, Barnaby, Barney
Daisy, Ruby, Lily (orYi-Yi as DS3 says as he's got a bit of lisp)

Off to decide this morning. We are all very excited and I am cursing that you can't just post a picture on a thread with MN without some stupid link! As I would show you all what we have chosen!!!

lastnightiwenttomanderleyagain Mon 22-Jul-13 07:36:09

MILs golden retriever is called Ruby - it's a great name! Apparently she's named after the scullery maid in Upstairs Downstairs, though definitely not as much use around the house!

Our 12 week puppy is Otto so I second that as a name choice, also appears to be reasonably acceptable when shouted at high volume in public places.

What about Murphy?

SallyBear Mon 22-Jul-13 07:48:48

Otto is a great name. Always makes me think of German gundogs!

lastnightiwenttomanderleyagain Mon 22-Jul-13 08:55:03

He's a dachshund...we decided he needed a German name! Husband is a history teacher so the boys at school have given him a 'formal' name of 'Otto von Bisbark'. <sigh>

Here's our little nutter...

Good luck this morning!

topbannana Mon 22-Jul-13 09:40:11

Hmmm te LandSharks name does not feature in the list of 1100 names- not sure what that says about it really hmm

Anyway, to business:
Woody (DH vetoed this one for the LandShark)
Ned (another veto <sigh>)


I will return with more later when you know what you are having. In the meantime I shall eagerly await news of the royal baby and your not quite so royal baby grin

moosemama Mon 22-Jul-13 10:18:32

Now I love Stanley - one of my all time favourite ever dogs was called Stanley - although mostly Stan, for short.

lastnight Otto is absolutely gorgeous!

Love 'Otto von Bibark', it reminds me of 'Schnitzel von Crumb' from the Hairy Maclairy books. grin

<<Hangs around thread drumming fingers whilst waiting to hear which pup Sally chose.>>

LadyTurmoil Mon 22-Jul-13 12:42:47

lastnight Otto is soooo sweeet, great name too smile

lastnightiwenttomanderleyagain Mon 22-Jul-13 12:49:18

Thanks guys...he's very cute when he's not biting my knees because he wants to play! Any news from SallyBear?

SallyBear Mon 22-Jul-13 12:58:15

It's a boy!!!! No, not birth of the royal birth, but we've chosen a boy. He's a biscuity colour Labrador and the kids have decided on Toby. All very happy. grin

SallyBear Mon 22-Jul-13 12:58:53

Birth of the royal birth?! Royal baby! Tsk tsk!

lastnightiwenttomanderleyagain Mon 22-Jul-13 13:19:47

Woohoo! Congratulations and love the name. How long do you have to wait to bring him home?

topbannana Mon 22-Jul-13 13:43:32

Congrats crown
I liked Toby as well but our LL is called Toby, may have been unfortunate grin

SallyBear Mon 22-Jul-13 14:16:51

We will be collecting him in a month. We have a holiday and surgery looming so I wanted all that out of the way first.

I'm now going to be getting a crate and a playpen, puppy piddle pads, collar and lead, ID disk, toys and loads of other stuff I can't think of. I will now be using the imminent arrival as a way of binning half the toys we have as they're "dangerous".....!

moosemama Mon 22-Jul-13 14:40:14

Yay! Congratulations Sally! smile

I have just bought a crate this afternoon, along with some totally unnecessary toys. blush Have had to go for the cheapest I could find, what with a holiday and cost of adoption all in one month, but think we might upgrade when he grows anyway.

Decided to go up a size from Lurcherboy's crate, as despite saying we would go for someone smaller and whippety this time, having just seen some photos of him that were taken yesterday, I fear we may be in for a bit of a shock! shock

We still don't know if we'll get him, but figured we'd need all the stuff anyway, as whatever happens we will be getting a rescue pup in the next few weeks.

I'm scratching my head about the journey home from picking him up. They insist the whole family and any resident dogs go along, we can't stuff him straight into the boot with Lurcherboy, poor thing would wonder what had hit him (probably applicable to both pup and Lurcherboy). Back seat is occupied by 3 dcs, so that leaves him sitting on my knee, which is far from ideal. Think we might have to put one of the dses in the front, so I can sit in the back with him. Need to buy extra large puppy pads, as it's a four hour drive, so we'll need to stop a couple of times for him. (Although he'll probably just go all over me anyway. grin)

lastnightiwenttomanderleyagain Mon 22-Jul-13 17:08:59

Sally - we got our crate from It's just one to use around the house and treat as his 'bedroom' but it's been perfect for our needs and was the cheapest at the time.

moosemama I'm intrigued that they suggest everyone goes, you'd have thought they'd want it to be as calm as possible? We had a really lucky journey back (2.5hrs in this heat) as he criedwailed for about ten minutes and then went to sleep. Didn't even stop as he was so zonked out that we just kept on going!

moosemama Mon 22-Jul-13 19:35:31

Lastnight, that's where I bought my crate from, same type as well. It's reassuring to know they're ok. I drew the size out on my kitchen floor tiles before I ordered it. Dh just came home, looked at how much space it's going to take up and nearly fainted! grin

I was surprised at the everyone has to go and collect thing as well. Apparently, it's because the pups are in foster so far away that it's the only opportunity they have to make sure everyone (including any other family dogs) interacts well with the potential new addition.

To be honest, my dcs are so used to being around dogs, they won't be hyper or ott with him. We've already talked lots about being calm and quiet and not petting him too much, as he'll be overwhelmed enough.

I always feel so bad for them when you take them away from their family. It's awful not being able to explain that it's ok and you will take care of them etc. sad I'm hoping he and Lurcherboy will hit it off, so he can get plenty of canine cuddles to ease the transition.

Good news is, I have had some emails and phone calls this afternoon, the outcome of which being, that we should be picking him up the second week in August! grin

lastnightiwenttomanderleyagain Mon 22-Jul-13 21:49:52

Congratulations - exciting news! A few more weeks of quiet smile I wish I could tell Otto that it's all OK but he's so nervous of EVERYTHING at the moment...

I also did the same with the crate - put an A2 sheet of paper on the kitchen floor and made DH walk around it!

SallyBear Mon 22-Jul-13 22:07:34

Good idea!!!

moosemama Mon 22-Jul-13 22:56:54

Now why didn't I think of making a paper template. blush I have just had to scrub the pencil marks off the tiles - doh! grin

sweetkitty Mon 22-Jul-13 23:03:02

Sallybear - I was thinking of you today grin you got a boy aww how did you all chose the same one? Am liking Toby too.

We have great names for a boy but none for a girl so far DH likes Bones (as in McCoy Star Trek confused) great for a boy not a girl
Or Nala from the Lion King since she will be an African Lion Hound grin

moosemama Tue 23-Jul-13 16:17:02

Crate and toys have arrived.

I now have two children sitting inside the crate trying to figure out how the locks work, while the third child sniggers hysterically. hmm grin

Quite impressed with it for the money. It's nice and sturdy and has two doors, both with two locks.

MERLYPUSS Tue 23-Jul-13 21:13:06

DT2 wanted to call my sister's lab God. If it was a bitch I wanted Doris. It remains Desmond.

sweetkitty Tue 23-Jul-13 21:15:07

I'm so jealous ill have to wait until the middle of September for my bundle of puppyness.

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