Baghdad is the capital city of Iraq and the largest city of the country. It is a cultural hub and the melting pot of history, commercial activity, and it is an intellectual center of the Islamic world. Baghdad is nicknamed The City of Peace and it was the largest city in the Middle Ages. It was destroyed during the Mongol Empire era, but was rebuilt to become a prominent center of the Arab culture, art, and politics. In the recent history, the city suffered severe damage in the Iraq War, and as a result, has been dubbed the city with the worst quality of life. However, Baghdad is a fascinating place, and if you decide to honor it by naming your dog after one of the neighborhoods of famous people who lived there, you won’t be mistaken.
Baghdad Dog Names in Pop Culture
Some dogs are just braver than the rest of us. Some of them are heroes, some of them are protectors, and some of them are both. Some dogs inspire us humans to be better people and to invest ourselves in helping our friends and families, and some of them remind us just how precious life is. One of those dogs is Eli, the brave and beautiful Black Labrador Retriever. The adorable doggo who always seems to have a smile on his face is a bomb sniffing dog, partner to Colton Rusk, a Marine.
Colton and Eli were serving together in Afghanistan, risking their lives and dreaming of going home when tragedy struck. Colton was hit by the Taliban sniper fire in 2010, on December 6th, and fell straight to the ground. Eli, the wonderful, brave pup, ran to his aid, crawled on top of Colton’s body, and protected him while other Marines were running towards him to help him. Eli protected his best friend with his life, not thinking about his own safety, and he was ready to take all the bullets the enemy fires, just to keep his friend safe. Sadly, Colton did not make it.
But the legend of Eli lives on. After Colton’s death, many articles were published about the pair and all of them had one thing to say – that they were the best of friends. Colton’s family recalls that Rusk broke protocol so he could take Eli and be with him at all times. They slept in the same cot instead of in a kennel, and every time Colton called home he always talked about Eli. She felt safer knowing that her son was with his best friend, even in a dangerous place like Afghanistan. After their son’s death, they petitioned the military to allow them to adopt Eli, so they could have their son’s best bud with them to remind them just how great their son was. And even though Eli was just at the beginning of his career, the military allowed the Rusk family to adopt him, granting Eli the permission to retire from the service.
Eli, the brave doggo shares his name with a great artist born in Baghdad, Eli Amir, a writer and a civil servant. He is famous for his works such as Scapegoat, The Dove Flyer (also known as Farewell, Baghdad), Jasmine, and Saul’s Love.
Baghdad Dog Name Considerations
Searching for a perfect name for your dog is quite the task, especially if you take Baghdad as an inspiration. Why, you ask? Well, you must take into account the pronunciation of Baghdad neighborhoods, the somewhat unusual names of famous people who lived and worked there, and just the different culture that most people in the western world are probably not familiar with. However, this is a great thing, as any multiculturalism is good, since it inspired conversation and opens our minds. Whenever you meet someone with an unusual name, most of the time you want to ask them about their roots, and by doing so, you are expanding your world views and becoming more educated on other nations and other customs.
That is why choosing the name such as Raad, after Raan Ghantous, an interior designer, or Rusafa, after the Rusafa District in Bagdad, or even Sha’ab, after another neighborhood of this city is great since it will definitely prompt your friends, family, and acquaintances in your dog park to ask you about the origins of the name. You can then explain that you were inspired by Baghdad and talk about its rich history and incredible art scene of the old days and the new. By doing that, you can bring Baghdad closer to people and allow them to see it as more than just a war stricken city with a bad quality of life. We are all more than what media portrays us to be, and people of Baghdad would surely agree with that.