When it comes to cult-status animated television comedies, few compare to Bob’s Burgers. It has a wide range of humor from crass and crude to puns and physical comedy, crosses the line between family entertainment and workplace comedy, and boasts a significant cast that features the voice-acting genius of H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, David Herman, and Sarah Silverman, amongst other legends of the field. On top of all of that, it also has a significant cast of on-screen characters that are certainly quirky and unique in their own right, leaving the door wide open to countless opportunities to match your dog up with a name just as quirky as they are.
Bob's Burgers Dog Names in Pop Culture
While there may be other “Bob” dogs throughout the world, few seem to be as well-known and held in such high regard as Bob the Railway Dog. In fact, he’s so well-known that he is considered to be a part of South Australian Railways folklore, a nearly mythical figure with a wanderlust so great it’s no surprise that he was heralded by railway workers and vagabonds alike.
Bob’s history is a bit of a mystery, as record-keeping of the time wasn’t particularly well-developed nor well-kept, let alone ones detailing the chronicles of a vagrant dog, but from what is known, his story is certainly interesting.
It is believed that the German Coolie/Smithfield mix was born in 1878 and even before maturing, had for some reason developed a love for railway life. Before turning a year old, he was said to have followed some of the engineers to the line, brought in by the whistles and noises of the passing trains, and had to be returned to his owner, the proprietor of the Macclesfield Hotel, several times before he finally disappeared on his own.
Believed to be picked up as a stray in Adelaide, he was originally used as a working dog to help exterminate rabbits near the city of Carrieton but eventually made his way to Port Augusta where he was picked out by Special Guard William Seth Ferry and properly registered in September of 1884.
By the time Ferry was promoted to Assistant Station Master, Bob was already accustomed to traveling by train and seemed to enjoy it quite thoroughly. It was said that his favorite place to sit was in the locomotive with the furious huff of the smokestack and the whine of the giant whistle. When the cramped cabs of the suburban locomotives did not provide him enough space, he was said to clear out a third class compartment for his sole use by barking the passengers aboard into submission, forcing them to leave so he could enjoy his space — though he was well-noted for being friendly even during the process, despite how he was sometimes perceived.
He rode for many thousands of miles this way and even learned to jump to and from moving cars to get on and off the trains he rode (though there were a few notable accidents throughout his history). In time, he became well-known and popular with rail workers throughout the country, who were happy to provide him a meal, a ride, or a place to sleep when he inevitably showed up. Articles and poems were written about him and he was even bestowed a custom collar engraved with the phrase “Stop me not, but let me jog, for I am Bob, the driver’s dog.”
His train-hopping was said to go on for nearly 14 years before he finally settled down in Adelaide, frequenting the local butcher shop for meals before eventually passing away at the ripe old age of 17. Since his death, the “king of the outcasts” has been memorialized in song, written accounts, biographies and even a children’s book, along with several statues that stand in his honor in Peterborough.
Bob's Burgers Dog Name Considerations
Since the show is now several seasons in, there are tons of name options, but picking the right one is certainly not an easy job. Of course, you can always take the easiest route, such as naming your dog after a favorite character or even after a dog in the show, such as Lars or Fluffles, but if you’re looking for something with a bit more significance and meaning, try to keep in mind your dog’s most obvious and unique qualities, as they are often the best to play off of.
For instance, if your dog is particularly shy or socially awkward, Tina would be a good fit. If they’re sneaky and manipulative, then Louise would an appropriate choice. If they happen to have a particular or noticeable way of walking, then Wobbles would be a great pick. If you have a dog that seems to be standing guard no matter where you go, then Yuli would be perfect.
But of course, you can always play on their looks too. If they’re all-white, then Fishoeder, Amity, or Snoodle would be ideal, especially if they’re odd, cuddly, or particularly smart, respectively.
Try to identify the traits that stick out to you most and try to run with those. Re-watch some episodes if you need some inspiration or search the Internet archives to find succinct lists of individual characters and their strongest traits. Given the amount of characters that exist, you should have no trouble finding one suitable for your own canine character.