Butterfly Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
When you think of dogs and butterflies, you probably can’t help but picture the Papillon. Those gorgeous, wing-shaped ears are hard to miss, and they actually give the breed its name. Papillon is French for “butterfly.” When you see this adorable small dog, you immediately are drawn to its beauty; they’re often multicolored and that wispy, silky hair is a dream. Even their tails are elegantly plumed. What a delight! They’re four-legged, fluffy butterflies for sure, and we’d like to introduce you to Greta in this feature. She’s a tiny Papillon with an enormous, unforgettable heart.
Before we hear her story, though, note that the title Greta is an abbreviated version of Margarethe, which is of Germanic origin. The name actually means “pearl,” and if you know your butterflies, then you’re probably already thinking about the Pearl-bordered Fritillary. You’ll find them mostly in Scotland, and they fly near the ground as they feed on a variety of flowers and grasses. Further, Greta oto is a species of brush-footed butterfly, commonly known as the glasswing butterfly. Its transparent stained-glass type wing allows it to camouflage itself. How cool! So, it’s a double-whammy: Greta is a Papillon, and her name is connected to a pretty, golden, pearl-lined butterfly, as well as a glassy one.
Greta hit the news with both heartbreaking and heartwarming stories. In July 2016, Greta gave birth to a stillborn litter in Nova Scotia, Canada. Naturally, she longed to feed her babies and, frankly, didn’t know what to do with herself when no puppy could be found. She stopped eating altogether and spent her time outside searching for her infant pups. She was utterly devastated but soon gained purpose in an unlikely way.
Shana Snow, Greta’s owner, contacted Pick of the Litter Society when she heard of three kittens in need of a mother. These three kittens had been rescued from a terrible owner who sought to drown them. Mother Nature (and Shana) had different plans in store, however. Shana introduced the adorable feline trio to Greta. And the plan worked. Greta had milk to give, and the kittens needed love and nutrition to help them grow. The dog and cat family kept each other company and kept each other alive.
The kittens absolutely fell head over heels for their new mama, a once-depressed Papillon beauty who discovered a love beyond her own kind. Her experience reminds us that love knows no bounds. When she encountered the orphaned kitties, she only knew they needed her. And she gave them all she had.
Butterfly Inspired Dog Name Considerations
If you’re in possession of a Papillon, or even a French Bulldog or Corgi, perhaps those ears are enough to signal the image of a springtime butterfly, alive and well in the cool April air. Yorkshire Terriers and Havanese breeds may have that soft, wispy hair as well. When they romp and roam, they sometimes appear to glide as they leap and run. Whatever your dog, if you connect their multi-colored fur or their wing-shaped ears to butterflies, a butterfly-inspired dog name could accentuate their beauty and make for a unique title.
You’ll also have a great time looking through all the strange and wonderful names of butterflies. They’re easily accessed on the web, and many are listed below in the guide. Try a few on your pet; see which one they respond to most. Look for their friendly tail-wag, and that’s a good indication you’ve landed a solid keeper. You might even decide to match your canine’s color with the color of a particular butterfly. Those golden, blue-black, jet black, tawny, and white coats can certainly correspond to a specific butterfly if you do your research. What an interesting story and further connection to nature you may share as you tell your friends about the background of your pup’s name!