For curlers or fans of the sport, few names are more suitable for their dogs than ones inspired by the game and players they’ve come to know and love. From its inception in Scotland in the 16th century to becoming a favorite of the Winter Olympics, curling has seen its fair share of talented athletes. With it has come a veritable glossary of sport-specific terms that, with its recent rise in popularity, are slowly being incorporated into a more universal lexicon, one stocked head-to-toe with bits of jargon just perfect for faithful fans to use to name their just-as-faithful canine friends.
Curling Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
Okay, so Lava is about the opposite of a curling name, given that it represents something that has properties nearly contradictory to ice itself (hot, liquid, prone to, you know, melting things) but the Border Collie that sports this name certainly has a fair amount to do with curling itself.
While many sports are able to incorporate some of their elements into dog-based play such as tennis, baseball, football and even golf, others just don’t seem quite cut out for canine participation — that is, until someone proves otherwise, which is exactly where Lava comes into play.
Owned by a couple in Alberta, Canada, Lava is an extremely intelligent Border Collie (that seems redundant, we know) that has learned quite a few different tricks and is now starting to garner a following online because of it. Thanks to his owners, Lava has his own YouTube channel that features many of his varied talents, from learning CPR to telling his owners that they stink (by covering his nose and rolling onto the floor like the smell has knocked him out). But Lava’s most popular video actually shows him doing something with his owners that few other dogs have been shown the ability to do: participate in curling.
Although Lava isn’t shown to be able to throw any of the stones himself (which is understandable given that, even on ice, a curling stone still weighs between 38 and 44 pounds and is made of granite), he’s shown an incredible ability to balance on them as his owners push the rocks around the ice. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that his doggy brothers and sisters have also learned to do the same and seem to take great glee in riding the stones, chasing them and barking orders like a skip for their owners to follow, broom in hand.
Since the video was released, it has already amassed 12,000 views. Lava’s owners have even created other social media pages including Facebook and Instagram to allow fans to follow their Border Collie and his friends. Because of it, he’s even been featured by the news, including the Daily Mail of the United Kingdom, who picked up a video of him trying to herd a poodle he had mistaken for a sheep.
So while dogs may still have a long way to go with learning how to curl, at least a few of them, thanks to their owners, are starting to find the enjoyment of going along for the ride (literally).
Curling Inspired Dog Name Considerations
Like many sports, curling has a wide breadth of history, terminology and player names to use for potential dog names. The hardest part is likely deciding which direction to go. Players who know the game well will likely be best suited with terms derived straight from the gameplay itself, while others who merely celebrate the sport are likely better suited with using the names of great players, locations and tidbits of history for their naming fodder.
Of course, you can use any basis you like, but if your dog possesses quirks unique to their personality, there’s likely a curling term that will suit them nicely. For instance, for dogs that are strong and powerful, names like Flash, Blast, Shooter and Hammer would be great options. For a dog that has a hitch in their walk or is particularly unstable, the names Kizzle, Kazzle and Wobbler would all be solid fits. For dogs with good accuracy with anything from playing to training, the names Nose, House and Button would all be good choices.
There are plenty of other ways you can go, from using your dog’s origin to matching them up with a famous player or giving them a name of your favorite curling club or arena. So push hard, sweep right and with any luck, you’ll have a stone landing in the bullseye in no time.